Galton House is only ten minutes drive from the city centre away.
Galton House: Our full report
Galton House, named after the early explorer Sir Francis Galton, opened in Windhoek’s residential suburb of Eros in December 2011. Only ten minutes’ drive from the city centre, it’s a modern yet homely eight-room guesthouse with a backdrop of rolling hills. There’s a mix of comfortable indoor and outdoor spaces in which to relax and the convenience of an in-house restaurant which caters for all meals.
From the outside Galton House blends in with its suburban neighbours. Entered through a remote-controlled gate is a cobbled parking area in front of a relatively plain façade. Wide steps lead into the main building where the smart cream interior and cool slate floors are brightened by feature walls, colourful accents and striking photographic artwork of Namibia. There’s a foyer with curio shop and reception, opening out to a spacious lounge area. The décor is fresh and uncluttered with contemporary furnishings and a selection of coffee-table books. Off the lounge is an open-plan indoor dining room and marble-topped kitchen space with tea/coffee station.
Large glass doors provide plenty of natural light and lead out to a sheltered al-fresco dining space to one side, and a small courtyard with water feature on the other. Ceiling fans help keep these common areas cool during summer.
Steps access the upper terrace where a sparkling pool, sunloungers and shade umbrellas provide a peaceful place to unwind. There’s also a changing room and shower facility for guests to freshen up if they’re arriving on an early-morning flight, or departing in the late afternoon.
The eight en-suite guest rooms at Galton House are located off the upper terrace, lower courtyard and parking area. They vary in size, with four double (king-size beds), two twin and two family rooms. All have satellite television, a desk, complimentary WiFi and internet connection, telephone, hairdryer, safe and air conditioning, as well as an en-suite bathroom with shower. The décor matches the rest of the guesthouse with cream walls, splashes of colour and photographic artwork.
Our viewNone of the Expert Africa team has yet stayed at Galton House, but we were impressed by the simple yet stylish ambience on our brief visit in July 2012. Its location is within easy driving distance of the city centre, shops and restaurants, whilst also offering a secluded feel on the outskirts of suburbia. We’d recommend Galton House as a comfortable and well-run overnight stop in Windhoek before or after your Namibia safari.
Ideal length of stay: For pre- or post-safari accommodation in Windhoek, we’d recommend one night at Galton House.
Directions: Galton House is situated at 72 Amasoniet Street in the suburb of Eros, Windhoek – about ten minutes’ drive from the city centre, 20 minutes from the domestic Eros Airport or 45 minutes from Windhoek International Airport.
Owner: Privately owned
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: The in-house restaurant at Galton House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a choice of indoor and outdoor dining areas. None of our team has dined here as yet but here’s what we can tell you.
An à la carte lunch is offered on request and the set dinner menu is updated daily.
Breakfast is a continental buffet with a variety of cooked options made to order.
Breakfast is included in the accommodation rate. Lunch prices in 2012 ranged from N$40 to around N$80 (about US$4-8/GBP3-6), and dinner cost N$185 (about US$18/GBP13).
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are available at extra cost, including a good selection of wines as well as bottled water, soft drinks, beer and spirits. These can be ordered throughout the day from the guesthouse waiting staff.
Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome at Galton House.
Equipment: Galton House has two en-suite family rooms. One sleeps a family of four with two twin, one single and one children’s bed; the other sleeps a family of three with two twin and one single bed. A cot, highchair and baby bath can be provided on request.
Generally recommended for children: Yes, though children must be under their parents’ supervision at all times.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: There is a central telephone (landline) and excellent cellphone coverage. Complimentary WiFi is available in the main area and in the guest rooms – a voucher with an internet access number is available from reception.
TV & radio: There’s a satellite television in each room.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: The guesthouse manager is trained in first aid and a comprehensive first-aid kit is kept on site. Good medical centres and hospitals are located very close by.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: Galton House is fenced with secure off-street parking and a remote-controlled entrance gate. A security guard is on site during the hours of darkness.
Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are kept in the common areas of the guesthouse.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: A laundry service is available at extra cost, with items returned within 24 hours.
Money: There’s a safe provided in each room. Payments may be made by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Diners and American Express) and in cash (Namibian dollars and South African rand).