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Cape Town is many things to many different travelers, but it seems fairly universal that it is considered one of the most beautiful cities on planet earth.

But with so many accommodation options, it can be difficult and overwhelming to know which hostel to book.

Which is exactly why I made this list of the 20 best hostels in Cape Town.

Reviewed by YOUR travel needs, this list of the 20 best hostels in Cape Town will show you some of the finest properties this city has to offer for when you are backpacking South Africa.

Whether you are looking to party, chill, get some work done, or get some privacy, this list of the best hostels in Cape Town will show you the best options so you can book your hostel quickly, and focus on what matters – backpacking Cape Town!

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Best Hostels in Cape Town

Cape Town is stunning! Welcome to our guide to the best hostels in Cape Town

 

How to pick the best hostels in Cape Town

People forget that South Africa is absolutely huge (3 times the size of Germany!), so whether you are staying in Cape Town for a while, or heading West to backpack Namibia, it’s good to get an idea of what your next move is.

When picking the best hostels in South Africa, there were a few things I took into consideration…

  • Location – Cape Town is big, and it has a ton of areas that are super dangerous. The good news is that these areas are easily avoided. But the bad news is that the public transit in Cape Town is average at best, and it can be difficult to get around. Having said that, try and book a hostel near an area you are interested in seeing. It’ll save you a ton of time and anxiety.
  • Price – was able to hack it on $56 a day by international standards, Cape Town is slightly above cheap, but is still affordable. Kristin from Be My Travel Muse, but I think it’s possible to do less comfortably.
  • Amenities – South Africa has one of the coolest, most developed hostel scenes in the world. While they all don’t offer free breakfast (but many do!) you’ll feel you’ll get your money’s worth out of the overall value these hostels provide.

Psst! Heading to a hostel? Don’t forget to pack a padlock! It’s well worth having one so you can secure your locker and protect your stuff!

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  • Swimming Pool
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tbb2-table__image Best Cheap Hostel in Cape TownBest Cheap Hostel in Cape TownLight House Lodge

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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Couples in Cape TownBest Hostel for Couples in Cape TownBohemian Lofts Backpackers

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tbb2-table__image Best Party Hostel in Cape TownBest Party Hostel in Cape TownLong Street Backpackers

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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Cape TownBest Hostel for Digital Nomads in Cape TownAwesome Backpackers

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The 20 best hostels in Cape Town

Different people look for different things in a hostel. Luckily, Cape Town’s hostel scene caters to everyone! These are the 20 best hostels in Cape Town.

Editor’s Note: Check out our neighborhood breakdown on where to stay in Cape Town too!

 

Overall Best Hostel in Cape Town – Never@Home Cape Town

Never Home Best Hostels in Cape Town

Never Home is one of the best hostels in Cape Town South Adrica

• $$$
• Swimming Pool
• Free City Tour
• Restaurant/Bar

A real favourite, we’d say that Never@Home is the overall best hostel in Cape Town in 2018. Not only does this cool Cape Town hostel provide the perfect mix of fun, partying, and chill time, plus super-high standards of cleanliness and security, but it’s also in a fantastic location near the V & A Waterfront. Dorms come in different sizes, and there are dorms for females only and private rooms. Guests have private lockers, access is by key card, and there’s round-the-clock security. With a lively bar, delicious food, regular events, swimming pool, BBQ, tour desk, free city tour, kitchen, book exchange, and free Wi-Fi, what more could a backpacker wish for?

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Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Cape Town – 91 Loop

91 Loop Best Hostel for Solo Traveller in Cape Town

Easy to make friends – 91 Loop is our pick for best hostel for solo travelers in Cape Town

• $$
• Free Breakfast
• Restaurant/Bar
• Key Card Access

A sociable and comfortable Cape Town backpackers hostel, 91 Loop has heaps of facilities and freebies. Modern and clean, it’s right in the centre of vibrant Cape Town. Funky artwork covers the courtyard walls and inside you’ll find a restaurant-cum-bar (where guests enjoy discounts!) and a tour desk. Free walking tours, laundry facilities, bike parking, free Wi-Fi, and inclusive breakfasts sweeten any stay, and the pods, with lockers, reading lights, and individual power outlets, make bedtimes more comfortable. The chatty staff members arrange various fun events and competitions throughout the week, such as drinking games, quizzes, and live music. All in all, this is the best hostel in Cape Town for solo travellers.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Cape Town – Light House Lodge

Lighthouse Lodge South Africa best hostel in Cape Town

Lighthouse Lodge is the best budget/cheap hostel in Cape Town for 2018

• $
• Jobs Board
• Swimming Pool
• Café

Our recommendation for the best cheap hostel in Cape Town is hands down Light House Lodge. The budget prices don’t mean that they scrimp though; facilities include an outdoor pool, café, terrace, common room, book exchange, and kitchen. You can catch up with your dirty washing here too. Wi-Fi is free and the jobs board comes in handy if you’re planning to stick around and work for a while. Dorms range from four to 14, and there are private twin, double, and family rooms too. Add Light House Lodge to your list of best budget/cheap hostels in Cape Town.

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Best Hostel for Couples in Cape Town – Bohemian Lofts Backpackers

Bohemian Lofts Best Hostels for Couples in Cape Town

Lots of amenities make Bohemian Lofts our best hostel for couples in Cape Town

• $$
• Free Breakfast
• Lockers
• Tour Desk

The child- and pet-friendly Bohemian Lofts Backpackers has heaps to put a smile on your face. Clean and comfy, the amazing double rooms look more like accommodation from a boutique hotel, making it one of the best hostels in Cape Town for couples. Free breakfast and Wi-Fi help you save money in addition to cooking your own meals in the communal kitchen. Relaxed and friendly, there’s a tour desk and steam room to get sweaty together. The location, in Observatory, is terrific, with shops, restaurants, bars, and more nearby, making it one of the best hostels in Cape Town.

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Best Party Hostel in Cape Town – Long Street Backpackers

Killer location – Longstreet Hostels is the best party hostel in Cape Town

• $$
• Bar
• Games Room
• Lockers

If you’re looking for the best party hostel in Cape Town, look no further my friends. Long Street Backpackers knows how to have fun. It’s the way they roll. Slap bang in party central, Long Street is bursting with bars, clubs, and places to grab a bite to eat. Don’t eat out on Sundays though—everyone gets free stew! The onsite bar keeps the cheap beer flowing and the people make everything way too beautiful. Safe and secure, the hostel provides everything you need to recharge your batteries too: a pool table, chill-out room, kitchen, and outdoor areas.

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Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Cape Town – Awesome Backpackers

Awesome Backpackers Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Cape Town

Awesome Backpackers is our pick for top hostel for Digital Nomads in Cape Town

• $$$
• Swimming Pool
• Games Room
• Laundry Facilities

The fast and free Wi-Fi combined with plenty of places to sit and work makes Awesome Backpackers, in our eyes, the best hostel for digital nomads in Cape Town. Heck, you could even check your emails and make some money while sitting right by the swimming pool. Isn’t that just the stuff that travellers’ dreams are made of?! It shouldn’t be all work, work, work, though; treat yourself to a soak in the Jacuzzi and let your hair down in the evenings with the fun parties.

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More of the best hostels in Cape Town

Need a bit more inspiration? We’ve got you covered with 14 more of the best hostels in Cape Town. There’s definitely plenty to choose from!

 

33 South Backpackers

33 South Backpackers Best Hostels in Cape Town

• $$
• Free Breakfast
• Bar
• Laundry Facilities

An energetic hostel, 33 South Backpackers knows how to party! One of the coolest hostels in Cape Town, there’s something fun every night of the week. Fridays are especially popular with the lively BBQ and plenty of meaty deliciousness. Free walking tours show you the sights of the surrounding youthful area—Observatory—and you can easily book tours and surf lessons onsite too. Freebies include breakfast, parking, and Wi-Fi and home comforts include laundry facilities, a shared kitchen, a terrace, and a book exchange. All guests have a locker and the dorms have bags of style.

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The Surf Shack

The Surf Shack Best Hostels in Cape Town

Th surf shack is a great youth hostel in Cape Town

• $$
• Swimming Pool
• Hot Tub and Steam Room
• Pool Table

A top hostel in Cape Town for sporty souls and travellers who crave adventure, The Surf Shack excels at thrills and excitement, and is one of the best cheap hostels in Cape Town. Mellow and carefree, live the beach life in comfort and discover the nearby beach and vibrant local area. Surfing, kitesurfing, and stand-up paddle boarding are just a few ways to get the adrenalin pumping. Outside there’s a swimming pool and patio, hammocks, BBQ, and sun loungers, while indoors you can relax in two cosy lounges. TVs, music, a pool table, PS3, and a dart board well and truly send boredom packing. Other top-notch facilities include a kitchen, laundry facilities, parking, and secure storage for sports gear, all of which contribute to it being one of the best hostels in Cape Town.

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Zebra Crossing

Zebra Crossing Best Hostels in Cape Town

• $$
• Onsite Restaurant/Bar
• Tour Desk
• Luggage Storage

The tranquil Zebra Crossing is a place for peace and Zen-like calm. The family-friendly pad is ideal for backpackers who value time and space to chill. Privacy-seeking solo travellers can check-in to a single room, and there are also private rooms for two or three as well as an eight-bed dorm. You’ll definitely be able to find your happy place between the two lounges and the large courtyard. Whip up a feast in the kitchen or the outdoor BBQ or grab something tasty from the café. Wi-Fi is free and there’s a tour desk.

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Cape Town Backpackers

Cape Town Backpackers Best Hostels in Cape Town

Cape Town Backpackers is one of the best hostels in Cape Town

• $$$
• BBQ
• Bar/Cafe
• Laundry Facilities

The award-winning Cape Town Backpackers hostel has everything you need for a home-from-home in Cape Town, plus a huge selection of rooms. There are mixed and female-only dorms ranging from four to seven as well as private rooms. You can cook for yourself in the kitchen or BBQ or help to support local projects by eating delicious local fare in the café. There are many shared spaces to chill and mingle, and there are heaps of trendy shops and cafes almost outside the door. Free Wi-Fi, a tour desk, laundry facilities, and lockers make this a recommended hostel in Cape Town.

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Simon’s Town Backpackers

Simon’s Town Backpackers best hostels in Cape Town

• $$
• Private Rooms Only
• Bar
• Bike Hire

Located 40 kilometres from Cape Town, Simon’s Town Backpackers is one of the best cheap hostels in Cape Town, plus it’s also close to nature and exploring the gorgeous Cape Peninsula. There are tons of cool adventures to be found, including hiking, biking, whale-watching, fishing, caving, surfing, and diving, not to mention touring vineyards and hopping between bars. While there are only private rooms at this backpackers’ nest, that doesn’t mean you found find a great sociable atmosphere in the lounge and on the terrace—it just means you’ll sleep better! And, there’s no Wi-Fi for a reason—it’s time to disconnect from tech and reconnect with life!

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Atlantic Point Backpackers

Atlantic Point Backpackers Best Hostels in Cape Town

Great for flash packers, Atlantic Point is absolutely one of the best hostels in Cape Town

• $$$
• Inclusive Breakfast
• Swimming Pool
• Games Room

An award-winning accommodation, Atlantic Point Backpackers is a terrific youth hostel in Cape Town. There’s no need to fork out for breakfast or Wi-Fi—they’re free—and the modern and chic hostel has a well-equipped kitchen, BBQ, travel desk, TV lounge, and entertainment room with a pool table and board games. The bar is a great place to meet other guests and the swimming pool lets you cool off in the scorching South African sunshine. Sleeping options include mixed and ladies-only dorms and various-sized private rooms. Airport transfers are easily arranged; you don’t need to hunt down a Cape Town hostel near the airport.

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Cape Surf Hostel

Cape Surf Hostel best hostels in Cape Town

Great location, Cape Surf is one of the top backpacker hostels in Cape Town

• $$
• Swimming Pool
• Bar
• Luggage Storage

Just 100 metres or so from Bloubergstrand beach, endless days of soaking up the sun, swimming, and riding the waves await you at Cape Surf Hostel. This could be the coolest, and one of the best cheap hostels in Cape Town. You can really bond with new buddies, with just eight people per house. Each of the three spacious houses has its own bathrooms, kitchen, and lounge, but everyone can come together at the swimming pool, BBQ area, and outside social areas. There’s no Wi-Fi, but the owners will help you out with connectivity in a pinch. Travellers benefit from lockers, luggage storage, bike parking, and useful travel advice.

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Aloha Lodge

Aloha Lodge Best Hostels in Cape Town

Aloha Lodge is one of the best hostels in South Africa

• $$
• Swimming Pool
• Games Room
• Bar

The cheerful and helpful staff members are a huge plus point for Aloha Lodge, with members of staff really going the extra mile to make sure all guests are having a wonderful time. Watch a stunning sunset from the beach, cool off in the swimming pool, cook up a storm in the kitchen, perfect your BBQing skills, socialise in the bar, and challenge new buddies to a game of pool. There are also laundry facilities—got to be done at some point!—a book exchange, and free Wi-Fi at this recommended hostel in Cape Town.

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The B.I.G.

The B I G Best Hostels in Cape Town

The B I G is a great hostel options for couples in Cape Town

• $$$
• Free Breakfast
• Café
• Swimming Pool

A cool backpackers hostel in Cape Town, The B.I.G. is a boutique hostel in Green Point. The small dorms have large lockers, big enough to fit your whole backpacks inside, for your security. The hostel has a spacious and well-organised shared kitchen and a cosy common room that feels just like you’re sitting in your mate’s living room. The many arty touches will appeal to creative characters. The swimming pool can be hard to ignore on a hot day—why not have a poolside BBQ? Wi-Fi and breakfast are free.

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House on the Hill Backpackers

House on the Hill Backpackers best hostels in Cape Town

House on the Hill is a great backpackers hostel in South Africa

• $$
• Bike Hire
• BBQ
• Laundry Facilities

A top hostel in Cape Town for buddies travelling together, House on the Hill doesn’t have dorms but it does have affordable rooms for two, three, and four. It’s great for couples too. Rooms are spread between two gorgeous homes, both with attractive African-themed décor. All rooms are en-suite and have tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, a TV, and free Wi-Fi. All guests can make full use of the kitchen and BBQ and meet other travellers in the common room.

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The Backpack Cape Town

The Backpack Best Hostels in Cape Town

• $$$+
• Inclusive Breakfast
• Restaurant/Bar
• Swimming Pool

Although The Backpack Cape Town is a fair bit pricier than other Cape Town youth hostels on this list, we felt its long-standing reputation, great location, sense of community spirit, eco-friendly ideas, friendly vibe, and top-class facilities earned it a spec. Besides, everyone should treat themselves to a fancy stay once in a while, right? The hostel can sleep up to 100 people through its trendy dorms and rooms, and housekeeping services are provided. Tuck into a filling free breakfast and savour tasty dishes from the resto-bar if you don’t dig cooking. Other awesome stuff includes a swimming pool, community gift shop, tour desk, ATM, and free Wi-Fi.

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A Sunflower Stop

A Sunflower Stop Best Hostels in Cape Town

• $$
• Free Breakfast
• Bar
• Swimming Pool

Situated in the city centre, A Sunflower Stop is one of the all-round best hostels in Cape Town. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed and people meet and mingle at the swimming pool, in the bar, and in the lounge. Buddy up with like-minded souls to cook dinner or head out with your new pals for days and nights about town. A sunny place in Cape Town, A Sunflower Stop isn’t lacking when it comes to handy amenities; there’s free Wi-Fi, breakfast, and all-day coffee, laundry facilities, tour desk, book exchange, currency exchange, bike hire, and more.

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HomeBase Cape Town Backpackers

Home Base Best Hostels in Cape Town

• $$
• Free Breakfast
• Bar
• ATM

The themed rooms at HomeBase Cape Town Backpackers are comfortable and lockers are provided. This is a place that takes shared sleeping arrangements to the extremes, though; the smallest dorm sleeps four, while the biggest dorm accommodates 36 people. Yikes, that’s more than 70 eyes, ears, and feet in one room! There’s also a female-only dorm for six and private rooms for two, three, and four. The rooftop bar provides the perfect setting to try and remember all your roomies’ names (or not … !), and other shared areas include the kitchen and TV lounge. Give this youth hostel in Cape Town a try!

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Ashanti Lodge Gardens

Ashanti Lodge Gardens Best Hostels in Cape Town

• $$$
• Restaurant/Bar
• Swimming Pool
• Jobs Board

Ashanti Lodge Gardens is a cool backpackers hostel in Cape Town, offering bags of comfort, class, fun, and frolics. Dormitory beds have private lockers, power outlets, and reading lights, and there’s a female-only dorm in addition to the mixed rooms. Mix up mealtimes between the onsite restaurant/bar and busting out your best masterchef moves in the kitchen. Breakfast is free. Unwind by the swimming pool or in the TV room, sunbathe on the deck, grab a cue, rack the balls (!!!) and play some pool, or live it large in the lively bar.

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Conclusion to the Best Hostels in Cape Town

If you are heading to Cape Town, get excited for a once in a lifetime experience. With the help of this guide to the best hostels in Cape Townca, you’ll know exactly which is the best hostel for you, so you can enjoy this amazing city.

And as a reminder, if you can’t decide which hostel to book, our number one recommendation is Never@Home Cape Town

Never Home Best Hostels in Cape Town

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