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Cape Town - Ashanti Lodge

11 Hof St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

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Recently refurbished, with superb facilities, outstanding service and excellent security, Ashanti caters for all accommodation needs.

  • Dorm
    From $17.22
  • Private
    From $38.75
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Cape Town Hostel

Hostel Cape Town

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Located at the foot of Table Mountain, Ashanti Backpackers is your gateway to Cape Town. Well-known for our superb facilities, outstanding service and excellent security - Ashanti is the fun, friendly, effortless way to discover the Cape ... and more!

Within walking distance of the city centre and close to Cape Town's magnificent beaches, we cater for all accommodation needs from camping and backpacker dorms to budget private rooms at the Backpackers or en-suite rooms in our Guesthouses around the corner.

Kloof Street and Long Street are worth checking out if restaurants, bars or shopping is on the agenda. Whilst those wishing to experience the area’s natural beauty can explore Lions Head, Table Mountain or Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

We've refurbished our gorgeous historic Victorian mansion so as well as clean, comfortable rooms you'll also find a number of handy innovations like individual reading lights, personal safes, lockers, free Wi-Fi, and international plug charging points. The communal bathrooms boast amazing showers!

Chill out next to our sparkling pool, in our landscaped gardens or on any of our spacious balconies and palm-fringed sundecks. Pool side and garden BBQ facilities are available!
Our Kumasi Café and bar offers budget friendly meals, drink specials and good vibes.

The dedicated Travel Centre staff will help you plan your next adventure; whether it’s overland, under water or beyond the border. From cross-country safaris to day tours, including hiring cars and booking accommodation, Ashanti Lodge will ensure you get the best from your trip, no matter where you’re going in Southern Africa.

***Due to Covid19 some amenities like our café and breakfast are not currently available. Reception is open 8am to 5pm, but we can make special arrangements for later check ins. We will advise you at time of booking if anything has changed.***


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 13:00 and 20:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 17:00
  • A deposit is payable at check-in.
  • A deposit is payable at check-in. For room keys
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 16 are unable to be accommodated under all circumstances.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 5 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • TV room
  • Pool table / snooker table
  • Terrace / patio


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Cafe/Bistro
  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers
  • Computer Charges - Charges Apply
  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Currency Exchange
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 08:00 to 17:00
From 13:00 to 20:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 27-21-423-8721

Fax. 27-21-423-8790

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Table Mountain (1 to 2km)
  • Long Street (1 to 2km)
  • V & A Waterfront (3 to 5km)

See the full list of attractions



A really lovely hostel, with helpful staff, clean rooms and the bar upstairs plays some really good music to relax and chill to!


Avatar for Matt


Fri 20 Apr 2018

Ashanti Lodge offers plenty of bloodmeal hungry bedbugs in their dormitory beds, and a cannabis-smokig clientele on their premises. But Ashanti Lodge does on the other hand have some modern bathrooms on the upper floor, and a courtyard pool. This is one of the worst managed HI hostels with inappropriate reception staff, but on the other hand, this party hostel receives high scores from the partying-minded travellers.


Avatar for Torsten


Thu 29 Dec 2016

Wir hatten 2 Nächte im Doppelzimmer und in einer späteren Buchung eine 3. Anschlußnacht in der SELBEN Kategorie gebucht. Am Tag vor der 3. Übernachtung wurden während unserer Abwesenheit alle unsere Sachen (inklusive der im Safe) aus dem Zimmer geholt und an der Rezeption gelagert, weil wir in ein anderes - nahezu identisches!!! - Zimmer umziehen sollten. Davon war morgens - trotz expliziter Nachfrage an der Rezeption - keine Rede. Unsere Sachen wurden dabei verschmutzt und teilweise beschädigt.


Avatar for Dirk


Sat 17 Dec 2016

Tout le matériel nécessaire est à disposition (même des lampes de chevet suspendues individuelles et des casiers à code). En revanche, cette auberge est vraiment trop bruyante. Il y a des écriteaux qui indiquent qu'à 23h, le bruit doit cesser, pourtant, le bar fonctionne encore à 1h du mat, musique à fond. Tard dans la nuit et tôt le matin, on a l'impression qu'il y a un gros déménagement, à cause du revêtement au sol. J'étais dans la chambre juste en-dessous du bar, c'était un enfer.


Avatar for Morgane


Fri 19 Feb 2016

I very much enjoyed staying in Ashanti lodge, Garden. Everything was very nice. Lodge staff members were very co-operative and helping. One thing I would like to suggest that please improve the quality of kitchen. there are very less dishes and tools available.


Avatar for zairunisha


Fri 13 Nov 2015


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Amusement / Theme park (More than 10km)
  • Beach (2 to 3km)
  • Cinema (500m - 1km)
  • City Centre (500m - 1km)
  • Cycle trails (2 to 3km)
  • Golf course (3 to 5km)
  • Gym (1 to 2km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (1 to 2km)
  • Local market (500m - 1km)
  • Mountainous Area (1 to 2km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (500m - 1km)
  • National / State Park (1 to 2km)
  • Nightlife (500m - 1km)
  • Parks / Green Area (Less than 500m)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • Shopping area / Mall (500m - 1km)
  • Swimming pool (At or next to the hostel)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (500m - 1km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (1 to 2km)
  • Water park (More than 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

When driving from the airport or coming from the Garden Route just continue along the N2 towards Cape Town city centre. Please make sure you follow directions to Cape Town as we have had newcomers go in the wrong direction. Continue on the N2 for about 10 minutes and as you come up to the mountain keep right and continue towards the city – following the signs. Take the Philip Kgosana Drive turn-off to the left when the road forks and continue driving around the mountain. Just off Philip Kgosana Drive you need to take the Mill St turn-off just before the bridge. This will take you past a large shopping centre (Gardens Centre) on your left hand side and then you drive through two sets of traffic lights. After the second set of lights on Upper Orange Street turn left onto Hof St. It is just before the Mount Nelson hotel so if you see that you know you have gone too far. We are two blocks up on the left hand side – a large orange building.
2km to the nearest bus station
No off-street parking but sufficient street parking with security guard employed at night

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