Reviews of The Stiltz
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OK for a stay in that area
Would not select it again as location not ideal, it was our second choiceRead more about the whole trip
Chilly Swakopmund, warm welcome at Stiltz!
We arrived in Swakopmund on a chilly Saturday afternoon. Everywhere seemed closed but we quicklly found Stiltz and I just fell for the modern rustic Africa decor. However it was so cold we were provided with a fan heater as well as the wall heater and we were advised to put our electric blankets on before we went out to dinner and then leave them on overnight!
The next morning we had a lovely breakfast in the stunning dining room and we happy to be heading out into the desert again.
I have to say that we have returned home definitely not fans of Swakopmund - a combination of the weather, people (having had the luxury of solitude), and an uninspired meal have served to put us off it. I think it would have helpful to have had a table reservation at a good restaurant before we arrived - the receptionist at Stlltz was arranging tables at the reknowned restaurants but there was no availability. Perhaps future guests could be advised of the need to book well in advance and arrangements be made accordingly.
High life at The Stiltz
Large and comfortable accommodation again. In-room facilities included electric blankets, which we needed! The Stiltz would benefit from a public lounge/bar area. Reception finished at 6pm and nobody was available after that. Although slightly out of the way, we did not feel unsafe walking into town. Good advice on restaurants - The Tug , De Kelder and Brauhaus- all in the Brandt Guide, of course!
Walvis Bay cruise, with Laramon, very good value. We were lucky in seeing Bottle-nosed dolphins, Benguela dolphins, seals, cormorants. pelicans, flamingoes and even two hump-backed whales. Superb food and drink supplied on board!
Moonscape worth visiting but gave up on rest of Welwitschia Drive because of very poor road.
The Stiltz review
Poor in comparison to everywhere else rooms were basic & VERY COLD !
No facilities after 6.00pm - everwhere is locked up. Noise from the walkways was intrusive esp early in the morning .
We stayed in Room 6 and would recommend this for the best view of the lagoon and sea.Read more about the whole trip
Above it all
Unusual and well thought out idea for building above the ground. A short distance from town but not too far to walk if necessary.
Proprietor has some good options for evening meal bookings. Swakopmund was the the most pleasant and enjoyable of the towns in Namibia.
We were able to book in a day early after receiving treatment at the Bismark Clinic.Read more about the whole trip
Swaks's stylish tree house
Only stayed one night but upgraded to family room (2 bedrooms and small sitting area). Warm welcome from staff who showed us to treehouse and explained all the facilities (including the radiator which was very welcome later on once the temperature dropped to 60F).
Kettle provided with tea and coffee and well stocked mini bar (reasonably priced). Excellent shower - open to the rafters as are the bedrooms. Stylish and spacious main room with plenty of space to unpack and good storage. Good birdwatching from the sofas out over the lagoon although the traffic from the road from Walvis Bay to Swap could be heard and seen.
We dined at the Tug (pre booking essential) also designed by the same architect round an existing old boat - worth a visit if only for a drink. Breakfast is enjoyed in a large room with views out to the lagoon. Very amenable staff will cook breakfast to order - plenty of choice of both food and beverages.
The Stiltz review
A lovely place to stay but better to drive than to walk to town at night.
The restaurant they recommended on our first evening 'De Keller' was a big disappointment.
Sandwich Harbour excursion with Turnstone Tours - A very knowledgeable guide who took us into remote country with complete confidence and really knew the country and the wildlife.
He identified numerous birds and showed us sand creatures with a quick scoop of his hand.
We did not understand how cold Swakopmund could be. I liked the Stiltz but maybe I would have liked to have stayed at an hotel with a central area with a bar etc.Read more about the whole trip