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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Detroit, Michigan
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13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

i had an overall great stay at Happy Hippo.. the space is contemporary had a gallery feel to it, living areas were always clean and the staff were helpful. its location is just great!! walking distance from restaurants and the beach, even a service station for a late night snack if needed made my stay relaxed because there was no... More 

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

Hello Winnie K, Thank you so much for taking the time out to review our lodge, We are very pleased that you enjoyed the location and that our staff are maintaining their level of service. With regards to the functions we work very hard to minimise the noise factor and apologise for any inconvenience caused. The wifi's speed is very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

very clean and beautifully designed hostel at a very affordable price. helpful staff that can organize touristy tours, airport transport etc. for you. location is top, (the area doesn't look too appealing from the outside, but don't be underterred by that) walkong distance to ushaka marine world and the beaches. for everything else in town, i recommend travelling by taxi... More 

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

Hi Rebekka K, Positive feedback such as yours is always a big motivator for us, the staff asked me to pass on their regards and hope that your travels continue to be happy and successful. Whenever you are back in Durban be sure to look us up. Thank you for your review. Michael Brooks More 

Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Describing Happy Hippo as a backpackers lodging facility is an understatement. This place looks like an urban loft apartment, but just for up to 65 people, yet the vibe is very relaxed. The facilities are excellent and staff always friendly. Best of all, it is only a 2 min walk to uShaka Marine World!

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

Hi LeonSteyn55, What a great review! Thank you for taking the time out to review the Happy Hippo. You have truly grasped what we were trying to achieve 9 years ago. Happy Hippo is evolving every day and when we receive such positive reviews it spurs us on to be even better! Thank you again, Michael Brooks More 

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