Reviews of Beach Lodge
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Beach Lodge review
Lovely location on the beach but it was very hot when we were there.
Although there was a fan in the room it couldn't come on without the light which was a nuisance.
We organised a Turnstone Tour to Sandwich Harbor for these travellers. They commented:
Life in the sand dunes of the skeleton coast: Excellent.
This was like being with David Attenborough on tour! We had a beautiful and amazing day.
I wouldn't have missed this for anything.
Beach Lodge review
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A Good Choice
Completely different from the lodges we used elsewhere, this was a resort hotel. Situated right on the beach in a very imaginatively designed building, it is an easy 5km drive from the attractive town.
The standard rooms are large, very clean and have a balcony or terrace as well as a simple kitchen. It's not 5 star but doesn't claim to be and if you were being really picky you might say that the room had a few bumps and scrapes which could be touched up but overall we found it to be an excellent choice and have no complaints at all.
The really big surprise was 'The Wreck', the hotel's very stylish restaurant which was very good and way above our expectations. It was noticeable that most of the diners were either local or staying elsewhere. It was full each night and pre-booking is a good idea.
Beach Lodge review
Right on the beach - great location although it is a few miles out of town. Other than a mix up over the booking - a family room is not ideal for two couples! - the rooms were very comfortable and having a fridge and kettle etc was very handy.
The restaurant at the hotel - The Wreck - has a very good menu and is much easier than driving into town for dinner. However on our first night we were told it was fully booked and only after some discussion they agreed to try and squeeze us in after some early diners were finished if we didn't mind waiting in the bar area until then. We went up to the restaurant at the agreed time and were somewhat irritated to find half the tables empty - no wait at all.
The food was very good though - so much so that we ate there again on our second night. This was the only place in our three week visit where the dining room service was poor - the head waiter was totally uninterested in serving us, spent the first evening in complaining about a table of Italians who were very late in arriving but was no more pleasant on the second evening. The other restaurant staff seemed very junior and were not of the same standard as everywhere else we visited.
Reception staff on the other hand were very helpful.
What a find!
This was our second choice of accommodation as where we'd stayed previously was fully booked, but we had a luxury room, 'Southern Cross' with a bath with a view to die for!
We were very lucky with the weather and even went for a paddle and walk along the beach. An excellent base just outside Swakopmund. We don't understand why everybody seems to choose the Hansa Hotel when there are better alternatives available if you are self driving.
We stayed on a Sunday when the on site restaurant was closed, but breakfast was good.
The Beach Lodge is architechtually interesting building and right on the beach. Our stay was clouded by the cold and misty weather of Swakopmund. We could only imagine what this place would be in a warm and sunny day.Read more about the whole beach holiday
Although out of town location by beach is great. Fodd was very good inc evening meals. Slight mix-up with messages not passed to us but that did not spoil activity. Recommend highly the Turnstone Tour to Sandwich Bay.
Day excursion along coast south of Swakopmund
Ernst our driver gave us a wonderful day which was one of the highlights of the trip. His food eaten sitting in the middle of nowhere was very good - how did he keep it warm!! If you love The natural world we recommend highly the trip.
Great location, but poorly managed
Absolutely met my criteria of sea view and balcony as our room had great views both from the bedroom and the bath.
The building was designed and built to very high standards, but is let down by poor management and maintenance - various bathroom fittings were loose or missing (and nothing was done when we reported that the shower didn't work), and it would be generous to describe the hot water as lukewarm.
The hotel restaurant served great food, both at breakfast and dinner.
Beach Lodge review
Situated at the north end of Swakopmund in a quite rich neighbourhood (at least, that was our impression), Beach Lodge does not have the warm African atmosphere which we found in lodges in the wilderness. Obviously, this is not something you can expect from a city accommodation.
The staff, however, was friendly and we were even upgraded to, as we suppose, the family suite, with a nice view at the atlantic ocean and a bath in our bedroom. During our stay we went sandboarding, which was very kindly arranged by the Beach Lodge staff.
The restaurant (The Wreck) also needs a positive remark, as the food was very good and the service was also great!
Beach Lodge Review
A very pleasant start to our trip. We only stayed overnight but the beach front location was wonderful, and we liked the room with small kitchen which would be useful for a longer stay.
There isn't much else in the immediate vicinity but I suspect this will change as there seemed to be a lot of new developement nearby.
The restaurant has a great ocean view, but the service was a bit slow.