After reading the reviews of this hostel I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. To enjoy your stay at Elephant requires a pretty specific mindset; you have to go in with the intention of partying hard and not doing much else.
Elephant Backpackers is a pretty dingy place. I didn't have much problem with the cleanliness of the place myself, but the state of repair is terrible. Almost none of the dormitories lock, so the idea of leaving your stuff there is a little worrying, though thankfully I was not robbed during my stay. They can also be pretty noisy due to the comings and goings of party-goers and loud music being played in the kitchen throughout much of the day.
The place is sociable, and most nights there is an organised night out to one of Sydney's nightclubs, although there is also a culture of heavy drinking and also some drug use among a selection of the guests and residents, so the pace of the partying might be hard to keep up with. I spent so many days of my stay nursing a hangover that I didn't actually see a lot of the places in Sydney that I had planned to. Yes, that was my fault, but moderation might have been a bit easier if I'd stayed somewhere else.
Summarised, Elephant Backpackers might be okay for you if all you want is a bed to sleep in while you sample the Sydney nightlife, but if you're also wanting to explore the city during the day time then I'm sure there are some less rowdy but still fun (and more secure) hostels to stay in for similar prices around the King's Cross area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elephant Backpacker Sydney is located between the night life of Kings Cross and the City Centre. All major tourist attractions are within 10-15 minutes walk. Our hostel has a beautiful new cafe & bar that offers restaurant quality food and backpacker prices. We pride ourselves on being cheap and cheerful.. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elephant Backpacker Hotel Sydney