Sam's Giardino

Reviews of Sam's Giardino

Good(89%) From 128 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 128 of our travellers who have visited Sam's Giardino, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr J & Mrs E - Namibia in November
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A very quirky and charming place

We were a little bewildered when we first arrived as the accommodation (run by Swiss Sam) has been decked out very much in Swiss chalet style, which seemed a bit incongruous compared to other places we stayed on our trip. However, it was very comfortable with lovely gardens we sat and enjoyed a beer in after our day trip, with Sam's adorable dog Beethoven.

Our host Sam was very charming, welcoming and interesting. We had a meal at the accommodation one evening, which was excellent and accompanied by delicious wine chosen by Sam.

Sam also arranged a Sandwich Harbour tour with Bruno Nebe of Turnstone tours which was really enjoyable. Bruno was very good company and a really interesting chap who gave us a good insight on various aspects of life in Namibia.

We would certainly recommend this accommodation.

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Mr D & Mrs S - Hampshire
Arrived on: 6-Oct-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino

Characterful place with warm welcome from Sam. A little out of town but easily walked . Had one meal here which was very good. A bit noisy in the morning as staff arrived and Beethoven barked otherwise room was fine.

Did not do any activities here as needed a rest after driving down the salt road along the Skeleton Coast. A another day here would had been good to do some of the local trips.

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Mr & Mrs H Ulverston
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

The room was good. The food and location were both excellent. Sam was very helpful with our car problems.

I didn't find him the most welcoming of people, but he did his job. The trip with Turnstone Tours wasn't quite as good as expected. That may be in part because it was very windy that day.

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Mr & Mrs H - Worcestershire
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Sam was an interesting and attentive host, staff were friendly and helpful.

The restaurant at the Hansa Hotel was very good and much better than the very touristy Tug.

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Mr M & Ms B - Brussels
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam takes great care of his guests

A visit at Sam's was a great experience. Sam takes great care of his guests, looking after them personally during meals and entertaining them through interesting conversation. Sam helped us to confirm our activity arrangements for the next day.

The room was comfortable, although due to the coastal location it felt a bit damp by comparison with our previous desert lodge. The food was excellent, both breakfast and dinner, and we wished we had dinner in the lodge on both nights of our stay, as on the first evening our restaurant outing was not very enjoyable.

The dinner at Sam's was much tastier, served in a pleasant, cosy setting.

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The R Family - San Diego
Arrived on: 9-Aug-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Gratitude to Sam

Our designated room was really crowded and small
Sam gave us an extra room for the first night and moved us to the family penthouse for the second.
He went out of his way to help, assist and advise.
Even encouraged us to take sandwiched for the way the day we left.
We also enjoyed the dinners and special wines.

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Dr J & Ms G - the best of Namibia
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Sam’s Giardino was a wonderful place. Sam’s interests in food, wine, music and conversation, combined with a very homely place, meant that after three nights it was like saying goodbye to an old friend.

The food and wines were exceptionally good and the garden a delight. And that lovely, lovely dog… we took him for a walk and brushed him and entirely fell for him (clever PR move!). It wasn’t until we were well on our way onwards that I realized we hadn’t put anything in the staff tips box, which I feel particularly bad about.

We can recommend the boat trips with Ocean Adventures: we saw dolphin, whale, tame seals and tame pelicans, and the trip was very well run (they collect you from and return you to your hotel). Even better it seemed that nobody else on the trip ate oysters, so after tentatively wondering if we could have more than one we realized that we could have as many as we liked (and did!).

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Mrs & Mr - J - Colorado
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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comfortable place, nice people

We enjoyed our stay at Sam's Giardino. Very nice hospitality and comfortable rooms. Clean, near enough to town center for convenience yet far enough away for a quite night.

Excellent access to guides for the dunes.

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W family - birthday in Namibia
Arrived on: 4-Jul-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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A relaxing 'home from home' at Sam's

We liked the atmosphere and relaxing 'home from home' feeling at Sam's. The decor may be a little old-fashioned but the food was excellent and accommodation well-located for walking in to town. Very quiet location too. Definitely recommend it particularly if some normalcy is needed after too many 5 course meals in the lovely lodges! A walk into town for a pizza did the trick!

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Mr D & Mrs J. from Dudley
Arrived on: 30-Mar-2014 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Too long a walk to the town centre.

Sam was very helpful booking restaurants and gave good advice

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