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Happy Hippo Accommodation

222 Mahatma Gandhi Road (previously Point Road), Durban 4001, South Africa
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cullinan, Gauteng, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I stayed at Happy Hippo in Durban south beach, during Durban tourism indaba 2015 it was great. It's just a walking distance from uShaka marine, restaurants, Durban harbour, etc. The staff is so helpful, kind and awesome!!!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Checked in at happy hippo for 2 nights. nice, large and clean accomodation. Car park behind te gate is wonderfull service. Wifi is good and 2hrs per day free of charge. Therfore the network does not get crowded. It is 500meters away from Ushaka waterpark, and the beach. The rooftop bar is a nice place to have a drink. Laundry... More 

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

Hello Brendv, Thanks for taking the time out to review our hostel. I'm very glad you had a good stay with us, I can only apologise for the pool table, it is old and in need of replacement, I am in negotiations with the supplier of the table as we have a contract with them. Hopefully we will have a... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I chose the Hippo as a landing point in South Africa and I do not regret it. There is a shuttle service from King Shaka Airport dropping you off right in front of the hostel. The rooms are nice and clean, few extra space, the bathrooms, en suite and communal, are functional and clean. You get free wifi for 3hr... More 

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

Hello Kasper S, Thank you for your excellent and descriptive review, I am glad that your welcome to South Africa was good one, and I am sure as you travel further in this beautiful country it will get better and better for you. Thanks again and it would be a pleasure to host you again. Regards, Michael Brooks More 

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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27 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Stayed here in the Rickshaw room for 2 nights before heading on to Joburg. Excellent value, Friendly atmosphere, and clean. Would stay here again if I am ever in town. It was nice to be right next to Ushaka Marine World. Not only do they have a great water park besides the actual marine world, but plenty of great shops... More 

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

Hi Hannah, Thank you for taking the time out to review our lodge, we are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and recognised that the location and service is great. I do hope we get to see you again. Kind regards, Michael Brooks More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We like the hostel- location, room, food and service is good. We stayed there 2 nights. The Sunday night there was a party until early morning hours with such noise we couldn't sleep. I reported it the morning. The following Friday night the same thing happened, what a disappointment! The worst part is it wasn't paying guests partying, but local... More 

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

Hello Jaco R, We would like to thank you for your review as it has instituted some changes in our lodge. I have investigated the sunday night party, and it did go on too late for a Sunday and we have taken measures so that this does not happen again. As for the Friday party, well it is a Friday... More 

Detroit, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Durban is a required overnight with the Baz Bus, so we chose Happy Hippo for our 14 hour stay. The location near uShaka Marine World is perfect to find something to eat then meander along the beachfront promenade. Inside Happy Hippo, the open warehouse-turned-hostel space is very appealing. Lots of open space but plenty of cosy areas by design. Our... More 

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

Greetings Liliasna What a fantastic review, thank you! We just love it when people appreciate the hard work that has gone into creating the Happy Hippo. We are really glad that you chose us! Thank you again and safe travels, Michelle Brooks More 

Coimbra, Portugal
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5 reviews 5 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

In any hotel/hostel/accomodation in the world if a guest doesn´t have a clean bed and toilet all goes wrong.Unfortunately this was the case here, good atmosphere, great location near Unshaka Marine World, but when we arrived to the room a huge disapointment to find a very poor carpet full with staines, blankets with staines and bad sheets. We where supposed... More 

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

Hello GoncaloF74, Firstly I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to you when you stayed here, but I also think it important to clarify some of the issues that you have complained about. Firstly you stayed with us in a dormitory in the height of season, any stains that you noticed were very recent in nature, as we... More 

Roissy-en-France, France
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We stayed in a twin room for two nights. The room was clean, spacious. Staff is quite friendly and the garage provided is very helpful because the neighborhood is not that great. The design is nice : lot of space... The bar at the top is nice and seems to be popular in the evening. But if you want a... More 

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

Hi Jessica B, Thank you very much for your positive review, With regards to the noise, we constantly monitor it so as not to offend our guests. We have just come through holiday and end of year party season and the Happy Hippo was very festive since the beginning of December. We are in the process of upgrading the shower... More 

London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Stayed two nights in October and it was nice - very open-plan so as it wasn't busy it seemed rather empty! Met some fun people and had a good night out. Clean facilities and staff were very friendly (if not slightly unknowledgeable about recommendations/local knowledge). Not sure I'd stay again as the location made it hard to explore much more... More 

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

Hello AliceKes, Thank you for your nice review, we were glad you enjoyed your stay with us and that you had a good night out in Durban. Sorry that my staff seemed unknowledgable, we recently employed three new reception staff in September and they are busy getting to know Durban and what it has to offer, if you come back... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I stayed here for one night in December and I really enjoyed my stay. The layout of the hostel is like a large loft apartment and this gives it a really social vibe. The dorm I stayed in was a decent size and the adjacent bathrooms were big enough but could do with a good clean. No food is provided... More 

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

Hello Nick P, What a superb and positive review, thank you very much. With regards to the bathrooms, we have changed to new Bio-degradable products and although they do not have the same immediate effect as normal caustic cleaning products, the enzymes in the product eventually provide the same cleaning effect. It is something we are looking into, to improve... More 

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