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“Friendly and good atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
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Green Elephant
3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   57 Milton Rd, Observatory, South Africa   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Tokyo, Japan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Friendly and good atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

I stayed for 2months in dorm and every staff is very friendly and they look like my family.
They welcome whoever visit here.
They have a hot shower which provided by solar power and they consider about saving energy and 3R movement(reuse,recycle,reduce)
I want to go back Capetown and I want to stay here.
I will go back!!
Thank you for everything!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
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Montreal, Canada
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

This is a hostel with the most friendly staff you can ever ask for. The owner, Howard is just the nicest guy. I ended up renting the owner's flat. The Green Elephant is neat and offers a good price. Obs is a nice area to spend first few days in Cape Town. I highly recommend this hostel!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cairns, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in this hostel in 2006 and it was the best introduction to Cape Town I could ask for! Staff were really great and friendly it was lovely and clean and the rooms were spacious and comfortable! Easy to get around from here as we'll.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Altstätten, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Green Elephant in Observatory: my best address in Cape Town!
First of all: friendly and very helpful staff, relaxed atmosphere, guests and staff mingle and become friends.
Secondly: very charming house with open-air bar outside and swimming pool, pizza-special and other activities
Thirdly: reasonable prices
Fourthly: Observatory is the perfect suburb in Cape Town. 10 min. by minibus to the city centre, It is save, there are lots of bars and restaurants and nice shops, good night life - no need to go to Long Street, just enjoy Observatory!
and finally: I stayed in Green Elephant in 2001/02 with my family and came back alone in 2012. Still I cannot imagine there is a better hostel on this planet. The atmosphere and the staff are unique!

Room Tip: Dormatories are very big - enough space for all your personal items.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

A wonderful hostel, which I would highly recommend.

My boyfriend stayed here for a month whilst working at Groote Schuur hospital, then I came out to join him for a holiday at the end of his placement. The Green Elephant staff helped him book activities, took him out an showed him the sights and made it feel like home from home for him. When I joined him I was greeted with an equally warm welcome, it is a really friendly place to stay. All you can eat pizza night and quizzes etc. allow you to meet others staying in the hostel, which is really great if you are travelling alone and want to get involved. Also there are lots of communal seating areas in and outdoors if you want to chill out day or night, plus large well equipped kitchens if you want to cook.

Really great spot if you are working at the hospital, uni etc and is also walking distance from lower main street with some lovely bars, cafes and restaurants. There is a Pick and Pay supermarket very near by (10 minute walk) and you are only a short taxi ride away from Long Street, if you want a bigger selection of bars, restaurants and clubs.

The hostel felt very safe with cctv and security guards on foot patrol, can't fault it, a fantastic place to stay!

Room Tip: Some private rooms do not have a bathroom/toilet, however the facilities are literally outside your...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Den Helder
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Was a nice place to stay for the night. The receptionist was very friendly and helpful. The house was noisy though and I had trouble getting to sleep at night. Whenever somebody walked up the stairs I could hear it. The room was clean and perfectly adequate.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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USA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Green Elephant was the perfect place to stay for the group I traveled with. It has a fun atmosphere, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. They were willing to organize transportation, order take-out, and provide information regarding places to eat and shop. The other guests were also very friendly and courteous. I would recommend the GE to young travelers looking for a fun place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Green Elephant

Address: 57 Milton Rd, Observatory, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Observatory
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Observatory
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Green Elephant 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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

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