I stayed in HCH for 4 months from Jan-Apr 2001. I had a fantastic time here but maybe things have gone downhill since then by reading some of the other reviews! I was in a 6-bed dorm which was clean, we had clean bedding weekly, and had good views over the 'domain'. We used to watch the huge fruit-bats fly off each night from the Botanical gardens to feed.
The kitchen was ok, but its a backpackers hostel so you can't expect much else! Everyone had food storage containers in the fridges and sometimes things would go missing.
Very friendly though and I met loads of people and had an excellent time socially. Kings Cross is just round the corner with cheap bars & clubs.
Location - this was probably the best thing about this hostel - it was like a 5 minute walk to be in central Sydney, by the big cathedral, and probably 15 mins to the Opera House or Darling Harbour.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elephant Backpacker Sydney is located close to city centre in gentrified suburb of Woolloomooloo. Set over 4 levels, the top 3 floors accommodate a variety of dormitories and private rooms with each level having communal ladies and men’s shower blocks and separate toilets. All accommodation rooms are provided with bed linen, lockers and reading lights. The ground floor houses a communal kitchen and dining area, tv room, our reception and licensed café & bar. The building offers secure card access. Woolloomooloo, the gentrified city fringe suburb of the hostel is just 5 minutes’ walk from Hyde Park and 10 minutes from shopping at Pitt Street Mall. It is 10 minutes’ bus ride from Sydney Opera House or 15 minutes’ bus ride from Bondi Beach. Enjoy taking the underground travelator across from our hostel to Hyde Park! Our hostel does not permit alcohol to be consumed in the rooms or common areas. Alcohol is available for purchase in our licensed café & bar. We are not a party hostel but suitable for travelers, families and groups. We also welcome disable guests and have a large lift that can accommodate wheel chairs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elephant Backpacker Hotel Sydney