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“Spotlessly clean. Pleasant place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Gibela Backpackers Lodge
119 Ninth Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #3 of 61 Specialty Lodging in Durban
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“Spotlessly clean. Pleasant place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

Enjoyed my stay at Gibela. Owner very informative.
The breakfast was very good. I had a car and the secure parking was a bonus.
Would stay there again

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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 February 10, 2012

I've stayed here a couple times; proves a good location as just off the main road, yet walking distance to Florida Road (party central) and also Market (an upmarket restaurant). Limited but usually adequate parking space and a simple breakfast is available. The dorm rooms, bathrooms and kitchen are all well attended to and very clean.

Good value for money.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gibela, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, February 14, 2012
Many thanks for the kind words and pleased to see that you keep coming back. Hope you enjoyed your meal at Market Restaurant.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

A friend recommended Gibela Backpackers to me for the night I was passing through Durban and what a good recommendation it was. You should be clear before booking that this is not a hotel but a hostel with a really great atmosphere.

Situated in what appeared to be a quiet and fairly laid back part of the city it is nonetheless very convenient for transport links.

The hostel is spotlessly clean and attractively set out. Communal areas both outside and in the house are comfortable and the self catering facilities are well equipped. My room was simply but more than adequately furnished and the bathrooms were of a high standard. The buffet breakfast was fine and offered sufficient variety. Internet access either from a hostel PC or via Wifi was reasonably priced, seemingly reliable and by local standards fairly fast.

What really makes this place stand out is friendliness of the service provided. The owner is clearly happy to share his knowledge of both the city and the surrounding region. The fact that one fellow guest was making arrangements to extend her stay while another was arranging for a group of friends to make a diversion to stay there was testament to how good this place really is.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gibela, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, February 14, 2012
Hopefully on your next trip to Durban you will spend more than just one night. Durban has way to much to explore and discover for a 1 day stay. Good to hear you enjoyed your stay and found that Gibela lived up to your standards.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

We stayed for 2 nights at Gibela Backpackers in a double room. The room was clean and comfortable. Common kitchen, bathroom etc. were very clean and breakfast was excellent. We were also very impressed with the friendly and helpful staff. The location is very good, only a few minutes walk from Florida Road in a safe part of durban where you can go out at night. We highly recommend this place for a stay in durban

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

This was my first stay at a Backpackers and I would recommend this place to everyone. The hostel is clean and the owner Elmer is very patient, very helpful and very knowledgeable about Durban. The breakfasts are good, the place very secure and a good nights sleep assured.
I have to say when I stayed the place was a chilled out, quiet place which suited me fine, but I understand this might not be to everyone's taste. I had the single room which was great as this meant I had the whole corridor almost to myself. Thanks Elmer for all the advice and help

Room Tip: I had a single room which was great. It is next to the toilet so may be a little noisier if the back...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gibela, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, February 14, 2012
Good to hear that you found the Gibela touch refreshing. Yes you right with not being a party hostel - we definately try to give guest a quiet peaceful stay where they can have a good nights sleep after a night out.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

We've just had six nights at Gibela and I don't think we could have found a better base for our stay in Durban. Elmar, the owner, is helpful, and eager to share his knowledge of the city. We really appreciated the wealth of accurate, clear, factual info available about what to see and do locally. We opted for one of the twin rooms, which was comfortable, immaculately clean, and had the kind of character that doesn't always come at a backpackers' place. In fact, those things were true for all areas of Gibela that we saw: the shared kitchen and bathrooms, the various seating areas, and the breakfast room. This is definitely not a party hostel, which was a big plus for us. It's the kind of place where it's very easy to relax for a few days but the location means that attractions in the city are within safe, pleasant walking distance.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

We stayed in two double rooms and found the place very clean, tastefully furnished/decorated and inviting. The receptionist was friendly and professional. As a downside though, when reception closes in the evening there seems to be no access to either the bar, the internet or TV so it might not be the place of choice for the fun-seeking. The kitchen was very clean but pretty small. There is enough communal space to hang-out. The location is superb with Florida Rd within walking distance.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Gibela Backpackers Lodge

Address: 119 Ninth Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 61 Specialty Lodging in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
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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