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Happy Hippo Accommodation

222 Mahatma Gandhi Road (previously Point Road), Durban 4001, South Africa
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Ranked #10 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Durban
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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George Town, Grand Cayman
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I only stayed for one night waiting for a flight. Not a glamorous location, but just a short walk from Ushaka Marine World and the beach. Staff were friendly and helpful and I'd be happy to stay there again.

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

But I wouldn't chose to stay again. Really close to the beach! In an industrial area, of car garages and breakers yards, not the best area. No food shops or restaurants nearby, unless you count the restaurants by Ushaka Marine World. There is a small touristy mall there too. Nothing much to see without a considerable walk. No key to... More

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Billings
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love the location of this backpackers...steps away from the beach, not far from two grocery stores and numerous restaurants. Generally quiet except when they have music on the roof. Helps to get a corner room if possible.

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

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Elsloo, The Netherlands
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a very nice stay at the happy hippo in Durban. It was located close to the shopping mall and the beach. The staff was very friendly and there was a nice atmosphere. The rooms and public area are very nicely decorated. I would love do go back there :)

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

Hello Iris-Dutchie, Thank you so much for your review, we are very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and that our staff were helpful and friendly. You are welcome back anytime. Thanks again, Michael Brooks More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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105 reviews 105 reviews
16 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have never stayed in a hostel before, and as a student in Europe I would stay at low cost hotels instead. However, I was meeting a group in Durban and they suggested I stay at the same accommodation as them. I was quite chuffed that I could book a private en-suite room at the hostel and was extremely impressed... More

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

Hi Kirsten Z, We are very proud to have made your first stay in a hostel a favourable one, and hope we have converted you to our way. I'm glad that you liked the décor of the rooms, the plug situation is being looked into, although our staff do have extra multiplugs for use downstairs. We need to get that... More

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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I've stayed at dozens of hostels this year and this one was by far my favorite. The rooms are individually designed and are very comfortable. The bathrooms are modern and clean and the kitchen area is very big. There is wifi, however you do have to pay to use it (there are ways to get some free access). The staff... More

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

Hi TrentsterGa, It is always very inspiring, energizing and satisfying when we receive reviews as good as yours. It will only be a pleasure to make your next stay even better and the good news is that we have now introduced free wifi for all our guests. We look forward to catching up with you in the future. thanks again,... More

Umina Beach, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Staff were helpful, room (single), bathrooms and common areas were all very clean. Conveniently located around the corner from uShaka Marine World and the beach front and safe enough to walk to both (Lonely Planet Guide isn't accurate with their review). I stayed a Saturday night, which was fairly noisy with the rooftop bar and the open plan layout of... More

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

Hi Aussie_Nia, Thank you for taking the time out to review our lodge, I have to also thank you for your positive comments on the surrounding area and pointing out that Lonely Planet is out dated and inaccurate. Next time you stay with us we insist that you come up to the bar and have even better stay than the... More

Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Happy Hippo is perhaps one of the nicest hostels I've stayed in. Affordable, clean and well situated. The staff were also friendly and helpful. It is a stone's throw from uShaka Marine World which houses a number of different restaurants. This also means that it is 5-10 minute walk to the beach. In terms of transport options, there is a... More

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

Wow, thank you Abbie! Thank you for such a wonderful review and taking the time out to write it! It is especially lovely that you have mentioned the safety of the area, as this stigma is taking such a long time to wear off as it was the old harbour/industrial area. It is also great how you point out pertinent... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I arrived to happy hippos at night, and the staff (young lady) at the reception wasn't very helpful. She didn't gave any kind of information (showing around the place, code for the door...etc) They don't give u key for the dorm, make sure your money is with u all the time (the guy who i stayed with in the hostel... More

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

Hi Erus128, It is with great sadness that I return from my travels and see your review. It is never very nice to be referred to as average. But I see your point and I am addressing them as we speak. The lady who greeted you on your first night has been with us just over a month, we thought... More

Charlotte Amalie, null, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I recently stayed at Happy Hippo for 2 nights. The location is great-right next to Ushaka marine world with tons to do and good shopping etc. The girls at reception were lovely and helped me plan my full day safari only one day prior! They also told me about a gym (Train) a 5 minute walk from the backpackers where... More

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

Hi Jenna, Thank you so much for the great review! It seems that you enjoyed a lot of the facilities that our area provides, probably more so than most people, and I am very pleased that someone has gone out and utilised them. Next time you are in Durban it would be a real pleasure to host you again. Kind... More

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Address: 222 Mahatma Gandhi Road (previously Point Road), Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
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