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Happy Hippo Accommodation

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Reviewed 4 November 2016

This hostel has an amazingly big communal area, a nice kitchen where you have problems preparing your food if the hostel is not packed up to the edge with people. We enjoyed a double-room which was nicely furnished und very clean. The only thing I personally didn’t like was that our door, and the door of every other room, directly...

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

Dear 779johannes Thank you for your feedback on our Backpackers. Yes, we do welcome you to our Global Village. (as you walk up the stairs, this is the first massive sign you see). Thank you for all your positive points. Wishing you safe travels and thank you for taking the time out to review us. kind regards, Michelle

Reviewed 1 November 2016

worst place iv ever stayed my life. you wont get a nights rest because the bar upstairs is way to noisy, people where screaming and trying to open room doors looking for some guy named Sipho which kept me up till 2 am, so if you cant join them then don't go here.

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

Dear Clayton C Please may we humbly request, that you always bring your displeasures to the attention of the staff at the establishments you frequent, before venting your frustrations on a social platform. I'm sure your review would carry a lot more weight if you had brought any of your frustrations to our attention. (Especially as you are a first...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 November 2016

It was my first time in many years that I had the courage to stay at a Backpackers in Durban (after an extremely bad experience about 10 years ago). I could not have been happier. The space and the amenities within the place was surprising. The rooms were clean and the staff were extremely friendly. The location is great: a...

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

Dear renea284 We are super proud Hippo's today! What an excellent story! You have really made our day! We are certainly happy to host you again! Thank you for recommending us to your friends and family. It is always great to host like minded people, thank you again and have a HAPPY day! kind regards Michelle, Micky and the Happy...

Krugersdorp, South Africa
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

The place and people are super friendly with a global village feel. You have all you need and the place is clean and neat. Staff always friendly and helpful with advise and knowledge. I have lost count on my stays but its good to return to people and place that just makes you feel good inside.

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

Dear Lappies85 Wow! You're making us feel all HAPPY inside! We are overjoyed that you keep on coming back to stay! We love being refered to as your ,"home away from home!" It is comments like these that make our work so satisfying. Thank you. See you again soon, kind regards Michelle, Micky and the Happy Hippo Crew

Michigan Center, Michigan
Reviewed 31 October 2016

The first time I stayed at happy hippo was with my fiancee,overnight. Since then I have been hooked. Every time I go to Durban, Happy hippo is always a great place to stay. They have great hospitality, the place has beautiful decor which resembles the Durban culture and for the rates, its a neat and comfortable place to stay. It's...

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

Dear mphor396 We are the lucky ones for sure! The fact that you keep on coming back, means a whole lot to us! Thank you for taking note of our establishment and all that she has to offer; it really does mean a lot to us that it gets noticed! (blush, blush!) We look forward to hosting you again in...

Reviewed 22 October 2016

My 2 months stay at Happy Hippo...Generally, i recommend and support the theme of this place, this is a place to be when you are in Durban. The stuff on the Reception, ladies with warm welcoming hands like Dumi,Smah,Zoe and Sli and the cleaning stuff that makes sure we are in a healthy place everyday,ladies like Zanele, TK, Faith and...

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

Dear Manqoba C Thank you so much for taking the time out to give us such a wonderful review. The fact that you have stayed with us for so long is an accolade in itself! You have become part of the Happy Hippo family and we want to say thanks fo all your support! You are great to have around...

Calvinia, South Africa
Reviewed 20 October 2016

The Happy Hippo is situated just outside of city's hustle and bustle and yet close enough to everything. Ushaka Marine World is 2min walk away. Rooms very tidy and kept clean. Bathroom and toilets kept clean even if there are so many backpackers. Very spacious living area and communal kitchen. Staff at reception very helpfull.

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

Dear heinrichdeWet What a wonderful review! We are truly grateful for your kind and informative words. We can only wish to host you again sometime in the near future. Have a wonderful HAPPY day, Michelle and the Hippo crew

Reviewed 13 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 26 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

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  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Beachfront
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  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Public Wifi
  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Laundry Service
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: RM68 - RM235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Happy Hippo Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“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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