Having travelled and backpacked extensively through six continents, I've stayed in literally hundreds of hostels. But nowhere have I encountered the warmth, camaraderie, and good times that I have at the Green Eli, easily making it the best hostel I have ever stayed at. The list of pros is long: vistas of Table Mountain and the Ocean, a strategic location next to main road for easy access to minibusses into town or out to the burbs, a beautiful main house, a pool (damn those Cape Town winters), a bar outside, a projector screen for big games, an emphasis on sustainable practices, 24 hour security and reception, free wifi, trips to all the must-see attractions, clean rooms with comfortable mattresses and actual duvets, a beer vending machine, unlimited tea and coffee, braii, oven-baked pizza, and African dance nights, and, of course, the fact that it is located in the liveliest neighbourhood of Cape Town, Obs. But undoubtedly, what sets this place apart is the people who work there. From the first minute that I walked through the main gate, I was greeted with help, hospitality, laughter, and a genuine warmth from the staff. They go above and beyond their duties every single day. They lent me an adaptor when I forgot to pack mine, helped me get set up with a SIM card, stored luggage, were ridiculously understanding and helpful when I had problems with my credit card, gave me heaps of helpful advice on Do's and Do Not's of living in South Africa, and so much more. Together we've ventured to Kalk Bay, explored the best nooks of the city, gone dancing on Long street, climbed mountains etc. Howard, Nyasha, Edwina, Shingy, Mandi, Esther, Ferai, Lucy and Maevis, thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything.
Although I only stayed for two weeks while searching for my own flat, I have found myself coming back again and again to the Green Eli. The friendships that I formed there with the staff and other guests have continued to grow. I look forward to many more nights of wine by the fire place, dinners around the kitchen table, rounds of Uno in the lounge, and drinks at the bar. A must when you come to Cape Town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- En-suite, private room, dormitories and camping. BazBus Stop. The Green Elephant is the closest hostel to Groote Schuur Hospital, in the heart of Observatory, where University of Cape Town (UCT) students from all around the world live and meet each other. The attractions are pubs, coffee shops, restaurants, a golf driving range, the original Observatory, Groote Schuur Hospital (where the world's first heart transplant took place), theatres and small art galleries. The annual Obs Festival is held on the first Saturday in December. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Green Elephant Observatory, Cape Town