Reviews of Sam's Giardino
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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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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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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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welcoming, unusual, good mealRead more about the whole trip
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.
Haven in Swakopmund!
Sam is a first class and charming host; quietly organising you whilst giving you a lot of information on the town.
We attended 2 wine-tastings and found them very informative and pleasurable.
He made our stay in Swakopmund special and we would definitely go back.
just one short night but helpful staff and excellent breakfastRead more about the whole trip
Warm welcome from a genial host
Our room (a triple) was relatively small but adequate for our needs, warm and comfortable, overlooking the garden.
Sam is a fount of local knowledge and provided all the information we needed to make the most of our stay.
A nice touch is the galleried area where we could help ourselves to a variety of hot drinks whenever we liked. The lounge, adjacent to the dining area, was also available to us to watch television or browse through any of the illustrated books provided.
Sam would have been happy to book trips for us had we wished him to do so.
Breakfast was plentiful, with lots of choice. Staff were unobtrusive and efficient.
Cool western coast.
We had a most pleasant stay at Sam's. He takes a real pride in his establishment, and his attention to detail was most impressive.
Again, there were trips on offer which we did not have enough time to fit in, but that was no fault of Sam'!
We enjoyed Swakupmond.
Great place for wine lovers.
Sam's Giardino provides and good base for exploring Swakomund and the surrounding area because, the reception staff were helpful in arranging bookings for us on two excellent trips, one to Sandwich Harbour and the other the "Little 5" dune tour, which included pickup and delivery from and to Sam's and filled both of the days we were in Swakomund.
Sam's wine tasting was a very pleasant way of spending the early evening before dinner, and after dinner we enjoyed browsing through Sam's large collection of Namibian travel books in the lounge. The garden was pleasant but unfortunately, there was a lot of sea fog and we were unable to take advantage of it and the garden furniture.
We enjoyed the food and wine.