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Happy Hippo Accommodation
Ranked #8 of 77 Specialty Lodging in Durban
Certificate of Excellence
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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70 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Nice to stay more than one day”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

A very nice place to stay more than one day. I do love the kitchen and the public space. The laundry service is also very good.
There are a lot of information at the backpacker for you to plan your days.
It's just next to uShaka so that it's very convenient to travel around the city by PeopleMover bus.
You can walk to the beach (but avoid doing that alone in the evening).
The internet is quite slow.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Happy Hippo is very nice and the staff are really friendly.
The location is not great and the outside looks dull and dirty. The area was not helped by the fact that when we arrived a car had just been broken into outside!
Once inside though, our opinion was greatly improved! Lots of open space and the rooms are gorgeous. We stayed in Umjondolo and it was lovely. Only thing missing from the room was a dustbin. Best part is that it is a 2 minute walk from Ushaka.
Was a great experience and will definately stay there again if we have a tight budget.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Durban
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

The first thing we noticed was the friendly forever smiling staff at the reception, then we were greeted by the 'happy' owners and greeted again by the cleaning staff. Everyone we met (staff) was donning a genuine smile, full of positive energy and ready to assist at any given time. That was just our arrival, which made us feel warm and fuzzy inside. The second thing we noticed was the amazing space and the cleanliness, thats a two thumbs up. Then came the rooms, another fantastic surprise. Loads of space, comfy beds, clean linen, storage space for personals and a very well thought of and helpful Durban guide (placed next to your bed). We then took a stroll upstairs to the roof top, what a delicious treat. The roof top boasts space, views, seating, a bar and 'Pops (bar manager and a remarkable host). This small guy has a big sense of humor, dropped whatever it was that he was busy with to garnish us with info and a good few jokes. All in all, an unbelievable fantastic stay. Happy Staff, Happy Venue, Happy Guests. Thank You

Room Tip: Every room is amazing. It just depends if you want more privacy, then you choose your room according...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Ezulwini
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Clean, well laid out, convenient location & well run.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Nelspruit, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2012

We went down to Durban to run Commrades a 89km race with a group of 10 guys we stayed at Happy Hippo.Wow great place easy to find ,good parking near the beach front,next door to Ushaka,buses and taxis on the dooorstep.Staff great and helpful.The room an en-suite for me was clean and perfect.Kitchen was nearby and had everything we needed.Bar was great with good view.Helps that my rugby team won that night.Real valaue for money.Meet the owner wonderful lady and so helpful.Thank you Thank you Happy Hippo you made our Comrades run so much easier.Thanks Dave

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 17, 2012

I'd like to thank the staff & management for a great welcome and stay in a very friendly atmosphere.
The ambiance in the communal areas is nice, rooms are basic and clean and so are the communal bathrooms and the kitchen.
I only met friendly faces and everyone was willing to point you in the right direction and to compare different options/prices/times.
I also like the fact that they are as eco friendly as they can be and point this out to the guests. Good thing!
The value for money is absolutely great.

Thank you so much Happy Hippos!

The 'unhappy hippo' a few reviews ago was perhaps expecting to be in a hotel instead of a backpackers?

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Thank sabpo
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Meerensee, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2012

Happy Hippo is a good place to base yourself when exploring the Durban area. Not much frills... the backpackers lacks a bit of vibe. However, for the person who want to explore Durban over and rest at night, this is an ideal base camp.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Happy Hippo Accommodation

Property: Happy Hippo Accommodation
Address: 222 Mahatma Gandhi Road | KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 4001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 77 Specialty Lodging in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Happy Hippo Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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 

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