Urban Hive Backpackers




The Hostelz.com Review

Urban Hive Backpackers is one of many backpackers’ hostels on or around the bustling cafes, bars, and music clubs of Long Street, right in the heart of Cape Town.

The Location

On the corner of Long and Bloem streets, this bright, blue-and-white building was previously occupied by another hostel; Urban Hive has been operating for just a few months at the time of review. It's only a fifteen-minute walk from the main coach and railway stations and right in the midst of the entertainment and arts scene of Cape Town, so it couldn't be better located. The downside, of course, is that Long Street is lively right into the very early hours of the morning, so prepare for noisy nights or just join in the fun!!

Rooms and Bathrooms

Urban Hive occupies the top three floors of an old building, and is a warren of corridors and wooden staircases with dozens of rooms. Some of the private rooms open out onto the balconies at the top of the building and the nine-bed dorms also have access to the balcony. All the dorms have three-tiered, sturdy bunk beds. The mattresses are pretty new and comfortable, but the duvets are a little thin for the chilly Cape Town nights. There are lockers, for which you need your own padlock (or one can be bought from reception). Towels can also be rented. The rooms are clean and the whole building still looks freshly decorated. There aren't too many bathrooms for the dorms to share, but they are clean and hot water is available twenty-four hours. The dorms also have a wash basin. The nine-bed dorms also seem to benefit from plenty of power points, while the six-bed dorms do not.

Common Spaces

On the second floor, guests will find a large sitting room with flat-screen cable TV and cushioned seating. There is a pool room and a small guests' kitchen with kettle, toaster, microwave, fridges, and an electric cooker. There is plenty of crockery and cutlery, too. Surrounding the building are the balconies. The first floor has wooden tables and bench seating, the second and third floors are pretty bare, but you get a great view down Long Street and the old building frontages. The interior walls are decorated with funky murals and artwork and there is good, free Wi-Fi available in most parts of the building, though accessing it closest to the reception is optimal.


This hostel is a very good choice, if you don't mind the noise at night. There's plenty of room, and the place is still new, so everything is still in good working order. There's no free breakfast here, but you do have access to tea and coffee all day free of charge. This new place has a good vibe and is still establishing itself on the scene, so it's not yet so full that people are falling over each other. This is a very good choice.
by Londonroad
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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Front of Building
Long Street Entrance
Pool Room
TV and Sitting Room
Sitting Room Mural
2nd Floor Balcony
First Floor Balcony


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Urban Hive Backpackers" at 208 Long Street.)


208 Long Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
-33.925650, 18.415420 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+27 (0)21 422 0565
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