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Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed one night on business and loved the wide open communal areas with ample space to work in private. Our hostess was very friendly and accommodating and the establishment very clean, even after a busy weekend. This was worth every cent. Wish I could stay longer.

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Reviewed 12 March 2016

The backpacker's is far away from the beach, but near to downtown, although there is nothing to see in P.E. Near the hostel is a very good café, that is worth trying it. The wifi is very bad and rarely working, the pool was dirty. Toilets and bathroom were okay, the room was tidy, but there were only 2 keys...

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Tania T, Manager at The Hippo Backpackers, responded to this review

We apologise if your expectation was not met wrt the location of the hostel.We do offer a safe and secure environment to our guests in a friendly neigbourhood .The best of the city' s restaurants and cafes is just down the road. Thank you for the positive feedback with regard to our friendly and helpful staff. We are here to...

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Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

Hostel was very lovely, we ended up having a 6 bed dorm to ourselves, very clean & comfortable. Kitchen and shower facilities were great. Free wifi. Only downfall was that the hostel was at least an hours walk to the main Boardwalk area at the beach.

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Reviewed 30 November 2015

Its worth it to stay a few days here, i enjoyed my stay it was cosy with welcoming and friendly staff and they made my stay pleasant, if I go back I definitely will stay there again ,but I hope they upgrade the kitchen facilities

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Germany
Reviewed 30 August 2015

it was a little hard to find for us at night but it was worth it. This place has a cosy backgarden with a pool´and a pooltable where you don't feel like being in big city. But the restaurants are just nearby and you can park your car safely. The owners are so nice, helpful and just sympathic. Addo elephant...

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Reviewed 12 January 2015 via mobile

This was a very nice little backpackers in PE.We were welcomed by friendly staff who was willing to point out local restaurants...Btw which has amazing food and good prices#Salt down the road. We stayed in a dorm room, it was clean well looked after with a very small shower in the corner. FREE WIFI which is a little slow but...

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Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

Pros: clean rooms, safe parking, nice part of town near lovely restaurants, good braai area Cons: empty feeling, kitchen missing a few bits, a little over priced for what was on offer (we stayed in a double room with shared bathroom for 400R per night) Ok place to stay but not stand out.

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Reviewed 3 June 2014 via mobile

I would only stay at this hostel for the short overnight baz bus stop. The facilities are old, dated and unclean. They have a nice pool but that's it. Glad I only had to stay one night. The staff didn't make things clear when we arrived and we were all confused as to what she wanted us to do.

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Morro del Jable, Spain
Reviewed 16 November 2013 via mobile

We stayed here only for one night. We arrived late and we left early so we dont have much tobsay about the hostel. We had a basic dorm for ourselves and the facilities were ok. The staff recieved us and they were very friendly. Free wifi.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 September 2013

We stayed here for one night between travelling but would have been happy to stay longer. We chose it as it was a collection point for the Baz Bus. We booked a twin room which was clean and secure, with a small bathroom opposite. The kitchen area was large and clean, there was free wifi and a computer available for...

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  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in PE"S trendy and friendly neighbourhood of Richmond Hill where street-side cafes,restaurants and pubs are just around the corner, this owner-run lodge offers homely and comfortable accommodation in a garden setting.Centrally situated, The Hippo is close to most of PE's main attractions,banks,laundry and shops.Experience Port Elizabeth on foot while exploring heritage trails and art walks,historic sites,museums and arts and craft galleries. Thirsty? Have an artisan beer at a microbrewery,, then walk down the street and enjoy the vibe at our neighborhood pubs and restaurants.If this all sounds like hard work, you have the option to sunbath,read and swim in our hippo-sized pool while our friendly staff advice you on all adventure and culture activities on offer. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Hippo Backpackers

Address: 14 Glen Street, Port Elizabeth 6001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Port Elizabeth
Price Range: $24 - $44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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