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Gibela Backpackers Lodge
Ranked #6 of 77 Specialty Lodging in Durban
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“beautiful place to relax”
Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

this hostel is really unique, the owner put his heart and soul into the place and its just marvelous! When you arrive he shows you the most important things on the map and has a huge notice board for further information to make sure you get all the information you need! the facilities are spotlessly clean and the self catering kitchen is well equipped..the price per night is a bit higher then other hostels but you get breakfast for free, a great wifi connection (just have to make sure you use it right!) and when I didnt get my bazbs confirmation he called himself and didnt charge anything additional. the only minor flaw is, that he closes up the reception at 8:30 and with that shuts down the wifi, but the good thing is that its a safe place to go out at night and get drinks at florida road so all in all: great service, perfect location & relaxing place to stay at cause there's no partying all night long which is nice for a change! cheers sabrina

Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Elmar Gibela Ow... T, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Many thanx for your review. We strive to create an atmosphere where travelers can kick back and relax. AND for those that have the time to do so have plenty of reason to do it in Durban. Gibela being ideally located to do all you need to do and see within a 30 min walk or 15 min bus ride from the lodge. Just to clarify the Wi-Fi still work after we lock up at 20H30 (that is if you use it right) Happy Travels !!
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Gibela's was a great place to stay in Durban - very comfortable, had nice area to enjoy the outdoors, it was quiet, and incredibly clean! It's conveniently located a relatively short walk from the beach and is near many restaurants/bars as well as grocery store which proved very helpful. I would definitely recommend it to anyone staying in Durban.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Elmar Gibela Ow... T, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, January 29, 2014
Morning
Many thanx for your kind words.
Location Location Location.
We are well situated to all you need to see do and experience while visiting Durban.
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Mtl, Canada
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Reviewed December 6, 2013

We fell very safe and independent. The inner courtyard is fresh and has nice little places were you can unwind in private after a long day of walking around in Durban. We did the mistake of only staying tow nights in Durban, but as we realized when we arrived at the hotel, there was much more to see and we should of give to this town more attention. Ask the owner for advises, he will propose different options that fit your style, as he also is a fellow traveler. This place also has one of the only pool that we fell was clean to swim in that we say in our trip.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Elmar Gibela Ow... T, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, December 13, 2013
Morning good to hear you enjoyed your stay in Durban. We have tried to create an oasis where there is enough space for people to kick back and relax. YUP Durban definitely gets under estimated as to what one can do. Two full days minimum is a good start. It does give you an excuse to revisit us - even just to spend a day chilling next to out pool. Happy travels !!
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

Everything was ok, clean and nice but still it is a hostel and we paid 1100 for two nights in a double room. Bath room and showers to share with others.
Good location and manager was very knowledgable

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Elmar Gibela Ow... T, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, December 8, 2013
WE make it very clear to guests what the rates are and what they get - so if they are a walk in they have the choice to find something else. If they book on line they know what they are being charged accept it - there are other cheaper options,
As they say you pay peanuts you get monkeys,
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Annecy, France
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

I send A nights in this hostel. They help me to find a tour for Sani Pass. This hostel is perfect if you want a quiet and clean place.
30 mn by foot to city center. Close to safe place for diner. Kitchen for cooking.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Elmar Gibela Ow... T, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Many thanx for your review. Im very pleased you enjoyed your stay at Gibela and your visit to Durban. We try our utmost to assist all our guests with their specific requirements and requests. Staying for 6 nights you got to get a good feel for both the city and the lodge and got to appreciate what goes into tourism. Thanx and happy travels !!
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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

We were a group of 8 people: 4 of us slept in a dorm room and the other 4 in private double bed rooms. The guesthouse is well located as it is 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from restaurants and bars.
We really enjoyed our stay as it is really comfy and very clean. The breakfast is served close to the pool and the householder is very helpful. Thank you for your hospitality!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Elmar Gibela Ow... T, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Although the weather wasn't the best you still managed to keep yourselves busy all weekend long. Thank-you for your review and we look forward to welcoming the ones doing their internship back again. Happy travels !!
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Dundee, South Africa
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Gibela is the perfect place to stay to explore Durban! It's a beautiful and quiet lodge, though very close to the center where everything happens! The owner is a very friendly and helpful man. I will certainly go back there!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Elmar Gibela Ow... T, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Many thanx for your review. It's good to hear you enjoyed your stay at Gibela and your visit to Durban. It was a pleasure to welcome you back a second time and wish you all the best for your journey through SA !!
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Additional Information about Gibela Backpackers Lodge

Property: 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 #6 of 77 Specialty Lodging in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Gibela Backpackers Lodge 2*
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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