Reviews of Lagoon Lodge
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
A colourful guesthouse
This is a colourful guesthouse - yellow and blue exterior. The French owners are equally colourful but also friendly and helpful. Even our bedroom was colourful - a strong pink. However, the location on the front of the lagoon is good, although we found it very noisy on Monday morning because of the lorry traffic at the busy intersection. We were therefore pleased that our stay was over a weekend but frankly we were surprised to have been booked into this guesthouse in the first place. There were only two restaurants in the vicinity - both a 25/30 minutes walk along the coast which was in some ways good, yet challenging on a dark and windy night.Read more about the whole trip
Room with a great lagoon view
Excellent accommodation in a room with a wonderful view over the lagoon and flamingos.
The owners were very welcoming and helpful. Good location with a short drive into the town centre and restaurants.
Whilst staying in Walvis Bay we organised a full day trip to Sandwich Harbour with Turnstone Tours. They commented:
Ernst made trip very informative & memorable.
This was exactly what we had hoped for - a combination of wildlife and dunes with informative commentary (and tasty lunch) from Ernst of Turnstone Tours. It was a very good day."
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We arrived while Wilfred and Helene were having lunch but they dropped everything to settle us in. We had stayed before.
The rooms are quirky but the whole lodge is full of character with good hosts and good breakfasts. Bit noisy with traffic during the day but we knew that was one of the downsides.
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Very quiet location on a Sunday, which we estimated a lot after a long drive from Sossusvlei.
Lagoon Lodge offered the best (strong) coffee during our trip.
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Very spacious room with sitting area looking out towards the lagoon.
Very nice owners who helped us repair the locks on our vehicle, book our restaurant for dinner and advise us on local attractions. A lovely b&b.
The murals in the main house and the furnishings throughout the property were very stylish and individual.
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Very attractive house with a beautiful view. There has obviously been a lot of care taken in the decor - you know you are in Africa! Traffic noise a bit of a problem, also the neighbours' dogs barked ALL night
In Chris' book, he highly recommends the restaurant "Lyon des Sables". We were very disappointed. It was a Saturday night and there were only 8 customers so the atmosphere was a little cold. The waitrons were pleasant enough but not very knowledgeable about the wine or food. In our opinion this was not "high quality and imaginative French cuisine" The chef is trying too hard to be innovative and combining ingredients which were never meant to go together.
Whilst here, we organised a Day trip to Sandwich Harbour for these travellers. They commented:
An excellent 8 hours with Ernest, a man who is passionate about his subject and eager to share it.
Expert Africa comments
Expert Africa forwarded these comments to the Meiller family, who run both Lagoon Loge and Lyon Des Sables. They thanked these clients for their comments and feedback and are sorry that they found the food to be too creative. However, they would like to point out that their chef David Thomas has been voted best chef of Namibia two years running (2010-11) and he came third in the semi finals of the Middle East and Africa Global chef's challenge in November 2011 and each time his creations have been highlighted as very innovating.
Owners are great
The owners at the Lagoon Lodge are great and very helpful.Read more about the whole trip
Lagoon Loge, Walvis Bay
pleasant place for final night. Lovely view over lagoon but spoilt by heavy traffic noise from salt lorries and and other traffic. Also intermittent smell from nearby sewage works.Read more about the whole trip
Lagoon Lodge and Walvis Bay area activities
Some would try to discourage tourists from staying in Walvis Bay instead of Swakopmund as it is "only an old port town". However, it suited us just fine as did the Lagoon Lodge. The decor in the room we had was outstanding, with a giraffe motif
(which became our favorite animal in Namibia). The owners are quite knowledgeable and gave us some interesting insights about Namibia and Africa. It is across the street from the Lagoon, and flamingos are directly in front of the Lodge.
As a side note, we took a tour with Turnstone Tours to Sandwich Harbor, and this was the best value from both cost and information stand points. Our guide, Wayne, is a wealth of information on Sandwich Harbor and Namibia, and the trip lasted all day.
Back to the Lodge, the accommodations are excellent, and the location is within walking distance to the Raft restaurant and central to our other activities of a boat trip in the harbor and a drive to Kuiseb canyon.
A hotel with a fantastic view
3 nights here was the right amount of time. Both rooms overlooked the lagoon with balconies.
The owners have always made us welcome especially when taking an 11 year old grandson who enjoyed the pool and their dogs.
Revisited The Raft restaurant and was disappointed, nothing like 4 years ago - maybe new owners. Menu quite limited and not much choice of seafood for which they were famous for. Went to Crazy Mama's very enjoyable and reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend the French restaurant Lyon des Sables run by the hotel owners son - an absolutely fantastic meal.
We organised a day-trip to Sandwich Harbour for these travellers. They commented:
Very good day trip to Sandwich Bay - enjoyed by all. Excellent lunch and weather was warm almost too hot after our previous trip which I found very cold
Our previous trip had been with Bruno but he's too busy doing other things now, but our guide was excellent and informative and answered all of the 100 questions Ben asked him.