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Gibela Backpackers Lodge

119 Ninth Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The place was really really nice with a swimming pool that we did not use as we were in Winter. The dorms are nice, the common area as well. The kitchen really useful and the breakfast was perfect compared to many backpackers. The location as welI was good near to the restaurant and pub street, it was just a bit... More

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Hello Floriane Many thanx for reviewing us. From your feedback you seem to have enjoyed and appreciated what Gibela offers. Our slightly higher price reflects in all the positives you pointed out. well equipped kitchen, above average hostel breakfast, clean facilities and a great pool ( we are in the process of converting it into a heated pool) At the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I really loved Gibela backpackers lodge. It was very clean and had lots of character. There was nothing I could fault and it really had everything I was looking for - clean, great location, good breakfast and a very knowledgable and professional owner, it even had its own gift shop which meant my suitcase was quite heavy at the end... More

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Nicola. Well not much more can be said. Thanx for the appreciative words. We don't offer it all but what we do offer we strive to deliver 100% and is very pleased that we were able to match your expectation. The world is like a bag of Liquorice All-Sorts all different colours, shapes, sizes and flavours. Once travellers bite... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Because it was pretty much fully booked we could only stay one night at Gibela, but we found it to be a very good place to stay in Durban. I agree, the owner is a bit cool, especially in the e-mail-conversation ahead of our stay (no greetings, set phrases or punctuation). After our arrival, however, he was very helpful. As... More

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Sorry for the disappointment of having to have a short stay at Gibela, but leaving it to make bookings less than 18 hours before arrival (and it being a weekend) you not always gonna hit the jackpot. Nevertheless it sounds like you enjoyed your stay and appreciated the cleanliness and organization in general. We hope we can accommodate you for... More

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I loved this "travelers lodge". It's clean and very cute. And it not about party party party. The staff was more than helpful with pointers about Durban. I would highly recommend this place if you are in your own and passing through Durban

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

You got that spot on - definitely not a party stop (suppose that's why you choose us). By the sounds of it you spent a few days in Durban - which it deserves. Definitely not a one night stop over destination. For our multiple night guests we do offer endless information to fill their day with activities and fill their... More

Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Elmar was initially cool and business like. However he proved to be very helpful and thoughtful once he warmed up. the Wifi not functioning during my 5 day stay was very disappointing and inconvenient

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Morning Craig As a business person who was attending a business conference, I would have thought you would have appreciated the business approach. As business people are not our regular clientele, Gibela obviously don't fit the business glove. As a first time reviewer on TA I take it you didn't have the opportunity to read previous Gibela reviews (and responses)... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

All the C's - Clean, Convenient, Caring, Central to amenities and city, and one big M - very well managed! I decided to try Gibela as an alternative to the usual B&B or hotel and was very pleasantly surprised.

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Greetings Gavin Many thanx for the truly "wow" review. Suppose those in the hospitality industry have an appreciative understanding of the not so obvious behind the scenes nuts and bolts that make an accommodation establishment stand out a notch above the rest. As you know not always easy to be a Jack of all trades. to keep cool and remain... More

New York City, New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Solo traveler, stayed three nights. Easy 5 minute walk to many restaurants on Florida Road including the lovely Vintage Indian restaurant. Delicious and healthy hot breakfast. Owner was very helpful and even provided me with water and fruit when I had to leave extra early for my tours. The hostel was very clean and you can tell care was taken... More

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Greetings Siyabonga (thank-you) for your review. Durban definitely is not a one night stop and requires minimum 2 days to explore and experience what she has to offer. The same counts for Gibela. If you read fellow traveller reviews of Gibela its the "multi night stays" that get to really appreciate what we offer and "absorb" all the extras. (not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Stayed for two nights, what a Lovely host and good ambiance! When visiting durban again i definetly come back! Also a good guide for finding Lovely food, thnx for The tips!! What else to say......nice simple but good breakfast to start The day with!!

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Hello Marjolijn Thank-you for taking the time to write your review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Durban and more so that you explored our "hot tips" suggestions. We look forward in hosting you when you return to Durban. Will have to work on finding some new "hot spots" for you to visit. Take care and... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was a lovely place to stay! Far more than I expected from a backpackers. I have stayed at guesthouses that have catered less well to my needs. Spotless, peaceful, stylish, friendly, organised, all the hot water you could want at any time of day or night, a delicious, healthy breakfast... A special thank you to Elmar, the proprieter, for... More

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Morning Lynda Many thanx for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Gibela. Our team strive to make each guests stay as comfortable and memorable as possible. You have summarised exactly what we strive to achieve and the clientele we reach out to. Hope to welcome you back again one day. More

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great place, good location (right by the racecourse) and very friendly staff. Secure off-street parking, included breakfast and a swimming pool. On the expensive side for a backpackers, but worth it for all but the most shoe-string traveller.

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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review

Hello Chris Thx for the great review. Sure must have been cold in PMB after leaving sunny Durban after the races. Your review epitomize everything Gibela stands for and trying to achieve. More

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Address: 119 Ninth Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
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