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Hippo Hide Backpackers

2 Jesmond Road, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Vancouver, Canada
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55 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Very quiet place when we were there. Didn't meet many people there. Not really the place for those looking for a nice bar and people to have adventures with. A nice quiet place for those who like that kind of thing. Their sister backpackers was very nice though.

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Thank Petped
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Petped, Thank you for reviewing the Hippo Hide, I think you have hit the nail on the head with your description. It is a quite place where people can catch up with themselves after long journeys on the road. Unfortunately being situated in a residential area dictates the type of entertainment we can provide, we do have a honesty... More 

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

The Hippo Hide is a backpackers lodge but there is a small little room in the garden that is well worth the money paid. Clean, comfortable and well looked after. There is an ensuite toilet and shower. There is a kitchen in the main house if you want to self cater to save money. There was tea and coffee in... More 

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Thank BBJSportguy
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello BBJsportguy, Thank you for taking the time out to review our hostel, we are so glad that you enjoyed our cottage 'the Wallow', it gives you the privacy when needed but also you are still close to the action. Hopefully we will see you again if you are ever in Durban and need a comfortable bed for the night.... More 

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Staying in Durban was one of the best experiences here in SA so far! We stayed in the triple room which was very clean and comfy. Wifi is included and worked perfectly! The staff was very friendly and helped us a lot to plan our stay in Durban, giving tipps about the beaches and public transport. (Although we can't recommend... More 

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Thank VinPe
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi VinPe, Wow, that has to be the best review we have had, our staff are very proud to have made your stay so comfortable, you are most welcome to come and stay with us again we look forward to it. Thanks again, Michael Brooks More 

Tokyo, Japan
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

It's a place very bad maintained which could be way better than what it is. The location is alright if you have a car as it is in a. Ice area but a few minutes drive to the beach. Common areas are not nice at all. Everywhere is dark, almost no light in the kitchen and dining area.

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Thank Pato C
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Pato C, We are a little bit confused with your review, yes we realise that some things might need updating but to say it 'very bad maintained' is factually incorrect.. There is plenty of lighting around the lodge as this is a safety issue.We are bound by municipal laws which include adequate lighting. We are sorry that you have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

The Lodge is very homely place. We were here on an extended stay working in the surrounding area. The manager was very kind and helpful and sorted out space for us in the kitchen, organised our laundry service and supported us in organising our transport for the duration of our stay. We were given suggestions for places to visit and... More 

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Thank Kava J
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Kava J We just wanted to thank you for such an excellent review! You have given future guests a great insight into what to expect from the Hippo Hide and what she has to offer. I really enjoyed getting to meet you and your group who do volunteer work within the Cities crèche's. It is a wonderful organisation that... More 

Santa Barbara, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

I'm an American backpacker who's been all over Europe, the USA, and southern Africa, usually on a shoestring budget. 1) No wifi that worked 2) No hot water in dorms 3) Staff clearly did not care, at all 4) Located far from everything - incl. beach, other hostels 5) Dorm kitchen did not work 6) One more time: NO WIFI.... More 

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DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello TimothyIrvine, We are all very confused at the lodge, your stay was for four days and in that time you asked our cleaner once if you could shower elsewhere other than the dorm. Our cleaner failed to mention this to reception and has been spoken too about communication and it will never happen again. We just want you to... More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Hi, my sister and our lil boys were 2years old by then, we stayed at happy hippo, nice place, clean, friendly staff, big kichen, lots of hot water. 5mins to Ushaka marine, closer to reasturants, easy access for transport. We love the place and we going back in May again..😍😍😍😘 try to install wifi please.

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Thank Nkanyiso888
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Dear Nkanyiso888 Many thanks for taking the time out to write such a wonderful review! I see that you have reviewed us on Hippo Hide's site rather than the Happy Hippo's? We are not worried as they both belong to us! Anyway, all is good and we are glad to know that you will be back! When you are here... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I stayed in Hippo Hide for 2 1/2 months while volunteering in Durban city. The staff were very accommodating and helpful to myself and the team whenever we needed taxis, extra blankets, queries about what to do in the city and general day to day enquiries. It was a fun way to meet new people as there were always backpackers... More 

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Thank Hannah M
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Hannah M, Such superb reviews can only help us in our vision of making Durban the no.1 holiday destination in South Africa. We are genuinely proud and excited when we have guests who have had such a great stay with us. Please be sure to visit s again if you are ever in Durban. Thanks again, Michael Brooks More 

Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I've stayed hear at least half a dozen times and I love it more each time. The staff is super friendly and helpful, the decor and rooms are lovely, great kitchen you can actually cook in and the location, while quiet is pretty ideal to explore Durban. If you want a good hostel for a good price I couldn't recommend... More 

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Thank Katrina426
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Katrina426, What can we say to such a great review other thank you very much for your kind words. The staff were especially proud that they are doing such a great job and making our guests feel welcome. Lets hope that's not the last time you stay with us as we look forward to hosting you again. Thanks again,... More 

Hamburg, Germany
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Very friendly Staff and outside area as well as Rooms and kitchen. They organized our next days and perfekt time in Durban!! Clean, safe parking and very close to City center \ supermarket. They make you feel linke home instantly

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Thank inessa l
BrooksieDurban, Owner at Hippo Hide Backpackers, responded to this review

Hello Inessa l, Thank you very much for your great review, the girls are very proud of themselves that could make your stay so enjoyable in Durban. We look forward to hosting you again if you are ever in Durban. Thanks again, Michael Brooks More 

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