Central Guest House

Reviews of Central Guest House

Excellent(91%) From 57 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 57 of our travellers who have visited Central Guest House, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs & Mr M - Northumberland
Arrived on: 25-May-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent location

The location and services provided made this an excellent base for exploring Swakopmund. The "receptionist" Anya was particularly helpful and went out of her way to ensure we enjoyed our stay.

There was a problem on one night when a cat (whose owner was on holiday) got back in at night time and woke guests on the top floor and was indeed put outside again by a guest (us). This was dealt with by the guest house the next day.

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Ms S - North Carolina
Arrived on: 24-May-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Comfortable, convenient guest house

Central Guest House was very comfortable, located in a neighborhood a close walk to the water. The service at Central Guest House is wonderful. The owner and managers are wonderfully friendly and helpful. The owner really went above and beyond to make sure our activities were correctly scheduled. They gave us great recommendations on where to eat and where to visit, and the breakfast options were unique and delicious.

Sand boarding in Swakopmund:

My husband and I had a blast sand boarding. He did the stand up boarding, while I did lie down. The latter takes no skill, and I had an absolute blast. He had a great time to, but stand up was a bit more challenging. Luckily they give everyone an opportunity to also try the lie down boarding. The staff were really helpful and fun, and I learned a lot about Namibia from them. One drawback was that along with three other groups of two and three people, the Sand Boarding company had booked a group of about 20 college-aged girls on our excursion. The girls were quite loud and the sheer size of the group really slowed things down. I thought this large group noticeably reduced the quality of our experience, and I would have preferred being told that they were coming or given the opportunity to be in a separate group. Still, it was a great experience overall, and we loved the pictures and videos. I would also suggest some wider-angle shots on the pictures and videos, to get a feel for how fast the boarders are going.

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Ms C & Mr B - Inverness
Arrived on: 17-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Don't miss Central Guest House

Really loved this place for location, comfort, service and room.

Owner continued campaign (started at Kulala) against Budget Car Hire until all was completely sorted. Thanks to Monika. All staff first class, couldn't have done more. You couldn't do better at a 5 star hotel!

Whilst here, we arranged for these travellers to do a Day trip to Sandwich Harbour. They commented:

A whole day gave us time to enjoy everything. Driving along the beach watching seals, cormorants, gulls at the edge of the dunes was quite special. This was followed by a birdwatching walk, an excellent lunch and afternoon drive over the dunes. This was spectacular, Ernest really knew his stuff and showed us the dune flora and fauna with energy and enthusiasm.

Could have stayed in Swakopmund another day as trip took up all our time there (and sorting out Budget car).

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Mr & Mrs S - Godstone
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Central Guest House review

This accommodation was clean and confortable and staff were helpful with regard to booking evening meals at restaurants in Swakopmund

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Expert Africa comments

For more detailed comments, these travellers have created a great travelogue of their experience, which can be viewed here and there’s a gallery of great pictures here.

Family B - Hampshire
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Central Guest House review

A lot of the road to Swakopmund from Sesriem is badly ridged, but there is some stunning scenery and we saw a group of meercats 70 km before Walvis Bay. The bakery at Solitaire is excellent.

The first morning of our stay, we had an early activity, kayaking, in Walvis Bay and breakfast was provided half an hour earlier than normal at management's suggestion, which was very welcome indeed. The building is a bit austere from outside, but is very nice indeed inside and spotless. Our rooms were excellent. We were helped to choose restaurants for dinner, reservations were made for us and confirmations made for pre booked activities. Good breakfasts. On the day we left, they suggested we filled rolls from the breakfast buffet for lunch, and gave us sealed bags for them without charge. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Altogether excellent. I cannot think of a single fault and would recommend it highly.

We had dinner at Kucklis, the Tug and the Kupferpfanne. They were all enjoyable but the Tug stood out having great atmosphere and excellent food. Beware of over ordering at Kucklis; the portions are simply enormous, and that from a family of carnivores! The interior of Kupferpfamme is fascinating.

We spent an afternoon wandering round Swakop and having cake at Anton's. Anton's is a bit disappointing - melamine decor, but the cakes were good. There are huge numbers of shops for a relatively small town and some very quirky bits of Germany in aspic. Definitely worth a visit.

Whilst here, we organised a trip 'Kayaking at Pelican Point' for these travellers; they commented:

What fun, paddling among the seals, with youngsters nibbling at the paddles. Just us four plus the guide. What is more, I had not realised how short a time the motor boats spend by the seal colony in Walvis Bay - we had two or three hours, the boats more like two or three minutes. A waterproof bag is provided so my wife took her camera for close ups of seals and the inevitable jackal. The drive out to Pelican Point was also very interesting, as were the seabirds and dolphins we saw. This is an experience definitely not to be missed and was probably the highlight of the holiday. Angela was definitely spot on in recommending it.

We also organised a 'Day trip to Sandwich Harbour', about which they commented:

As the usual road to Sandwich harbour is flooded at the moment, we had a long detour round the salt works in both directions which detracted slightly from the day, although there is nothing that can be done about this. The morning was spent going to the harbour, having a walk, including getting within a few feet of a jackal which was totally relaxed, and then getting out as the tide rose. We had the place to ourselves except at the very end. We then had lunch on top of a dune overlooking the Atlantic with pelicans flying past.

The afternoon was a fascinating mix of driving through the dunes and looking at some of the amazing plants, reptiles and beetles which inhabit the area, finishing with flamingoes on a lagoon. One of us thought the morning was a bit flat and not up to expectations, but perhaps we had seen too many photos of Sandwich Harbour in advance.

Lunch and the afternoon were superb and certainly demonstrated what a landrover can really tackle - David Attenborough and a fairground ride rolled into one. Ernst, our guide, was excellent and extremely knowledgable. Perhaps not quite as good as the kayaking with seals, but certainly not a day to miss. We would rather have liked an extra day out in the desert with Ernst and would suggest this for anyone who really wants to learn about this fascinating area and its plants and animals.

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Mr F & Ms F - London
Arrived on: 19-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Central Guest House review

Very helpful staff...put us on to some excellent local activities and organised replacement of our broken hire car with Budget.

Good breakfasts, good location.

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Mrs P with Mrs L & Mr C - Derbyshire
Arrived on: 18-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Central Guest House review

Although we arrived late someone was waiting for us. We were given information on where we could eat and a reservation was made for us. A

lso a trip to Walvis Bay was booked on our behalf for the following day. Everyone was very helpful.

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Family L from Sevenoaks
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Central Guest House review

Very helpful - organised separate activities for different menbers of our party - quad biking & Walvis Bay boat trip & also booked restaurant for us.

Good location - 10 mins from centre & sea

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V group - Italy
Arrived on: 12-Aug-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Feels like home

The attention to customers put by the owner of the guesthouse is amazing. I was feeling sick, so she took care to oder and pick up some special take away food for me, and she managed to retrieve our second spare tyre.
The guesthouse is really pretty, it's basically a house that feels like home: relaxing sitting rooms, very clean rooms, great breakfast.
It's conveniently located in the center of Swakop, you can just walk to the cities best restaurants.
Definitely a very good place to stay!

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Mr C & Mrs C and family - Sheffield
Arrived on: 27-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Central Guest House review

Again lovely rooms here. We had a double room in the main guest house, our three boys had two twin rooms, a lovely bathroom and fridge and heater etc.

The whole place was very welcoming. We were invited to have a sherry in the lounge, in fromt of the real fire. We had booked activities to do in Swakopmund (quad biking, kayaking and living desert tour). The lady on reception phoned to confirm one of the bookings for us, then printed off the map that we needed.

Breakfast was great again and done early to fit in with our early start for the kayaking.

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