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18 Thornhill Road, Green Point, 8005 Cape Town, South Africa – Show map
Excellent location – rated 9.2/10! (score from 216 reviews)
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BBQ Facilities, Outdoor Pool (all year), Grounds, Terrace, Sun Deck
Bicycle Rental, Game Room, Library
Food & Drink
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
Car Rental, Airport Shuttle (surcharge), 24-Hour Front Desk, Tour Desk, Ticket Service, Baggage Storage, Laundry, Ironing Service, Fax/Photocopying
Safe, Non-smoking Rooms, Family Rooms, All Spaces Non-Smoking (public and private), Designated Smoking Area
From 2:00 PM
Until 11:00 AM
Children and Extra Beds
All children are welcome.
One child or adult is charged 100 % of the room stay per night and person when using existing beds.
There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.
Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges.
When booking for more than 6 people, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Located in the trendy suburb of Green Point within 800 metres from the Cape Town Stadium, never@home is a hostel situated 2.5 km from the Cape Town city centre.
Score from 88 reviews Very good
Fantastic place. Had the most amazing time. Greta location and stylish interior. What makes this place is the staff. So friendly and helpful. They literally bend over backwards to help you organise trips and tours and everything else including postage, dinner reservations and general advise! Amazing stay x
Everything. The staff are amazing from the cleaners to the front desk staff (Hi Jess, Amy, Ivor, Gemma!) Breakfast was amazing, other guests were fun, beds and rooms were spacious and some even have their own private balcony. Recommended for solo travellers or small groups of friends. The staff really help you explore CT and help make your excursion bookings. Great location, steps from V&A and Green Point is alive at night.
The staff was phenomenal. They book anything for you, they know everyone's names and what they're up to. Also appear to genuinely love their jobs. I travelled with my dad and unlike him I've stayed in hostels in Europe and this doesn't even compare. You have all the comforts of home. Beds are comfy and room is clean. The place is quiet at night for sleeping but there's always fun people staying there. I met many South Africans and internationals :) I wish I could go back tomorrow!
The helpful and friendly staff, cleanliness, the good energy from everyone both staff and backpackers. By far the best hostel have ever stayed at I would highly recommend it to everyone.
The super helpful staff, the location, walking distance to everything. The great breakfast. Highly recommend.
Friendliness of staff and every other things
I was not comfortable with those dogs
The staff was amazing, the location was great. Thanks for a fab week
Convenient for our cape town cycle toure BUT VERY HILLY LOCATION HEE HEE!!
Milou was VERY FRIENDLY but next day girl was OFFISH almost rude
The staff most of all
Fantastic staff who were extremely helpful and friendly. Clean spacious room. Great location downtown 15 minute walk from the waterfront and close to restaurants and cafes.
I liked everything.
Great stay from start to finish staff were so so lovely, full of helpful advice Good location with easy access to the beach and to town
The staff were amazing- very friendly and knowledgable, gave excellent recommendations for live music, restaurants, etc and kept us entertained during our stay. Great breakfasts, common spaces and nicely designed rooms. Comfy beds. Pretty much everything was fantastic, loved the hostel, the staff there and Cape Town in general
That we weren't staying longer and didn't get the chance to see more recommended live music :(
This was by far the best backpackers hostel I have ever stayed in. Very clean rooms, nice beds, free wifi, convenient location within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront and other attractions. Very helpful and friendly staff, they will help you with everything, even with starting the braai if you are not too experienced with that... They are always ready to help you if you have a question or a problem.
Not really cheap, but good quality comes with a price.
The big is situated close to City and good access to places quick if you for short visi. Some staff are outstanding can't get better that that ;))
The employees were nice and helped me with arranging activities in Cape Town. The beds were comfortable and the hostel was clean en nicely decorated. It was close by many sightseeings! Amazing!
Friendly place within walking distance of Waterfront. Lots of other restaurants just down the street. In a safe area. Rooms are oke, tastefully decorated. There is a 'honesty bar' from which you can take out water, beers and wine; just write down your name and you'll pay when you check out. The staff is very friendly and can give you tips of things to do in the area and help you with all practical things you'll need (for example, there is a taxi phone to get a cab fast to the hostel, which comes in handy especially after dark).
There is a dog who does it needs everywhere on the premises. Ofcourse it's cleaned by the staff eventually but this means you'll run into pee etc a couple times a day. Also the sun beds around the pool are in need of renovation/ replacing.
- Spirit of this place makes you feel part of family (if you want to be). - nice, decent breakfasts - the most handsome 'reception' staff
Nothing. Everything was even better than we expected.
Outstanding staff made this a home-away-from-home experience. The best backpackers I have ever stayed at. Kudos to you gang!
B.I.G feels like living with friends rather than in a hostel - in the very best possible way. They cooked a fantastic braai for all guests, organise tours off the beaten track and ready to do anything they can to make your stay in Cape Town very special. Very clean and very nice decoration as well, good location ca. 15 minutes by foot to waterfront. It was one of the best places we stayed at in South Africa and definitely worth the money.
Our room was rather standard and the bathroom (private) tiny, but the excellent communal areas (great spacious kitchen and huge communal table, library, TV room) more than compensated for it.
Very friendly and helpfull staff. They made me feel at home the first second I stepped in! Wonderfull! They are willing to arange everything and assist with it. Cozy areas for fun time with other guests, but also private space in the dorms.
The only thing that I regret is that I only booked 2 nights at this place! Could have stayed much longer!
Lovely and helpful staff. You feel like home all the time. I loved. Thank you, BIG!
Staff very friendly...wonderful!! Home very comfortable and clean! Good position..near Waterfront and many interesting places!
Everything was great! it is well located, close to a mycity bus stop and also close enough to walk to the waterfront and other touristy spots. The room and all the hostel is super clean, modern and cozy. Staff was very nice and helpful!
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