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“I was There from March13 to Ma 20 in 2014”
Review of Green Elephant

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Green Elephant
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Vallon-en-Sully, France
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“I was There from March13 to Ma 20 in 2014”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

The People which work there are so nice and friedly and help with all their knowlegde.
I lived in Wesleystr 17 and the housekeeping woman is so friendly and knows a lot of things.
The guys who run the hostel they helped me whenever i needed Information or help
Thanks a lot for this week
( I am German so sorry for mistakes in writing and expressions)

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Aalborg, Denmark
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Reviewed 19 December 2013 via mobile

Very helpful, friendly and social staff that made our stay at Green Elephant a very nice experience.

Location is very nice for exploring Cape Town and staff members are very willing to escort you to and from the train station at night, should you need it.

Facilities and rooms are not that great - you get what you pay for :-)

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ross on Wye
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

We arrived here after a long day's driving and our first impression wasn't that great as workman were about and things were a little array. On meeting the owners who were so very friendly and helpful we relaxed into things. Our room was in the house opposite the main hostel and the beds were clean and comfortable. The kitchen was fine but there was only one shower/wc and that needed a bit if a face lift. We loved the area down near the hotel and had some great and cheap meals. It had a lovely bohemian vibe there with people from all walks of life and we liked that it wasn't too touristy.
I think this hostel represents great value for money and would particularly appeal to groups of young people.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

This hostel was okay.  I really liked the garden area with the pool table and bar and the staff were really friendly.

Our private room was in the adjacent house with the other private rooms. The kitchen in the house looked new and had a nice lounge.  The bathroom looked old and run down with tiles falling out although the shower was okay.

Our room was very basic with mould all over the ceiling and the walls.  We were only there for one night so it was fine for that and the bed was comfortable.

The street at night is fairly quiet so they advise you to use the free security steward service. Just give them a call and a man in a fluorescent yellow jacket will collect you and walk you to the main road.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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England
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Reviewed 19 October 2013 via mobile

Stayed in Green Elephant only four nights and it had already become my second home! The people are so so friendly and willing to help out with anything and everything, the rooms are cool and have a nice vibe with people staying for longer sometimes which is good as they can tell you the best places to check out! Short cheap and fun minibus into Cape Town centre and a short walk to the shops/restaurants. Also not to expensive for airport or other shuttles which makes it the perfect central location for everything! Will definitely be back to Green Elephant to see when the renovations are finished and when the summer is in full swing- I can imagine its going to be a beautiful place! Free wifi and nice big kitchen makes life easier too, this backpackers is one to stay at if your going to Cape Town!!

  • Stayed October 2013
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Waterford, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

My friends and I stayed in the Green Elephant for a week and really enjoyed it! The staff are really nice and helpful, the hostel is also very good value for money, there are always clean towels, hot water and it's not that noisy...only when the girls and I decided to raise the roof a little. It is in a great location and we met some lovely people! We were lucky enough to be offered a free tour with a company who wanted to film the tour in order for them to win a prize...very well organised! We just happened to meet a hockey team who were also staying in the Green Elephant for the week, they made our week as we had a braai and lots of laughs. We will definitely never forget our stay in the Green Elephant, when we asked could we come back to say hi we were told 'this is your home now'. It doesnt come anymore welcoming than that :-) we ended up there last night after a big day out and the hostel welcomed us to stay another night. I can imagine that it's going to be very quiet without us there...there will be no need to restock the bar for a while! Lots of love, the four girls from Ireland!

Room Tip: You have to make your own fun and that's just what we did :-)
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 29 August 2013

A good place to stay while on elective at nearby hospital. Vey friendly and accommodating staff, kitchen facilities, wifi etc. all reasonably priced. The only problem was the lack of heating/insulation-it was chilly in July! Cafes and supermarkets nearby, security escort service available

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Green Elephant
Address: 57 Milton Road, Observatory, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Observatory
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Observatory
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Green Elephant 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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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Green Elephant Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa

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