Welcome to the seaside-inspired Swakopmund Guesthouse.
Swakopmund Guesthouse: Our full report
Swakopmund Guesthouse is set in Swakopmund's town centre, directly opposite Cornerstone Guesthouse, and just a short walk from the beach and main shopping area. Formerly used as a holiday home by its owners, the Borg family, the guesthouse has been revamped and was officially opened in December 2008. It has an ecofriendly approach, making use of recycled water and solar energy.
Swakopmund Guesthouse has 11 rooms, whose soft furnishings and wallpaper portray tranquil ocean and beach scenes, in keeping with the location. The seven 'luxury' rooms are slightly bigger than the 'standard' rooms, but all come with the same facilities, including en-suite bathrooms, white linen sheets, satellite TVs, in-room safes, hairdryers, minibars and tea/coffee stations. There are heaters in bathrooms and bedrooms for those cold winter nights. A two-bedroom family suite with an open-plan kitchen and a sitting room complete with chairs and settees is ideal for a self-catering family holiday.
Central facilities at Swakopmund Guesthouse include a dining room, where a buffet-style breakfast is served in the morning, and a lounge area. Blue-and-white decor continues the seaside theme accentuated by seashells and pebbles. A small lounge area leads outside to a courtyard garden with quirky hanging pod chairs. There's free WiFi throughout, a secure parking area for guests' cars, and an airport shuttle is also available.
Possible activities in the area range from sand-boarding and quad-biking to parasailing and sea-kayaking; Swakopmund is well known as Namibia's capital of adrenalin sports. Less adventurous are visits to Swakopmund's aquarium and museum, dolphin cruises at Walvis Bay or camel rides at a farm outside Swakopmund. Swakopmund Guesthouse can book any of these activities, as well as making dinner reservations.
Swakopmund Guesthouse is an upmarket B&B that lies close to the beach and other amenities, and offers both friendly service and comfortable, high-quality rooms.
Ideal length of stay: 2–3 nights
Directions: Coming on the B2 from Windhoek, turn left into Moses Garoeb Street at the first set of traffic lights, then continue until it becomes Rhode Allee (where the road makes a sharp right turn) and go straight ahead. Cross over Nathanael Maxuilili Street, and continue until you reach Hendrik Witbooi. Swakopmund Guesthouse is then situated on your right-hand side.
Owner: Swakopmund Guesthouse is owned and run by the Borg family.
Staff: Camp/Lodge Manager: Leander Borg
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: Breakfast is a buffet offering a variety of juices, cheese, cold meats and breads with a hot breakfast option.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor Dining
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at the Swakopmund Guesthouse.
Equipment: Highchairs, cots and babysitting are available upon request.
Notes: Children 6 years and younger stay free of charge with their parents.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: Internet connection is available. There are no phones in the rooms, but guests are welcome to use the phones in reception. The guesthouse offers free WiFi.
TV & radio: There's a TV in every room at Swakopmund Guesthouse.
Health & safety
Malarial area: No
Medical care: The Cottage Hospital is in town.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: Swakopmund Guesthouse has a secure parking area. For personal belongings, there's a safe in every room. There is a security guard at night.
Disabled access: In Place
Laundry facilities: There is a full laundry service at extra charge.