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“Stop Over” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hippo Pools Resort
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Hoedspruit
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Stop Over”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

This resort, it seems, has a long history. It has been through several incarnations and as it stands at the moment made for a pleasant place for our one night stop over.
The place is in the process of being upgraded from being let go a bit in the past. The pool is great and the rooms clean and comfortable. Not a luxury feel but very adequate for our family. We asked about the restaurant and the lady on the desk said they had one but we would need to tell them we would want dinner in advance as it seemed it would not operate if we didn't go. She also told us there was a nice place just down the road, under 5minutes, whiter we could go. We chose this option as we were not sure of our plans and it was great.
As a resort it was probably under staffed but we liked it. A little run down but very friendly, clean and pleasant.

  • Stayed December 2016, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Run-down, ramshackle kind of place. The "restaurant" had nothing other than a very poor quality salad to offer, as everything else on the menu wasn't available. Swimming pool was green.The tariff we originally were quoted wasn't correct so we ended up spending more money than we'd expected, and the rooms were way below average! Overall, a terribly disappointing stay. Seemingly, even the hippos have left, as there was not a sound or sign of them at all either!

Stayed August 2016, travelled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We stayed here three nights and loved it. The host was very lovely and was so willing to help with any questions we had. We had problems with our rental car and she even called Avis to put us in the right direction. We had about three meals there and they were all prepared very tastily and the staff were very friendly and appreciative. We originally had a budget rondavel booked but our host upgraded us to a family accommodation free of charge. There are some updates that need to be made on the property but our host was very aware of that and was working on it. The area the resort is in was very beautiful even during Winter. The pool wasn't very clean so we didn't go swimming, but to be honest most places we stayed didn't have pools up and working. There were plenty of cute curious monkeys also, some hippos that come out at night and they have a few elephants on the property. This place has quite a bit of history, and we felt nothing but welcomed here.

  • Stayed August 2016, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

I was happy to find Hippo pools had Accom as the whole of Hoedspruit was booked out!

I kinda know why. The place needs a lot of maintenance, rooms are ok, but certainly not 3 star!

Most positive thing I can say was my bed was comfy and clean.

When I checked in I asked if there was a restaurant and was told there was. When I dropped my bag in the room and went to find a beer, the place was locked up and nobody could access to the "bar!" Eventually drove back to town to find dinner!

Anyway, was passable for a night, but certainly wouldn't try holiday there!

Stayed August 2016, travelled on business
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Nelspruit, South Africa
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26 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Rooms and over all lodge is in a horrible state and over priced, not worth R 1100.00 per night This lodge has passed its hey days. Paid and they could not pick this up??? Should not exceed more than R500.00 per night.

Stayed August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hippo Pools Resort

Property: Hippo Pools Resort
Address: On the R40, 22km North of Hoedspruit, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Hoedspruit
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Hoedspruit
Price range (per night): R961 - R1 202
Hotel Class:3,5 star — Hippo Pools Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Magnificent Olifants river property is ideal for a weekend breakaway where you can even fly in and land on the tarred landing strip located on the Estate. A Must stay property for the bush lover that have a large family and friends that enjoy each others company, African sunsets, birdlife and the luxury of a fully equipped house. ... more   less 
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