February 20, 2014
Cape Town’s ‘The Backpack’ named world’s best value for money hostel
The world’s largest guide book publisher, Lonely Planet, has crowned the world’s best value for money hostel and it’s one of our very own. The Backpack, at 74 New Church Street, Cape Town, now slides this eminent award into their trophy cabinet alongside Hostelworld.com’s Best Hostel in Africa 2014 award.
What Does it Take to Win?
Lonely Planet were evaluating locations where visitors could have an extraordinary experience for an ordinary price. Hostels had to offer stays under $100USD a night and a setting of charisma, character and superb service.
Why pick The Backpack?
Lonely Planet liked the historical trajectory of The Backpack, a hostel that quickly embraced, embodied and made fashionable a unified South Africa after it opened in 1990. They felt a trendy vitality about the place, stemming from its township tours, bushveld adventures, local beer hangouts, pool tables and Afro-funk décor. Cape Town being the launch pad for the World Design Capital this year, The Backpack’s Zulu necklaces, shweshwe fabrics, Mandela bags, Xhosa dolls and traditional beadwork struck an international cord, as recent refurbishments by local designers worked their magic.
Lonely Planet also thought the safari tent was just plain cool, the view of Table Mountain (obviously) scored points and the charity factor (The Backpack’s projects run from college education to soccer and knitting) just added the right community atmosphere. Also: Long Street. Need we say more?
Cape Town’s on a roll
Lonely Planet loves Cape Town, recently voted 2014’s third in best city in the world to travel to. Theguardian.com’s also featured the Mother City on their Top 40 Destination Round-up for 2014. The big one though, was The New York Times voting Cape Town as the world’s best place to visit on their list of 52 Places to Go in 2014.