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Reviewed 6 May 2016

Felt very welcome from the moment I got there. Everything is very clean and well organised. The atmosphere and vibe is great. Walking distance from the beach, uShaka and the harbor. The place really comes alive in the evening when everyone is on the rooftop for a drink. Would definitely recommend to anyone making a quick stop in Durban.

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

Hello Heinrich S, Thank you for the really positive review, our staff have really upped their game and we are extremely proud of all of them. We look forward to hosting you again when you're back in Durban. Yours sincerely, Michael Brooks

Richards Bay, South Africa
Reviewed 3 May 2016

It was love at first sight, and the place feels like home. Welcomed with friendly smiles, and the FREE WIFI voucher. They showed me around, and I loved it. I made friends, and do recommend it even to strangers.

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

Hi Mulalo Grace N, We love a Happy Hippo, so welcome to the club, your positivity is infectious and the staff have been telling us how you have left such a impression on them and they would love to host you again any time. Thank again, Michael Brooks

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 30 April 2016

Friendly and professional staff that goes extra mile to ensure that your stay becomes a remarkable one. Monica became the toast of our stay. Definite come back as it's centrally located, breakfast n dinner was at our door step. Most anemities are reachable with easy. I compare the place to one of the establishments in Florence, Italy. Well done and...

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

Hi 911moeketsi, These are the type of reviews that make us proud in what we do, they keep us motivated to give our guests the best value for money experience that we can offer. It would be a pleasure to host you again so don't wait too long to come back. Michael Brooks

Edinburgh
Reviewed 22 April 2016

HAPPY Hippo hostel is like home. I have come back here for some years in a row. The reason is many factors. Staff welcome me always like I come home. The lounge and kitchen are great. My room lovely and clean. The people who come to stay here are overall great travellers, its not a party harty place which I...

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

Hi elizabethvG7681VY, Wow, thank you for your excellent review and kind words. It is exremely satisfying to know that we can provide a service that will keep our customers coming back, it only spurs us on to better things. Also, respect for acknowledging the water crisis in SA and our efforts to reduce usage. So thank you again and hope...

Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa
Reviewed 18 April 2016

5 of us friends decided to take a road trip via Durban to Mozambique. Not sure what to expect of backpacking we 1st stayed in Crystal Cove in Jbay. Well done to them! Amazing to say the least. Happy hippo on the other hand - not what we expected. Sure the lounge areas are big. We where squashed into the...

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

Dear Michelle Thank you for your review, allbeit more applause for another business? Your self admitance of not understanding the backpackers industry is very sad for us, as you are the first person to complain about the size of the room and the window! I have measured up so that others know what you would term as small. These are...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 April 2016

Stayed at Happy Hippo Backpackers in Durban when i was there last year. A stone's throw from the sea, and a cool and vibey place. Loved the owners, Michelle and Mickey, who interacted with guests personally, and which is how i met them. Amazing people who travelled around Africa in a LandRover, before putting all their experience into this one...

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

Hi Stig, Thanks for the superb review on your repeat visist, its always a pleasure to see a friendly face again. Stig you are an inspiration to many and the way you challenge yourself amazes us. Congratulations on completing your mammoth/epic walk from Namibia to Mozambique along South Africa's Coastline on a dollar a day. A truly epic feat of...

Cobourg, Canada
Reviewed 31 March 2016

We arrived late on the baz bus so the desk was officially closed but a nice young man showed us to our rooms. Beds were comfortable and, other than traffic noise, the hostel was nice and quiet. Staff were very helpful in setting up tours as well as pointing out good places to eat. The kitchen is well stocked and...

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

Hi AlpineResortRiceLake, Thank you for reveiwing Happy Hippo, we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and we would love to rept your experience in the near future. Thank you, Michael Brooks

Soweto, South Africa
Reviewed 30 March 2016

This is the must-stay backpackers every time we go to Durban. I have visited alone as well with family and we have had a great stay every time! The hostel's interior is really cool and you can see it's all thought through. They have an awesome roof-top bar! Location is great as you are just around the corner from the...

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

Hi Manager-Malepa, Thank you so much for your kind review, you really have captured the essence of what we are trying to achieve. Receiving reviews such as this one only drives my staff to improve themselves. Once again thanks for the excellent review and we look foward to hosting you again, by the way thanks for giving Durban a helping...

Madison, Wisconsin
Reviewed 30 March 2016

The Good: Walking distance to Ushaka where you could shop or grab a snack Cheap Clean Room Very cool rooftop bar to relax at Bartender (guy) and security guard were very friendly Secured Parking Free Wifi (120 min. a day is more than enough) The Bad: While trying to book(many months in advance) we had a lot of issues. We...

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

Hi Cometsoccer97, I do not blame you for not coming back, I would be the same if I was treated like that. I cannot believe that one of my staff took it upon themselves to deal with your situation as they did. If you recall their name I would appreciate it if you privately send it to me. If that...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 20 March 2016

From the time I walked through the door for check in, I was unhappy. The girls behind the desk are very unprofessional and borderline rude. You ask them a question and instead of answering you, they talk amongst themselves in Zulu knowing you can't understand and then just look at you. This happened more than once!!! On top of that,...

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

Dear AutumnJ "From the time I walked through the door for check in, I was unhappy." Well, did we ever even stand a chance, AutumnJ ? In fact my staff all commented on your lack of replying when being greeted, in fact you blatantly ignored them! Common curteousy with a simple reply would suffice? May we ask why you would...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
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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: RM155 - RM195 (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”
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