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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 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We stayed in this hostel for 3 nights in July 2015. The minute we walked in we weren't really impressed with the set up. We specifically asked for a en-suite room but that was not the case. The kitchen and bathrooms are communal which was not ideal for us. The room we had wasnt really homely. There was a mouse... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The accommodation itself was definitely more along the lines of 4 stars, as it was very clean and an overall nice place. We stayed in the triple room for 3 nights. Only complaint about our room was that our light was broken, and they said they would fix it and never did (we stayed there 3 nights). However, they did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really friendly and efficient staff. Really clean. Nice bar. I fully recommend this hostel. It is really near to the beach and restaurants. We stayed here with a tour group and I was glad it ended here. I am sorry we didn't stay longer in Durban.

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Vancouver, Canada
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47 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everything about this place was nice. Clean showers and bathrooms, clean dorms, closer to attractions in Durban, pleasant staff with good service, working wifi, laundry service. We had such a pleasant time and the owner answered all the questions we had about Durban. She made sure we had all the answers we needed. Right by the beach near nice restaurants... More 

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Good Thunder, Minnesota
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I loved the space that this backpackers occupies. We had a few surprises: one of the rooms charged/booked for us was occupied, and it took awhile (while we were very tired) to sort this out. In the morning, the desk clerk insisted we return the key for the room that was otherwise occupied. The other glitch was that our guide... More 

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

HI BeckyFjellandDavis, I would like to thank you for your objective yet positive review, I have investigated the room situation and taken appropriate action to stop confusion from our side like that happening again. Also with the bar situation, our bar staff had closed up but were waiting for your arrival in reception, we had been asked by your guide... More 

Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I only spent one night at the Happy Hippo while passing through Durban in transit, but it was a very enjoyable stay. I really liked the warehouse-turned-hostel feel of the place. It was very spacious with high ceilings and lots of different lounge areas. I stayed in a private room and it was very comfortable - perfect for a couple.... More 

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

Thank you Audrey B for a really positive and good review, we look forward to hosting you again if you are ever in Durban. Once again thanks for your kind words. Regards, Michael Brooks More 

Cullinan, Gauteng, South Africa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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

Hi Fundani-fundani, Thanks for your great review, making people happy is what we try to do, so when we have reviews such as yours it makes it all worthwhile. Thanks again, Michael Brooks More 

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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 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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