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Happy Hippo Accommodation

222 Mahatma Gandhi Road (previously Point Road), Durban 4001, South Africa
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
erikjs2014 Johannesburg, South Africa
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Close to the beach and entertainment and shops. Spacious layout, rooftop garden and bar. The staff are really wonderfull and you always feel at home. The rooms and bathrooms are neat and clean. Really hard to criticize anything. Will never stay anywhere else in Durban.

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

My stay at Happy Hippos it Durban was totally awesome. Not only were the staff awesomely good and welcoming. But all the fascilities and all were great. The place was clean and nice and I just loved the location! It is perfectly placed right next to the village walk that leads to the beach and lots of restaurants + the... More

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

Hi Petra T, Thank you for the superb review, it is always nice to hear that the hard work our staff do is paying off and that the location suited your needs. We look forward to hosting you again at the Happy Hippo. Thanks again, Michael Brooks More

Schijf, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Safe, clean, friendly staff, good bar at the roof and restaurants at a safe-walking distance. My car was safe in the private garage. People of all ages are welcome at Happy Hippo's! .i'll come back here!

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

Hi Jackyv4, We are humbled that you had a great time with us, having guests that are positive about our place is always uplifting and makes us strive to keep providing a good clean and safe place to stay. Thanks again, Michael Brooks More

Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
6 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

This hostel is close to Ushaka... that is the one good thing I can say about it. But its too big and stuff is regularly getting stolen as the sign on the fridge inside says. After my 1st night, I left my toiletry bag inside my room during the day. When I came back my toiletry bag was gone. I... More

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

I would love to say thank you for your review, but it does not make sense at all! Firstly you complain that the lodge is too big, if privacy and space is not what you want then I can only apologise for failing you in this matter. Secondly, with regards to our staff stealing, this accusation borders on defamation of... More

Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This place is really cool, rooms are nice and there is a huge common area plus a rooftop bar. Read some reviews on the unsafe location but didnt feel it was at all, maybe at night but during the day it was completely fine to walk around. Right next to Ushaka and 5 mins from the beach. Only drawback is... More

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

Hi AmandaN85, greetings and thank you for your really positive review of our location, and you are right. Where Happy Hippo is located is statistically the safest area in the whole of the province (KZN). With regards to the wifi, we offer two free hours for downloading our app and 1 hour after checking in on the various social sites.... More

Berlin, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

I had a perfect stay at the backpackers. The location was great, the rooms were clean and the staff was very friendly. Especially Nomfundo helped me with all my questions during my five day stay and I'll definitely come back!

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

Hi Franziska, Thank you so much for your superb review, Nomfundo is very proud to have made your stay great! We too are proud of our staff, who are striving to provide good friendly service of the highest quality. Hope to see you again soon. Michael Brooks More

Chichester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Location of this hostel is perfect. Less than a 2minute walk to ushaka which is why we visited Durban. Good value for money. Only downside was it is too loud in the evenings even after midnight when people are trying to sleep. Rooms are good. Would stay here again if it wasn't so noisy

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

Hi travelaholic, Thank you for your review, I am sorry that you experienced a lot of noise when you stayed with us. I have investigated the time when you stayed with us, and we did have a function on the roof. I have implemented strict conditions, so as not to affect our guests and these have been adhered to since... More

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Door step away to Shaka Marine and the beaches. Commute with the People Mover and hop on/ off all day and sight see Moses Mabhida Stadium ( get on the SkyCar for a 360 view of Thekwini or tour the stadium) :D Make sure you go to Victoria Market and bargain away at the great stalls. Enjoy the Wilson Wharf... More

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

Globalcitizen, Thank you so much for the positive review, it is always refreshing to know someone enjoyed themselves in Durban and at our lodge as much as you have. Just remember if you are ever in Durban again please be sure to visit us. More

Nagoya, Japan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

The last weekend was so noisy (both Saturday and Sunday) due to a party on the top floor for pretty much all day long. The music even got through my earphones (and earplugs too when I was sleeping). Now I'm not really sure what kind of venue this place wants to be: travellers' accommodation or a local people's night-spot or... More

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Nuremberg, Germany
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

We came with BazBus and check-in at 23:30 at night was no problem at all. Staff was ALWAYS very friendly and answered any questions about the area and where you can do what. We stayed in a 6 bed dorm which was ok (only one plug, beds good!). All in all, all of the public areas are very nice -... More

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

Thank you for your honest review, it is a shame that we were quiet at the time you stayed. Usually the lodge is buzzing with activity, but there are times we slow down, thankfully these are the times we catch up with maintenance and deep-cleaning of the rooms. Thanks again, Michael Brooks P.S. Happy holidays More

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Additional Information about Happy Hippo Accommodation

Address: 222 Mahatma Gandhi Road (previously Point Road), Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 60 Specialty lodging in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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