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.
The Aardwolves from Middlesex
Arrived on: 13-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

This served as a very good stop-off point on a long journey. We had an excellent and very reasonably priced meal and excellent wines.

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The Harrier family from Switzerland
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Efficient and friendly welcome by Sam. Enjoyed Sam's extensive wine collection and his wine knowledge. Very helpful regarding activities and booking them for us, even to the extent of going to the bank for us during our trip to the dunes.

Thoroughly enjoyed Living Desert learning experience - but be prepared for a cold early morning start! Loved the buzz of Swakopmund town.

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The Suricate family from Hale in Cheshire
Arrived on: 9-Jul-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Sam's should obviously be a one-off experience included on all Namibian itineraries, but probably only for the one night as the patter might run a bit thin thereafter. What is there to say - the rooms are comfortable, the food good and imaginative, the wines and wine chat first class, the ambiance Swiss/Namibian, mine host an eccentric bon-viveur and the boss a dog - or perhaps Einstein's ghost!?

Sam also provided us with first class directions for an amble round Swakopmund where we found the museum, and particularly the section devoted to the peoples of Namibia, to be first class and well worth a detour - and perhaps more than a passing mention in Bradt.

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Mr P & Mrs C Leicestershire
Arrived on: 7-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

We didn't spend much time here, but as a place to spend a night it couldn't be faulted and the food and choice of wine was second to none. Good value for money

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Dune-larks from Northallerton
Arrived on: 5-Jun-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

There is nothing at all wrong with Sam's Giardino but it was a distinctly routine European-hotel-style welcome rather than the warm Namibian greetings in the lodges! Sam was away so we might have missed his buzz.

We were not at our best with a 48-hour bug but the excursions (Sandwich harbour and Living Desert Adventures) are highly recommended. We would stay nearer the town centre if we visit again.

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Dune-hoppers from London
Arrived on: 26-May-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Really enjoyed wine tasting and meal. And Sam recommended a fantastic dune safari ( Christopher Nell); this was one of the best moments of our trip. Sam was a delight.

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Mr and Mrs L - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 19-May-2008 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

We needed a stopping off point - Sam's was ideal in a cold and wet Swakopmund out of season - you seriously do not need too much time on the coast in the middle of winter wherever in the world you are.

Sam's is a garden havem, so different from everywhere else we went but lovely nevertheless.

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Mr. D - Sword
Arrived on: 10-May-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Wonderful evening meal, great wine

One of the first things we liked about this place was that it was the only double bed we had during our whole stay! (Everywhere else it's two separate mattresses pushed together).

Sam was a charming and very attentive host, his service during our evening meal was first-class. We ate one of the best meals of our stay here thanks to his culinary expertise, entertaining and outstanding service and great wine. He knows just what wine will go with each dish, so just let yourself be guided by him! What we found really charming was that he would sit down with his guests and talk to them - in English, French and German with equal ease! He has a very extensive knowledge of wine, especially from South Africa, and will happily share it with you.

He has trained his staff to very high standards and it shows. Our room here was fine, as was the location, maybe 15 mins' walk from the town centre. Breakfast was also very good.

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Mr K - Channel Islands
Arrived on: 26-Apr-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's best stop over in Swakopmund

Excellent food, wine and company, in a friendly relaxed environment. As far away as possible from a standard hotel. Little Switzerland in the desert, not for those looking for lavish hotel services.

Scenic Flight - We took a 3 hour flight inland and back along the Skeleton Coast. i was a little disappointed as the weather was hazy hence being a keen photographer, made for a frustrating afternoon.

Having said that the scenery was stunning, the pilot comforting (although do not try talking to him over the noise of the engine) and you get to see a lot of the country from a perspective you do not normally get - I would suggest giving it a go.

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The rhinos from Gloucestershire
Arrived on: 31-Mar-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

We had a pleasant two night stay in a comfortable room.

Good quiet location and handy for shops and other facilities.

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