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Gibela Backpackers Lodge

119 Ninth Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Ranked #4 of 59 Specialty lodging in Durban
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Basel, Switzerland
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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful courtyard and pool area to hang around, nice rooms, clean amenities, great and helpful host. Try out Jooo's Steakhouse across the street! Location is excellent 2min to supermarket, restaurant, laundry, bar. 15min by foot to the stadium, 20 to the beach!

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Trondheim, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed at Gibela for a few nights in June, and it was really quiet with only me there for some of the time. But it was a quiet period, and the few others who stayed were great! The staff was super friendly and helpful, and the house, rooms and bathrooms were perfectly clean. The beds in the dorms are... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed here for a few days after spending a few days at a hotel near the beach. The area is calmer, which was appreciated. The hostel itself has very nice grounds, so it's a pleasant place to hang out. This is one of the cleanest hostels I have ever seen. I was in a double room, and it was... More

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

Many thanx for taking the time to write your review. It is very rewarding for the Gibela Team when guest appreciate what we put into the establishment. Time and time again it is proven that those who take the time to too explore and experience not just Gibela Lodge but also Durban in general are blown away on what is... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Overall a very good experience; Cyril as well as the owner took great care of us and were always willing to give recommendations or call a cab to get us around Durban. The rooms were very nice and clean, breakfasts were good and the grounds were very quaint. Lots of space to chill as well as meet fellow lodgers. And... More

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

Great to hear that you found both the staff and management top notch - thank-you !! Also rewarding to hear that our facilities, cleanliness and spacious surroundings get your approval. Home to welcome you back @ Gibela again. Thx Elmar More

London
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I returned here after a fortnight travelling around South Africa, and it was great to come back. The rooms are immaculate and the cleaning staff are all lovely. The owner was helpful and the beds comfortable. There's also a small kitchen/utensils to use. Thanks for a relaxing couple of days!

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

Always great to have returning clientele and they experience the consistent standards. Many thanx for giving us the thumbs up !! Happy travels !! More

Ottawa, Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
63 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Great hostel, especially by South African standards. Comparable to top hostels in Europe. It's clear that the owner has thought of the little things and works to continuously improve things. Hostel is very clean with little rules written everywhere (as mentioned in other reviews), which I thought was a good thing because it helps keep things clean and well maintained.... More

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

We appreciate the to the point review on Gibela. I don't think I could have said it more professionally. By the write-up you gave us it seems you spent a few days at Gibela and had the time to get the feel of the " Gibela Experience". Our little notes ensure that all guests have an equal experience and it... More

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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32 hotel reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Gibela offers all the amenities the flashpacker could wish for. The owner/manager may look a little grumpy, but he is actually very helpful and attentive. The rates are above the average backpackers' going rate in Durban, but my stay was definitely worth it. Excellent continental breakfast included.

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

Grumpy - that's a first, hope its not my new look since I started wearing spectacles, or maybe it's not even me. Other than this you seem to have enjoyed your "flash-packer" experience at Gibela. Reading your reviews about your visits to the city it seem you give Durban a thumbs up !! Thank-you. More

Schemmerhofen, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This well organised,verry clean and friendly hostel is really a nice place to stay in Durban. It is pleasant quite there and coincidental close to the "Floridaroad". The way to the beach ist also not to far and a supermarket is very close to the Hostel. Elmar has a answer to every question, like how to get anywhere, locations, shops...... More

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

We try and make each and every guests stay as memorable and pleasant as possible and appreciate feedback. Our location is TOPS!! and for most our facilities and services match their expectation. It's rewarding to hear guest appreciate the effort we put into Gibela. Thank-you for your "refreshing" review. More

Helsinki, Finland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Gibela was a really nice place with a very helpful staff. I've no bad word about anything. Atmosphere was relaxing and the location seemed quiet enough. Still there was a good shop on the same street, restaurants and bars close by. The botanical garden was in a walkable distance and there was even a concert there when we were in... More

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

Morning - thank-you for writing a review and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Gibela and in Durban. The botanic gardens have regular concerts - those interested in planning a stay on such a weekend can look at the following site as to what's happening http://www.durbanbotanicgardens.org.za/events.php .The gardens is an easy 20 min walk from Gibela. The taxi... More

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This is a great place to stay for a relaxing and comfortable time in Durban. I stayed with a friend in the private room, it was excellent. Facilities were immaculate, always clean, and very cozy. Would definitely stay here again anytime. Probably not the best place to stay if you want to come party and get crazy, but for a... More

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

You hit the nail on the head - yes definitely not a party place, but for those want to party away Florida Road is just a 5 min walk away. Your "relaxing and comfortable stay" is what majority of our guests are looking for. Somewhere where they can relax and quietly enjoy a few drinks around the pool or chill... More

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Address: 119 Ninth Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
TOP CHOICE - Lonely Planet 2012 "If this hostel (a tastefully converted 1950's Tuscan home) were a B&B, it would be described as 'boutique'. One of Durban's best hostels, it has sparkling surfaces and rooms neat enough to pass an army major's inspection. It even provides a continental breakfast- to be enjoyed in an attractive indoor-outdoor dining area." Gibela is conveniently located in the safe, residential area of Morningside and within walking distance to the center of Durban’s entertainment life, Florida Road, where there are restaurants, cocktail bars, clubs and coffee shops galore. ... more   less 
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