Cape Town is a city filled with breathtaking landscapes, lively culture, and unique experiences. From Table Mountain to the picturesque coastline, Cape Town is a destination that offers something for everyone.
For those looking to explore the city while staying in affordable accommodation, the best hostels in Cape Town with private rooms are the perfect option. These hostels offer comfortable and private spaces to rest after a long day of adventures, while still providing opportunities to meet fellow travelers and experience the vibrant hostel culture of Cape Town.
In this article, we will explore the absolute top hostels in Cape Town that offer private rooms for the ultimate backpacking experience.
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SaltyCrax Backpackers & Surflodge is a great place for water-sports enthusiasts, located near Blouberg's beautiful white beaches and the famous Kite beach.
SaltyCrax Backpackers & Surflodge offers affordable and comfortable accommodation, with amenities such as luggage storage, laundry service, and free Wi-Fi. The area has much to offer, including extreme sports like skydiving, wind surfing, kite surfing, and abseiling down Table Mountain. There are also peaceful horse rides on the beach, whale watching, and hikes through the West coast nature reserve.
SaltyCrax Backpackers & Surflodge is located walking distance to shopping malls, nightlife, and restaurants, and only 20 minutes from the busy city center. The hostel is conveniently located to arrange tours, making it the perfect place to stay for those looking to get away or explore South Africa's beauty.
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Cape Town Surf Hostel & Lodge is a comfortable and spacious accommodation located near the popular kitesurf, surf and windsurf spots of Table Bay in Cape Town, South Africa. The hostel is situated only 100m away from Bloubergstrand beach, offering guests a breathtaking panoramic view of Table Mountain and the City Bowl.
Cape Town Surf Hostel & Lodge comprises three separate houses built on over 2000m2 of property with a maximum of 8 people per house. Each house has a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable living and dining room. The hostel offers facilities for email, fax, phone calls, airport transfers, and car hire.
The owners, who reside in the hostel, are available to provide hints and tips on trips and excursions around the Western Cape or further afield. The consistent wind and surf make the Blouberg area a world-class location for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing.
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The BIG is a newly renovated boutique Lodge located in the Green Point neighborhood of Cape Town. It offers guests a combination of hotel-style service and cleanliness with the social atmosphere of a hostel at affordable rates.
The BIG features unique and stylishly decorated rooms with en suite bathrooms that are serviced daily. There are many communal areas to socialize, including a dining room that leads into a fully equipped kitchen, a TV/chill-out room, and a book swap/library area. Guests can also relax at the sparkling pool and experience a traditional South African braai BBQ regularly.
The BIG provides free high-speed fiber WIFI, a daily breakfast, and helpful information about activities and tours in and around Cape Town. The guest house is located on a tranquil street below Signal Hill and is within a 10-minute walk of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Green Point Stadium, local shops, restaurants, clubs, bars, and a gym and fitness center.
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Villa Viva is a Guest House and social business that provides a space for creative work, social projects, and celebrations.
It consists of four Victorian houses located in the heart of Cape Town, with high ceilings, wooden floors, and tin-pressed ceilings in one of the houses. The property features a range of courtyards, community spaces, a bar, and a ceremony tent, which creates a small village-like atmosphere.
Villa Viva aims to promote togetherness and a connection with nature through its colorful garden, refreshing poolside, and views of Table Mountain. The property is cashless and does not accept any cash payment.
Villa Viva supports water-related projects through Viva con Agua (VcA), an all-profit community that aims to provide water for all and create meaningful experiences for those who support and join VcA.
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Zebra Crossing Backpacker Lodge is a quiet and family-friendly hostel situated at the base of Table Mountain in Cape Town. The hostel is located near various cafes, cinemas, museums, and supermarkets, and it is centrally located just up from the trendy Kloof Street.
The vibrant Long Street is just a 5-minute walk away, and it takes only 5 minutes by taxi to reach the Waterfront and Table Mountain Cableway, as well as the famous beaches of Cape Town.
Zebra Crossing Backpacker Lodge has a garden and courtyards with a barbeque, a fully equipped kitchen, and a cafe with internet access. Additionally, the hostel has the Blue Skies Travel Center, which can arrange all travel arrangements. Some of the rooms offer beautiful views of Table Mountain.
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MOY Guesthouse & Backpackers is a luxurious hostel located in the central suburb of Green Point. The hostel provides stylish double rooms and six-sleeper bunk rooms that are perfect for solo travelers, couples, and groups.
MOY Guesthouse & Backpackers's bunk beds are custom-built and offer comfort and convenience with an extra-length, two-meter quality mattress, privacy curtains, reading lights, individual in-bed plug and USB points, and under bed lockers for storing valuables.
MOY Guesthouse & Backpackers also offers assistance in booking tours and activities, as well as advice on the best ways to spend time in the city.
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Never At Home Kloof Street is an adventure-led accommodation and travel brand in Cape Town, offering a range of accommodation options including private king/twin rooms and shared rooms. The property features a shared kitchen, free high-speed fibre optic Wi-Fi, a chillout lounge, work/meeting space areas, and an internet zone/book exchange.
Never At Home Kloof Street offers a variety of in-house restaurants and bars, such as Hudsons, Yours Truly, Cafe deli, and Blondie's, where guests can experience local food and drinks. The property is located in Gardens, a vibrant area of Cape Town, close to popular sites and activities like Long Street, Table Mountain, and Lions Head.
Never At Home Kloof Street offers daily free activities and can help guests book tours and activities, such as surfing lessons, wine tasting trips, and skydiving. Reception is open 24 hours, and the staff are knowledgeable city ambassadors who are happy to offer travel tips and advice.
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91 Loop Boutique Hostel is a chic and modern hostel located in the heart of Cape Town. The hostel provides a 24-hour front desk, a resto-bar, and a courtyard with outdoor seating and murals. They offer en-suite private and dormitory rooms, as well as unique air-conditioned pod accommodation.
91 Loop Boutique Hostel is located just a few blocks up from Central Station and one block away from both Bree Street and Long Street. Green Market Square is right down the road, and V&A Waterfront is about a 15-minute walk. Features of the hostel include extra-long beds, reading lights, electric plugs, and keycard lockable storage space.
Always included in the stay is a free breakfast, free fiber-speed WiFi, free city walking tours, and towels and linen. Additionally, there is a full-service in-house travel agent offering over 100 tours and adventures, and regular free walking tours around the city.
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