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Happy Hippo Accommodation

222 Mahatma Gandhi Road (previously Point Road), Durban 4001, South Africa
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Ranked #11 of 59 Specialty lodging in Durban
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Charlotte Amalie, null, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I came to durban for attending a conference at ICC.I booked my accommodation at happy hippo backpacker through hostel international.i found this hostel to be a home far away from my home.the hostel is neat and clean with nice kitchen.rooms and bathrooms are maintained veryclean. I was really touched with the hospitality of the staff sply Sne, Zandi, sle, Nuphendo... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The place itself is nice, although the area is dangerous - near the harbour and the notorious Point/Mahatma Gandhi Road. So stay in at night unless you're prepared to spend money on a cab. It is much more expensive than other backpackers - they charge b&b rates for private rooms, and their dorms are more expensive too. There were only... More

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

Mazi-Wazi, Thank you for taking the time out to make a review that is factually incorrect and unnecessarily untrue. We are in an area that is statistically the safest in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal. There are also bars and restaurants within walking distance, so why would you tell people to stay in? To say we are much more expensive... More

Pretoria, South Africa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

I stayed twice at the happy hippo, once for business and once as a backpacker. Both the private rooms and the dorms are really comfortable and spacious and what I think is great value for money. Private rooms have plenty of character and the whole place was very very clean! Both times there was a great crowd and always interesting... More

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

Hi Claire, You are quickly becoming our favourite guest, what a superb review which makes the hard work worthwhile. We are in the game of making your stay as comfortable as possible for the amount you pay, and clearly for you, we are succeeding. It will only be pleasure to host you again, so please hurry up and come back.... More

Sandefjord, Norway
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23 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Reasonable, neighborhood a little runb down, but so is durban... withjin walking distance of a lot of good shops and shaka zulu world and the beach... Nice kitchen and room good... Would recommend it, ghreat staff

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

Hi James, Thanks for taking the time to review us, our staff are very proud that they are improving our service levels (something we continue to work on). Over the next five years the area we are located in, will be rejuvenated and upgraded, like most things in Africa, things take a little longer to get going but when they... More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Friendly smiles await u as u enter by reception. Fantastic service. I felt relaxed in my room with no disturbance at any time. The bar area was great. Chico was always at my side when he was needed. Very close to restaurants and night life. Safe and affordable.

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

Hi 605Mel, Wow, you have made our day! taking the time out to review our lodge and then making such positive remarks makes us all fuzzy inside. It would be our pleasure to host you again and Chico will be there to help you when you arrive. Thank you, Michael Brooks More

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17 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Happy hippo is really clean, has a good kitchen, large communal areas which unfortunately are right outside the rooms so it can be a bit noisy. Rooms are small, bathrooms clean and nice showers. Staff mostly friendly and helpful. Quite pricey but in a nice area close to the beach and a mall. Internets expensive and slow, much cheaper at... More

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

Hi Chris K, Thank you for your review, it is always nice that our reviewers can give us positive and constructive negative comments. This helps us to adjust the way we operate and improve our business. Our internet is a bit of a bugbear, we entered into a partnership with our IT supplier many years ago, he does not want... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We are two females who stayed at Happy Hippo Back Packers. The staff were very helpful and nice. Make sure when you book happy hippo you confirm your reservation again we had a problem with this. The hostel is close to a local grocery store so you can shop for groceries and make your own meals. I liked how close... More

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

Hello K Kulsum, What a superbly positive review, thank you so much for your kind and truthful comments. It is always very rewarding when our guests have a good stay with us and enjoy the environment that we have tried to create for our customers. We hope to see you again soon. Thanks again, Michael Brooks More

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Address: 222 Mahatma Gandhi Road (previously Point Road), Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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”, a wireless broadband internet café, 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 
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