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Black Elephant Hostel lobby in Portland Maine
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Shared Bathroom at Black Elephant Hostel
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Voted #1 budget place to stay in Portland Maine!!!

Visit Portland. Without breaking the bank.

 Hot off the press: 

We are OPEN for the Season!

Our 2024 Calendar is now open for Bookings through the Fall!
Please note, we will not be opening our calendar for 2025 bookings until mid-December

Please contact us if you need help with larger Group Bookings and Hostel Takeovers.  


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Welcome in!

We are proud to be the very first hostel to open in Portland, Maine! (Read all about it!

We truly believe in affordable travel and LOVE the social environment that hostels create. It is not just where you travel to - but who you meet along the way and the experiences you have together. We strive to provide a comfortable and creative living space for all travelers, young and old in a unique, clean, and super fun environment. 

Our goal at The Black Elephant is to create an open-minded and safe space with those who choose to explore the world around them and ultimately, to inspire a global sense of community.

LGBTQ-Friendly? We got you.


We offer a communal kitchen and funky lobby that are shared by all guests.  The hostel sleeps just about 60 people, and is available for Hostel Takeovers. Our rooms are in the following configurations:

5 Dorms

One of which is Female Only and one of which is ADA compliant

A few Private Rooms

Two Triples with a Twin Over Full bunk

Three Doubles - two with Full Beds one with a Twin Bunk

Private with two bunks sleeping four guests

Private with two full sized bunk beds - ADA Compliant - sleeping up to eight guests

What we offer:


Enjoy excellent, locally-roasted coffee every morning. Yum!

Free Wifi

Enjoy strong wifi throughout the building because it's the 21st century.


Come chill in our beautiful marijuana-friendly and lovely garden!

Staff Picks & Recommendations

Don't know what to do?  We have some ideas for you and would love to chat


We offer random spontaneous activities and opportunities to come together & explore


We provide comfortable, soft quality linens that are always clean!

Clera  - May 2022

I loved everything about this amazing place. The super kind, thoughtful people, the location, the whimsy, the colors, the vibe, and how well run and clean it is. Thank you for the comfortable, safe space from which to explore.

Contact Us

33 Hampshire Street

Portland, Maine  04101


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