Cornerstone Guesthouse

Reviews of Cornerstone Guesthouse

Excellent(95%) From 102 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 102 of our travellers who have visited Cornerstone Guesthouse, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr C & Mrs S - Namibia in July
Arrived on: 17-Jul-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Great choice for Swakopmund

Good location within easy (walking) distance of all town facilities. Bedrooms had heaters, essential in July - other lodges should learn from this !

Charming host/hostess, and v. helpful when we had a medical problem. Although it's a tough journey to get there from Sesriem (C14), we think Swakopmund is the best town in Namibia.

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Mr G & Ms L - from Edinburugh to Namibia
Arrived on: 29-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Cornerstone Guesthouse review

We stayed in room 3 for two nights. The staff were very welcoming and the room was small but had everything we needed but a slightly acrid smell of air freshener in the bathroom. The fridge was noisy overnight.

It was in a good location for walking into town in the evening.
Breakfast was good. There was a useful laundry service and a good size safe. There was a friendly cat.

Rather randomly, we were given a mobile phone for emergencies overnight (I think none of the staff stay on site).

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Ms B & Ms M - Washington DC
Arrived on: 28-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Cornerstone Guesthouse Review

The accommodations at Cornerstone are simple and clean; it's not luxurious, but certainly a lovely base for exploring the region. The owners were kind and attentive, making us dinner reservations and confirming our excursions. We were pleased with our stay overall.

On suggestion: We ate at a local pub at the owner's recommendation. While the food was good, the restaurant was smoke-filled, which irritate one of our allergies. As many foreigners come from places where indoor smoking has been banned, it might be worth mentioning when an establishment still permits this practice.


Whilst in Swakopmund these guests took a day excursion to the coast south of Swakopmund. This is what they said about it:

Our Sandwich Harbour excursion with Turnstone Tours was one of the highlights of our trip. What an incredible experience! We enjoyed the undivided attention of owner Bruno and his wonderful son Kai (who was along to learn the family business). The scenery was spectacular (massive dunes, stunning coastline), but what really made the trip was talking to and learning from these two. Even changing a flat tire became a fund adventure. We would highly recommend this excursion to others.


They also opted for a kayaking excursion on Walvis Bay Lagoon upon which they commented:

We enjoyed a fun morning excursion kayaking in Walvis Bay Lagoon. Because we had to hit the road early, we were not able to venture out to see the Pelican Point seals, but it was pleasant to be amongst the greater and lesser flamingos and Jeanne's infectious enthusiasm. That she took pictures of us on the water (and promptly emailed them to us) was an added bonus!

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Mr & Mrs B - Essex
Arrived on: 7-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Cornerstone Guesthouse review

peter was extremely helpful and friendly. he advised on where to eat at night and sorted out bookings at restaurant. very helpful when some friends arrived and altered our dinner bookings so that they could join us.

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Mr & Mrs B from Australia
Arrived on: 31-May-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Some of the best accomodation and service

Outstanding service and excellent accommodation and staff most helpful. Some of the best.

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Mr & Mrs D - Cheltenham
Arrived on: 27-May-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Cornerstone Guesthouse review

Great place.

Lovely rooms and service from owner- management excellent including giving us a cellphone with their numbers programmed in to call at any time if we had problems. A nice touch.

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Family P - New Zealand
Arrived on: 8-May-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Cornerstone Guesthouse review

We stayed at the Cornestone Guesthouse for 3 nights and were made to feel very welcome. The staff were very helpful in recommending and booking activities for us, and helping liaise with the rental car company.

The location is ideal to explore Swakopmund and we were able to walk everywhere.

The only odd touch was the presence of an oven and cook top in the room made us hope we could cook our own meals but it turns out they were not connected so we couldn't use them.

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Mr C & Ms B - Terrace Bay
Arrived on: 11-Mar-2013 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Swakopmund - 4 nights by the sea

We were given the largest room (basically an apartment) as we were staying 4 nights, although the downside of this was that the outside seating for the room was in the carpark rather than the garden. However we were glad of the space as the standard rooms may be slightly small for an extended stay.

The whole property was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. Breakfasts were superb and the owner and staff very friendly and helpful.

Whilst in Swakopmund, we arranged for these travellers to take a day-trip to Sandwich Harbour. The commented about it:

"Sandwich Harbour - a day in the dunes: Excellent"

A marvellous day with driver and guide Ernest who was unbelievably knowledgeable and so obviously passionate about the geology, birds, flora and fauna of this beautiful area. We were taken on a 3 hour walk through the (muddy) lagoon and dunes and the drive to Sandwich along the beach and back through the dunes (necessitated by high tide) was simply stunning. Whilst the excellent picnic lunch had to be taken in a wind-sheltered hollow rather than on top of a dune which Ernest would have preferred in less windy conditions, it was still a memorable meal.

Whilst the trip appears to be relatively expensive, the personal nature of it, attention to detail and the wonderful location make it unmissable if staying in Swakopmund for a few days.

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Miss T and Mr H from Somerset
Arrived on: 16-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Perfectely run b and b

Lovely large rooms, beautifully presented.

Extremely helpful staff, wonderful breakfast and a great location to walk into town or be picked up on the local tours.

Perfect.

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Mr & Mrs C from Basingstoke
Arrived on: 21-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Pleasant stay at Cornerstone Guesthouse

After a long drive (note the Sesriem to Swakopmund journey is the one that seems to catch everyone out in terms of length and desolation but still very memorable) the guesthouse was conveniently located and very easy to find with secure parking. Room was comfortable, clean and quiet and guests are provided with a mobile phone to contact the owners in case of any problems after reception has closed. Owners also very happy to recommend and reserve restaurants - we ate at The Tug and The Jetty (which is new and does not yet appear in the guidebook or restaurant list) - both were excellent and good value. The Jetty has glass floor panels, enabling you to sit above the waves while eating.

The Guesthouse is very well situated for exploring Swakopmund on foot and whilst it could not compete with the lodges and camps for the 'wow' factor, made for a very enjoyable change of scene. Wide breakfast choice with option of hot breakfast cooked to order.

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