Cape Town hostels

5 Best Hostels In Cape Town, South Africa

Updated: April 21, 2021

Cape Town is a coastal city in the country of South Africa, and it truly is an exhilarating travel destination. Located right on the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean, this city is filled with friendly locals, tropical scenery, outdoor activities, and a flourishing nightlife that will keep you entertained the entirety of your visit.

If you are a huge fan of football, or what Americans happen to know as soccer, you will be right at home in wonderful Cape Town. Hostels are definitely one of the most ideal ways to experience Cape Town. You will save money this way and you will have the chance to meet some fellow like-minded travelers.

We have compiled a list for you consisting of five of the best hostels you can choose between in this city, so keep on reading to find out which will be the most ideal fit for your needs.


91 Loop

91 Loop

The first hostel up on our list is 91 Loop, which you can find situated in a prime spot right in the center of Cape Town. 91 Loop has numerous amenities, such as free breakfast, tours of the surrounding area, live music on certain nights, and a restaurant on the property for those nights you do not feel like cooking. If you have work to get done online, there is reliable internet available here for guests.

The rooms here vary from private to dorm-style with en-suites, and there are even pod rooms that are not what you typically see in hostel setups. Bed linens and towels will be kindly provided to you, and you can count on there being security lockers within your space so that you can safely stow away your luggage.

Hostel details

Address: 91 Loop Street, Cape Town, South Africa.

Guest rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Price per night: from $10.

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Never at Home

Never@Home Cape town

Up next, we have Never@Home Cape Town, which is a hostel in an ideal spot for travelers who want easy access to the beaches located off of this city. Never@Home can assist you in booking exhilarating activities and tours, or you can choose to spend your extra time here lounging in the on-sit pool or on the terrace. Kitchen facilities are available to anyone looking to whip up some meals, too.

Guests can choose between a mixed dorm, a female-only dorm, or a private room. The rooms all come with bathrooms inside, and linens will be lent out to you, as well. The spaces are all equipped with luggage lockers, and there are reading lights set up by the beds for those who like to dive into a good novel before sleeping.

Hostel details

Address: 107 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa.

Guest rating: 4.6 out of 5.

Price per night: from $12.

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Ashanti Lodge

Ashanti Lodge Gardens

Ashanti Lodge Gardens is a hostel that is situated in an idyllic location close to the heart of Cape Town. You are never far from the beach at Ashanti Lodge Gardens, and there is a pool as well as a garden and sundecks throughout the property to enjoy on days you do not feel like being out and about. There is a kitchen facility free for guests to utilize whenever they may need it.

Ashanti Lodge Gardens is able to offer private en-suite rooms, as well as renovated dorms equipped with reading lights and security lockers for your belongings. You do not have to worry about bringing along your own bed linens to Ashanti Lodge Gardens, as they will provide them for you upon your arrival.

Hostel details

Address: 11 Hof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa.

Guest rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Price per night: from $20.

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Carnival Court

Carnival Court

The next hostel on our guide is Carnival Court, which is the perfect spot if you are looking for somewhere that is central to all of the fun in Cape Town. The hostel is complete with a pool table and foosball, and it is only a quick drive away from the gorgeous Cape Town beaches. There is a bar within the hostel that is a great place to meet up with fellow travelers.

There are private rooms with either twin or double bed options. They all come prepared with linens and security lockers for your luggage. The bathrooms are communal here, but there is ample space available for everyone. If you are in need of a kitchen, that can be found in the main common area of Carnival Court.

Hostel details

Address: 255 Long Street, Cape Town, South Africa.

Guest rating: 4.8 out of 5.

Price per night: from $10.

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The Backpack

The Backpack Cape Town

Our last hostel on our list is The Backpack Cape Town, a popular accommodation space that is close to all of the excitement of downtown Cape Town. You will be provided with everything you need and then some at this place. The hostel offers free breakfasts for those staying in a private room, Wi-Fi, bed linens, a swimming pool, and there is a bar on-site.

There are mixed dorms, female-only dorms, private rooms, and even family rooms accessible at this hostel. Some of the rooms come with private bathrooms, but others are shared. The rooms here are beyond cozy, so you will have no issue winding down after long days spent exploring wonderful Cape Town.

Hostel details

Address: 74 New Church Street, Cape Town, South Africa.

Guest rating: 4.3 out of 5.

Price per night: from $14.

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This concludes our list of five of the best hostels located in Cape Town, South Africa. You can count on being in a supreme location at any of the above-mentioned accommodations, and you will undoubtedly love the experience of lodging in a cozy hostel.


About our Cape Town hostel recommendations

Are you a solo traveler looking for a private room? Or a backpacker traveling around in a group wanting to stay in a cheap and cozy dorm? Above you will find the best hostels in Cape Town for all your needs.

Please note, we only list hostels that have an aggregated guest review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5. We aggregate all reviews from different booking sites and other unbiased review websites. Hence, you can be certain all hostels listed above offer an excellent value-for-money stay in Cape Town.


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