Sam's Giardino

Reviews of Sam's Giardino

Good(89%) From 125 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 125 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 & Mrs Judd - London
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Hospitable host and comfortable stay

Great place to stay and Sam is very hospitable and helpful. Clean and comfortable rooms and a very good wine cellar.

We ate in a couple of times and the food was good and reasonably priced.

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Ms E & Mr S & Miss E & Miss R - London
Arrived on: 15-Sep-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino - full of character

Sam is very much the front man of his Giardino, along with Beethoven the dog, and the establishment very much reflects his character. He is extremely welcoming and knowledgeable, and the whole place is infused with a quirky atmosphere, which you will either appreciate or not!

We really enjoyed his company at the bar and at various times during an excellent dinner. The garden is filled with a great selection of plants and has good siting areas if it is warm enough (not in mid-September!). Rooms are good, and there is a lot of very tasteful art and decor around.

The location of Sam's Giardino is perhaps a touch far from the centre of Swakopmund, in one of the streets that can feel a bit like Clacton on an overcast day. But the personality of the place makes it a great place to stay. Sam's employment policies are laudable, too, and are borne out by his welcoming and efficient staff.

Whilst here, we arranged for these travellers to go Kayaking at Pelican Point. They commented:

Playing with seals at Pelican Point

This trip was one of the highlights of our holiday.

Jeanne drove us past the salt pans, the flamingos, jackals and the Mad Max film set to Pelican Point, where we got into our kayaks. Amazingly, the seals along the lagoon love to play with you - swimming under the kayaks, jumping over, or on to, them, somersaulting, and frolicking next to you. It was a unique experience. We saw dolphins too.

Afterwards, we had hearty sandwiches and hot coffee to warm us up.

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Ms P & Mr R - Pasadena
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Good service. Helpful.

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Mr D - New York
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Charming hotel with a great common area, very decent food and great wine selection. Rooms comfortable but no frills. We had a very pleasant and enjoyable stay and Sam was very helpful. A little far from downtown Swankopmund.

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O Family - Vancouver
Arrived on: 21-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Sam is a lovely individual. His recommendation of Sandboarding was a highlight of the trip. We definitely recommend sandboarding. One other thing to note, is that Swakop was a ghost town during our stay. We arrived on a Saturday and left on Monday morning. The town was very very quiet. A summer visit might be more fun. The TUG restaurant was a highlight.

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Kiwis in London
Arrived on: 8-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A garden oasis

Sam is a great host.

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Mr M & Mrs S and Mr N & Miss P - Cambridge
Arrived on: 31-May-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Sam is a great host.

Being slightly further from the centre of town means that it may be necessary to drive for an evening meal out.

The 5-course dinner is worth it.

Internet access very helpful.

It would be useful to have a safe in the room.

The garden is a delight and we could sit around when ever not busy doing other things.

They were very helpful organising sand-boarding, though unfortunately high winds meant it was cancelled

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Mr & Mrs W - Isle of Man
Arrived on: 25-May-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Sam's b & b was very nice and he was an attentive and helpful host. We had evening meal and wine at the property for two nights and enjoyed it very much. It was a pity more guests didn't choose to dine in.

Rooms were pleasant and overlooked the garden which was lovely for relaxation with water features and nice planting. Short walk into town and its attractions and Sam provided us with a map.

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Mr P & Ms H and Mr R and Ms S - Nottingham
Arrived on: 3-May-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Friendly atmosphere at Sams

Sams Giardino is in a handy location just outside of town in a quiet area of Swakopmund. Sam is ready to help with any excursion ideas on the local area, with lots of reference books being available.

We didn't eat there but he was happy to suggest places to eat and book us a table. Beethoven, a huge Bernise mountain dog, was very friendly and barked a welcome as you came into the tranquil garden via the outside gate. Breakfast was a casual affair with a good choice and Sam on hand to discuss your plans for the day. The rooms were adequate and functional.

Expert Africa organised for these travellers a day-trip to Sandwich Harbor; they commented:

Ernst our driver and tour guide for the day trip was great he was very knowledgeable and passionate about the environment and wildlife and a very experienced 4x4 driver. The trip was a full day and included a lovely two course lunch at a great location on the edge of the dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The time in Sandwich Harbour is governed by the tide and unfortunately we didn't get much time there to explore however there was lots else to see.

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Dr F & Mrs A - Golden wedding anniversary
Arrived on: 14-Feb-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Welcome return to Sam's Giardino

We were so pleased to return to Sam's. He is a great character and charming host. We were the only guests and he really put himself out to make us welcome and to spend time with us.

We enjoyed his wine-tasting, he is so well-informed and enthusiastic. His dog, of course, was on form as co-host, and the beautiful garden was a haven of rest after a hard day's shopping.

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