REVIEW: Atlantic Point Backpackers – the best hostel on the African continent

In 2015 Atlantic Point Backpackers in Cape Town, South Africa was named the best hostel on the African Continent by Hostelworld, and granted the ‘best atmosphere award’ by Hostelbookers.  The Tourism Grading Council of South Africa graded Atlantic Point as a four-star facility.  And for very good reason.  Just months before, for one short week I made Cape Town my home.  And I couldn’t have picked a better place to stay.

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The atmosphere of Atlantic Point was spot on – the perfect balance between partying and relaxing, between homely and spacious, between professional and friendly.

After a long journey, I arrived in a bit of a huff and puff and they had me organised straight away.  They supplied me with a South African sim card, arranged all the day tours I wanted to do, gave me directions and sent me on my way.

The location of Atlantic Point is perfect.  Located on a quiet street just 500 metres to Green Point Stadium, a nice stroll to beautiful Sea Point, and just 5-10 minutes walk to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.  At the V&A Waterfront you can catch the ferry to Robben Island, or board the Red Sightseeing Hop-on-hop-off Bus which is a fantastic way to get around the city.  Long Street, Table Mountain and Camps Bay are on the Red Bus line, or alternatively, within a ten minute drive from the hostel, Atlantic Point can arrange a taxi.

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The staff and guests were friendly and helpful.  I felt at home by the end of my first day.  By the end of my last day I desperately did not want to leave, and even shed a few tears upon departing, I just loved it that much!

Atlantic Point was great for spontaneous nights on the town, taking us to Long Street for a night of partying, or just down the road for a wine or two.  The hostel itself had a great party atmosphere, but it wasn’t so noisy that sleep would go amiss.

There was an onsite bar with cheap local drinks, a pool table, a pingpong table, a pool and a nice big balcony to use.  Once a week they cook up a delicious Braai (South African BBQ), catering for vegetarians also, and it’s pretty awesome!

Food is something this hostel does well – there is free breakfast daily, with amazing pancakes, fresh local fruit, peanut butter and jam toast, coffee and tea.  They have full kitchen facilities with all the equipment you might need, and big fridges for you to store your food.

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There is a cosy TV/computer room with big cushions and bean bags, and free wifi throughout the hostel, but depending on which room you stay it may be a little bit patchy.

Security at Atlantic Point Backpackers was spectacular.  Each bed had an assigned locker and each room a security code on the door.  The gate to the facility also had a security pincode and there is nighttime security.

I spent six nights in a eight-bed female dorm, which was so much fun, and I made plenty of great friends.  On the last night, my bed had been double booked, but it didn’t worry me at all because I got to spend the night in a private double bed room which was beautiful and luxurious.  All the beds were comfortable, and the facilities kept very clean by a dedicated team of lovely cleaning staff.

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I honestly couldn’t recommend a better hostel.  I was impressed from the minute I arrived, to the moment I begrudgingly departed.  I will definitely be back, and I hope to see you there!

Atlantic Point Backpackers
Go to their Website for more information and bookings.
Location: 2 Cavalcade Road, Greenpoint, Cape Town, South Africa
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