Olive Grove is a stylish guest house in Windhoek's suburb of Eros.
Olive Grove: Our full report
The Olive Grove is a stylish guesthouse in Windhoek's Klein Windhoek suburb. Taking its name from the neighbouring grove of olive trees, the guesthouse is located in a renovated old house. It has been open since early 2004 when it quickly grew in popularity as a favourite place to stay in Namibia's capital city.
The contemporary design and décor of the guesthouse has been well thought out. The minimalist style is softened by lanterns and fabrics that mix Moroccan and Indonesian themes, while the neutral shades of grey and green are reminiscent of the olive trees growing outside.
Wide sweeping stairs lead up to the front veranda where simple, well-crafted metal furniture is set up for dining. The ground floor of the house has three bedrooms, a reception area, and a cool, comfortable lounge where there is a computer with internet access. An open-plan kitchen helps create an air of informality.
The first floor can be reached by stairs leading up to a large balcony or by using the wooden staircase leading up into a turret at the back of the house. There are seven rooms on the first floor, each a little larger than those on the ground floor. All open out onto the balcony where smart metal tables and chairs with comfortable cushions offer a relaxing place to sit under the cover of large sail awnings.
An open-air jacuzzi, tucked into a private area of the balcony, adds a touch of luxury. An evening dip is a lovely way to enjoy a glass of wine under the stars. There's also a pretty patio area with a small plunge pool, garden chairs and sunloungers set under umbrellas.
For further relaxation Olive Grove has its very own Wellness Centre offering a range of massages, although all treatments must be prebooked.
Each of the rooms uses cement and stone in their natural shades for the floors, shelving, bathrooms and even the bed bases. The fixtures and fittings are often made from wrought iron, bronze or tin and have been individually selected. Comfort is has not been scrimped upon with cotton linen bedding, down duvets and exceptionally fluffy towels! White kimonos add a touch of class whilst waffle weave slippers and hot water bottles are an additional treat during the winter months.
Olive Grove has an Executive Suite with a large bedroom and adjacent lounge.
Upon arrival at Olive Grove we received a friendly welcome from the staff and continued professional and attentive service throughout our stay. They were always ready with a restaurant recommendation or information for any onward journey in Namibia and were willing to reserve a table or book a day trip when requested. And while check-out time from the rooms is 10.00am, luggage can be left with the reception staff while guests continue to use the guesthouse facilities or explore the city before they depart.
Olive Grove prides itself on delicious, well presented food. Based on meals that we have had during past visits there, we agree that they live up to their promises. Although there are plenty of good restaurants worth eating at whilst in Windhoek, we recommend that you try and fit in lunch or dinner at Olive Grove at least once during your stay!
Ideal length of stay: 1 to 2 nights
Directions: Olive Grove works well as a first or last night stop as part of a Namibian self-drive safari or fly-in safari. The guesthouse is at number 20 Promenaden Road, in the Klein Windhoek suburb of Windhoek.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: The food quality at Olive Grove is of a very high standard. Simple, fresh and healthy ingredients are used to create well presented meals. Rather unusually for a guesthouse in Windhoek, Olive Grove offers meals throughout the day.
You have the choice of enjoying a lavish breakfast served in your room or on the verandah. A variety of cereals and fruit is available for those who'd like a quick or cold breakfast. If you have more time we recommend one of their cooked meals, especially the smoked salmon scrambled eggs!
The a la carte lunch menu is available late into the afternoon. Each of the simple, well presented meals offered use fresh ingredients and tasty flavourings.
Dinner is a 3-course set menu and includes dishes such as creamy potato soup with blue cheese croutons, game fillet (oryx) with mustard sauce or chicken breast filled with sun dried tomatoes and spinach served with baked potatoes and honey roast vegetables, ending with pear tartlets and ice-cream or a selection of home-made Namibian chocolates.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: No drinks are included. Each room has a fully stocked mini bar and an all-day waiter service is available in common areas.
Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Equipment: One cot is available upon request.
Generally recommended for children: Yes.
Notes: Meal times and types can be set depending on a family's needs. Note that the Olive Grove tries to have only one family group booked at a time to minimise any possible disruption to other guests.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: Telephone, fax, email. Internet computer available for guests. There are telephones in each of the rooms. There is mobile reception throughout the guesthouse.
TV & radio: Each of the rooms has a TV with satellite channels.
Health & safety
Malarial area: No
Medical care: Hospitals available in the city.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: Olive Grove is a walled property with electric fencing and locked gates. There is secure parking available and guests are supplied with keys to the gates for 24-hour access. A security guard is on the property during the night. A small safe is available in each room for travel documents and valuables.
Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are positioned throughout the guesthouse. These are regularly serviced. Each room has direct access to an outside area.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: A laundry service is available for an additional cost. This includes ironing.
Money: No currency exchange available.