The place itself is nice, although the area is dangerous - near the harbour and the notorious Point/Mahatma Gandhi Road. So stay in at night unless you're prepared to spend money on a cab.
It is much more expensive than other backpackers - they charge b&b rates for private rooms, and their dorms are more expensive too.
There were only a few guests, but they shoved us all into one dorm. I had to wonder why, as the place is huge, and there were plenty of empty dorms. I would've thought they'd try to make their guests as comfortable as possible, especially at the rates they charge.
Wifi is a mission - you have to like their Facebook page, then they give you an app to download. Unnecessarily complicated, and I don't like being forced to like someone's Facebook page.
There's no atmosphere, it's just a huge empty place, although quite nicely furnished. They have a bar, but it only opens at 5pm.
That being said, the staff at reception, while not really friendly, do give some good advice about catching buses around Durban, etc.
I cannot recommend the place to other travelers, however. There are other backpackers in safer areas, with more of a vibe and less expense - which is what backpackers are supposed to be about anyway.
- 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