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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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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
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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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Erlangen, Germany
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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

Morro del Jable, Spain
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We only stayed here for 1 night and the hostel was perfect for that. It was really quiet when we were there with nothing really going on. The dorm was good and the facilities correct. It is close to the sea world wich is a really nice place to see. Wifi is not free like most places in Africa.

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

Thank you for your review, we are in the process of implementing a wifi solution that can benefit everyone involved. I would love to know if you were offered the free internet for downloading our app or checking in online on the various social sites. Thank you, Michael Brooks More

London, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Stayed in 3 different hostels in Durban (2 near Florida Road) and the Happy Hippo. The Hippo was by far the best. Great open space for eating and socialising and a bar with terrace on the top floor. The rooms and facilities are well-maintained, which include an in-house laundry service. The staff at reception were particularly friendly and helpful, especially... More

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

Hi Xagi1, Wow! thanks for the great review, we are very proud that you enjoyed our place so much. It makes it all worthwhile when our customers leave us with a smile on their face, it also inspires my staff to maintain such a good level of service. Thanks again, Michael Brooks More

Froson, Sweden
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

This is a quiet, spacious and charming place close to the beach and to the city. The self catering kitchen is well equipped and clean, but you have to pay extra for wifi, which was slooow! :( The dorms are quiet and the beds comfortable.

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

Hi Kristina, Thank you for your positive review, I would love to know if you were offered the Wi-Fi special by my staff (If you check in on Facebook you receive 1 hour free internet). Otherwise with regards to the speed, we have logged a fault with our provider, but sometimes when we have many users online at the same... More

New York City, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Just got back from a two night's stay here that was quite disastrous. Location is mixed, it is close to the beach but forget about walking the other direction. We were continuously warned not to. You have to take a 10-15 minute taxi to go out to enjoy any kind of restaurant or nightlife if you want something more than... More

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

Hi Gallery4665, I am completely shocked and horrified that you have had such an experience at our lodge, and I can only say I am truly sorry for what has happened. Firstly I would like to offer you a full refund for the duration of your stay, please contact us and we will effect the transaction immediately. Secondly, I would... More

Bangkok, Thailand
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3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I stayed at this hostel for a few days before moving on. The hostel is clean, and you will get a great night's sleep, however, it just seemed a bit dead. The bar rarely had more than 10 people in it, and there seemed no intention from the staff to bring people together. It was really close to the uShaka... More

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

Dear Timlad84 Thank you for your review. We are so sorry that you visited during our quiet time as we do have functions on our roof top area, the next one being on the 26th of this month. We try to have a few so as to bring people together. We will be talking to the staff about creating a... 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): $
Number of rooms: 24
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