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.
Mr & Mrs K from Bury
Arrived on: 23-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino Swakopmund

Sam is a wonderful host. He is helpful, entertaining and informative .

The accommodation is very comfortable but when we were there it was cold so people need to be aware they may need warm clothing.

The food served here is excellent and if you are the only residents eating that evening Sam keeps the conversation flowing. He is also very knowledgable about wine.

He appears to treat his staff very well and that ensures their loyalty.

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Mr & Mrs R - Chertsey
Arrived on: 20-Apr-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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An ideal stopover in Swakop

A very comfortable hotel, slightly out of the centre of town, which can be walked to but more feasibly needs a car.

Rooms very comfortable and food good. The wine list is very extensive and is not overpriced.

Sam is a real character and loves to talk.

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Mr. J & Familiy from Tennessee, USA
Arrived on: 8-Mar-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Was a bit concerned on arriving when we learned we'd been moved from 2 rooms we'd reserved to one large family room for the three of us (one couple and our young adult daughter) but was very happy when Sam arranged for us to have his large air conditioned family room plus another smaller one for our daughter.

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Expert Africa comments

Whilst in Swakopmund, we arranged for a day-trip to Sandwich Harbour for these travellers. They commented:

"The day trip with Ernest of Turnstone tours to Sandwich Harbour was unforgettable - riding and hiking over miles of untouched beach with high dunes and unspoiled coast with waves crashing and no sign of other humans all day was fabulous.

Ernest, a third generation German Namibian really knows the flora and fauna and has a passion for showing it to others. I feel if we'd driven through those conditions with anyone less expert, we'd still be there - perhaps adding our skeletons to the skeleton coast.

A great day of exercise and adventure particularly appreciated during a week of seeing wonderful sites yet with limitations in exploring on foot."

Mrs M - Helensborough
Arrived on: 27-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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A great chef

Sam's 5 course dinner was a gourmet's delight. It is a pity that one is not allowed to eat it in peace. I am afraid that neither of us enjoy having to eat while a "stranger", who is not eating, sits at your table, talking non-stop.

The location is an easy walk into town, if you are reasonably fit.

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Mr & Mrs N - Billericay
Arrived on: 1-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

This was a homley place to stay, a nice break from hotels, the staff made you feel at home and part of the'family'. Excellent home cooked food.

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Mr & Mrs L from Berkshire
Arrived on: 31-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Time to take a break from driving

A warm relaxing atmosphere at Sam's.

Sam turned out to be a very friendly and interesting person. He is very proud of his establishment and rightly so. We were able to relax in his lovely garden and we enjoyed the breakfasts and the evening meals - we only bothered to eat out once at 'Erics'.

Whilst in Swakopmund we enjoyed two trips that we had organised through Expert Africa - a day out with Ernst (Turnstone Tours) and a morning kayaking with Jeanne Maientjes (Eco Marine Kayak Tours). We were extremely lucky to have Ernst to ourselves and it was a very memorable day.

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Mr & Mrs P - Crowthorne
Arrived on: 31-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Although Sam's welcome was very low key we found Sam very helpful. We needed a dentist, managed to get to the very modern medical centre at 5.00 pm on a Friday and the tooth was "patched up" so we could enjoy the rest of the holiday.

Sam went out of his way to organise some excursions for us. The trip to Moon Valley was excellent thanks to another very experienced and accommodating guide.

Sam's hotel is extremely comfortable and we found the food absolutely delicious.

A great place to stay and, if the weather is good, there is a beautiful landscaped garden to relax in.

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Mrs. F and Family - Horsley
Arrived on: 28-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Swiss Sam

Sam's Giardino is a bit of Switzerland in Swakopmund, which is a very german town. Sam is very helpful, showing us where to find all the places we wanted to go.

The rooms are large and comfortable, and the food is very good.

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Mr & Mrs G - Surrey
Arrived on: 22-Oct-2008 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Only reason for staying here is Sam with his superb hospitality and knowledge of good food and wine which you can buy by the glass very reasonably. He even booked a fish restaurant for us on arrival as that day's menu did not suit us. He also confirmed our tour for the next day.

Room was small and had no fridge although our freeze packs were frozen for us. The guest house is 15 minutes' walk from the town.

Day trip to Sandwich Harbour - An excellent day with our guide, Ernst, driving over and climbing up the dunes, experiencing different shapes and colours of the sand. We saw very little wildlife, principally birds on the guano platform off the coast north of Walvis Bay, pelicans in Sandwich harbour and numerous desert insects.

Ernst is passionate about wildlife and conservation and shared his enthusiasm and knowledge with us in a most enjoyable and long day. Thanks to tide times and his passion to show us all that he could we were back at 7pm instead of the planned 5:30!

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Mr. H - Chester
Arrived on: 24-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Nice break at Sam's

Location bit out of town, but good secure parking with nice sized rooms. Sam attentive and helpful to give advice and make arrangements. Food and wine in particular were good around a single menu option. Compared with previous accommodations, staff at Sam's were rather subdued and less friendly. One of our party was not a dog lover and found dog sitting by us at breakfast and fouling the garden somewhat unpalatable.

Walvis Bay has some good boat trips that are well worth considering.

Just a comment for those planning a visit to the area, we drove from Kulala camp to Swakupmond and the roads were very poor and journey took us all day.

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