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Madison, Wisconsin
Reviewed 30 March 2016

The Good: Walking distance to Ushaka where you could shop or grab a snack Cheap Clean Room Very cool rooftop bar to relax at Bartender (guy) and security guard were very friendly Secured Parking Free Wifi (120 min. a day is more than enough) The Bad: While trying to book(many months in advance) we had a lot of issues. We...

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1Thank cometsoccer97
BrooksieDurban, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Hi Cometsoccer97, I do not blame you for not coming back, I would be the same if I was treated like that. I cannot believe that one of my staff took it upon themselves to deal with your situation as they did. If you recall their name I would appreciate it if you privately send it to me. If that...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 20 March 2016

From the time I walked through the door for check in, I was unhappy. The girls behind the desk are very unprofessional and borderline rude. You ask them a question and instead of answering you, they talk amongst themselves in Zulu knowing you can't understand and then just look at you. This happened more than once!!! On top of that,...

1Thank Autumn J
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear AutumnJ "From the time I walked through the door for check in, I was unhappy." Well, did we ever even stand a chance, AutumnJ ? In fact my staff all commented on your lack of replying when being greeted, in fact you blatantly ignored them! Common curteousy with a simple reply would suffice? May we ask why you would...

Miami, Florida
Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

Only spent one night here, but found the staff to be friendly and helpful. The room was basic, but clean (as were the shared bathrooms). The common area was spacious and altogether chilled. Received two recommendations for a decent Bunny Chou - Britannia hotel or House of Curries. Went with House of Curries in the end - wasn't disappointed.

Thank Hacb86
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear Hacb86 Thank you so much for taking the time out to review our establishment. We are glad that you got to try a Bunny chow! This is synonemous with Durban! We've got to ask? Did you eat it traditionally or with a knife and fork? kind regards Michelle Brooks

Reviewed 13 March 2016

Unmotivated, lazy and bad-organised staff. Arrived there at 22pm, and the staff showed me a room to stay, but the next day they told me, that they put me in a wrong one, so I had to move out. Showers and toilets are clean, the hostel's own "rooftop-bar" is lame, couldn't find staff to serve me drinks there on a...

Thank cochonette91
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear Cochenette91, Please allow me to respond to your review in the manner it deserves. Our lodge closes at 22.00pm. This is evident all over the net! So when arriving after this time you will be handled by our security guard (who for your information is mentally disabled and we are trying to give him an opportunity at life). We...

Bronx, New York
Reviewed 22 February 2016

I had a group of seventeen stay at Happy Hippo and I truly appreciated it. The locale was impeccable. For the price range, level of hostel, and vicinity to the beach....it can't be beat. Loved the open space on the roof, giving a place for people to converse openly, and at any volume, through the night without disturbing other guests....

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

Dear Evita It is so wonderful that you are so committed to giving your groups the best holiday ever! I loved your passion and energy and beleive that this trip is the first of many to our country! Thank you for taking the time out to write such a wonderful review and we look forward to all your Nomadness Travel...

Kiel, Germany
Reviewed 9 February 2016

I had a pleasant stay at Happy Hippo's, with nice rooms, clean facilities and a spacious common area. Contrary to some of the other reviews here I found the staff very friendly, welcoming and helpful, e.g. with the booking of tours.

Thank Marvin B
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear Marvin B You make us so happy! Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us and pointing out such wonderful qualities! Thank you again! kind regards Michelle Brooks

Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

This is really not a nice place. It smells funny. The shower only works between 5am and 10am. And 5pm and 10pm. We got here at 1030pm. They only want u to be in the shower for 7 mins. I understand there is a water shortage, but it's a beach town. I guess u aren't supposed to wash your hair...

2Thank Thàis C
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear Thais C I have had the great displeasure of reading your review and have had the great pleasure of speaking to you face to face after you decided to 'rough it,' for an extra three days in our terrible lodge. I am going to attempt to reply to your accusations in point form: Everyone is entitled to their opinion....

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 20 January 2016

We had a great time at Happy Hippo. The staff are really friendly and helpful, the facilities lovely and clean, and the rooftop bar an awesome place to relax. An added bonus is that it is walking distance from Ushaka Marine World and the beach. Would stay here again if I travel through Durban.

1Thank Talita T
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Dear Talita T Thank you so much for your awesome review! We love it when our customers are as happy as you were! We look forward to hosting you again; hopefully in the near future. kind regards, Michelle Brooks

Reviewed 17 December 2015

Really enjoyed staying here, met some cool people. The girls on reception were very helpful. Place was clean, safe and a lot of fun. Very close to aquarium and Marine Parade. Great bar and pool table for the evening, with adequate BBQ facilities. All good.

Thank Stuart C
DurbanBrooksie, Owner at Happy Hippo Accommodation, responded to this review

Hello Stuart C, Always a pleasure to hear our happy customer reviews, Thank you very much. Regards, Michael Brooks

Somerset West, South Africa
Reviewed 14 December 2015 via mobile

Staff is friendly and helpful. Rooms are clean and they have fans! We got back from event late and we were exhausted and were worried the party on the deck would keep us awake, but the room was totally sound proof. Thank you for a lovely stay and helping us out on short notice.

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

Hello rouxmiab, Glad to be of service in making your stay a comfortable one. Thank you for the great review and hope to see you again, soon. Regards, Michael Brooks

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  • Beachfront
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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 (previously Point Road), Durban 4001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Durban
Price Range: ₹ 2,524 - ₹ 2,592 (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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