I stayed at Gibela for a few nights in June, and it was really quiet with only me there for some of the time. But it was a quiet period, and the few others who stayed were great! The staff was super friendly and helpful, and the house, rooms and bathrooms were perfectly clean. The beds in the dorms are comfortable and you have your own safe in the room. The garden and pool is beautiful!
It's a short walk to Florida road with great restaurants, and there's a big supermarket where they have everything you need, and a laundromat (drop&go laundry) on the corner. The area is safe to walk in.
I injured my knee when I was there so unfortunately I didn't get to explore much of the area or Durban. The owner and the other 3 who worked there went on to do what they could to help me out, from recommending a hospital to ordering pizza for dinner so I didn't have to go out. The owner even helped me out after I got home with some hospital-related issues. So a big thanks to all of you!
I would recommend Gibela to anyone going to Durban! And hopefully I will be back myself!
- 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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