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Gibela Backpackers Lodge
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“BRIEF STAY”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

All the C's - Clean, Convenient, Caring, Central to amenities and city, and one big M - very well managed! I decided to try Gibela as an alternative to the usual B&B or hotel and was very pleasantly surprised.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 29 August 2014
Greetings Gavin
Many thanx for the truly "wow" review. Suppose those in the hospitality industry have an appreciative understanding of the not so obvious behind the scenes nuts and bolts that make an accommodation establishment stand out a notch above the rest. As you know not always easy to be a Jack of all trades. to keep cool and remain professional.
Hope to see you back and good luck.
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Solo traveler, stayed three nights. Easy 5 minute walk to many restaurants on Florida Road including the lovely Vintage Indian restaurant. Delicious and healthy hot breakfast. Owner was very helpful and even provided me with water and fruit when I had to leave extra early for my tours. The hostel was very clean and you can tell care was taken to decorate and maintain it. All the information you would need was organized and provided for you. I am looking forward to returning to Gibela on my next trip to Durban!

Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 13 August 2014
Greetings
Siyabonga (thank-you) for your review. Durban definitely is not a one night stop and requires minimum 2 days to explore and experience what she has to offer. The same counts for Gibela. If you read fellow traveller reviews of Gibela its the "multi night stays" that get to really appreciate what we offer and "absorb" all the extras. (not a one night wonder stop over) Just for the record - our breakfast is a cold self service "buffet". Hot drinks are on offer but not meal wise.
Looking forward to welcoming you back @ Gibela.
Happy travels.
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

Stayed for two nights, what a Lovely host and good ambiance! When visiting durban again i definetly come back! Also a good guide for finding Lovely food, thnx for The tips!! What else to say......nice simple but good breakfast to start The day with!!

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Hello Marjolijn
Thank-you for taking the time to write your review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Durban and more so that you explored our "hot tips" suggestions. We look forward in hosting you when you return to Durban. Will have to work on finding some new "hot spots" for you to visit. Take care and happy travels !!
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

This was a lovely place to stay! Far more than I expected from a backpackers. I have stayed at guesthouses that have catered less well to my needs. Spotless, peaceful, stylish, friendly, organised, all the hot water you could want at any time of day or night, a delicious, healthy breakfast... A special thank you to Elmar, the proprieter, for sharing his wealth of local knowledge so generously.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 11 August 2014
Morning Lynda
Many thanx for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Gibela. Our team strive to make each guests stay as comfortable and memorable as possible.
You have summarised exactly what we strive to achieve and the clientele we reach out to.
Hope to welcome you back again one day.
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Great place, good location (right by the racecourse) and very friendly staff.

Secure off-street parking, included breakfast and a swimming pool.

On the expensive side for a backpackers, but worth it for all but the most shoe-string traveller.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Hello Chris
Thx for the great review. Sure must have been cold in PMB after leaving sunny Durban after the races. Your review epitomize everything Gibela stands for and trying to achieve.
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Freiburg Im Breisgau, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2014

One of the best accommodations I have stayed at in recent years. Very clean, comfortable bed, nice room, friendly and helpful staff and no noise at all. Delicious breakfast and a very convenient neighbourhood.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Hello Chris
Well done for winning SWC 2014!!!
Yes we are very fortunate being in a great neighbourhood with everything in walking distance.
We are glad you enjoyed your stay @ Gibela and hope Durban is on the revisit list.
All the best.
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Basel, Switzerland
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Beautiful courtyard and pool area to hang around, nice rooms, clean amenities, great and helpful host. Try out Jooo's Steakhouse across the street!
Location is excellent 2min to supermarket, restaurant, laundry, bar. 15min by foot to the stadium, 20 to the beach!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Elmar Owner Gib... D, Owner at Gibela Backpackers Lodge, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Hello Chantal
It seems you walked Durban flat - AMAZING. You even know the times by foot to all the points of attractions better than me (you 2 must be fast walkers or I'm just conservative) Our location is great and comfortable walking distance to everything that s on the to do list (or the bus is only 5 min walk away for the not so fit) The steakhouse across the road is Joop's Place - a true winner. Not so sure if it was you that had to sit at the make shift table - BUT yes they do look after the Gibela Guests.
Happy travels
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Property: Gibela Backpackers Lodge
Address: 119 Ninth Avenue | Morningside, Durban 4001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 77 Speciality Lodging in Durban
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Gibela Backpackers Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
TOP CHOICE - Lonely Planet 2012 "If this hostel (a tastefully converted 1950's Tuscan home) were a B&B, it would be described as 'boutique'. One of Durban's best hostels, it has sparkling surfaces and rooms neat enough to pass an army major's inspection. It even provides a continental breakfast- to be enjoyed in an attractive indoor-outdoor dining area." Gibela is conveniently located in the safe, residential area of Morningside and within walking distance to the center of Durban’s entertainment life, Florida Road, where there are restaurants, cocktail bars, clubs and coffee shops galore. ... more   less 
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