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Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We took a private room with shower. First, keep in mind the rooms are on the s cons floor and there is not elevator so if that's a problem- this isn't the place. The rooms are located around a large common area which is cool but does not offer much in terms of rest as you can hear everything. The...

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

Dear Einav D We are terribly sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us. We would highly recommend that you do not frequent 3* accommodations again; but rather stay in a 4*/5* B&B's or Hotels (we are an award winning 3* Backpackers who have won the Provincial #Lilizela award 2016 as well as Holiday Check 2016) Wishing you...

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Generally I really like this place and would stay again. I would have liked it more if there was coffee every morning like they said there would be, but most morning it was out. As well as having a small miscommunication with staff about check out time. Overall though the room and common space was well taken care of and...

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

Dear seaotterboy We are glad to hear it! Thank you for all your valid points, they have been attended to. We are all about our customers and we only want to please you. Have a beautiful day! Michelle

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

This was my second visit to Happy Hippo in Durban, as I had come to the town with some friends for an event. We stayed for 3 days. 3 male and 2 female. We stayed in a 6 bed dorm. I had such fond memories of the place from my previous visit, and simply had to come again. Glad to...

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

Dear Stig A We love having you! You are always welcome as this is your home away from home! Thank you for always introducing new people to our HAPPY place! That welcome drink is waiting for you! Hopefully, we get to see you again soon! Lots of love Michelle & Micky

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 1 August 2016

The Happy Hippo is easily the greatest hostel I have ever been in. The staff was super friendly and it is near the beach so its convenient. The only thing is that the bar is cash only so you have been warned. Other than that I am extremely satisfied. I intend to come back to visit and stay

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

Hello Nestor R Wow! What an amazing review! We are blushing! Thank you for for such a great accolade! We cannot wait to host you again! many kind regards, The Happy Hippo crew, Michelle & Micky

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Really enjoyed my stay at the Happy Hippo. Brilliant location. Friendly staff. Secure and comfortable accommodation. Secure parking. Bar on location which was great value for money. Accommodation was great value for money, rooms were clean and comfortable. Wonderful atmosphere.

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

Dear natashacampbell1507 Your review is fantastic! Thank you for taking the time out to review us and we hope that we can host you again! kind regards Michelle Brooks

Kampala, Uganda
Reviewed 27 June 2016

The description says, "Born from a passion for travelling", and I guess this description is apt for this backpackers that we stayed in. We spent out last few days in South Africa at Happy Hippo Backpackers, and we were very impressed. First, the accommodation.- Extremely clean. Brilliant, efficient and very friendly staff. And there was always someone on hand to...

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

Dear Vlad078 Wow! What can we say! We are beaming from ear to ear! What a wonderful review! Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts! We wish you happy travels all the way! much love, Michelle and Micky

Ghent, Belgium
Reviewed 25 June 2016

If you want to sleep, go somewhere else! We stayed here for two nights in a row. Big mistake. First night drunk people kept all the guests up from 1 am till 3 am! Second night they hosted a party in the bar! Some guests actually checked out! Allthough many guests complained, the party kept going! Unbelievable...could be a nice...

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

Hi Tina T, Not much to say really except, even after a full refund you continued to stay with us? Our lodge doesn't shut down at 8,00pm on a saturday night, so please refrain from trolling us. Thanks, Michael Brooks

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

We've been regular visitors to the happy hippo over the past number of years. Unfortunately, I am sitting in a room at the moment that is vibrating and music is blaring so loudly from the upstairs bar that there is no possibility of relaxing or later, sleeping. There is an extremely loud party going on upstairs, last time I checked...

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

Hello 101volunteer, I find it such a shame that a person can let one bad experience out of many good ones dictate how you review us. Yes you got your refund, you got your say and we wish you well in wherever you choose to stay in the future. Thank you, Michael Brooks

Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

It's inside a 'shed' with simple but interesting decor. The cheapest place (by far) I've ever stayed in, and yet it met all my needs. Safe parking. Convenient location. Cheap. No food but there are kitchen facilities. Reasonable bar on the roof (sadly no music). My mattress was 'lumpy'. The staff were attentive and friendly. As a backpackers I do...

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

Hello Lawrence A, Thank you for the good review, yes, cheap doesn't always mean nasty. We try to give value for money whilst making your stay comfortable. Music situation looked at and sorted out. Thanks again, Michaqel Brooks

Maputo, Mozambique
Reviewed 20 June 2016

The staff is very helpfull, loved that guys!! There's also a good bar and pool at the upstairs and the bathroom is clean and large! If you are a solo traveller, is also a good place to meet people and make new friends!

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

Hi Gabriel M, Great review, great energy, great to meet you! Hope to see you again, 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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  • Kitchenette
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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
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Price Range: $21 - $74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Happy Hippo Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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“East side rooms have a better view of the habor”
 of 5 bubbles mphor396, 30 Oct 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 , 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All rooms on the first floor and you must be able to climb stairs.”
 of 5 bubbles HeinrichdeWet, 20 Oct 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, 27 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Dorm 6 people”
 of 5 bubbles gabrielmK3283JU, 20 Jun 2016 | Read review
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