Sam's Giardino

Reviews of Sam's Giardino

Good(89%) From 122 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 122 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 S - Surrey
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Within easy walking distance of Swakopmund centre, the house has a tranquil and relaxing feel to it.

Our room was very comfortable with tea and coffee making facilities outside in the upstairs lounge area where guests also have free use of a computer with internet access. There is secure parking on site.

Can't comment on dinner as we ate in town but cooked breakfast was excellent. There was a very wide choice at breakfast including fresh fruit.

Whilst here, Expert Africa organised a day Kayaking at Pelican Point for these travellers.
They rated this as "Excellent" and commented:

Jeanne organises this trip and is very friendly and welcoming. The drive to Pelican Point becomes part of the trip and is enhanced by her knowledge and enthusiasm.

We are complete novices at kayaking but any worries were quickly dispelled by Jeanne who is also organised, very reassuring and clearly loves both the kayaking and the seals. When you are in the water Jeanne is always nearby to help if required and provides sandwiches and drinks as refreshments on the beach once the kayaking is finished.

It is also a nice touch that Jeanne takes a photo of you on the water and emails it to you as a reminder of your trip.

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Ms H, Mr B & Ms B from Norway
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Sam and Beethoven (his dog, which is also the Public relationship manager) makes this place to a very cosy place to stay. Just make sure you love dogs :-)

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Mr C & Mrs M - Cheshire
Arrived on: 6-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Good but quirky

Very good actually. Food of course was excellent. We were just recommended a wine for our meal; no wine list. Perhaps we should have asked but rather surprised that we had been given a £40 bottle of wine!

Lovely garden

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Expert Africa comments

Expert Africa forwarded these travellers’ comments to Samuel Egger, owner of Sam’s Giardino. He informs us that there is a wine list with prices in the bar, and since these travelers have visited a wine list with prices has been added to each room so that guests can be informed of the wine choices and prices before dinner.

Mrs A with party of five - Oxfordshire
Arrived on: 5-Sep-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino for good food and wine

Lovely, very convenient, superb food. The wine tasting was excellent. Sam is very attentive, very interesting to talk to, an extremely good host. His staff were very helpful. The receptionist made reservations for us for activities in Walvis bay, and in the Desert, and arranged for us to be collected and returned to Sams.

3 of us went on the dolphin and seal trip,with Levo tours, which brings a smile to our faces when we talk about it. We were lucky also that there were whales in the bay. 3 others went on a trip with a desert expert, Chris, who they felt was the best guide they had ever had.

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Ms N & Mr S - Bristol
Arrived on: 18-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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An Oasis in Swakopmund

The room was spacious and clean, and the welcome warm. Although the food was a fixed menu, it was excellent and varied. We chose to eat in both nights and weren't disappointed. The garden was beautiful but we didn't get the chance to sit in it for very long as we had booked a trip to Sandwich Harbour which took us out all day.

Our only disappointment was not being allowed to take Einstien the dog home with us!

Whilst in Swakop, we organised a 'Day trip to Sandwich Harbour' for these travellers. They commented:

An excellent trip, timed just right so that we got to Sandwich Harbour before everyone else turned up, so the beach we were driving on was pristine and great for photos. Our guide was first class and pitched the day just right so that we all got what we wanted out of it, saw lots of interesting birds and animals, climbed dunes and had great fun too. The buffet lunch on the beach was good, if a little sandy.

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Drs from Brisbane, Queensland
Arrived on: 4-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Excellent food and wine Sam's Giardino

We have stayed at Sam's twice before, so we knew what to expect and were not disappointed. The guesthouse is in a quiet street, but still well placed for walking to the shops and exploring Swakopmund on foot.

We had a nice ,sunny room overlooking the pretty garden. The room was very clean and comfortable with an excellent shower - just the thing after a dusty drive over the desert from Sesriem! We were only there for one night, and we arranged for a wine tasting and evening meal. The evening meal was one of the finest meals we have ever eaten. The quality was excellent.

We would recommend Sam's Giardino to anyone who wishes to stay in Swakopmund.

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Nick & Bev
Arrived on: 11-May-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Convenient and quiet location in Swakopmund. We had only booked B&B but the evening meals were superb quality and value, so we didn't bother eating out in Swakopmund. Sam is a very genial host.

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Mr W & Miss H - London
Arrived on: 8-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Convenient base in Swakopmund, lovely dog

Reasonably priced accommodation, lots of information available from Sam, good internet availability.

We did the sea kayaking trip to the seal colony with Jeanne, which was brilliant!
Jeanne picked us up in town and was lovely. She was very friendly and chatty, very knowledgeable about the wildllife around town, and took some great pictures of us kayaking with seals and dolphins which she emailled us later.

The seals were very inquisitive and playful - they raced us in the kayak and when they got bored of this they cooled us down by splasing us - and bizarrely sounded like sheep!

This was definitely a highlight of our trip and something we would recommend to anyone going to the Swakopmund area!

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Mr S & Ms H - Surrey
Arrived on: 13-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

A friendly and unusual place to stay. Not luxurious but very comfortable with good food, wine and a charming host.

Would definitely stay there again if we visit Swakopmund.

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Mrs & Dr B - Richmond
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

We liked Swakopmund very much after the initial heartsink of being back in the land of alarmed gates, etc. Sam's Giardino is not central but within easy walking distance of the centre of town. However, we decided to eat at the hotel both nights as we were not sure if it would be OK to walk back after dark (it probably would have been). Sam friendly and hospitable. Food good though use of tinned fruit surprising.

The tour of Sandwich Bay which you arranged for us was wonderful.

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