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Happy Hippo Accommodation
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

Thanks to Happy Hippo for an awesome time in Durban over Indaba! I had an absolute blast staying at your hostel and all your staff were friendly too! Loved the wallpaper in the Indaba room too! The rooftop bar is one of a kind with an awesome place to have a drink and play a game of pool!

Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

Happy Hippo went crazy on Sunday night when they hosted an awesome party especially aimed at all the Backpacker and SAYTC members who attended the massive Tourism Expo - Indaba. Thanks Happy Hippo for an awesome night. Lots of love from all of us in the Wild Coast.

Neil, Amapondo, Wild Coast

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

This hostel is in a old warehouse so the space is really big, yes, there is not a lot of natural light in the common room but it is very colorful decorated and at least the double room we stayed in had a very big window so this is not a problem in the rooms. Location is good because it is very near to the Marine World and the beach. We had a nice time here, thank you very much.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank SoniaTaus
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

Cool, modern hostel with huge common area upstairs, and all of the rooms facing out into this area – a layout that was unusual, but made it all feel quite safe and open. The rooftop bar is a great feature - it rained when we were there so we didn’t get to enjoy it as much, but a fun place to relax and have a drink.
The biggest drawback to this place was that the location seemed a bit dodgy, and the streets at night were completely empty. When we arrived in the evening, hungry and ready for dinner, walking to the nearest restaurant (at uShaka Marine World) on empty streets was somewhat unsettling. It would be nice if the hostel had some food options or a café/pub with food closer by.
Overall we had a good stay here - we wanted an inexpensive, safe, clean place to stay in Durban and this worked well for us.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Denise J
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

Perfect place to stay when wanting to experience durban! Clean place with friendly staff and wonderful service. Dont think twice about the Happy Hippo! Would cone back any day... Perfect for locals aswell as international guests

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank LeezyLong
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

A great place to stay. Good location, just around the corner from Ushaka Marine world and a few meters from the main beachfront.
A little noisy on the street at night but nothing to complain about.
A nice bar area on the roof top to soak up the sun while having a beer.
All in all I would recommend this hostel as it is comfortable and cheap.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Thank MelBee27
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

We spent two nights in Durban at Happy Hippo. We had a double room with private bathroom and it was a nice, clean room. All the rooms are situated around the "living area", and you could hear every sound coming from there. We didn't have any problems with the staff, but they weren't amazing either. Happy Hippo is perfectly located if you want to visit Ushaka. Its just around the corner from the hostel. But I wouldn't walk down Mahatma Ghandi road in the opposite direction from Ushaka, as it is filled with dodgy ppl.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sa_Ka87
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Additional Information about Happy Hippo Accommodation

Address: 222 Mahatma Gandhi Road | KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 4001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 80 Speciality Lodging in Durban
Price Range: £12 - £42 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Happy Hippo Accommodation 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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 

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