Sam's Giardino

Reviews of Sam's Giardino

Good(88%) From 118 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 118 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.
The Sparrowhawks from London
Arrived on: 24-Mar-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Sam is a very knowledgeable, welcoming and interesting host. We learnt a lot about Namibia from him, which would make a visit alone worth it. As well as this, the food is great and Sam has a great wine selection.

Garden was a very nice place to relax in late afternoon/evening with Ornella (the resident dog). Sam was in the process of building a new bar when we were staying and we're sure this will make the place even nicer..

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The Doormice - Norfolk
Arrived on: 21-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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gourmet B & B

the room was fine, the food was superlative - Sam offers evening meals which was absolutely delicious (although I personally found the speed of the courses a little fast) with fantastic wines, and breakfast was a real spread.

Sam was exceptionally helpful (especially in helping us as we were still chasing lost luggage)

The only suggestion I would make would be to maybe change to nicer towels!

Turnstone Tour day trip to Sandwich Harbour - excellent trip - informative, interesting and what a picnic!

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The Baobabs from Kirk
Arrived on: 17-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Beautiful gardens in a town setting

A relaxed, friendly setting with good food, helpful staff and lots of lovely reference books to browse through. A good place to stay in Swakopmund.

Turnstone Tour day trip - Our guide, Ernst, and our friendly and interesting companions, made this a very special day. Ernst's knowledge and enthusiasm, and the way he managed to accommodate the many diverse interests of our group, were admirable. The whole area is so beautiful ,with a fascinating history from whaling to beef canning, and absolutely amazing birdlife. We had a wonderful long walk, and watched dolphins swimming by as we enjoyed a lovely brunch, and never met another soul.

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Mr & Mrs L from Lewes
Arrived on: 2-Feb-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Sam's Giardino is lovely, just as you describe it, with the sad exception that Mr Einstein is no more, and has been replaced by Ms Ornella.

Sam is so helpful, offering to phone for restaurant booking and trip confirmations for us.

The fish at Erich's restaurant was so good that we went back for a second evening.

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The Longclaws from Edinburgh
Arrived on: 1-Jan-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Enjoyed our stay there. Everthing said in Sams brochure is correct.

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Mr H from California
Arrived on: 30-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Friendly, professional, perhaps obsessional?

Sam welcomes you by pulling up a chair to your table and launching into a conversation about Namibia, or Switzerland, or wine, or any of his many interests. He serves a large dinner if you wish, and has a range of wines that he pours by the glass. He seems to be obsessed to provide a "European" level of service in a medium-sized bed and breakfast in Swakopmund.

We had dinner twice and breakfast 3 times, and enjoyed it. The rooms were spacious enough, and the staff very helpful and friendly (the electricity went out twice, city-wide or nation-wide, we never found out which). There is not much within walking distance, so it helps to have a car. We particularly enjoyed the other guests: a geologist and a safari operator, from whom we learned a great deal.

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Mrs. E - Broom
Arrived on: 6-Nov-2007 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Sam was very helpful when it came to recommending restaurants and activities.

The rooms were a bit basic but comfortable and clean. The breakfast was always good with lots of choice.

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Mr & Mrs Tru
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

We travelled to Swakopmund by Cessna from the Kulala Airstrip. Super deja views of the red dunes and then of the abandoned diamond mines and the coast, Walvis Bay and then a landing at the small Swakopmund Airport. Our only hitch of the planned itinerary Failure of our rental car to appear. It was sorted by the next morning so we cabbed into town and walked the town's grid pattern of streets. A solid community contrasting with the desert on its doorstep. Shops enough and an obviously self sufficient population with its own activities and amusements as well as the attraction of the seaside beach.

Sam and his welcoming Guest House are both very original!. Sam is an ex pat Swiss with experience back home in the large hotel business who had a dream to create his own very comfortable establishment some nine years ago. It is very relaxed and he will spend time talking with you about life in Namibia and particularly in Swakopmund with its core of long term German and Swiss residents. He takes great pride in his creation and his loyal team of staff. He has plans for further development of the property. he will provide an in house five course meal with excellent accompanying wine.

He has just suffered the loss of Mr. Einstein, his P.R asst. Mr. Einstein's comfortable kennel house and water garden are to be taken over by a younger female companion. The tributes to Mr.Einstein continue to pour in.

Trips from here to Walvis Bay and Cape Cross are recommended. Try to get to Cape Cross (approx one hour drive) by ten in the morning to beat some of the bus trippers. Amazing sight of thousands of fur seals, all active or lolling on the shore within easy view. Do not be put off by the warnings of the stench. Soon forgotten when this special animal place seduces you to simply stay and stay and keep watching !

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Mrs S & Ms C - Hampshire
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

welcoming, unusual, good meal

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Mr. P - Penny
Arrived on: 13-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Friendly welcome at Sam's

Still suffering from stomach upsets, we both enjoyed Sam and his giardino; cuisine first class, insofar as we were able to appreciate it, cellar exceptional though tasting again limited; we liked the slightly eccentric atmosphere, Sam's laconic concern in conversation and, especially, his willingness to provide us with transmissions of two Rugby world cup semi-finals.

We felt very much at home; nothing pretentious, but very solid, very friendly; thoroughly charming. Thanks, Sam.

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