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The B.I.G Backpackers

"Real gem fab location and amazing staff"

Susan - December 15, 2019
1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room The B.I.G Backpackers
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The B.I.G Backpackers

18 Thornhill Road, Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa, 8005 - See map
Free Wi-Fi
Property highlights
Front desk [24-hour]
Hassle-free check in
Close to Two Oceans Aquarium
Within 800 m of property
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Popular landmarks
Dr B M Sher 210 m
Monk Bar 270 m
Ultra Liquors 300 m
Klûk & CGDT 310 m
Wallflower 320 m
Green Point Track 520 m
Cape Town Stadium 580 m
Meadowridge Baptist Church 590 m
Cape Medical Museum 660 m
Nobel Square 670 m
Nearby landmarks
Two Oceans Aquarium 800 m
Lion's Head 1.03 km
Signal Hill 1.04 km
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront 1.41 km
Table Mountain 5.12 km
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden 8.98 km
Robben Island Museum 12.78 km
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony 32.16 km
Cape Point Nature Reserve 49.47 km
Cape of Good Hope 50.03 km
9.1

Exceptional

Location rating score

Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
  • 830 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Located in heart of Cape Town

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Daily housekeeping

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Value for money9.3
Distance to city center1.0 Km
Location rating9.1
Nearest airportCape Town International Airport (CPT)
Distance to airport19.0 km

Rooms available at The B.I.G Backpackers

Exceptional
Room comfort & quality
9.1
Family Room
Family Room
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Mountain view
  • 2 single beds and 1 bunk be...
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1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Twin/ Double
Twin/ Double
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Garden view
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Triple Room
Triple Room
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 3 single beds
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1 Bed in a Female Dormitory Room
1 Bed in a Female Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 50 m²/538 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Shared Dormitory (Mixed)
Shared Dormitory (Mixed)
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  • Shower
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Classic Triple Room, 1 Bedroom, Ensuite
Classic Triple Room, 1 Bedroom, Ensuite
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Deluxe Triple Room, 1 Bedroom
Deluxe Triple Room, 1 Bedroom
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Classic Double Room, 1 Queen Bed, Ensuite
Classic Double Room, 1 Queen Bed, Ensuite
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Standard Shared Dormitory, 1 Bedroom
Standard Shared Dormitory, 1 Bedroom
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at The B.I.G Backpackers?

Check-in is from 12:00 AM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to The B.I.G Backpackers?

The B.I.G Backpackers is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 180 ZAR. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at The B.I.G Backpackers also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the hotel. For those who wish to drive their own cars, The B.I.G Backpackers has a car park available for guests. Parking is free for guests. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Cape Town with private transportation, the hotel can arrange car rental for you.

What is the smoking policy at The B.I.G Backpackers?

The B.I.G Backpackers does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

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What people love about The B.I.G Backpackers

  • 8.4
    Excellent

    "In general the place is great."

    KHEM

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    September 26, 2017

  • 10.0
    Exceptional

    "Would recommend to everyone!"

    Sarah

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    November 29, 2017

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Staff was very friendly."

    Mina

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    May 10, 2017

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Overall rating:
9.2
Exceptional
48 reviews
Cleanliness
9.3
Facilities
9.1
Location
9.1
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What travelers say they love:
Best hostel I’ve ever stayed in!
Sarah from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
More about The B.I.G Backpackers

More about The B.I.G Backpackers

Well positioned in Green Point, The B.I.G Backpackers is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Cape Town. Set one kilometer from the excitement of the city, this 3-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the city's biggest attractions. A haven of rest and relaxation, the property is perfectly perched at the foot of Signal Hill, a short walk to shops and the buzzing promenade, Stadium, or waterfront.

Every effort is made here to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. With decorated rooms all en-suite, the hotel provides fresh breakfast and Wi-Fi Internet access, safety deposit boxes, a family room, airport transfers, laundry service/dry cleaning, and a car park.

All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. The hotel offers wonderful recreational facilities such as a tropical pool/braai area and mountain bikes, a garden, and an outdoor pool to make your stay truly unforgettable. The B.I.G Backpackers is a smart choice for travelers to Cape Town, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time.

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Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping
6 mentions
Breakfast
3 mentions

What they offer

9.2
Exceptional
Breakfast

"Breakfast is good and generous!"

LI

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December 9, 2017

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Nearest essentials

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Food and dining

Breakfast options

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Reviews of The B.I.G Backpackers from real guests

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9.2
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10
Exceptional
Cleanliness9.3
Facilities9.1
Location9.1
Room comfort and quality9.1
Service9.8
Value for money9.3
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9+ Exceptional (16)
8-9 Excellent (6)
7-8 Very Good (3)
6-7 Good (2)
<6 Below Expectation (0)
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Mar - May (10)
Jun - Aug (4)
Sep - Nov (6)
Dec - Feb (7)
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10.0
Exceptional
Kerstin from Germany
Group
Twin/ Double
Stayed 11 nights in March 2013

The B.I.G. - A home away from home”

Incredible hospitality, recommendations for actions and restaurants, specially decorated with unique style and selected details to make guests feel like home

My friend and I spent 11 days at The B.I.G. in March and April. I've stayed at a lot of different hostels all around the world, but this has been the best one yet. The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, especially Linda and Amy, was incredible. We were always greeted with a smile and the staff went out of their way to make sure we were having a great time. They were always eager to help us with our plans for the day and provided us with countless invaluable tips and pointers regarding tours, restaurants, bars and clubs. It was easy to talk to other guests at The B.I.G. and find nice people to tag along with on outings. The breakfast on offer was terrific. With a selection of different joghurts, mueslis, eggs, toast and fresh fruits. For dinner we either made use of the well-equipped kitchen, went out or joined one of the theme events, like the South African BBQ night, which was amazing. Our twin room was cleaned every day (thanks to the great cleaning staff) and the cozy bed made for a good night of sleep. We always felt safe at the hostel and in Greenpoint. The front door had a key pad and there were cameras in the public areas. There was a Spar store within walking distance and in the evenings we often shared a taxi with a number of people for food/drinks in the city. We can recommend this hostel whole-heartedly and hope to be back one day. We miss you guys and would like to say thanks for a wonderful time in Cape Town. Best wishes from Cologne, Kerstin

Reviewed April 21, 2013

We take pride in making sure our guests have the best experience possible, and we are so happy that we were able to make your stay in Cape Town the best! Please come and stay with us again!

Responded November 02, 2017
The B.I.G Backpackers
8.7
Excellent
moty from Israel
Couple
Twin/ Double
Stayed 5 nights in February 2014

not only for backpackers”

freindly staff, good atmosphere, effective service

cape town is not only for rich and b.i.g backpackers not only for backpackers

Reviewed March 01, 2014

We are glad you enjoyed Cape Town and our backpackers, Moty!

Responded November 02, 2017
The B.I.G Backpackers
10.0
Exceptional
Ndilimeke from Namibia
Group
Twin/ Double
Stayed 5 nights in April 2015

Awesome!”

Location, the staff and value for money

Our trip would not have been the same had we not stayed at the B.I.G. It was clean, comfortable, and the staff were amazing. Ivor and the team made us feel right at home.

Reviewed May 06, 2015

We're so happy that we made your adventure to Cape Town that much better!

Responded November 02, 2017
The B.I.G Backpackers
9.6
Exceptional
Liyi from Singapore
Solo traveler
Single Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
Stayed 4 nights in February 2017

Very friendly and hospitable staff! ”

Just slightly away from the main hype in Cape Town but offers a more conducive, warm and cosy experience. Staff was really helpful and friendly. Room was of good size, comfort and clean. highly recommended!

Reviewed February 18, 2017

Hi Liyi, We like to think of ourselves as homey and friendly, we're glad you agree! Thanks so much for the review!

Responded November 02, 2017
The B.I.G Backpackers
9.3
Exceptional
diane from Australia
Couple
Twin/ Double
Stayed 3 nights in April 2014

Friendly Helpful knowledgeable Staff”

location to Waterfront shopping /dining friendliness of staff tours available

variety of food offered for making your own breakfast was excellent Cape Tour day was arranged for us was excellent Helpful advice of what to see in Capetown Friendliness of staff and other guests meant a great atmosphere in this lodge

Reviewed May 28, 2014

Hi Diane, We take pride in offering our guests a hearty breakfast to start the day off right- We're glad you enjoyed it!

Responded November 02, 2017
The B.I.G Backpackers
8.4
Excellent
KHEM from Thailand
Solo traveler
Twin/ Double
Stayed 3 nights in September 2017

Very nice stay!”

I stayed in a private room and I found it very lovely how it is decorated (Sailor Room). The place is clean and quiet, located in a residential area but a bit steep, imagine you need to carry all your groceries up from the road. However, there are supermarket and many restaurants around. About 15 mins walk to Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Staff here are very supportive and impressive. You can make a reservation for all the activities from them (at the same prince or with minimal charge). They even offer a sim card for free. Breakfast experience was very good. They provided food and tools, you cooked yourself if you like. The room that I stayed is en suite but the shower area drained so slow...it would take 15-20 mins to drain out. In general the place is great.

Reviewed September 26, 2017

Dear Khem, Thank you so much for your review- it always makes us happy when our guests had a great time with us! We have now improved the speed that the shower drains. Please visit us again, we loved having you!

Responded November 02, 2017
The B.I.G Backpackers
6.8
Good
Marc from United Kingdom
Family with young children
Family Room
Stayed 3 nights in November 2017

over priced”

My wife and two kids of 12 and 9 stayed here for 3 days. I chose greenpoint, because its a location I normally stay in. The accommodation is clean and a good standard, but still a backpackers hostel. I can get a 4 star hotel for this price with 2 rooms and queen sized beds. Capetown in general is over priced.

Reviewed November 15, 2017

Dear Marc, The price did not deviate from what you agreed to pay beforehand, and we advertise everything exactly the way it is in reality. You are right in saying that the BIG Backpackers is indeed a backpackers hostel! Sorry you were unhappy with the decision you made!

Responded April 01, 2018
The B.I.G Backpackers
9.7
Exceptional
Susan from Germany
Solo traveler
1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
Stayed 4 nights in January 2013

Best Hostel ever!!!! ”

Familiar, cozy, big rooms, nice breakfast, fantastic rooms, everything absolutely amazing

I have never experienced such a great location. Nice clean rooms - even in a 4bedroom-dorm. nice stuff, helping actively. poolside is absolutely awesome, small but that is really the not an issue bathrooms are clean and big. the balcony invited for evening chats with the roommates. nice and calming music was played all time. I just loved it. thanks for everything, i really felt at home

Reviewed February 03, 2013

We try to make the BIG a second home for all of our guests, we are so glad that you felt that we, Susan!

Responded November 02, 2017
The B.I.G Backpackers
9.2
Exceptional
LI from Singapore
Couple
Twin/ Double
Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

Nice cosy place ”

Very cosy corner with excellent friendly service. Though rooms are small, they are functional and clean. Parking is slightly a problem as there are limited lots outside the property. Breakfast is good and generous!

Reviewed December 09, 2017

Thanks so much for the review, Li! We enjoyed hosting you. We offer five indoor parking bays as well as four outdoor bays for our guests to use on a first-come, first-served basis. On the rare occasion, it does happen that these bays are full, but there is also plenty of street parking available.

Responded April 01, 2018
The B.I.G Backpackers
9.3
Exceptional
Jess from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
Stayed 4 nights in January 2015

Felt like home”

Staff, atmosphere & cleanliness

Best backpackers I've ever stayed at.

Reviewed January 30, 2015

Thanks so much for the review and we are thrilled to be the best hostel you've been to! Come back again soon!

Responded November 02, 2017
The B.I.G Backpackers
10.0
Exceptional
Mina from South Korea
Solo traveler
1 Bed in a Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 3 nights in May 2017

Excellent”

Great breakfast, spotless rooms and friendly staff!! Staff was very friendly. Their kindness was heartwarming. Don't miss out on an enlightening experience!

Reviewed May 10, 2017

Our staff loves forming connections with our guests and making sure you have the best time possible! We are so happy that you appreciated that. Please come back again soon! - Robyn and the BIG Family

Responded November 02, 2017
The B.I.G Backpackers
10.0
Exceptional
Sarah from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
1 Bed in a Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 13 nights in November 2017

Exceptional”

Best hostel I’ve ever stayed in! Would recommend to everyone!

Reviewed November 29, 2017

Thank you so much Sarah- it's always nice to see our wonderful guests had a great time!

Responded April 01, 2018
The B.I.G Backpackers
9.7
Exceptional
Wendy from South Africa
Solo traveler
1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
Stayed 3 nights in June 2013

Simply fantastic!”

Easy to find/locate, very friendly and efficient staff, most comfortable backpackers I have ever seen!

Pleasant, comfortable, relaxed and a fond memory made.

Reviewed July 03, 2013

We are so happy you enjoyed your stay, Wendy! Please do come back and visit again.

Responded November 02, 2017
The B.I.G Backpackers
10.0
Exceptional
seal from Singapore
Solo traveler
1 Bed in a Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 5 nights in December 2016

Would definitely stay there again”

Awesome staffs, Great location, Clean and cozy!

Reviewed December 14, 2016

Thank you so much for the review! Please come and stay with us again!

Responded November 02, 2017
The B.I.G Backpackers
10.0
Exceptional
xin from China
Solo traveler
1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
Stayed 11 nights in August 2017

Exceptional”

Staffs are nice , everything is prefect !

Reviewed September 08, 2017

We really appreciate your review, Xin! Thank you very much.

Responded November 02, 2017
The B.I.G Backpackers
10.0
Exceptional
Susan from United Kingdom
Group
Twin/ Double
Stayed 14 nights in November 2019

Excellent backpackers”

Real gem fab location and amazing staff

Reviewed December 15, 2019

Thank you so much Susan! We miss having you around.

Responded January 01, 2020
The B.I.G Backpackers
9.2
Exceptional
Shani from Israel
Solo traveler
1 Bed in a Mixed Dormitory En-suite Room
Stayed 2 nights in April 2016

Awesome place, great people!”

:)

Reviewed May 07, 2016

Hi Shani, Thank you so much for your review! We loved having you!

Responded November 02, 2017
The B.I.G Backpackers
8.0
Excellent
WEESIT from Thailand
Couple
Twin/ Double
Stayed 3 nights in October 2013

Relax and very happy.”

Staff, Canteen and Pricing
Reviewed October 30, 2013

We're happy your had a good time, Weesit!

Responded November 02, 2017
The B.I.G Backpackers
6.7
Good
Andrew from United States
Couple
Twin/ Double
Stayed 2 nights in May 2013

OK for a brief stay, not for seniors.”

convenient location. helpful front desk, money-saving.
Reviewed May 20, 2013

Hi Andrew, We pride ourselves on being accessable for all ages. Hopefully you will return in the future!

Responded November 02, 2017
The B.I.G Backpackers
8.7
Excellent
Martin from Germany
Couple
Twin/ Double
Stayed 5 nights in February 2013

Great budget-option in Capetown (Green Point)”

superb staff, great room-rates, brand-new and nicely furnished
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Thank you for your review, Martin! Please come and stay with us again soon!

Responded November 02, 2017
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