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I read bad reviews about this before going, but figured a bar usually closes down at midnight and isn't usually too loud, especially if its located and part of a sleeping establishment. WRONG! Cons: 1)The very loud music and beats went on until the early hours of the morning, as did the 'clipclop' of heels which echo across the dancefloor...

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Jarrahdale, W.A.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Happy Hippos is an interesting place to stay with great staff. It used to be an old warehouse that they have converted into accommodation. On the first floor the whole centre space is given over to shared areas, with seating, tables and chairs. There is a good kitchen (although when we were there the other people did not keep it...

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

Dear KeithMac We loved it that you enjoyed your stay with us! Thanks for taking the time out to review us, we really do appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed your time on the rooftop. It is an amazing space! Wishing you a wonderful festive season, kind regards Michelle Brooks

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the stay at this hostel. Great clean rooms, staff helping out (those at the reception could be friendlier - the boss comes sometimes around and is very kind though). On the rooftop is a bar that sometimes offers concerts. It is close to the ushaka marine center so the area is safe to walk over to the beach. Would...

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

Dear Julia F Thank you for all your kind words. We are really glad that you found us! In response to the internet; we do have a 10 MBPS line which unfortunately slows down when 20 people or more are on it; something that we cannot control as fibre optics have not reached our area yet. "only in Africa!" We...

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beachfront
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  • Beachfront
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Free Parking
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: £28 - £34 (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”
 of 5 bubbles gabrielmK3283JU, 20 Jun 2016 | Read review
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