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Happy Hippo Accommodation

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Generally I really like this place and would stay again. I would have liked it more if there was coffee every morning like they said there would be, but most morning it was out. As well as having a small miscommunication with staff about check out time. Overall though the room and common space was well taken care of and... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my second visit to Happy Hippo in Durban, as I had come to the town with some friends for an event. We stayed for 3 days. 3 male and 2 female. We stayed in a 6 bed dorm. I had such fond memories of the place from my previous visit, and simply had to come again. Glad to... More 

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Thank Stig A
Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Happy Hippo is easily the greatest hostel I have ever been in. The staff was super friendly and it is near the beach so its convenient. The only thing is that the bar is cash only so you have been warned. Other than that I am extremely satisfied. I intend to come back to visit and stay

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Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Really enjoyed my stay at the Happy Hippo. Brilliant location. Friendly staff. Secure and comfortable accommodation. Secure parking. Bar on location which was great value for money. Accommodation was great value for money, rooms were clean and comfortable. Wonderful atmosphere.

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Thank natashacampbell1507
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear natashacampbell1507 Your review is fantastic! Thank you for taking the time out to review us and we hope that we can host you again! kind regards Michelle Brooks More 

Kampala, Uganda
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The description says, "Born from a passion for travelling", and I guess this description is apt for this backpackers that we stayed in. We spent out last few days in South Africa at Happy Hippo Backpackers, and we were very impressed. First, the accommodation.- Extremely clean. Brilliant, efficient and very friendly staff. And there was always someone on hand to... More 

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2 Thank Vlad078
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear Vlad078 Wow! What can we say! We are beaming from ear to ear! What a wonderful review! Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts! We wish you happy travels all the way! much love, Michelle and Micky More 

Ghent, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

If you want to sleep, go somewhere else! We stayed here for two nights in a row. Big mistake. First night drunk people kept all the guests up from 1 am till 3 am! Second night they hosted a party in the bar! Some guests actually checked out! Allthough many guests complained, the party kept going! Unbelievable...could be a nice... More 

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1 Thank Tina T
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Hi Tina T, Not much to say really except, even after a full refund you continued to stay with us? Our lodge doesn't shut down at 8,00pm on a saturday night, so please refrain from trolling us. Thanks, Michael Brooks More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

We've been regular visitors to the happy hippo over the past number of years. Unfortunately, I am sitting in a room at the moment that is vibrating and music is blaring so loudly from the upstairs bar that there is no possibility of relaxing or later, sleeping. There is an extremely loud party going on upstairs, last time I checked... More 

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2 Thank 101volunteer
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Hello 101volunteer, I find it such a shame that a person can let one bad experience out of many good ones dictate how you review us. Yes you got your refund, you got your say and we wish you well in wherever you choose to stay in the future. Thank you, Michael Brooks More 

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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

It's inside a 'shed' with simple but interesting decor. The cheapest place (by far) I've ever stayed in, and yet it met all my needs. Safe parking. Convenient location. Cheap. No food but there are kitchen facilities. Reasonable bar on the roof (sadly no music). My mattress was 'lumpy'. The staff were attentive and friendly. As a backpackers I do... More 

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1 Thank Lawrence A
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Hello Lawrence A, Thank you for the good review, yes, cheap doesn't always mean nasty. We try to give value for money whilst making your stay comfortable. Music situation looked at and sorted out. Thanks again, Michaqel Brooks More 

Maputo, Mozambique
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

The staff is very helpfull, loved that guys!! There's also a good bar and pool at the upstairs and the bathroom is clean and large! If you are a solo traveller, is also a good place to meet people and make new friends!

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1 Thank Gabriel M
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Hi Gabriel M, Great review, great energy, great to meet you! Hope to see you again, Michael Brooks More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Enjoyed my stay. The staff was very accommodating in helping you to book tours and tips for traveling. Common areas are very nice, spacious, and topped off with a bar on the roof. Had a great stay, close to beach and city tours.

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1 Thank 217marg
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Hi 217marg, Thank you for taking the time to review us and we are glad you stay was enjoyable. We hope to see tou again. Regards, Michael Brooks More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Kitchenette
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Born from a passion for traveling, the legacy of the Hippo Hide has been passed on to this unique and amazing lodge. Situated approximately 500m from Durban's best beaches and right next to uShaka Marine World, you couldn't ask for a better location. Durban's first purpose built backpackers hostel for the discerning budget traveller, welcomes you to come and enjoy state of the art facilities. These include the amazing roof top party and recreational area, known as "The Globe", FREE WIFI, travel desk with up to date information and the best deals. This is your one stop youth hostel with all your amenities close by. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Happy Hippo Accommodation

Address: 222 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Price Range: $32 - $43 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Happy Hippo Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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