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Once in Cape Town

Hostel with 2 restaurants, near Long Street

  • Free WiFi and free parking

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  • Great place. A little noisy, but common area is awesome, friendly staff, good room but…

    Feb 3, 2021

  • Great place. Had a lovely time. Room is small but comfy. Two bars on site. A little noisy…

    Feb 2, 2021

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • 24 hours Gap period enforced between guest stays -
  • Protective clothing is available for guests
  • Masks are available for guests
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 50 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk

Feel at home

  • Private bathroom
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Premium bedding

What’s around

  • In Cape Town City Centre
  • Long Street - 6-min walk
  • Two Oceans Aquarium - 44-min walk
  • Cape Town Stadium - 2.4 mi / 3.8 km
  • Camps Bay Beach - 2.8 mi / 4.5 km
  • Table Mountain - 2.7 mi / 4.4 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (4 people)
  • Standard Room, 1 Double or 2 Single Beds
  • Shared Dormitory, Women only (4 people)
  • Deluxe Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (4 people)
  • Basic Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (4 people)
  • Standard Double or Twin Room, Mountain View
  • Deluxe Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm, Mountain View (4 people)
  • Quadruple Room


  • In Cape Town City Centre
  • Long Street - 6-min walk
  • Two Oceans Aquarium - 44-min walk

What’s around


  • In Cape Town City Centre
  • Long Street - 6-min walk
  • Two Oceans Aquarium - 44-min walk
  • Cape Town Stadium - 2.4 mi / 3.8 km
  • Camps Bay Beach - 2.8 mi / 4.5 km
  • Table Mountain - 2.7 mi / 4.4 km
  • University of Cape Town - 5.2 mi / 8.3 km
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens - 7.7 mi / 12.4 km
  • Bloubergstrand Beach - 11.1 mi / 17.9 km
  • Robben Island - 13.8 mi / 22.3 km

Getting around

  • Cape Town (CPT-Cape Town Intl.) 16-min drive
  • Cape Town Station 23-min walk
  • Cape Town Bellville Station 19-min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance


  • 50 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-anytime
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink

  • 2 restaurants
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Barbecue grills

Things to do

  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Mountain biking on site
  • Surfing/boogie boarding on site


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts

  • Ceiling fan
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Premium bedding

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer (on request)

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Yours Truly – This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Up Yours – On-site bar. Open daily.

Hudsons – This restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

Awards and affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Fair Trade Tourism, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.

Small print

Also known as

  • Once Cape Town Hostel
  • Once in Cape Town Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Once in Cape Town Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Cape Town
  • Once Cape Town
  • Saasveld Lodge
  • Once In Cape Town South Africa
  • Saasveld Hotel Cape Town Central
  • Once in Cape Town Cape Town
  • Once in Cape Town Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Once in Cape Town Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Cape Town
  • Once in Cape Town Cape Town

Optional extras

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 300 per person (one-way)


Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

This property does not have lifts.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guest room doors are sealed after cleaning; the property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival on the number on the booking confirmation.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.


  • Yes, Once in Cape Town does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 2 PM - anytime. Check-out time is 10 AM.
  • Yes, there are 2 on-site restaurants. Nearby restaurants include Kloof Street House (3-min walk), Beleza (4-min walk) and Asoka (4-min walk).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is ZAR 300 per person one-way.
  • No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World (15-min drive) is nearby.
  • Have fun with on-site activities such as mountain biking, surfing and hiking. Additional recreation on-site includes a safari. Enjoy amenities such as 2 bars and a garden.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Cape Town Stay

    I really enjoyed my stay. Clean facilities next to a great restaurant.

    Laurie, 3 night trip, Jan 23, 2020

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Overall it was good stay with cooperative staff

    Muhammad, 1 night trip with friends, Dec 28, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Set up and location is amazing

    2 night trip, Aug 1, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Good location with many cool bars and restaurants nearby.

    3 night trip, Jun 23, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Nice hostel in cool neighborhood

    I really liked my stay here. Comfortable rooms, bedding and clean bathrooms. Really nice bar/resturant on the first floor with good food. Terrace bar closes at 10 and the first floor bar closes at 12 so things got quite for a good nights rest. It would be nice to have air conditioning but the ceiling fan worked ok. I would like there to be charging stations on the back patio. Overall a very good place to stay and I would absolutely stay here again.

    John, 4 night trip, Feb 7, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Overall, I'm satisfied with the services and facilities. However, I had negative experiences during my stay. I will show you those positive and negative experiences below. [Positive Experiences] 1. The original event in this hostel took place everyday. It was easy to socialize other guests. 2. Some staff hired the specific tour company. If you want to join a tour, they can accommodate one! 3. All staffs were really courteous and friendly. [Negative Experiences] 1. The security key to enter my room frequently voided. I and other roommates always asked the receptionist to revaild it almost everyday. 2. The electricity circuit in the certain floor was broken. During my stay, it was sometimes impossible to charge my phone and other electrical devices.

    9 night trip, Dec 23, 2018

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  • 4.0.Fair

    Infelizmente nao vale a pena, apesar de ser um hotel barato, com muutos jovens e clima de hostel, o tratamento que tivemos na nossa estadia nao foi legal, a falta de organizacao, o pouco caso dos funcionarios e o estado do quarto, deixaram muito a desejar.

    Guilherme, 5 night trip, Dec 14, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Einfach und Günstig aber super Lage

    Das für Backpacker ausgelegte Hotel liegt an super Lage. Leider hatte ich noch Schuhe unter dem Bett vergessen. Bei zweimaligen telefonischen nachfragen ob sie diese suchen könnten, wurde ich mit "wir werden zurückrufen" hingehalten. Zurückgerufen wurde aber nie.

    felix, 2 night trip, Nov 10, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Muito bom!

    Ótima escolha para Capetown e para conhecer pessoas. A localização é ótima, tem comércio e ótimos bares/pubs na rua e próximo a tudo. O hostel tem um bar no térreo e outro no último andar, facilitando a interação dos hóspedes. O café da manhã apesar de simples é bem gostoso e a equipe muito simpática. A única coisa que senti falta foi de um cofre no quarto compartilhado. O hostel não oferece toalhas, mas você pode comprá-las, por um preço não muito barato. Me hospedaria lá novamente.

    Tatiana, 4 night trip, Sep 23, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Good to meet people

    The place is very exciting!

    Luana, 6 night trip, Jul 29, 2018

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