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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Elephant is more than just a place to rest it's a place for community, friendships and stories. The hostel has outlawed alcohol so it is full of calm, friendly guests. The train station is a 5-minute walk away, running around the city is affordable, safe and hassle-free. Round the clock, free Wi-Fi, the kitchen is open from early to... More 

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Roisine C, Manager at Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for taking the time to write a review and I am glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again one day!! More 

Cardiff
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have only just downloaded the app to leave this. My friends mother booked this last minute for us and it was awful. We didn't even get a chance to go up to our room because we saw the kitchen and toilets and wanted out immediately. There were shaven beard hairs in the shared toilet sink and bugs crawling around in... More 

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Thank Leaahchristiee
Roisine C, Manager at Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for taking the time to write your review approx. 1 year later! I would suggest that when writing your reviews you do them around the time you actually stayed as it provides a clearer picture for others. The hostel has had dramatic changes take place since your booking and as you actually didn't stay here or go... More 

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Joensuu, Finland
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97 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

...and that is it. Quite dirty and old. Laundry didn't work, wifi was dead, room door didn't close, here are very random travelers in same place sleeping in very dirty environment. Tv room and big kitchen.

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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

Staff are friendly, good location BUT rooms were filthy, i found there were cockroaches on the floors when there was plenty of cleaners, the hostel itself is a wreck needs refurbishing, showers were a good size but dirty. I wouldnt stay here again

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

We had low expectations of this place after reading some of the reviews. The place is old BUT the staff are great, toilets and showers were clean, bedrooms were as you would expect, and a nice little bar in their café to boot. We also appreciated the fast and strong wifi. This is a nice hostel.

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1 Thank FrankNg1234
Roisine C, Manager at Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

Hi Frank. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you gave our hostel a chance and enjoyed your stay and appreciate all the hard work the Elephant Team put in to make everyone's stay a pleasant one. More 

Singapore, Singapore
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

The hostel was a very old building close to city center. It's 15 minutes walking to opera house and Bridge. The area is a bit quiet at night and if I didn't eat at the hostel cafe I wld have to go into city to have meal. My room was a 4 bed dorm and it had the tallest roof... More 

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Roisine C, General Manager at Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

Hello Norman. Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We also think the location of the hostel is great and along with the affordable price it makes our hostel attractive to budget travelers. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

I stayed in this hostel 2 times, at the beginning of my east coast travels and the end of it. And I truly felt at home. I made so many friends, and the staff was so welcoming and helpful! The hostel itself was close to everything, and within walking distance to the Opera house! The rooms is another story, of... More 

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Thank RasaCassandra
Roisine C, Manager at Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

Hi Rasa, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us and its always very nice for us to see guests returning to the hostel. I hope to see you again in the future! More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

Good things: helpful staff and big kitchen. The bar is cheap and good service! Bad things: everything else. The place is very old and smelly, it seems to enter a used socks distillery. We understand there are many people living in the hostel but it doesn't justify the unclean toilets and kitchen. Licks and cockroach are everywhere, i woke up... More 

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Thank Alessandro M
Roisine C, Manager at Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

Hi Alessandro. It is nice to see you enjoyed the bar we have and see how helpful our staff are. Some of your other comments however are simply untrue. We continually fumigate the hostel to prevent any type of bugs. All rooms were fumigated during the month of April and cockroach control (an unfortunate downside of Australia) takes place every... More 

Stary Plzenec, Czech Republic
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

I loved this hostel. Sadly I'm just about to leave the country today :(. I've had a good stay at Elephant and great value for the money. Roisine is such a great lady, she is very flexible, kind and helpful. This isn't a place for people who expect top notch cleanliness, new furnishings or massive creature comforts. The hostel is... More 

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Thank leopet125
Roisine C, Manager at Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

Hi Leonie, Its such a shame you are leaving and couldn't have stayed with us for longer! I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and I am happy to have met you. All the best in the future and if you are ever back in Sydney we would love to have you back! More 

Nebraska City, Nebraska
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

I stayed at this hostel 4 years ago last time I was in Sydney. The clientele has changed quite a bit as they've banned alcohol so all the Irish and half the English have gone. In there place is a combo of grey nomads, a lot more Asians and working holiday backpackers. The place is quiet and calm with very... More 

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Roisine C, Manager at Elephant Backpacker, responded to this review

Hi Warren! It was so nice to see that you returned to our hostel and enjoyed your stay more this time. We are happy with our changes and feel it has had a positive impact on our property. Thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you again. More 

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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  • Multilingual Staff
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 

Additional Information about Elephant Backpacker

Address: 50 Sir John Young Cres | Woollomoloo, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Price Range: $18 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Elephant Backpacker 2.5*
Number of rooms: 45
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