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Big Blue Backpackers
Big Blue Backpackers
Big Blue Backpackers
Big Blue Backpackers
Big Blue Backpackers
Big Blue Backpackers
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8

Excellent

568 reviews

568 reviews

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8.8

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Parking
FREE
Popular landmarks
Two Oceans Aquarium 550 m
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront 1.2 km
Lion's Head 1.2 km
Signal Hill 1.2 km
Table Mountain 5.1 km
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden 8.9 km
Robben Island Museum 12.8 km
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony 31.8 km
Cape Point Nature Reserve 49.4 km
Cape of Good Hope 50.0 km
Nearby landmarks
Wallflower 110 m
Klûk & CGDT 110 m
Monk Bar 200 m
Dr B M Sher 260 m
Meadowridge Baptist Church 420 m
Green Point Track 440 m
Nobel Square 450 m
Ultra Liquors 460 m
Cape Medical Museum 470 m
Avenue Conference and Event Venue 500 m

Big Blue Backpackers

7 Vesperdene Road, Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001 - See map

The car parking and the Wi-Fi are always free, so you can stay in touch and come and go as you please. Strategically situated in Green Point, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Table Mountain. Rated with 4 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to restaurant and indoor pool on-site.

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Highlights

Located in heart of Cape Town

Front desk [24-hour]

Airport transport

700 meters to public transportation

Inside city center

Facilities

Transport to airport

Pets allowed

Car park

Shuttle service

Swimming pool [outdoor]

Golf course [on-site]

Complimentary WIFi in all rooms

Front desk [24-hour]

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Cape Town every 6 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.2
Distance to city center2.2 km
Location rating8.8
Nearest airportCape Town International Airport (CPT)
Distance to airport18.8 km

Rooms available at Big Blue Backpackers

Excellent
Room comfort & quality

8.7

10 Bed Female Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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8 Bedded Female Dormitory
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 bunk bed
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Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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6-Bed Mixed Dorm
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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Double Room with Shared Facilities
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • Mountain view
  • 1 double bed
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Family Room with Bathroom
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 double bed and 2 bunk bed...
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4-Bed Family Room with Shared Facilities
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 double bed and 2 bunk bed...
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Double Room with Private Bathroom
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 double bed
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6-Bed Family Room with Shared Facilities
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  • Room size: 16 m²/172 ft²
  • Outdoor view
  • 1 queen bed and 4 bunk beds
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Twin Room with Shared Facilities
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • Shower
  • 2 single beds
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Big Blue Backpackers?

Check-in is from 12:00 PM, 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 hostel 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 Big Blue Backpackers?

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

Is breakfast offered at Big Blue Backpackers?

Wake up to a great continental breakfast at Big Blue Backpackers.

What is the smoking policy at Big Blue Backpackers?

Big Blue Backpackers does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Big Blue Backpackers?

The closest train, metro, or bus station is MyCiTi Station Granger Bay, 690 m away from Big Blue Backpackers.

What restaurants are nearby Big Blue Backpackers?

Big Blue Backpackers’s neighborhood is Green Point which includes popular restaurants such as Vida e Café, Mano's and Yumcious.

What are popular attractions near Big Blue Backpackers?

Big Blue Backpackers’s location in the Green Point neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Cape Town Stadium (Green Point Stadium), Nobel Square and Meadowridge Baptist Church.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Big Blue Backpackers?

Big Blue Backpackers is located within Green Point, which makes it conveniently close to natural sights including Three Anchor Bay.

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What people love about Big Blue Backpackers

  • 7.2

    Very good

    "Great place for a solo traveler."

    Melisha

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    February 21, 2022

  • 10

    Exceptional
    Location

    "This is an affordable hostel to stay at and walking distance to woolworths (a supermarket), restaurants, waterfront, malls, and cafes."

    Rebekka

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    October 28, 2018

  • 9.2

    Exceptional
    Location

    "Grocery stores nearby, bus stop less than two blocks away."

    Sarah

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    September 24, 2018

Property ranking|Compared to 3,060 Cape Town properties
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Room comfort score
8.7/10
Location score
8.8/10
Value for money score
8.2/10
Service score
8.1/10
Better than
99
%
of Cape Town properties
Better than
96
%
of Cape Town properties
Better than
95
%
of Cape Town properties
Better than
94
%
of Cape Town properties
Overall rating:

8

Excellent
568 reviews
Cleanliness
7.4
Facilities
7.0
Location
8.8
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More about Big Blue Backpackers

More about Big Blue Backpackers

Big Blue Backpackers

Big Blue Backpackers is the perfect choice for travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Cape Town. Experience an urban escape in Cape Town with a stay at Big Blue Backpackers, with its exceptional location right in the city center.
Big Blue Backpackers offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest. Free internet access provided within the hostel keeps you connected throughout your stay. Airport transfer services can be booked before your check-in date, to ensure a smooth and convenient arrival or departure. Car hire and shuttle services provided by the hostel make exploring Cape Town even more convenient.
For guests arriving by car, parking is provided free of charge. Always get the assistance you need with front desk services including luggage storage and safety deposit boxes. Booking the best tickets and getting the hottest restaurant reservations are made easy with help from the hostel's ticket service and tours. For longer stays or whenever you need it, the dry cleaning service and laundry service keep your favorite travel outfits clean and available.
Feel like doing nothing? Available services like room service and daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your time at the Big Blue Backpackers. For health reasons, smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the hostel. For guests who would like to smoke, the designated smoking areas are available.
All guestrooms at Big Blue Backpackers provide guests with a range of amenities to ensure a restful night. Enjoy your stay even more at the hostel, knowing that some selected rooms include linen service. For a bit of entertainment, guests will find daily newspaper available in some selected rooms. Bathroom amenities are just as important as others, and at the hostel you'll find towels available in some guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

Each morning you can start the day with a delicious in-house breakfast offered at Big Blue Backpackers. Don't start your vacation days without your morning coffee, available every morning in the café. A number of great dining options at the hostel assures that you'll always have convenient and delicious choices. A great night out couldn't be easier! Enjoy a fun evening without traveling outside at the bar.
Are you a great cook? Make your own meals in-house at the hostel's BBQ facilities and shared kitchen.
Big Blue Backpackers offers unique recreational opportunities for all guests. A beach that's accessible right from the hostel puts you close to the ocean during your stay. Don't forget to make a visit or two to the hostel's pool. Beat the hot weather with cooling water activities like non-motorized water sports.
Challenge your travel group members or other guests to competitive fun, with the hostel's golf course on site and hiking trails. Family time on relaxed evenings is easy with the hostel's library, games room and shared lounge and TV area.


Around the property

Don't miss out on all that Cape Town has to offer! Boat lovers will want to stop by Victoria & Alfred Waterfront located 1.1 km away for oceanside views and a marina environment.


Reasons to stay here

Find rooms here that are cheaper than 96% of all other options in the city.
Compared to the city's accommodation options, this hostel scored higher than 96% of them for food and dining.
According to guests who stayed here, this hostel's room comfort is rated higher than 98% of other accommodations in Cape Town.

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Amenities and facilities
Very good
Facilities

7

Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping

2 mentions

Swimming Pool

1 mention

Internet

1 mention

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German

Internet access

  • Complimentary WIFi in all rooms
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Billiards
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Golf course [on-site]
  • Hiking
  • On-site entertainment
  • Pub crawl
  • Swimming pool [indoor]
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Table tennis
  • Ticket services
  • Tours
  • Water sports (non-motorized)

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Doctor/nurse on call
  • First aid kit
  • Free face masks
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Individually-wrapped food options
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Room sanitization opt-out available
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Shared stationery removed
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • BBQ facilities
  • Coffee shop
  • Grocery delivery
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurants
  • Room service
  • Shared kitchen

Services and conveniences

  • Cash withdrawal
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Currency conversion service
  • Daily cleaning
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Heating in public area
  • Invoice provided
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace

For the kids

  • Family room

Land sports

  • Golf course (within 3 km)

Access

  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Check-in/out [private]
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Safety/security feature
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms

Getting around

  • Bicycle parking
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [nearby]
  • Rental car
  • Shuttle service
  • Transport to airport
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • Continental
Location
7 Vesperdene Road, Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001
Excellent
Location

8.8

Public transportation

  • MyCiTi Station Granger Bay
    690 m
  • MyCiTi Station Waterfront
    1.2 km

Airports

  • Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
    18.8 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Dr B M Sher
    260 m

Shopping

  • The Old Biscuit Mill
    4.6 km

Convenience store

  • Pick n Pay Express
    790 m

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM on-site
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Two Oceans Aquarium
    550 m
  • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    1.2 km
  • Lion's Head
    1.2 km
  • Signal Hill
    1.2 km
  • Table Mountain
    5.1 km
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    8.9 km
  • Robben Island Museum
    12.8 km
  • Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
    31.8 km
  • Cape Point Nature Reserve
    49.4 km
  • Cape of Good Hope
    50.0 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Wallflower
    110 m
  • Klûk & CGDT
    110 m
  • Monk Bar
    200 m
  • Dr B M Sher
    260 m
  • Meadowridge Baptist Church
    420 m
  • Green Point Track
    440 m
  • Nobel Square
    450 m
  • Ultra Liquors
    460 m
  • Cape Medical Museum
    470 m
  • Avenue Conference and Event Venue
    500 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds vary by room. Please check each room's capacity for details.

All children are welcome.

Children 0-17 year(s)
Must use an extra bed
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 18 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking 6 or more rooms, special policies may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from12:00
  • Check-out until11:00
  • Reception open until00:00

Getting around

  • Distance from city center2.2 km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)22

Extras

  • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee0 ZAR

The property

  • Number of bars/lounges1
  • Number of floors2
  • Number of restaurants0
  • Number of rooms 20
  • Room voltage240
  • Year property opened1996
  • Most recent renovation0

Reviews of Big Blue Backpackers from real guests

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7.9
/
10
Cleanliness7.4
Facilities7.0
Location8.8
Room comfort and quality8.7
Service8.1
Value for money8.2
High score for Cape Town
Rating
9+ Exceptional (10)
8-9 Excellent (3)
7-8 Very Good (6)
6-7 Good (3)
<6 Below Expectation (5)
Time of the year
Mar - May (4)
Jun - Aug (2)
Sep - Nov (10)
Dec - Feb (11)
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9.2
Exceptional
Jan from Poland
Couple
Family Room with Bathroom
Stayed 5 nights in October 2016

Very nice stay at Big Blue”

We've had a very nice stay Big Blue Backpackers. Can't complain about hostel cleanness and staff helpfulness. The location in Green Point is also a plus. Only thing to complain is internet connection in the reception area which is slow but the cat living there can make it up :) Cool atmosphere !

Reviewed November 08, 2016

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10.0
Exceptional
Deokhun from South Korea
Solo traveler
6-Bed Mixed Dorm
Stayed 3 nights in June 2018

Hi i'm a korean guy”

This place is perfect stay for solo traveler. There's a guy who is very friendly also tell information about Cape Town. Also the manager from this stay seems to have strict regulation about robbery. so i can stay without worrying about missing my things for 4days.

Reviewed July 01, 2018

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6.0
Nicholas from Singapore
Solo traveler
Family Room with Bathroom
Stayed 14 nights in December 2019

Good Location. Some Modernisation would be useful. ”

I have stayed at the facility previously which is why I chose the place again. Its situated equally between the V&A Waterfront and Caspe Town City Centre which is good. Its a L late Victorian period mansion house which was formerly the residence of the Harbour Master of Cape Town with newer extensions and an extra accpommodation annex at the rear of the main building. The staff are very nice and helpful. There is a complimentary breakfast. However, I believe that the building could do with a new coat of white paint throughout and some aspects of modernisation to make it look brighter and more welcoming, as it looks jaded. They are tolerant of people smoking pot in the facility as laws in South Africa have recently changed, however this policy is not entirely suitable for all guests as families with children may stay there too. For the reasons mentioned above some guests I know chose to leave early to stay elsewhere.

Reviewed January 04, 2020

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9.0
Exceptional
Tessa from United States
Group
Twin Room
Stayed 2 nights in May 2015

Great place to stay for cheap!”

location, cheap, clean

I really enjoyed staying here. It was cheap and convenient. In a good location! The staff were friendly and helpful :)

Reviewed June 09, 2015

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7.0
Very good
Ellen from Netherlands
Couple
Twin Room
Stayed 5 nights in March 2015

it was a nice hostel, fine room and good location.”

1) location 2) nice ambiance 3) clean

Good experience! Great location! Friendly staff. But we had private room, but wasn't cleaned while we were there. And not many toilets and bathrooms, the were clean but not in really great condition

Reviewed April 06, 2015

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6.8
Good
Vanessa from South Africa
Solo traveler
6-Bed Mixed Dorm
Stayed 1 night in September 2019

Awesome vibe with puppy & kitty kn site but.... ”

So as much as i loved seeing the loving animals and hippie vibe friendly long-haired manager. The bigger picture organisation amd routine was lacking and breakfast was chaos with no routine or process or hygiene involved, the kitchen was the same - burnt pots & pans and under-staffed by the look of it. So for the R101 gemerally charged for a dorm bunk bed it does seem a tad expensive considering for R30 more one gets organised clean experiences #honestythebestpolicy 😀

Reviewed September 18, 2019

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10.0
Exceptional
Rebekka from United States
Solo traveler
10 Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 7 nights in October 2018

Great and affordable ”

I've met many great friends here. This is an affordable hostel to stay at and walking distance to woolworths (a supermarket), restaurants, waterfront, malls, and cafes. There are local buses you can take to visit the city.

Reviewed October 28, 2018

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9.7
Exceptional
KANJAL from Malaysia
Solo traveler
10 Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 2 nights in March 2015

Excellent location, helpful staff and clean place ”

eventhough we had to share the toilets, but surprisingly they were clean. Everyone was friendly and extremely helpful. The location is also great!

I had a great time staying here. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is traveling solo or just need a place to bunk for the night. There is plenty of services there, it will feel like home.

Reviewed March 25, 2015

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9.2
Exceptional
Brenda from South Africa
Solo traveler
10 Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 7 nights in October 2017

A great accommodation with breakfast in the morning, very clean .”

All clean and nice but I just want to suggest a ladder for the double bed because it was difficult to climb up and also they must put a handwash and a towel to dry hands in the toilet.

Reviewed October 23, 2017

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9.2
Exceptional
Sarah from United States
Solo traveler
8 Bedded Female Dormitory
Stayed 3 nights in September 2018

Exceptional”

Great place, good location and accessibility to waterfront. Grocery stores nearby, bus stop less than two blocks away. Easy to prepare food. Outlets not always close to bunks.

Reviewed September 25, 2018

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9.3
Exceptional
Soo from South Korea
Solo traveler
Double En-Suite
Stayed 2 nights in January 2015

Friendly and casual”

very clean. Staffs are very nice. I would love to stay there again if i get to go to cape town. Also the location is just perfect. Safe and near from waterfront and civic centre

clean. Nice. Location very safe and good. There is a supermarket as well right down the main road

Reviewed January 13, 2015

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10.0
Exceptional
marie from South Africa
Couple
Twin Room
Stayed 3 nights in March 2018

Close to everything. You can park your car and walk to the Waterfront and Staduim, ”

Lot of eating places nearby. Near the beginning and ending of the Argus, and that is super.

Reviewed March 15, 2018

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8.4
Excellent
Simon from Australia
Group
Family Room with Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in February 2017

Nice location rooms are not bad but there is cheaper. Overall almost all staff are pleasant ”

Great place to walk from and definitely in a safe and comfy area. Not far from waterfront etc

Reviewed February 04, 2017

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6.3
Good
Man from Hong Kong SAR, China
Couple
Double En-Suite
Stayed 1 night in August 2015

Good price and service but no heating ”

location, service and kitchen

Very nice staff. V good value of money. However there is no heating. And for those allergic to cat hair, you may want to avoid this hotel.

Reviewed August 31, 2015

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7.2
Very good
Delray from South Africa
Group
10 Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 1 night in October 2018

Night away”

Had no problem with the place but i think it needs to be updated a little sometimes you feel like chilling where you at.... i made a booking for 9 but then we were separated...

Reviewed October 08, 2018

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8.0
Excellent
Emily from United States
Solo traveler
10 Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 7 nights in December 2014

Great location”

Near public transit, and v and a water front. Shower time was a little hectic.

Reviewed November 12, 2016

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4.0
tiffany from United Kingdom
Couple
Double Bed Private Shared Bathroom
Stayed 8 nights in September 2016

Filthy, run down hostel, for locals not tourists”

Good location but everything else was terrible. Dirty bedding, dirty hostel, rude receptionist, would not want to prepare a meal in the kitchen, the pool is too filthy to swim in. The rooms are not secure

Reviewed October 02, 2016

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8.0
Excellent
Simbarashe from Zimbabwe
Solo traveler
8 Bedded Female Dormitory
Stayed 7 nights in February 2015

Good value for money ”

The staff, the travelers & the location

It was great

Reviewed February 15, 2015

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5.2
Delray from South Africa
Group
Dormitory 11 bed
Stayed 1 night in October 2018

OVER NIGHT”

wasnt really what we wanted but had fun afterwards.

Reviewed September 06, 2019

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7.3
Very good
Jitin from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
Twin Room
Stayed 3 nights in October 2015

Epic”

Staff, location and cleanliness

Epic

Reviewed October 16, 2015

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