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Reviewed 7 June 2016

I stayed 4 nights in Zulu, which is a dorm room which is quite close to the kitchen. It had an ensuite bathroom which was nice and the room itself was well maintained and very clean. I did not receive a key of the room, so the room was never locked. I believe that non-dorms have the ability to be...

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

Hello Eline F, Thank you for your very concise and to the point review, we are pleased that we could meet most of your needs and will look at the things we can improve on. Thank you, Michael Brooks

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 26 May 2016

Stayed for 2 nights at Happy Hippo. Such a lovely and spacious backpackers. Came here with some friends, and enjoyed every minute of it. They have an amazing rooftop bar, and enjoyed the two nights we spent up there. An excellent place if you want a quiet space to relax or if you want to party. I did a bit...

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

Hi Julesaus_8811, Thank you so much for the superb review and all your kind words. You have highlighted some really good points about the lodge and the fact that there are different scenarios to suit whatever you feel like doing at the time. We look forward to hosting you again when and if you come back to Durbs by the...

Portoviejo, Ecuador
Reviewed 25 May 2016

I'm so thankful for having chosen a place like Happy Hippo in Durban. The staff is so kind and friendly they helped me in everything they could. Thanks to Dumi, Monica, Smah and Michelle, the owner of the place. The Ushaka Marine World is around the corner with shops, restaurants and entertainment. The beach is also very close. The People...

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

Hi Eduardo F, When your staff are referred to in such a positive way and named personally it means huge amounts to them. They say thank you and they want you to come back. We are very happy that we could make your stay so memorable and comfortable, we look forward to seeing you again on your return to SA....

Ezulwini, Swaziland
Reviewed 23 May 2016

I stayed in both a 4 bed dorm and an ensuite double room and both were of a very good standard with comfortable beds and very clean. There are large communal bathrooms, a big kitchen area and plenty of seating in the 3 communal areas. I liked the funky decor and it was really brilliant having coffee available all day....

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

Hi Jackiesolo, Thank you so much for taking the time to review us and for your really amazing comments. Hope to see you again in the near future. Yours sincerely, Michael Brooks

Centurion, South Africa
Reviewed 23 May 2016

I had the privilege of staying with Happy Hippo in a number of occasions this year and there is just something about the place that I will never stay at any other place in Durban. The ladies there is always willing to help no matter what the request. I also had the privilege to meet the owners of the establishment...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 May 2016

I stayed at the Happy Hippo from 6-9 May 2016 while I attended the Indaba Tourism Convention there. Right from the start I was impressed by the welcome by Reception Staff and the shared 4 bedded dormitory where I stayed. My main worry before arriving had been security which was stopped immediately by the relaxed atmosphere, a secure locker for...

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

Hi stephenmendel, When someone from the tourism industry who you have never met before comments so positively about your place, it means a lot. To us it shows that we are doing spomething right for our guests. I like your candidness about the streets of Durban, there have been great strides in inceasing the safety of Durban and things have...

Reviewed 6 May 2016

Felt very welcome from the moment I got there. Everything is very clean and well organised. The atmosphere and vibe is great. Walking distance from the beach, uShaka and the harbor. The place really comes alive in the evening when everyone is on the rooftop for a drink. Would definitely recommend to anyone making a quick stop in Durban.

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

Hello Heinrich S, Thank you for the really positive review, our staff have really upped their game and we are extremely proud of all of them. We look forward to hosting you again when you're back in Durban. Yours sincerely, Michael Brooks

Richards Bay, South Africa
Reviewed 3 May 2016

It was love at first sight, and the place feels like home. Welcomed with friendly smiles, and the FREE WIFI voucher. They showed me around, and I loved it. I made friends, and do recommend it even to strangers.

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

Hi Mulalo Grace N, We love a Happy Hippo, so welcome to the club, your positivity is infectious and the staff have been telling us how you have left such a impression on them and they would love to host you again any time. Thank again, Michael Brooks

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 30 April 2016

Friendly and professional staff that goes extra mile to ensure that your stay becomes a remarkable one. Monica became the toast of our stay. Definite come back as it's centrally located, breakfast n dinner was at our door step. Most anemities are reachable with easy. I compare the place to one of the establishments in Florence, Italy. Well done and...

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

Hi 911moeketsi, These are the type of reviews that make us proud in what we do, they keep us motivated to give our guests the best value for money experience that we can offer. It would be a pleasure to host you again so don't wait too long to come back. Michael Brooks

Edinburgh
Reviewed 22 April 2016

HAPPY Hippo hostel is like home. I have come back here for some years in a row. The reason is many factors. Staff welcome me always like I come home. The lounge and kitchen are great. My room lovely and clean. The people who come to stay here are overall great travellers, its not a party harty place which I...

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

Hi elizabethvG7681VY, Wow, thank you for your excellent review and kind words. It is exremely satisfying to know that we can provide a service that will keep our customers coming back, it only spurs us on to better things. Also, respect for acknowledging the water crisis in SA and our efforts to reduce usage. So thank you again and hope...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
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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 (previously Point Road), Durban 4001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Price Range: €15 - €52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Happy Hippo Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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“East side rooms have a better view of the habor”
 of 5 bubbles 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.”
 of 5 bubbles , 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All rooms on the first floor and you must be able to climb stairs.”
 of 5 bubbles HeinrichdeWet, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Both rooms and dorms are great. Suggest getting room in case of even number of travellers. Awesome rooms!”
 of 5 bubbles Vlad078, 27 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Dorm 6 people”
 of 5 bubbles gabrielmK3283JU, 20 Jun 2016 | Read review
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