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Black Elephant Hostel

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33 Hampshire St, Portland, ME 04101-4268
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#1 of 5 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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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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This hostel sits in an excellent location and is inviting, friendly, stylish, clean, and all-around delightful. I wouldn't have wanted to stay anywhere else for our too-short, one-night stay in this cool city. We had a private room for three of us and it was uber-efficient (small!), quiet, and comfortable. Super helpful staff, comfortable seating in the public areas, lots of reading material, spectacular, plentiful, shared bathrooms on each floor, and a nice kitchen. We loved this place so much!!
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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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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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Our stay here came about as a result of being the high bidders for the "Hey Ladies - Ultimate Pajama Party" at an auction benefiting people with cancer. What a treat it was to gather up high school friends and relive those teenage years while being reminded how much we all meant to one another all those years ago. Everything about this was wonderful. Our Hey Ladies room sleeps eight and ideal for this type of gathering. The bunk beds are super comfy and made up in crisp linens and a cozy duvet. I was a top bunker and could easily scoot up and down the ladder like the former 16 year old I was channeling for this get together. Of special note was the ceiling papered in a colorful butterfly motif and was such a cool image to fall asleep to. The private bathroom is something out of a four star hotel and immaculate. As to the rest of the hostel, the striking common area oozes charm and we felt right at home playing Cards Against Humanity in our pajamas while having excellent coffee and giggling like teenagers. Some things never change. Heather and her staff are all first rate. The attention to detail is flawless. The Black Elephant Hostel hits all the right notes. As to the location, the neighborhood is dotted with many fine restaurants and it is not far from the Old Port. Our time here couldn't have been more perfect and we look forward to making this an annual event.
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PRICE RANGE
$46 - $168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesMainePortland
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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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), Fort Gorges (1.5 miles), and Goddard Mansion (3.2 miles).
Is Black Elephant Hostel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.