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Gibela Backpackers Lodge

119 Ninth Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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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

Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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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
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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

Freiburg Im Breisgau, Germany
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

One of the best accommodations I have stayed at in recent years. Very clean, comfortable bed, nice room, friendly and helpful staff and no noise at all. Delicious breakfast and a very convenient neighbourhood.

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

Hello Chris Well done for winning SWC 2014!!! Yes we are very fortunate being in a great neighbourhood with everything in walking distance. We are glad you enjoyed your stay @ Gibela and hope Durban is on the revisit list. All the best. More

Basel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

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

Hello Chantal It seems you walked Durban flat - AMAZING. You even know the times by foot to all the points of attractions better than me (you 2 must be fast walkers or I'm just conservative) Our location is great and comfortable walking distance to everything that s on the to do list (or the bus is only 5 min... 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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