What is a hostel?

Before you book a room, we feel you should know...

A hostel is a budget-friendly type of accommodation that focuses on a shared social experience.

Most commonly, you will find people between the ages of  18 -35 at a hostel but they are a place for travelers of all ages.   I recently shared a bunk with an 80+ year old dude in Scotland.  He was hysterical.  In fact, he was the life of the party that particular night - he expanded all of our minds a bit with his tales!

Hostels are a place where it is easy to meet others.  Traveling solo as a woman, I find hostels offer me a safe haven and an opportunity to link up with others and go on adventures.  You can’t really do that in a hotel.  You pretty much get your key and go up into a little isolation chamber.   If you hang out in the lobby and talk to strangers, it is usually frowned upon – “who is that crazy lady?  And why does she think it is ok to randomly strike up a conversation with me?”…

Things you will not commonly find in a hostel: mints on your pillow, a tv and mini bar in your room, individually wrapped plastic items, a feeling of isolation

Things you will find in a Hostel:  clean sheets, hot water, wifi, like minded travelers, a communal kitchen, a sense of community, some money left in your pocket to explore the place you traveled there to see!

A hostel is an interactive community and a place of diverse social exchange.  Hostels create an atmosphere that is conducive to creative and collaborative thinking.  They are a place to have fun and make connections with others! 

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. 

Children 14 years old and older are welcome to stay in the hostel but only in private rooms. You must be at least 18 years old to stay in a dorm room.

PLEASE - NO 3RD PARTY RESERVATIONS!!

Group Bookings?

Yes!  We offer group bookings.  You may only book up to 5 beds on the website or a private room.  If you are looking to house a larger group for an event or just a weekend of shenanigans with friends, we encourage you to do so.  Just please contact us directly via phone or email and we can assist you.

Our Lobby closes at 10PM if you plan on arriving after then please book a private room.  If you arrive past our lobby hours and have booked a bed in a dorm room you will incur a $25 late check in fee.

YES!  We provide linens and towels free of charge! - No, there is NO CURFEW !!

Laundry service available

Our Rooms

ground floor

This room is on the ground level and consists of 2 sets of bunk beds with full size mattresses and an en suite bathroom, sleeping a total of 4 people, up to 8 when booked as a private.  You must be at least 18 years old to stay in a shared dorm room. 

 $50 to $60 per bed / $200 - $250*for 4

+$15 / additional person - varies seasonally

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*please note that this room is located off our common area which can get loud on weekends - 

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* This room is ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.  The shower is a roll in and there are support bars for support where needed.

2nd floor

This 2nd floor room consists of 1 full size mattress and an en suite bathroom, sleeping up to 2 people.  This is a private room and is ideal for a couple or lone traveler.

$110 - $145

varies seasonally

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This 2nd floor room consists of 1 twin bunk bed, sleeping up to 2 people.  This is a small private room and is ideal for a couple or traveling friends.

$85 - $105

varies seasonally

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This 2nd floor room consists of 4 twin bunk beds, sleeping up to 8 people.  En suite bath. This room is a FEMALE ONLY dorm room and is ideal for the budget conscious traveler.

$40 - $50

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This 2nd floor room consists of 3 bunk beds, sleeping up to 6 people.  En suite bath. This room is a FEMALE ONLY dorm room and is ideal for the budget conscious traveler. This room can also be booked as a private.

$45 - $55 / $200 - $330

varies seasonally

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This 2nd floor room consists of a twin over full bunk bed, sleeping up to 3 people.  This room is private room and is ideal for traveling families or friends.

$100 - $145

varies seasonally

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Third floor

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This 3rd floor room consists of 4 bunk beds, accommodating up to 8 people.  This room is a Co-Ed/ MIXED dorm room and is ideal for the budget-conscious traveler.

$40 - $50

varies seasonally

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This 3rd floor room consists of a twin over full bunk bunk bed, sleeping up to 3 people.  This room is a private room and is ideal for traveling families or friends.

$100- $145

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This 3rd floor room consists of 1 full mattress, sleeping up to 2 people.  This is a private room and is ideal for a couple or lone traveler

$85 - $110

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Fourth floor

This 4th floor room consists of 4 twin bunk beds, sleeping up to 8 people. En-suite bath. This room is a CO-ED/ MIXED dorm room and is ideal for the budget-conscious traveler.

$40 - $50

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This 4th floor room consists of 8 twin size bunk mattresses, sleeping up to 8 people.  This room is a CO-ED dorm room and is ideal for the budget-conscious traveler. En-suite bath.

$40

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This 4th floor room consists of a full over full bunk bed, sleeping up to 4 people.  This is a private room and is ideal for traveling families, friends, or couples.

$100 - $160

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This 4th floor room consists of 2 twin bunk beds, sleeping up to 4 people.  This room is a MALE ONLY dorm room and is ideal for the budget-conscious traveler. This room can also be booked as a private room. 

$45 - $55 / $150 - $200

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The Hostel "Sweet"

This 3rd Floor Studio Apartment is pretty sweet.  It has a queen sized bed, a fully equipped kitchen, private bath, a porch that overlooks the hostel garden and it's own private entrance. You also have access to the common areas of the hostel.

 Max occupancy is 2 people - you must be 18 or older to stay in this room - NO CHILDREN.

$145 - $285

Looking to Stay 7 nights or longer...?

The Studio

This 4th floor is also pretty "sweet" but we had to name it something else....

It has a queen sized bed, a fully equipped kitchen, private bath, a porch that overlooks the hostel garden and it's own private entrance.  You also have access to the common areas of the hostel.

 Max occupancy is 2 people - you must be 18 or older to stay in this room - NO CHILDREN.

  You may book this studio for up to 10 days on line.   If you wish to rent the space monthly, please contact us directly at info@blackelephanthostel.com

$145 - $285

Parking

Click here to learn more about parking options

nervous that your room doesn't have its own bathroom?

DON'T BE! We have 13 bathrooms! We also offer large hall sinks that you always have access to! Take a look- you will be fine! 

Hostel Etiquette

1) Please don't turn on the lights when others in your room are sleeping. Use your reading lamp or cellphone flashlight.

2) Don’t slam doors. If you are coming and going, especially at night, gently close the door. 

3) Be quiet.  If you want to chat in the middle of the night, leave the room and let others sleep.

4) Pack bags the night before so you are ready to leave effortlessly and quietly in the morning.

5) Don't unpack your backpack on the floor or take up the majority of the common space.

6) Eat your food, not the food other people are saving for themselves.
7) Having sex in a shared dorm is not acceptable. Other guests don’t want to be present for it. 

8) Clean up after yourself.  Wash your dishes & keep the kitchen and dining areas free of mess.  

9) Please don’t talk on your cell phone in the room, it is best to find somewhere private to talk.  

10) Internet – Just because wifi is free, you really shouldn’t be on your devices for extended periods of time, especially if you don’t know others in your room.  You’re in a hostel, have fun, talk to people!

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33 Hampshire Street,

Portland, Maine 04101      

 

207-712-7062

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