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Reviews of Elephant Backpacker Sydney

Hostel | 50 Sir John Young Crescent, Sydney, Australia 2011

64.0% Overall Rating

335 out of 470 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (13/04/2015)

Aline de Wit thinks…

"Location, cheap, clean room, cafe has very cheap and very good food, free wifi, lift to 3rd floor:)"

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Facilities

  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Café
  • Common area / room
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup USD 11.81
  • Towel USD 3.94

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

Important Information

1. During the New Year's period from 27 December 2014 to 4 January 2015 there are special booking conditions. 2. During this period there is a minimum stay of 7 nights. 3. All bookings made for the New Year period will have their credit cards charged 1st December. 4. If funds are not available and your payment is declined we will release your bed. 5. Please note that no refunds will be given during the New Year 2014 period. In the event of the card being declined, they will email you and should funds not be processed on the second attempt, the booking will be cancelled and the bed will be resold.

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64.0%

Overall Rating

335 out of 470 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Elephant Backpacker Sydney'

Atmosphere
65.6%
Location
86.4%
Facilities
53.6%
Cleanliness
41.6%
Staff
74.4%
Value
68.0%
Safety
58.4%
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37.1%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 100% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Sam Lewis

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

24 June 2013

Liked: Television in Double room

Disliked: Absolutely ghastly kitchen, greasy with dead bugs in drawers. Bathrooms were left with blocked toilets and no locks, Shower was a pitiful dribble. Appallingly low level of general cleanliness and cracking plaster on walls. Stains and bad odours around place. Bath caked in brown filith. Mattress was ancient and squeaky, basically bare springs. Lift went out of order.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Lau Sau Loong

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

18 June 2013 Lau Sau would recommend this property

Liked: Great location that was in easy walking distance of most places. Easy and relaxed place to stay.

Disliked: Lau Sau left no negative feedback.

31.4%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Vladimira Hanzlovska

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

17 June 2013

Liked: location

Disliked: cockroaches, generally appalling lack of hygiene in rooms, showers, etc., stomach-turning kitchen, not safe beds (unstable and very high bunk beds without a proper ladder and railings), fresh shopping of food for 3 days' stolen, last but not least - some (only some!) of the staff particularly rude - all of this resulted in my complaint, refund and earlier checkout date

The property's response is...

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Elizabeth Gardiner

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals

11 June 2013 Elizabeth would recommend this property

Liked: Hostel is not far from city center -like 10 min walk- and if you finished the main sightseeing you can go to Botanical gardens near by the hostel.

Disliked: We only had a couple of showers on our floor and had to share with a lot of people.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Alex Morehen

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

09 June 2013 Alex would recommend this property

Liked: You get what you pay for. Rooms are more spacious than other cheaper hostels. Kitche. Is okay, gets lively close to the weekends. There is a cafe attached to the hostel serving cheap meals and nice coffee. I would stay here again for a short period of time.

Disliked: Slightly shabby look about the place with just acceptable toilets.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Jascha Stauffer

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

04 June 2013 Jascha would recommend this property

Liked: I really enjoyed stayed there, met some chilled people. My room was great.

Disliked: Jascha left no negative feedback.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Aiden Ward

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Work / volunteering

02 June 2013 Aiden would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were very helpful and the hostel is clean and warm, and great value for money. Located a 5 minute walk to excellent bars and 10 mins to the city centre. Thankyou to all the staff there.

Disliked: No WIFI

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 40%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

ingrid byrant

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

02 June 2013 ingrid would recommend this property

Liked: Price, location, comfortable bed and very helpful staff.

Disliked: My room door did not automatically lock.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Lindsay Stokes

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

30 May 2013 Lindsay would recommend this property

Liked: The atmosphere was very nice: open and friendly. The location was fantastic and its a nice building. Its a simple but fair hostel.

Disliked: Lindsay left no negative feedback.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Saskia Kanor

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Work / volunteering

30 May 2013 Saskia would recommend this property

Liked: I had a great time, enjoyed the stay and were pleasantly surprised to see how clean everything was.

Disliked: Nothing - value for money!

80.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Hanna van Hooff

Alone

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

27 May 2013 Hanna would recommend this property

Liked: It's a good place, good bed, good shower and offer a good dinner with a good price in ground cafe

Disliked: a shower block was closed for repairs

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Anja Thiede

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Work / volunteering

27 May 2013 Anja would recommend this property

Liked: Hot shower, warm and new dooner :), close to city center, bar and friendly staff. Will stay again.

Disliked: Some noisy guests ...but that is hardly fault of hostel.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

22 May 2013

Liked: Not very much

Disliked: It was very loud, the toilets were disgusting and there same to be more things broken than working.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Michael Ang

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

21 May 2013 Michael would recommend this property

Liked: I really liked the location - it is near very city center. I also liked the price. They are also using cards instead of keys.

Disliked: It would be nice to have some kind of balcony for smokers, so we dont have to go out on the street

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Linda Davidson

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Family Holiday
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Work / volunteering

21 May 2013 Linda would recommend this property

Liked: The linen in the room was clean. Staff were friendly and very eager to help you as much as they can. Other guests were also friendly. I would stay again:)

Disliked: A few bathrooms being repaired.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

20 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location was close to the harbor and the business center

Disliked: The bathrooms were pretty horrible, dirty, out of order and/or backed up and it didn't seem like they were in any hurry to clean them up.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

18 May 2013

Liked: Location is very strategic, near to St James train station

Disliked: Doesn't provide proper blankets and is very cold during winter Some of the bathroom door can't be locked Shared 4 dorm room but guest brought outsider to sleep which means there are 6 people in the room which is very noisy (couple shagging each other) Can hear construction noise which start during mid night Pillow is very thin and dirty Observed coackroach in the kitchen crawling on the table top

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals

17 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean just enough, and very social environment, excellent location (5 min from city center) and facilities for the price

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Scarlet Sonnensein

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Family Holiday
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

17 May 2013 Scarlet would recommend this property

Liked: Great place to stay for young backpackers. The staff are friendly, it's quite close to the city center, very cheap, and has a great bar on ground floor.

Disliked: Usual issues with shared living - busy kitchen, guests being grots and not cleaning up after themselves!

37.1%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 60%

Leonard Hawellek

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Sightseeing & culture

13 May 2013

Liked: cheap and looks nice from the outside

Disliked: extremely dirty, stealing people, not enough space in the kitchen, staff not very helpful, toilets and showers not working...

42.9%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 20% Facilities - 40% Safety - 20%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

06 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: pretty close to the park, train station and other central locations.

Disliked: The employees at the reception desk really did not know much about the area or Sydney to be honest. The customer service was horrible. We (3 young girls after dark) asked where the closest liquor store was and reception directed us into an extremely dangerous area, with homeless people, junkies, and drug dealers. We were hassled multiple times on the side walk and followed, therefore had resort to taking a taxi back to a safer area. We ended up finding a liquor store and found a safe, well lit, shorter direction back to the hostel. Pretty fumed about that.

The property's response is...

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Helyn Long

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

04 May 2013 Helyn would recommend this property

Liked: Safe and secure, nice and quiet on sleeping floors, clean, staff really friendly and helpful.

Disliked: Wee bit out of the way for the ferries etc. but that's not really much of an issue - just an up hill walk.

28.6%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Daniel Bergsnes

With my spouse / partner

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Events / festivals
Family Holiday
Partying / nightlife
Romantic getaway
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

29 April 2013

Liked: It was cheap and many backpackers party here

Disliked: I don't know where to start, it was horrible.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

christine lee

With friends / other travellers

Business / conference

28 April 2013 christine would recommend this property

Liked: extra pillows and linens were provided for free, and because deposit for pots and pans were required people generally cleaned up after themselves. the staff cleaned the toilet and kitchen every day and also transport service to and fro airport was very helpful.

Disliked: party people every night, noise and drinking scenes were not very appreciated.

37.1%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

28 April 2013

Liked: The location was good as it was only a ten minute walk to George street and the centre of Sydney.

Disliked: The hostel was unclean and needed major refuebishments. Two toilets on the floor I was on were broken for the three days along with one shower and there seemed to me no sign of fixing them. The staff were very unhelpful and unfriendly and spent most of their time away from the reception instead of at it when advertised as a 24 hour reception service. The music in the hostel continued all night here and there seemed to be nobody running it efficiently. I have stayed in many other backpacker hostels before and most allow music in a certain part of the hostel ending at a certain time.


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