Cape Town Hostels

Hostels in Cape Town and its surrounding areas. Cheap accommodations on a budget in Cape Town.


The Best Hostels in Cape Town

With its picturesque beaches, waterfront bistros and scenic reserves, it’s no wonder Cape Town has been hailed one of the Top 10 most beautiful cities in the world. And, after spending your days penguin-watching on Boulders Beach, roaming through Kirstenbosch botanical gardens and sipping on Vintage Port at the Cape Winelands, you won’t want your trip to be tarnished by a bad night’s sleep.

Luckily, finding a cheap Cape Town hostel is not too hard a task for the discerning traveller. A far cry from the tacky student residences of yesteryear, these quality accommodations have certainly upped their game, offering all the modern conveniences of their hotel counterparts. To provide you with some guidance, here are our Top 3 picks of Cape Town hostels.

Atlantic Point Hostel

Atlantic Point Backpackers
Opened in June 2010, Atlantic Point Backpackers is the newest backpackers lodge in Cape Town. Situated in a newly restored grand three-storey mansion, the hostel is perfectly positioned in Green Point, only 1km from the waterfront and 750m from the new Green Point Station. Operating under the axiom that ‘comfort is key’, every private and dorm room has been uniquely decorated with specific attention to chic design detail. Also on offer is a self-catering kitchen, entertainment area and guest lounge complete with 40 inch flatscreen TV. Dorm rooms are available from €12.84 per night.

Daddy Long HostelDaddy Long Legs Boutique Hotel

One part hostel, one part gallery, staying at Daddy Long Legs is like being part of an interactive art exhibition! Each of the thirteen boutique rooms is uniquely decorated by a different artist – one takes the design of an emergency room, the other is a fantasy sound studio (complete with five microphones and theatre-style spotlights), a third contains no less than 2500 rolls of Mentos mints built into the furniture. In one word: wow. Daddy Long Legs Boutique Hostel is situated on Long Street in the heart of Cape Town City centre. With its vibrant communal lounge, friendly clientele and creative vibe, this is a great place to meet fellow travellers while exploring the local area. Private ensuite rooms are available from €52.15 per person per night.

Cape Town HostelThe Backpack and Africa Travel Centre

A nice alternative to the brand new Atlantic Point, the Backpack and Africa Travel Centre is South Africa’s oldest and original backpackers hostel. And, after 19 years of practice, they’ve certainly got it right! Graded as a 5-star accommodation by The South African Grading Council, the hostel offers 33 ethnically-decorated private and dorm rooms, in addition to a self-catering kitchen, internet access, café/bar, car hire, barbeque nights, pool competitions, knitting materials and soccer volunteer projects. Both private and dorm rooms are available from €12.84 per night.

For more accommoation options, there are lots of  Cape Town Hotels for travelers on any budget.