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Elephant Backpacker

2.5 of 5 50 Sir John Young Cresent | Woollomoloo, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been in this hostel for 3 months and I can say that it's such as good backpacker, lovely people, reception open 24h! it's situated in a nice position, everything is near! There is a small Cafè with good food and cheap! So if u want to have fun, relax and meet people in this big city, I recommend to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

i came to sydney after being in hobart for two weeks, i really enjoyed my stay in the city. the backpacker so far is pretty good. its a big old building with a massive kitchen and dinning room plus a really cheap cafe that has really good food. i would recommend this place, for the amount you pay you gat... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A friend I met in NZ had recently stayed at this hostel and recommended it to me. I was hesitatant after reading some of the reviews - but this is a cool hostel at a very affordable price! Good points: Location - close to everything! Cheap compared to most other hostels in Sydney - man this city is expensive! Chilled... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When I first arrived to Sydney I was recommended a hostel though a friend that I had made in NZ. Safe to say this was one of the best desicions that I made to come to The Elephant, I ended up staying in the hostel for around 3 months whilst working in Sydney. For a hostel in such an expensive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Don’t understand what all the negative comments are about! I had the best time and did not see one bug. In fact the week I stayed they had a professional pest company spraying rooms. The hostel is in an amazing location right next to the city and a 10 minute walk from a supermarket. The cafe has some of the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Watch out everyone ! Here is one of the worst backpacker in Sydney. When we stayed there we've been bitten by bedbugs which you can clearly see afterwards on the mattresses. The Hostel was very filthy and on 4 floors only 2 toilets were properly working (not clean at all though...). On the top of that, when you are going... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was going to stay in this hotel during my trip to Sydney. I booked online via booking.com. The receptionist didn't let me stay because I just brought my university ID (with photo), without any other IDs. But the hotel still take the money from my account. So ridiculous that I have to pay for the room I didn't use... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a real warning to everyone considering checking into this hostel, although the price is very good and the hostel is in a great location you will be EATEN and your clothes DESTROYED by bed-bugs! Positives - Really really great food in the cafe, actually the best I have been too for value for money - The lift is... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After staying at +20 hostels in Australia this one has left an awful taste in my mouth. The shower and bathroom area looks as if it hasn't been cleaned in weeks. The rooms are filthy and wasn't cleaned once during my stay. To top it off the room is infested by mature bed bugs, I received over 20 bites. After... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Don't let the pictures fool you this place is not clean at all, garbage everywhere, infested with bed bugs, nothing working. No wonder it's so cheap, do yourself a favor and DO NOT STAY here!!! Location is decent about all it has going for it. St James station is about a 15 minute walk.

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Address: 50 Sir John Young Cresent | Woollomoloo, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Elephant Backpacker 2.5*
Number of rooms: 45
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