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"The price was right for me, also included breakfast. I chose this place due to having a 24hr checkin (due to my very late arrival), it was a short wal ... " More

By a verified traveller on Tue 07 Aug 2018

Hotel Description

Elephant Backpacker Sydney - Hostel puts you in the heart of East Sydney, steps from Crown Street and within a 10-minute stroll of Royal Botanic Gardens. Highlights at this Victorian hostel include free continental breakfast, a restaurant and a bar/lounge.

The café, The Elephant Cafe, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas, a coffee shop/café and laundry facilities. Each morning free breakfast is served. There's also the convenience of an airport shuttle.

Attractions within a 10-minute walk of this East Sydney hostel include Hyde Park and The Domain.

Twin/Double Room

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.BunkBed.Singular Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
AU$55 per night

Family Room

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.BunkBed.Singular Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

One Bed In Eight Bed Mixed Dorm

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Economy Room, Multiple Beds

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

One Bed In Four Bed Mixed Dorm

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

One Double Bed in Four Bed Mixed Dorm

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Elephant Backpacker Sydney - Hostel ratings based on 29 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.0 out of 5 3.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 2.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Elephant Backpacker Sydney - Hostel

Everyone (22) Couples (6) Students (1)
2 out of 5
Central location and person was really helpful and nice on check-in. Unfortunately that was where our good experience stopped. Got the key to our room, went upstairs and it was as though all beds had just had someone rolling around in them. They were covered in brown smudge stains and hairs! On top of our cupboards were multiple plates with food still on them from the last occupants and there was a strong stale cigarette smell stuck in the room that no open window could flush. Clearly not one person had bothered to walk into that room since the last people had left. When we went to reception to get clean sheets for one of the beds, the worker’s English was not the best and didn’t understand what we were trying to ask for. Lastly, all toilets were covered in hairs, piss and blood. We have stayed in many backpackers in the Sydney area and have to say this was our worst experience so far. Will not be back.

Posted by , from Newcastle, au on 23 Feb. 2019

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3 out of 5
Room's fan didnt work as expected. The rest was fine.

Posted by on 4 Jan. 2019

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1 out of 5
At this stage i will not comment on my stay in this location

Posted by on 27 Dec. 2018

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3 out of 5

Short walk from CBD.

The price was right for me, also included breakfast. I chose this place due to having a 24hr checkin (due to my very late arrival), it was a short walk from the train station. Although I arrived late at night I did find it hard to locate the entrance/reception area. (This could’ve been due to tiredness)

Posted by , from Sunshine Coast on 7 Aug. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

26 Sep. 2018 by Amanda

Thank you for your review.

4 out of 5

Central location

Cons: People in reception need to be a bit more receptive. Take hoodies off so you can see who your talkjng to. It would be good to have locals.
Good price for location. Currently doing up the amenities. Easy walking distance to centre of Sydney. Convdnient when you are looking for a base.

Posted by on 14 Jul. 2018

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1 out of 5

They couldn't find our booking

Cons: 1. Locate our booking instead of telling us we have no booking. 2. Don't casually flick a cockroach onto your guests and act like that is ok 3. Prov
The staff were inept and more concerned with loading youtube clips on the screen than finding our booking - which they could not locate. A cockroach ran across the table and when it stopped in front of me the clerk said "oh yes I will spray again later" and proceeded to flick it onto me. I found this repugnant. They couldn't find pillows or blankets but they also couldn't find our booking. We left. I expect a refund. It was a filthy disgusting fire trap with staff that were unhelpful and unqualified to run a facility like this - there was a queue out the door. I expect a full refund.

Posted by , from Sydney on 18 Aug. 2017

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5 out of 5

Good for low budget

Was better than expected for around 20 bucks per night. The free breakfast was nice suprise. Thanks

Posted by on 28 May 2017

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5 out of 5

Basically brilliant

Clean sheets and friendly service. Not exactly the place for a romantic get away but if your looking for a clean bed and bathroom (it is shared but obviously cleaned very regularly) and somewhere to store your stuff RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF SYDNEY, then this is the place for you. (The huge communal kitchen, with fridges for guest use, was a god send for our budget, and the free breakfast was the cherry on top) Will be staying there regularly now that we've found this little gem :)

Posted by , from newcastle nsw on 1 May 2017

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2 out of 5

good location, old building, horrible condition

Pros: location
Cons: Cleanliness, general up keep of building
Location: sdf
beds awful, I actually chose to sleep on the unvacuumed floor rather than the mattress hot water in showers was not working & we were not told when checking in Sure it's only a backpackers but I expected more9

Posted by on 13 Feb. 2017

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2 out of 5

A last resort if you're on a tight budget

Cons: Considering the rates you're charging, not a whole lot.
As the old saying goes: "you get what you pay for." So I guess I can't really complain too much about this place considering how cheap the booking was. But I do have a few comments. The interior of the building was like walking through a home renovation site: bare floorboards (walking through one area upstairs almost felt like you could fall through the floor at any moment) power tools and rubbish bins lying around ...not the most hospitable atmosphere I've come across to be sure. The rooms and bathrooms themselves were relatively clean at least. The staff were unfortunately only borderline competent and were virtually inept of any real people skills. To make matters worse, our bedding was not yet ready at the time we checked in. And when we returned to reception several hours later to pick them up, they were still not ready... Disappointing. It was just as well my friend spoke German, because the late-night receptionist's English was very basic and could barely understand our (second) request for bedding.

Posted by , from Melbourne on 4 Jul. 2016

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About the Elephant Backpacker Sydney - Hostel

Location 50 Sir John Young Cresent, Woolloomooloo, NSW 2000

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site, as well as a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Free breakfast is served daily. Public spaces have free WiFi. Tour or ticket assistance, multilingual staff, and laundry facilities are also featured at Elephant Backpacker Sydney - Hostel. A round-trip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) is available for a fee. This Victorian East Sydney hostel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 48 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • Built in 1892
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Staff members are multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Lift
  • No smoking on site


Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


  • Airport: Sydney, NSW (SYD-Kingsford Smith Intl.) (15.5 km / 9.6 mi)
  • Train station: Sydney Circular Quay Station (1.7 km / 1 mi)
  • Metro station: St. James Station (0.6 km / 0.4 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle
  • Parking:

Room Amenities

Elephant Backpacker Sydney - Hostel offers 48 forms of accommodation. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower. Housekeeping is provided on a limited basis.

  • Bathrooms are shared
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (limited)

Food & Drink

Guests are served a free continental breakfast daily from 7 AM to 10 AM.

The Elephant Cafe – This café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 1 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - midnight.
If you are planning to arrive after midnight, please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

24-hour airport shuttle service is available at scheduled times. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to get details.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 7 AM - midnight.
Guests arriving after midnight must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Airport transport is offered at scheduled time 24 hours a day. Fees may apply. For details, please contact the property in advance.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children 18 and younger are not allowed at this adults-only property. All guests older than 18 are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for AUD 30 per stay.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Please note: Children cannot be accommodated in the dormitory rooms, only in the private rooms.

This hotel's policy is to accept bookings only from international guests. Guests whose residence is within Australia will not be allowed to check in. Guests must present an international passport at check-in. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. No on-site parking is available. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guest room reservation. This property only accepts cash for all on-site payments.

  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • Only service animals are allowed
  • Minimum guest age is 18
  • Caters to adults only


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: AUD 20.00 per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: AUD 15.00 per person (one-way)
  • Rollaway bed fee: AUD 30 per stay
  • On-site credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Elephant Backpacker Sydney Hostel Woolloomooloo
  • Elephant Backpacker Sydney Hostel
  • Elephant Backpacker Sydney Woolloomooloo

You should know

  • This is an adults-only property and guests under 18 years old aren't allowed.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.