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Bridgetown, Barbados
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Every time I land into durban I pick happy hippo. showers - half (the good half) decent pressure and always clean and hot rooms - Always soft comfortable high quality bedding but no AC means the summer can heat you up a bit during the night Location - right around the corner from a shopping complex and a part of...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful place to stay! The Happy Hippo is bright and inviting! The rooms and bathrooms are kept in tip top shape. Some evenings they put on events like karaoke. Ushaka marine world and water park is a three minute walk from here and the beach front isn't much further. I enjoyed this stay throughly.

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really lovely place, but they police you. I felt like I wasn't on holiday, it was like staying with my grandparents. First, a friend and I showed up with a car and were unpacking all my stuff because he was driving to Joburg and I was staying. I had some food and bottles of cider we just had in the...

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Glandorf, Germany
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Happy hippo is a lovely and accommodating backpacker with everything that one needs as a traveller. The common areas are very welcoming and open allowing one to meet others easily but also feel at ease solo. The communal kitchen is also well equipped. The rooms are very clean and well decorated and the communal bathrooms are nice and clean as...

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great customer service and staff were attentive and helpful. Would visit again in the future if I return to South Africa. Located near Ushaka Marine world. However it is not advisable to walk alone down Mahatma Ghandi Road towards the city end in the evening, especially when you are a foreigner.

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Southern Drakensberg SA
Reviewed February 17, 2017

What can I say. It was perfect. Everything was big and comfortable. Fabulous stay. I'd very definitely go back. Very close to unshakable and the oceanfront promenade. Handy for buses. Great views from the rooftop bar.

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Reviewed February 13, 2017

all rooms are lovely, very clean, comfortable. Lovely helpful staff, the bar man mylucie is fantastic and great fun, anoth girl worked in the bar but never spoke or accknowledged you or even said hello :( unfriendly white person.)

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Porvoo, Finland
Reviewed February 8, 2017

A very nice backpackers with lots and lots of room to hang around, a big well equipped kitchen and clean bathroom facilities, but it was dead quiet. As a solo traveller I struggled to meet new people. There is a bar area upstairs but I rarely saw anyone there as well. The rooms have comfy beds and efficient ceiling fans...

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

Dear Sisberg, We thank you for your good review and favourable comments. Unfortunately you were here at a quiet time of year for us, hopefully when you come back we will back to business as usual. Happy Travels, Michael Brooks

Maputo
Reviewed January 31, 2017

Awesome decoration and supercool terrace upstairs. The hostel pretty clean and with a very affordable price, stuff really nice and helpful. Close to the beach , a little walk down to get to the waves un new Peer , but nothing to complain , im coming back

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

Dear martinaL4651YP, Reviews such as yours make us realise why we do this, it really motivates us to keep on providing a good service. We are looking forward to hosting you again. See you soon, Michael Brooks

Cape Town, South Africa
Reviewed January 17, 2017

Durban is dirty. Ugly. There's nothing to like about it. But somehow it works. Happy Hippo had a special atmosphere that got me to meet up with much more people than any other backpacker's hostel. I found amazing friends I will never forget. stuff was very nice as well

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

Dear Yonmaimi, Thanks for your great review and we look forward to seeing you again. We are glad you enjoyed the hostel and its atmosphere and left with new friends. Happy Travels, Michael Brooks

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
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  • Beachfront
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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: $16 - $55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Happy Hippo Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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See which rooms travelers prefer

“private rooms are a little cooler and quieter. Naturally.”
 of 5 bubbles tomgarble, 3 days ago | Read review
“East side rooms have a better view of the habor”
 of 5 bubbles mphor396, Oct 30, 2016 | Read review
“best view rooms are facing the Durban Port and the roof top is Amazing for the BREEZE. its Quiet on the rooms ,hence the bar is upstairs.”
 of 5 bubbles , Oct 22, 2016 | Read review
“All rooms on the first floor and you must be able to climb stairs.”
 of 5 bubbles HeinrichdeWet, Oct 20, 2016 | Read review
“Both rooms and dorms are great. Suggest getting room in case of even number of travellers. Awesome rooms!”
 of 5 bubbles Vlad078, Jun 27, 2016 | Read review
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