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Black Elephant Hostel

33 Hampshire St, Portland, ME 04101-4268
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#1 of 6 Specialty lodging in Portland
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The Black Elephant Hostel is a very vibrant and comfortable space with unique décor and super friendly staff. We pride ourselves on offering clean and affordable accommodations in a location that cannot be beat! We are one block outside of Old Port and nestled among some of the finest eateries, shopping, and entertainment in Portland. We offer dorm rooms, private rooms, a comfy lobby, awesome locally roasted coffee, and an outdoor garden. Guests also have full access to our well equipped kitchen. All dorms come equipped with lockers with keys supplied. All linens and towels are included! We are also wheelchair accessible.
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Page Proctor wrote a review Jul 2020
13 contributions1 helpful vote
Snag this now before someone else gets it!!! The value of the Black Elephant Hostel is unmatched. It is right in the center of Old Port, so the best places in Portland are all within blocks. It is the coolest place I’ve ever stayed; every area is decorated in a different stylish and funky way, and you can leave a note on the chalk staircase before you go. You won’t just enjoy staying here, you will enjoy exploring it. Heather is super helpful and nice, not to mention it is very clean and they have plenty of amenities.
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Date of stay: July 2020
Room Tip: All the rooms are amazing
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Ashley P wrote a review Mar 2020
Northfield, New Hampshire36 contributions3 helpful votes
There was a group of 4 of us who stayed at the hostel this past weekend and we had a blast! Check in was straight forward and easy and staff went above and beyond to help us (thanks Sam!) whether we needed ice or wanted a custom shirt they sold. Our room was right off the kitchen area and was locked with our own room keys. (However one of our girls lost hers and we were charged $5 😔) The room itself was a little tight (it’s a sleep 8 but I can’t imagine 8 people crammed in there) but had lockers and the bathroom was huge and beautiful! There were multiple mirrors in the room, great to get ready in. I didn’t know beforehand that we could not eat or drink in our private room which was tough to pregame but we brought everything outside our room to the kitchen area. The beds were extremely comfy and the decor was fun! (Although the sensor frog in the room freaked us out a little) Parking could be kind of tricky but both vehicles in our party ended up finding a street spot nearby. I’d stay again!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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zthetravelbug wrote a review Feb 2020
Montreal, Canada92 contributions26 helpful votes
I stayed at this hostel for one night with two other friends. We arrived without a booking but due to it being low season had no problem getting a triple room for a total of USD $59 for the night (with taxes it came to approx. USD $65). We could not rave enough about this hostel. The rooms and bathrooms were brand new, clean and exactly as per the photographs on the website. The common lounge area and kitchen were similarly sparkling clean and neat. The fireplace was a nice touch. The hostel itself has a funky and eclectic vibe and is decorated beautifully. Amenities include linen, towels, shower gel, wifi, free tea and coffee in the mornings and access to board games, DVDs and a gaming console in the shared lounge. The staff were on hand to answer questions and were incredibly friendly and helpful. There is also plenty of information in the way of posters and a book regarding events, activities and importantly bars and restaurants. The hostel is relatively central to the centre of town and we easily walked to bars and restaurants - including The Honey Paw and Tomaso’s, both within a minutes walk of the hostel. I am already looking forward to our next visit to Portland and would not hesitate to stay here again. One of the nicest hostels I’ve ever stayed in; but for the shared bathrooms (of which there are plenty) this is more like a boutique little hotel. Perfect.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Liz L wrote a review Dec 2019
NH344 contributions117 helpful votes
So glad that the idea of hostels is FINALLY catching on in the states! I have stayed at many excellent ones in my travels all over the world and I really enjoyed my stay here in December. The common spaces are warm and inviting with free coffee in the morning, a well equiped kitchen, and spotless bathrooms. You could not ask for a better location in Portalnd Maine, as it is walkable to everything and very close to the port and it's many restaurants. Checkout the story of the complete building of the hostel from the ground up by folks who love travelling themselves. The cozy common area is a great spot to meet and swap stories with fellow travelers.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Sharon wrote a review Dec 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania17 contributions11 helpful votes
I felt at home here. The girls at the front desk were friendly and helpful and had a comraderie with each other, which really helps to create a place where guests feel comfortable. They're clear on the rules, but nothing in this hostel is pretentious. It is fun boho decor with modern industrial touches, neat and organized rooms, free towels, shared kitchen, free coffee & tea, a nice little backyard... I loved the coffee table book showing the process of creating the hostel also. The only thing I'd suggest would be to add privacy curtains to the bunks and get larger in-room lockers with quieter doors (I had a backpack that fit, but a large suitcase might not). Parking wasn't an issue as there are garages and street spots nearby. Given the nightly rate and location, for a solo traveler or for a bunch of roadtripping friends, this place is wonderful.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Black Elephant Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Black Elephant Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Casco Bay (0.3 miles), Casco Bay Islands (0.3 miles), and Old Port (0.2 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Black Elephant Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Standard Baking Co., Micucci Grocery, and Vena's Fizz House.
Is Black Elephant Hostel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Portland.
Are there any historical sites close to Black Elephant Hostel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Wadsworth-Longfellow House (0.5 miles), Goddard Mansion (3.2 miles), and Fort Gorges (1.5 miles).
Is Black Elephant Hostel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.