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#1 of 12 Specialty lodging in Observatory
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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.
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I absolutely enjoyed my stay at the Green Elephant, and the lady at reception Sikelelwa I think her name is, was very helpfully very welcoming and friendly and she made me feel at home after a long tiring day of activities. I really will be choosing The Green Elephant as my
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On arrival I was thinking of cancelling as the outside view of the place makes u think twice.Imagine my surprise when I saw the inside.Clean..neat and tidy....Especially considering its a low cost accomodation.Dont expect the world as you know its not 5 star.The night manager
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I had a great experience the staff was very friendly and helpful, i would recommend Green Elephant Backpackers to anyone visiting Cape Town especially the UCT health sciences campus as its just a walking distance.
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I had a great experience staying at the green elephant. The owner is a fantastic guy (Howard Richman) and the staff are friendly and will help you a lot and look after you. The location is fantastic. Near the funky and somewhat alternative Lower Obs main road that has some
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We were very much disappointed about the situation we came across. this is not about water, as we know the situation of water. the main problem is the cleanliness. the helping staff will come to the kitchen even wearing night dresses. in the rooms there was that bad smell. we
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To answer your first question yes it is safe, I just would not walk around the area at night. Would recommend either catching a taxi or Uber should you wish to go out at night. Regarding the air conditioner I don't remember seeing one. As I stayed in one of the rooms it was a communal bathroom shared between 3 rooms. This was not an issue. Yes there is wifi available. But not in the rooms only near the office and bar area
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What is the cancellation policy?
Hi, Please our cancellation policy bellow. Cancellation Policy Less than 7 days - 100% of deposit is forfeited. 7 to 21 days - 50% of deposit is forfeited. Over 21 days - 25% of deposit is forfeited.
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"I think all the rooms are suitable however if you are not travelling in a group then a private bathroom room is more ideal."
"Ask for the larger rooms that are in the second house that faces the other street."
"Give the dog some time to warm up to you, but then she's the sweetest. Take her on a walk for some exercise!"
"En-suite rooms are great"
"Six person bedrooms are fine, if you require more privacy there are two person rooms and singles"
$30 - $49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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