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Happy Hippo Accommodation

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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

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 17 June 2016

Enjoyed my stay. The staff was very accommodating in helping you to book tours and tips for traveling. Common areas are very nice, spacious, and topped off with a bar on the roof. Had a great stay, close to beach and city tours.

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

Hi 217marg, Thank you for taking the time to review us and we are glad you stay was enjoyable. We hope to see tou again. Regards, Michael Brooks

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Reviewed 17 June 2016

Hi my name is Bheki a young government official by profession. I'm from Pietermaritzburg and i once too a weekend away to Durban to clear my mind before the busiest season of financial year end at work. while i Durban i stayed at Happy Hippo for whole weekend. i Had great relaxing yet adventurous time there thanks to the very...

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

Hi Bheki, Thank you so much for your great review, Smah is blushing as i wrie. My staff get a special satisfaction knowing that our guests have had a good stay with us. We look forward to hosting you when you need a break again. Regards, Michael Brooks

Czech Republic
Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Our first night at this hostel was fun, we had a few beers on the rooftop, a chat, then bed. All good. The second night, however, we had no chance to sleep until the extremely loud music from the birthday party that was hosted there was off...which was after 1am. I did ask twice for the music to be turned...

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

Hi Souku, I can only apologise for your experience at our lodge, I'm not sure what more you would like out of a city hostel on a Saturday night. There are never private parties on our roof, everyone is welcome. Claims of bed bugs or fleas are unfounded as no proof was given. You received a refund even after you...

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Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights here in a double basic room with shared bathroom. Bathrooms were nice and clean. Room was clean and warm. Downsides - Wifi wasn't great and it was quite loud on the street outside throughout the night. The layout of the hostel was a bit odd - all the rooms were around the edge of a...

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

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review our lodge and we are pleased that you liked the Happy Hippo. The layout was dictated by the shape of the building and laws regarding airflow, unfortunately it is what it is, Once again thank you for the great review and hope to see you soon. Regards, Michael Brooks

Reviewed 7 June 2016

I stayed 4 nights in Zulu, which is a dorm room which is quite close to the kitchen. It had an ensuite bathroom which was nice and the room itself was well maintained and very clean. I did not receive a key of the room, so the room was never locked. I believe that non-dorms have the ability to be...

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

Hello Eline F, Thank you for your very concise and to the point review, we are pleased that we could meet most of your needs and will look at the things we can improve on. Thank you, Michael Brooks

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  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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: $22 - $77 (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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