The hostel appeared quite friendly and laid-back as it is proposed to be. At the first sight, one has the impression that it's safe, with video cameras, eletric fences in some walls and even night security personel. I got a single room ensuite, the dolphin room, with metal bars outside and inside of the windows. But in my third night, my laptop and my camera were stolen when I was in the main house. No one knew that I had a laptop but some staff of the lodge and Nobody can see from the street what is in the room. One might be in the property in other to look through the curtains. at that time the vigilant was taking a coffee inside.
Indeed, some of the staff were quite helpful and supporting, trying to confort me after the shock. But, on the other day they just did not wait enough time for the police to do investigations and get fingerprints and they repaired the window, making any analysis worthless. The owner only contected me after many days and after I send an e-mail. He could not reburse me, but offered a 5 days stay gratis. But of course I could not accept to sleep in a place where I can wake up at night and find thieves in the room!
Resuming: this place is NOT safe. Going to South Africa requires extra security precautions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Green Elephant Observatory, Cape Town