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Happy Hippo Accommodation

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Southern Drakensberg SA
Reviewed 18 February 2017

What can I say. It was perfect. Everything was big and comfortable. Fabulous stay. I'd very definitely go back. Very close to unshakable and the oceanfront promenade. Handy for buses. Great views from the rooftop bar.

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BrooksieDurban, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear tinar601 Oh my! How wonderful to hear how much you loved it here! It makes us all warm and fuzzy inside! Thank you so much for taking the time out to write such a great review about our lodge, we really do appreciate it. We look forward to hosting you again. kind regards, Michelle and the Happy Hippo team

Reviewed 13 February 2017

all rooms are lovely, very clean, comfortable. Lovely helpful staff, the bar man mylucie is fantastic and great fun, anoth girl worked in the bar but never spoke or accknowledged you or even said hello :( unfriendly white person.)

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BrooksieDurban, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear Karina l We wanted to say thank you to you for taking the time out to write a review for us. We are always happy to receive such good feed back. I also wanted to let you know that the young lady that you have referred to, no longer works for our company. We only want HAPPY people! Have...

Porvoo, Finland
Reviewed 8 February 2017

A very nice backpackers with lots and lots of room to hang around, a big well equipped kitchen and clean bathroom facilities, but it was dead quiet. As a solo traveller I struggled to meet new people. There is a bar area upstairs but I rarely saw anyone there as well. The rooms have comfy beds and efficient ceiling fans...

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DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear Sisberg, We thank you for your good review and favourable comments. Unfortunately you were here at a quiet time of year for us, hopefully when you come back we will back to business as usual. Happy Travels, Michael Brooks

Maputo
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Awesome decoration and supercool terrace upstairs. The hostel pretty clean and with a very affordable price, stuff really nice and helpful. Close to the beach , a little walk down to get to the waves un new Peer , but nothing to complain , im coming back

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DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear martinaL4651YP, Reviews such as yours make us realise why we do this, it really motivates us to keep on providing a good service. We are looking forward to hosting you again. See you soon, Michael Brooks

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Durban is dirty. Ugly. There's nothing to like about it. But somehow it works. Happy Hippo had a special atmosphere that got me to meet up with much more people than any other backpacker's hostel. I found amazing friends I will never forget. stuff was very nice as well

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DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear Yonmaimi, Thanks for your great review and we look forward to seeing you again. We are glad you enjoyed the hostel and its atmosphere and left with new friends. Happy Travels, Michael Brooks

Lichtenfels, Germany
Reviewed 22 December 2016

The beds were clean and we felt save at the Hippo. The reception was extraordinary helpfull, we planed and booked nearly half of our trip there. The bar upstairs is quite nice, but it can get very loud at weekends, what can bother Families or non partyinterestet travellers. They do laundry service (ZAR60). Unfortunately the free wi-fi is not that...

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DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear neverathome2016 Thank you so much for your great review! We are super excited to hear that our staff have been so extraordinary helpful amd they are extremley proud of themselves from your comments. We wish you great travels in 2017! Michelle

Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

I read bad reviews about this before going, but figured a bar usually closes down at midnight and isn't usually too loud, especially if its located and part of a sleeping establishment. WRONG! Cons: 1)The very loud music and beats went on until the early hours of the morning, as did the 'clipclop' of heels which echo across the dancefloor...

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DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear Josey T, Sorry for your bad experience; clearly our lodge was not for you unlike many of our other happy guests/reviewers. I can assure you that my staff would never phone a friend or relative for your taxi but instead a reputable taxi service, as they have valid Public Driving Permits. Their pricing structures are out of our control...

Jarrahdale, W.A.
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Happy Hippos is an interesting place to stay with great staff. It used to be an old warehouse that they have converted into accommodation. On the first floor the whole centre space is given over to shared areas, with seating, tables and chairs. There is a good kitchen (although when we were there the other people did not keep it...

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DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear KeithMac We loved it that you enjoyed your stay with us! Thanks for taking the time out to review us, we really do appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed your time on the rooftop. It is an amazing space! Wishing you a wonderful festive season, kind regards Michelle Brooks

Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Loved the stay at this hostel. Great clean rooms, staff helping out (those at the reception could be friendlier - the boss comes sometimes around and is very kind though). On the rooftop is a bar that sometimes offers concerts. It is close to the ushaka marine center so the area is safe to walk over to the beach. Would...

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DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear Julia F Thank you for all your kind words. We are really glad that you found us! In response to the internet; we do have a 10 MBPS line which unfortunately slows down when 20 people or more are on it; something that we cannot control as fibre optics have not reached our area yet. "only in Africa!" We...

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Reviewed 4 November 2016

This hostel has an amazingly big communal area, a nice kitchen where you have problems preparing your food if the hostel is not packed up to the edge with people. We enjoyed a double-room which was nicely furnished und very clean. The only thing I personally didn’t like was that our door, and the door of every other room, directly...

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DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear 779johannes Thank you for your feedback on our Backpackers. Yes, we do welcome you to our Global Village. (as you walk up the stairs, this is the first massive sign you see). Thank you for all your positive points. Wishing you safe travels and thank you for taking the time out to review us. kind regards, Michelle

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  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Beachfront
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Internet
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Born from a passion for traveling, the legacy of the Hippo Hide has been passed on to this unique and amazing lodge. Situated approximately 500m from Durban's best beaches and right next to uShaka Marine World, you couldn't ask for a better location. Durban's first purpose built backpackers hostel for the discerning budget traveller, welcomes you to come and enjoy state of the art facilities. These include the amazing roof top party and recreational area, known as "The Globe", FREE WIFI, travel desk with up to date information and the best deals. This is your one stop youth hostel with all your amenities close by. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Happy Hippo Accommodation

Address: 222 Mahatma Gandhi Road | KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 4001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Price Range: €14 - €49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Happy Hippo Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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“private rooms are a little cooler and quieter. Naturally.”
tomgarble, 26 Mar 2017 | Read review
“East side rooms have a better view of the habor”
mphor396, 30 Oct 2016 | Read review
“best view rooms are facing the Durban Port and the roof top is Amazing for the BREEZE. its Quiet on the rooms ,hence the bar is upstairs.”
, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All rooms on the first floor and you must be able to climb stairs.”
HeinrichdeWet, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Both rooms and dorms are great. Suggest getting room in case of even number of travellers. Awesome rooms!”
Vlad078, 27 Jun 2016 | Read review
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