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We are closed for a winter's nap from December 22 to February 20, 2023.

 See you next season! 


Hot off the Press!

We are closed for a break until February 20, 2023.

While our 2023 Calendar is open for bookings, the weekends through June remain blocked to allow for larger Group Bookings and HOSTEL TAKEOVERS.  Weekends will be open for booking by Mid- February :)

Welcome to Black Elephant Hostel! We are proud to be the first hostel to open in Portland, Maine! 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.


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? - Yeah - We got you!


Our Rooms

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

5 Dorms

one of which is Female Only and one of which is ADA complaint

The following Private Rooms

2 Triples  w/ Twin Over Full bunk

3 Doubles - 2 with Full Beds one with a Twin Bunk

Private with two bunks sleeping 4

Private with 2 full sized bunk beds - ADA Compliant - sleeping up to 8

2 Full Studios

What We Offer 


We offer Excellent Coffee every morning from a local award winning roaster

Free Wifi

We offer strong Wifi throughout the building


Come chill in our beautiful Garden.  It is a Marijuana friendly space :)

Staff Picks & Recommendations

Don't Know what to do?  We have some ideas for you.


We offer random spontaneous activities and opportunities to come together.


We provide Comfortable, Quality Linens.

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.


33 Hampshire Street

Portland, Maine  04101


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