The 'glossy' pictures on the website looked great and the blurb about Footprints sounded fab.
So, we find ourselves ii Swakopmund and then, in order to get to Footprints, we find ourselves exiting Swakopmund and, after a little way, turning into a residential area before pulling up outside what my husband joked as being the Namibian equivalent to Fawlty Towers! And certainly the owner did not loook out of keeping with his description. Her lacquered hair and make up emsemblé resembled some kind of throw back to Abigail's party but once she had told me off for being late (???) she smiled and was pleasant enough as she showed us to our room...
The 'family' room was depressing to say the least. The used soap in the bathroom was skanky at best. Did I say 'family room'? Well, the bedsit set-up had a double bed... the children's room - good Lord! When we pulled back the curtains we saw a balcony which was accessible to any other guest I might add. On the balcony was a glass chamber - there was no access to this glass chamber from inside the bedsit... yet that had a double bed in it. I was horrified. So, we were either meant to lock our children into a sealed unit away from us or we were meant to place them into an unlocked unit that any Tom, Dick or Harry could get into..... We stripped the bunk beds of bedding and matresses and made up beds on the floor if the bedsit.
The t.v didn't work and I did not really want to use the towels in the bathroom that had been provided. I washed and rewashed all cups and glasses that we used and was thankful to leave in the morning!
I tried to force a smile about this place but it really was depressing and it sent my husband into a foul mood. He hated it and for some reason the kids went crazy! All in all it was the worst place we stayed in on our trip and I would not recommend it.
Our experience cost us N$650 on a self catering basis.
We had two nights accomodation as part of our safari and was not disappointed at all. We were given an upgrade to a suite which was clean and comfortable.
Our meals were served in a dining room that took one back to the old colonial days. The menu is superb, with a selection of locally caught fish and shellfish and also game. Sadly as we had everything pre-booked we had a set menu, which was also very good. The wine selection as always was superb. Our waiter offered us a half carafe from a freshly opened bottle and poured a glass as a taster, not bad. Lunches are served on the terrace.
The bar is old, oaky and leathery, smells of cigars and is full of safari goers. Don't forget to ask Jackson to pour you a Springbokkie!
Service is top notch for sure in every department of the hotel.
Due to our safari schedule we were unfortunate enough to miss out on the breakfast.
The hotel is centrally situated which is ideal. The only thing missing was a pool! Right next door is a modern shopping area and opposite is Fagins apopular hangout!
Are there a few of you travelling? You need about 4-6 people, but this place is great! It’s a short walk to the swimming pool or beach, the houses (or chalets) are well equipped and you have a braai area outside your door (pictured). Here’s what you get:
• Bathroom – plenty of hot water and sink/mirror, separate toilet room
• Bedrooms – comfortable beds
• Closet and loads of cabinets in the kitchen
• Kitchen – cooker, refrigerator, sink, table, chairs
• Outside – well maintained and your own braai!
• Security – 24 hour manned gates, high fences and all windows lock
• Laundry, cleaning – place to do laundry, dry, mops available
This place is also quiet at night. If you want self catering and a low price per person – this is it in Swakopmund. The office staff are helpful with local information, maps and excursions. You are a short walk to everything in Swakopmund including a grocery store to get wood and meat for your braai! And cold beer to go in your fridge!
You can braai every night and meet your quiet neighbors. Everything is close by and the price is right!
Take a nice bottle of Guardian Peak Frontier onto the balcony overlooking the Swakop River, sand dunes and Atlantic Ocean.....watch the sun turn the sky from orange to red to pink and then to blue before sinking into the ocean on its way over to Argentina.......wait a few minutes and the Southern cross will appear along with the Milky Way......
I've in about half the bungalows at the Stiltz and always get a great night's sleep....throw in a Xanex and it's the best night's sleep ever....especially in the winter time. There are zero bugs, the night air is cool, the bed sheets are crisp and fur blankets are nice and cosy....
But perhaps the most “unique” aspect to the Stiltz is my friend Lucky......always up bright and early to cook breakfast and throw in some of his spicy chili sauce or have a chat over coffee.....Lucky, will be an icon for the Stiltz for years to come….
The Sea Breeze Guesthouse was a wonderful place to stay for few nights after few days in the desert and before continuing our road trip northeast. Beautiful and comfortable rooms, good breakfast, safe parking for the car and very friendly service.
across the road from the main beach, the heated indoor Olympic Pool, and within walking distance to excellent restaurants, the casino, Swakopmund museum and town centre. Each garden cottage is self-contained, with fully equipped kitchenette, television, telephone and braai facilities.
The place was neat and clean and so affordable. Especially given that the ocean is just 30 seconds walk away and town centre just 2 minutes walk away!
The Swakopmund Hotel provides a good base for exploring the region. The rooms are good 4 star quality, but show their age (10-12 years). Bedding was excellent.
Food in the restaurant was OK without being exceptional. The amount of food put out for the buffets each night was amazing considering the small number of patrons, you would wonder where it all ended up? The A la carte menu was better value. The reception staff were 5 star, we had a tour cancelled due to bad weater and while the tour company could not re-arrange anything the staff at reception overheard and matched us up with some other people on a different tour.
300 meter walk to shops and cafes (Out of Africa Cafe is a must).
The only Hotel in Swakopmund with a decent, but quite cold water pool.
The upstairs balcony rooms offer good space and a large private outdoor balcony overlooking the pool.
Great for families as the kids can walk around the hotel and pool area without any problems.
There are a number of campground on the beach. It's safe and you'll end up befriend locals vacationing. It's so soothing listening to waves crashing against rocks and go for an stroll at sunrise on the beach. However, the downside is the salty, humid air will keep your things wet.
This hotel only opened in 1994 and has been built using the old railway station of Swakopmund. Comfortable rooms, a restaurant, a bar, with a large pool area in the centre of the hotel offer all amenities.
This hotel was one of the first hotels in Swakopmund dating back to the year 1905. Today it offers the same German charm as it did in the past and was voted best hotel in Namibia on several occassions.
A nice place to stay, with those rather peculiar white and blue cottages, that have a room, WC and kitchen downstairs and a sleeping room (6 beds) upstairs (44US$ per cottage). The security seems to be extreme, but our guide was robbed at night, so be extremely careful and leave valuable things at Safe Deposit. There is a big Laundry Service just by the entrance.
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