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The Hippo Backpackers

  • Excellent7%
  • Very good52%
  • Average19%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible7%
  • Aug. 7, 2016
    “Breathing space”
  • Mar. 12, 2016
    “dirty pool, bad location, but friendly staff”
14 Glen Street, Port Elizabeth 6001 South Africa See on map
Free Parking
Free Wifi
Breakfast included
Room Service
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Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

We stayed one night on business and loved the wide open communal areas with ample space to work in private. Our hostess was very friendly and accommodating and the establishment very clean, even after a busy weekend. This was worth every cent. Wish I could...More

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Reviewed March 12, 2016

The backpacker's is far away from the beach, but near to downtown, although there is nothing to see in P.E. Near the hostel is a very good café, that is worth trying it. The wifi is very bad and rarely working, the pool was dirty....More

Thank cochonette91
Response from Tania T, Manager at The Hippo BackpackersResponded March 14, 2016

We apologise if your expectation was not met wrt the location of the hostel.We do offer a safe and secure environment to our guests in a friendly neigbourhood .The best of the city' s restaurants and cafes is just down the road. Thank you for...More

Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Hostel was very lovely, we ended up having a 6 bed dorm to ourselves, very clean & comfortable. Kitchen and shower facilities were great. Free wifi. Only downfall was that the hostel was at least an hours walk to the main Boardwalk area at the...More

Thank 24jb9
Reviewed November 29, 2015

Its worth it to stay a few days here, i enjoyed my stay it was cosy with welcoming and friendly staff and they made my stay pleasant, if I go back I definitely will stay there again ,but I hope they upgrade the kitchen facilities

Thank b_kashan
Reviewed August 30, 2015

it was a little hard to find for us at night but it was worth it. This place has a cosy backgarden with a pool´and a pooltable where you don't feel like being in big city. But the restaurants are just nearby and you can...More

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Located in PE"S trendy and friendly neighbourhood of Richmond Hill where street-side cafes,restaurants and pubs are just around the corner, this owner-run lodge offers homely and comfortable accommodation in a More garden setting.Centrally situated, The Hippo is close to most of PE's main attractions,banks,laundry and shops.Experience Port Elizabeth on foot while exploring heritage trails and art walks,historic sites,museums and arts and craft galleries. Thirsty? Have an artisan beer at a microbrewery,, then walk down the street and enjoy the vibe at our neighborhood pubs and restaurants.If this all sounds like hard work, you have the option to sunbath,read and swim in our hippo-sized pool while our friendly staff advice you on all adventure and culture activities on offer. Less
Hotel Amenities
Free Parking
Room Service
Breakfast included
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Number of rooms
Price range
US$20 - US$23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth
Number of rooms
Price range
US$20 - US$23 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth
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