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Happy Hippo Accommodation

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I really like Happy Hippo Backpackers. You have a huge hall in the middle of the building with a lot of sofas and other possibilites to sit and eat or simply relax. The rooms are located around the hall. Everything is painted and decorated very colourful, every room has a name that has to do something with South Africa. You...

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Coffee Bay, South Africa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Happy Hippo is one of the nicest backpackers i have ever stayed in, and I have stayed in many. The staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are clean and beautiful. The rooftop bar is just gorgeous and I always feel at home when I am there. Extremely recommended and I will most definitely be back! Thank you Happy Hippo.

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Berlin, Germany
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it was nice there. we had nothing to complain. we would come back and recommend this hostel to our friends. we liked that there is an shuttle from airport king shaka straigt to the hostel-doors. Thanxs.

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Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overall very satisfied. Staff is friendly. Parking is safe. Only issue we had was the music being very loud late at night. We where very tired coming off the cruise ship and the band was banging there drums late. I also drove over a glass bottle in front of the parking area and got a flat tyre. The bottle came...

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

Dear rudolph_schiff Many thanks for your review. As owners, it is always good to hear how well your staff are performing, so for this we thank you. We are a hostel that does like to promote local talent in any form, which usually takes place one day over the weekend for the benefit of our foreign tourists. it is all...

Bridgetown, Barbados
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every time I land into durban I pick happy hippo. showers - half (the good half) decent pressure and always clean and hot rooms - Always soft comfortable high quality bedding but no AC means the summer can heat you up a bit during the night Location - right around the corner from a shopping complex and a part of...

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

Dear tomgarble We love it that you have chosen Happy Hippo as your "go to," in Durban! We are also super stoked about you feeling the love from our staff every time you come back! Thank you for taking the time out to write this wonderful review! Until we meet again, kind regards, Michelle and the Happy Hippo crew

Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

A wonderful place to stay! The Happy Hippo is bright and inviting! The rooms and bathrooms are kept in tip top shape. Some evenings they put on events like karaoke. Ushaka marine world and water park is a three minute walk from here and the beach front isn't much further. I enjoyed this stay throughly.

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

Dear Jamie M Thank you Jamie for your kind words! You have made us really happy too! We loved the fact that you got to enjoy your experience at the Happy Hippo. We really do hope that we get to host you again in the future? kind regards, Michelle

San Francisco, California
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Really lovely place, but they police you. I felt like I wasn't on holiday, it was like staying with my grandparents. First, a friend and I showed up with a car and were unpacking all my stuff because he was driving to Joburg and I was staying. I had some food and bottles of cider we just had in the...

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

Dear Marley, Thankfully, I was able to chat to you on your second morning at the lodge and I see that you did land up staying with us for 13 nights! It was established that there was a misunderstanding/language barrier as per our rules at the lodge. We are never going to "police," our guests but will always inform them...

Glandorf, Germany
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Happy hippo is a lovely and accommodating backpacker with everything that one needs as a traveller. The common areas are very welcoming and open allowing one to meet others easily but also feel at ease solo. The communal kitchen is also well equipped. The rooms are very clean and well decorated and the communal bathrooms are nice and clean as...

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

Dear Haley M Wow, we are blushing! Thank you so much for such an awesome review! We are so happy that you managed to stay with us so many times whilst in South Africa! It is really good to get such great feedback and most importantly is that you and your friends had such a great time! This means the...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Great customer service and staff were attentive and helpful. Would visit again in the future if I return to South Africa. Located near Ushaka Marine world. However it is not advisable to walk alone down Mahatma Ghandi Road towards the city end in the evening, especially when you are a foreigner.

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

Dear R6307EQrobertol We just wanted to thank you for taking the time out to review our hostel. We really do appreciate your feedback, especially with regards to our staff. It makes us really happy to know that we are on the right track! A great tip regarding the wrong way down Mahatma Gandhi road. We will be really grateful when...

Southern Drakensberg SA
Reviewed 18 February 2017

What can I say. It was perfect. Everything was big and comfortable. Fabulous stay. I'd very definitely go back. Very close to unshakable and the oceanfront promenade. Handy for buses. Great views from the rooftop bar.

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

Dear tinar601 Oh my! How wonderful to hear how much you loved it here! It makes us all warm and fuzzy inside! Thank you so much for taking the time out to write such a great review about our lodge, we really do appreciate it. We look forward to hosting you again. kind regards, Michelle and the Happy Hippo team

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  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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 | KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 4001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Price Range: R210 - R723 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Happy Hippo Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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“private rooms are a little cooler and quieter. Naturally.”
tomgarble, 26 Mar 2017 | Read review
“East side rooms have a better view of the habor”
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.”
, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
“All rooms on the first floor and you must be able to climb stairs.”
HeinrichdeWet, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Both rooms and dorms are great. Suggest getting room in case of even number of travellers. Awesome rooms!”
Vlad078, 27 Jun 2016 | Read review
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