We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 10 Observatory accommodations

Green Elephant

3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   57 Milton Rd, Observatory, South Africa
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Green Elephant to your Saves list
Green Elephant
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
91%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
A recent review
5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
tmanzie Brisbane, Australia
Write a Review

69 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    47
    14
    7
    1
    0
See reviews for
2
6
34
6
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (16)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I recently stayed here for 6 weeks when completing placement at Groote Schuur Hospital. Very quickly the place becomes a second home and you gain a whole new family. The staff are fantastic, go out of there way to make everyone feel comfortable. The rooms are clean, and great atmosphere around the bar at night to meet other guests. Highly... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wisconsin
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at the Green Elephant for about 2 months while doing a Public Health internship with a local organization. This was my first ever trip out of the United States and I was going all by myself. I was very nervous and anxious about the trip, but after less than 12 hours I felt right at home. The staff... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is plenty of options at Green elephant even if you want a quiet private room. I stayed there two weeks for work with a friend previously this year, and I'm going back in a week to experience the friendly atmosphere and hopefully have a chance to engage more in all the fun activities they arrange. There is a great... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at the Green Elephant for 4 weeks whilst on my medical elective at Eerste River Hospital. This was my first experience of being away from home on my own so I was quite apprehensive but I needn't have worried, this hostel is great! The staff are incredible, extremely friendly and helpful and made me feel at home immediately.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Hitchin, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent 12 nights at the Green Elephant and had an absolutely wonderful time. The GE is located within a 5 minute walk to the Obs train station and have links to two reliable taxi services, Excite and MyCab. The Staff are friendly, professional and ensure that you feel right at home in GE and around Cape Town. They provided... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I traveled to Cape Town last year for 3 months. I had only stayed at the Green Elephant for the first two weeks of my trip before finding another house to stay in for the rest of my trip. But the Green Elephant was more my home than anywhere. Almost all the friends I had made during my trip were... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
28 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The Green Elephant is a great backpackers in Cape Town, just a little way out of town in a suburb called Observatory. The staff are lovely and always happy to help. The outdoor bar near the pool is great for meeting other travellers, and the pool is perfect for cooling down in the middle of the day. The place has... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Curitiba, PR
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I've lived there during 3 months, it was amazing, I made friends, learned a lot things like culture, food, languages. It is a good place to make friends and hang out, explore the great Cape Town. I recommend and I wish be back!! Thanks so much Green Ele Team

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Staten Island, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My stay at the Green Elephant was without a doubt one of the most influential and amazing experiences I had in Cape Town. The vibe is unparalleled to anywhere else I have ever stayed, and I routinely looked forward to coming back to our home away from home everyday. The staff who work there are absolutely incredible, and will do... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We've had several groups of students staying in the Green Elephant during a 3-week summer course. Howard and his staff have been terrific - helping arrange trips and travels, being flexible with arrangements, providing a great environment, etc. The facilities have everything you need and it's in a good area near the U of Cape Town. They also attract a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Green Elephant, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Green Elephant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Green Elephant

Address: 57 Milton Rd, Observatory, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Observatory
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Green Elephant 3*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with HostelWorld, Booking.com, Priceline, HostelBookers and Odigeo so you can book your Green Elephant reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Green Elephant Observatory, Cape Town

19 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (17)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (1)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (4)
Viewed
Dining (1)
Viewed
View from room (1)
Viewed
Other (10)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (3)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (2)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (1)