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“Comfortable stay”
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Hippo Hideaway
Durban, South Africa
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“Comfortable stay”
Reviewed 23 January 2012

My family and I spent 3 nights in 2 self catering "chalets". I would simply call them "rooms" as they are not independant units like "chalets" are meant to be and I was a tad disappointed when I got there.
The enquiry/booking/checking in was a breeze. Candice & Fortunate, who I was emailing/speaking to over the phone, were very efficient with their correspondence. The rooms were clean, spacious, comfortable and equipped with all the essentials that one can think of. They were serviced very efficiently by friendly staff on a daily basis, which was a great plus point - one can always do without chores on holidays! The property is very well maintained and the location is very central; all shops, restaurants and amneties are just walking distance from here.
On the downside however, I can see how we wouldn't have enjoyed our stay as much had it been a busy time! The braai area is right in front of the rooms at either ends of our row of accommodation, so we were literally braaing in front of someone else's room. Also, during our stay, we had the pool to ourselves, but I can imagine how crowded it could have got. Another thing is that there is only one airconditioning unit for the entire area and it is in the open plan kitchen/lounge area. It does keep the bedrooms cool, however, on doing this, the kitchen/lounge area gets very cold, so you can't have someone comfortably sleeping the bedrooms and simultaneously have another guest enjoying dinner/tv without either one freezing or baking!
Oh, and we also were lucky enough to see 2 hippos grazing right outside our rooms on our 3rd night! It was thrilling to see them so close, munching away at the grass! I think they only come up to the estuary facing rooms were we stayed (we specifically asked for these rooms as suggested by reviewers on tripadvisor). By the way, these rooms face the estuary although you don't have views of the estuary as it is blocked by natural vegetation. And we didn't know about the pier that led to the river, so we missed out there!
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Hippo Hideaway, but I wouldn't recommend it for people who prefer more privacy.

Room Tip: Choose the estuary facing room!
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

A bunch of friends stayed in one of the self-catering units. The kitchen was very well supplied, and it's easy to buy groceries from the Spar across the street. Unit was neat and comfortable except we had an invasion of flies into our bathroom that was kind of gross (though they didn't bite). Easy parking. Owner was very kind and accommodating to requests. A good base from which to explore St Lucia. And we SAW A HIPPO in the backyard on the first night :)

Room Tip: We enjoyed the rooms farthest away from the main road. This is where the hippos come also!
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Tequesta, Florida
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Reviewed 3 June 2011

We stayed in a 2/1 self-catering unit for 3 people. The location is smack-dab in the middle of St. Lucia so you can walk to the restaurants, Spar and ATM across the street, crafts market, and the boat ramp. It's not even too far to walk to the beach. Follow the signs to the bayou, then cross the boardwalk to the beach. It is about 3 km each way.

HH has the units arranged around a central courtyard with tables and hammocks. There is also a nice pool area with padded lounge chairs and umbrellas.

The front office has paperback books and DVDs for free use.

The hippos do come up in the back yard along the river at night, and you may see them some nights. The resort has security guards day and night, although it does not seem like a dangerous area or town.

Although the resort is on the river, you cannot see the river because of the vegetation along the banks.

The best part of the resort is the manager, Elaine. She is so helpful and friendly. When the power went out one day (in the whole town), she arranged for hot water for coffee for everyone in the courtyard. She also made sure we knew when the hippos were up so we could see them. She also made reservations for us for horse riding and the hippo boat tour, and she recommended local restaurants to try.

I highly recommend this resort and the town of St. Lucia.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 10 May 2011

Management obviously takes a lot of pride in this place, and the staff works very hard. It's clean, comfortable and in a great location.

I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to see the hippos that previous reviews mentioned, because we were in one of the courtyard rooms at the opposite end of the property from the estuary.

We didn't have a lot of kids there at the time we stayed, although I can see how it would be noisy.

We'd stay again if we were in the area, but we'd ask for a room on the estuary.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 May 2011

Hippo Hideaway is self-catering and is conveniently situated across the road from Spar so it was quick to pop out and grab some food for a meal. The place was well maintained and clean and we had someone make up our room every morning. The boma is ideal for braaiing and the pool was welcome for all the hot days we were spoilt with. We were unfortunately there over a weekend when the water supply was cut off for 2 days (no fault of the management who kept us informed, supplied bottled water and refilled their tanks). Management are also very helpful with suggesting outings and making any necessary bookings.

The downside of our stay was that it lacked peace and quiet. We were in Room 1 which meant that most people would pass our room on the way to their accommodation. The venue is also more suited to families and there were lots of children around and we would be woken by them playing in the courtyard quite early in the morning. Some children were unsupervised in the pool area (this worried me a lot!) and created quite a lot of noise and splashing - not a relaxed afternoon at the pool!! It was fortunate that we went on several outings during our stay.

I would recommend this as a getaway for families with young children, but if you're a couple hoping to get away from the noise, this is probably not the place for you.

Room Tip: Ask for the rooms closer to the estuary.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Stanger, South Africa
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Reviewed 30 April 2011

Expected 4 star accomodation as desrcibed in brochures. DEFINITELY NOT 4 STAR - although charge 4 star rates Fixtures and fittings are basic. "FULL AIRCONDITIONED" unit had one airconditioner in living area - had to keep bedroom doors open in hope of cooling bedrooms down. Stayed in Unit 5 which was tucked away in a corner near the maids quarters. Complex has no greenery - fully concreted courtyard. No privacy as all units open out into this central courtyard - OK if you like communal living. Stove and Oven did not work, no water pressure, and no porter to help you with your luggage.
However unit is very clean and tidy and Staff are excellent although senior managemnet not around in times of need.

Room Tip: Ask for the older units facing the estuary.
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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McLean, Virginia
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Reviewed 9 November 2010

Hippo hideaway is an atmospheric self=catering property, with spacious units, close to a number of good restaurants which is at the edge of the St Lucia wetlands national park. Great facilities for children, and hippo watching tours up the river starting just up the road. Good atmosphere.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Hippo Hideaway
Address: 70 McKenzie Street, St Lucia 3936, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > St Lucia
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Ranked #15 of 32 Speciality Lodging in St Lucia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hippo Hideaway 4*
Number of rooms: 21
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