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Reviews of Elephant Backpacker Sydney

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

68.5% Overall Rating

331 out of 462 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (01/04/2015)

Christina Leutscher thinks…

"Staff are really friendly, and always there to assist, with any questions, you may have. Showers are very good. Always hot water and clean bath rooms. The cafe is 5 star. $ 2 for a lovely glass of…"

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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

  • Towel USD 3.81

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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68.5%

Overall Rating

331 out of 462 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Elephant Backpacker Sydney'

Atmosphere
69.6%
Location
88.0%
Facilities
58.4%
Cleanliness
45.6%
Staff
77.6%
Value
73.6%
Safety
66.4%
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48.6%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

29 August 2012

Liked: location, close to downtown, Royal Botanic Gardens and Kings Cross

Disliked: a lot, was one of the worst hostels our last 5 months travelling, place seems to be in a run down phase, no hands on mentality to keep the place clean and maintained. Throughout any time of the day the bathrooms and kitchen area were dirty (when do they clean??), kitchen is absolutely bad equipped and everywhere you find things that are broken or partly do not work, pots and pans are to be hired at the reception to keep the kitchen clean, haha. Rates are low but cleanliness and attitude is not a matter of room rates.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Work / volunteering

27 August 2012

Liked: Location is great for the city and kings cross.

Disliked: Unsocial, they only have enough pillows and blankets for 1 person each so if your cold you just have to deal with it, the locks on 2 out of 3 showers on the 3rd floor didn't work, there was regularly no toilet paper in the toilets, the toilets were disgusting, not cleaned enough, bed were really squeaky. I wouldn't stay here again.

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

Yuan Zhang

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals
Visiting friends or family

20 August 2012 Yuan would recommend this property

Liked: VERY FRIENDLY STAFF ! EXCELLENT LOCATION AS EVERYTHING IS SO CLOSE AND JUST A FEW MINUTES ENJOYABLE WALK ...FOR SIGHT SEEING

Disliked: HAVE TO BUY A LOCK FOR THE LOCKER

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Barry Banner

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife

20 August 2012 Barry would recommend this property

Liked: Some of my friends recommend this hostel and I wasn't disappointed! Good location, price with friendly staff and vibe.

Disliked: Basic but clean.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 60%

carlena Probert

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

20 August 2012

Liked: Great location, shuttle bus from airport was good value for money, rooms large.

Disliked: Run down and dirty property, really needs some TLC. The whole place was run down and dirty, I saw one cleaner there the whole stay, he might have been doing a sterling job but the task at hand was huge! The bathrooms were filthy, there was a dusty pair of pj's which were left on the bathroom side the entire time we were there, they were filthy so my guess would be that they were there for months instead of days. The toilets were dirty and toilet paper was scarce, the women's toilets on our floor were out of order and out of three showers only one worked. The bathrooms on the other floors were marginally better but all shower rooms had problems, either shower heads missing, unlockable doors or showers not working entirely. Reception is a mess, there are piles of clothes and linen behind the desk, not the most welcoming of sights when arriving at a new place. The whole place was dirty and had a grubby feel, under the beds there were discarded items covered with dust and the furniture in the common areas were old and tired. You have to go to reception to get plates etc, which is fine in practice, however the items were dusty when given to us. Although there were the above problems the people in our room were very nice and chatty, however this cannot be said for the other guests, people were running about all night, shouting and banging. Our room was at the top of a flight of stairs and people would sit and have loud drunken conversations into the night, very annoying!!

The property's response is...

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

19 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Staff was GREAT! The restaurant was also great. The rooms, average. Comfort, average. No a/c or central heating. Facilities were clean but several showers and toilets were out of order. Location, average. There are a few nice restaurants in walking distance. I would stay here again.

Disliked: Wifi was not in room or free.

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

OLIVER PALMER

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

19 August 2012 OLIVER would recommend this property

Liked: I would recommend Elephant because its very cheap, quite clean and friendly. The location is not exactly central, but the area is nice to have a walk to the city center. The night is extremely silent. Good value/money ratio.

Disliked: OLIVER left no negative feedback.

57.1%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 60%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

17 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: cheap (only in the internet) , close to all important sights, good roomsize for double rooms

Disliked: kitchen and toilets always dirty (they need some professional cleaning staff), even saw cockroach in the kitchen, no tea towels in the kitchen,

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

Allan Cove

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

11 August 2012 Allan would recommend this property

Liked: This place was spectacular for the price and location. It is a beautiful old building, the staff were helpful, the beds were nice, and the small restaurant at the end of the building serves good food and drink. I highly recommend this place.

Disliked: Computers weren't working but they suggested places to go to get free wifi.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Visiting friends or family

11 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It's clean, tidy & comfortable, very nice staff, very good quiet location i loved it Good for the money.

Disliked: None

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

Lisa Guzman

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

30 July 2012 Lisa would recommend this property

Liked: Neat hostel that grows on your due to social atomoshphere of other guests. They have a cafe at end of building that serves cheap and yummy food that is priced for backpackers:) in close walking to all major landmarks and gardens

Disliked: They try and keep kitchen ordered by having you get equipment from reception - it works but you have to wait a bit to get pots etc

54.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Work / volunteering

29 July 2012

Liked: gute centrale Lage

Disliked: nicht sehr sauber und die Mitarbeiter sind überlastet.

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

Peter Sylvan

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

23 July 2012 Peter would recommend this property

Liked: Had a great time, made in most parts by the great people who stayed and the helpful staff. Recommend this place.

Disliked: Peter left no negative feedback.

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

Andrew Troughton

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

23 July 2012 Andrew would recommend this property

Liked: Great place! The common tv room is comfortable and a nice place to relax. Kitchen facilities are greet - you hire pots and pans from reception so always available and clean!! Staff was really helpful and they interacted with the guests, which was nice. Bathrooms were clean and abundant. Location was okay. I would definitely stay here again.

Disliked: Wifi doesn't reach 2nd or 3rd floor.

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

Marcella Riquard

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Work / volunteering

23 July 2012 Marcella would recommend this property

Liked: I was very suprised with this hostel. Many of the reviews were mixed but given the price I thought it was worth a stay. It has a great atmosphere, is close to city + main attractions and night life and the cleaners are constantly using high pressure sprays throughout the bathrooms and kitchens! STAY and you will save heaps!

Disliked: Nothing!

25.7%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 40% Facilities - 20% Safety - 40%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

22 July 2012

Liked: Absolutely nothing.

Disliked: Horrible, disrespectful roommates. Throwup on the bathroom floor. Location in a bad part of town, not good for traveling to during the night. There were not enough blankets for all of the guests which meant I had a single sheet to use for the open-window 30 degree night. Overall horrible experience. Will never come here again.

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

Anna Marie Gazzardson

As a family with children

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife

17 July 2012 Anna Marie would recommend this property

Liked: This hostel grows on you. At first you think it is a little old and tired but EVERYONE makes you feel at home and involves you in activities and before long you don't want to leave. It is very well priced and have a great little coffee shop attached to the hostel that is open from early to late and like the hostel you can affdord to eat there. Staff are very friendly and helpful.

Disliked: Kitchen closes at 11 pm - so you cant make food if you come back late.

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

John Thomas

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

16 July 2012 John would recommend this property

Liked: Staff, nightly entertainment, cafe at end of hostel, close to city center, PRICE!

Disliked: Nothing - good value for Sydney.

40.0%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 40%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

11 July 2012

Liked: Location

Disliked: STAFF!!!!!! and they messed up a very simple booking.

45.7%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

10 July 2012

Liked: Easy walk to the center, cheap

Disliked: This place is DISGUSTING. There were 3 toilets on the first floor, I went to bed one night and 2 were clogged with poop, I woke up in the morning and ALL THREE were clogged overflowing. No one picks up in the kitchen, I caught the housekeeper not changing the bottom sheet when a new guest was arriving. This is just a very cheap place to crash

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

Kim Murray

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

09 July 2012 Kim would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel was such a surprise. Its a big hostel that has a small family friendly atmosphere where you easily make friends and the staff are super nice. It was very clean, as there was someone vacuuming, cleaning and wiping down all the common areas daily.

Disliked: Happy with all!

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Visiting friends or family
Work / volunteering

09 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The acomadatipn was good for money I will stop here again . The kitchen is good if you want to make yourself a meal and the room was clean and cosy. The staff are very helpful and friendly

Disliked: Wifi not working when I there - walked to Library and it was free.

62.9%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

05 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It's very close to the city centre and you can easily reach everything on foot.

Disliked: The staff wasn't very helpful in some ways.

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

Cassandra Brathenwilt

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

29 June 2012 Cassandra would recommend this property

Liked: Cheap, clean and the dorms feel quite large compared to other hostels dorms. They were spring cleaning some dorms while I was there – so had to shift rooms a few times. If you are looking for a good value budget place in Sydney, book a stay!

Disliked: Not really dislike...but you had to get cookware from reception. The pots were clean and came with cooking utensils. They told us it was to stop mess being left in the kitchen as everyone had to return the pans to them clean - just a bit different I guess.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
City break
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

24 June 2012

Liked: Location and price

Disliked: Filthy full of cockroaches, super cold in the rooms no isolation at all, shower in my room didn't work! I payed for a room with shower!

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