Reviews of Nest Hotel
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Nest Hotel review
This is a striking location for a hotel and makes for a very picturesque building.
However, the building itself suffers from being a product of its age, somewhat tatty around the edges and with loose windows that rattle in the breezy conditions characteristic of this location.
The staff is friendly and helpful and the bar and restaurant are comfortable scenic places to relax.
Whilst in Luderitz these travellers enjoyed a catamaran cruise around Halifax Island, here's what they said about it:
The outing is must do adventure while in Luderitz, where else can you see penguins and flamingoes at the same time? The catamaran is pretty basic, with eveyrone sitting on sinmple benches in very windy cold conditions, but it would be hard to do this more upscale and still get the experience of seeing all the birds, and seals as well as you do form this vessel.
The guide on the boat was knowledgable and looked after our comfort by providing blankets and even rain gear to the less prepared and also serving us all warm drinks. The seas were quite rough the day we went but the catamaran itself and the skill of the captain in handlling the boat resulted in a much gentler ride then we expected.
We appreciated the guides style in telling us about what we were seeing. He had a nice sense of humor but avoided cheesy commentary that can be so common on cruises in the rest of the world.
Good location and views
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Better than expected hotel
Probably the only choice in Luderitz.
Clean and confortable room, and nice seafood restaurant. The bar is small and pokey though and suffered froma few people eating in the area.
Was full of coach tour people and staff not very friendly.
We only stayed one night and in hindsight we probably could have travelled in from Aus. The town itself doesn't have a lot to offer. Kolmanskop, one of the main draws is only open from 8am to 1pm. We got to the site early to look around alone before the coach loads arrived for the 9.30 and 11.00 tours.
The sea trips (now on a catamaran not the old Schooner) only run in the morning so if you do the trip to Halifax island you can just rush to make the last tour at Kolmanskop on the same day. High winds and rough seas meant the boat trip wasn't running anyway. If we we had only intended to go to Kolmanskop and some driving around we could have stayed in Aus.
Luderitz is clearly struggling economically with not much to see after a few historical buildings but worth a trip out from the Fish River Canyon to see the surrounding area.
Terrific view of the sea from room
We asked for a sea-view room and certainly got it, it felt like we were walking out into the sea when we walked into the room! This is a big hotel compared to most outside Windhoek and service on the reception desk was a bit impersonal but the restaurant staff were friendly and overall it was a much pleasanter hotel than expected.
Lots of people we met travelling round Namibia missed out Luderitz. This is a shame because it has some interesting architecture (Goerke House in particular) and the experience of driving there through a sandstorm was one of the highlights of our journey! The boat trip to see the penguins is recommended, as is visiting the ghost town of Kolmanskop.
Located right on the water with great views from the room.
Food nice as well.
Good location, comfortable room, might have liked the option of a balcony if we had known they were available.
Breakfast was good, the best breakfast rolls in Namibia
Nest Hotel review
This hotel is superbly located on the sea shore and offers a level of luxury that we really appreciated after some difficult long driving.
The hotel has all the facilities you could wish for ,including some stunning sea views and some seals in the water as well.
Luderitz is worth a visit to look at the German architecture,and gain an impression of how life used to be years ago.
A comfortable travel hotel at the end of the long drive to Luderitz from the Fish River Canyon, but not much more. Well located in town on a point overlooking water on three sides.
Attractive outdoor areas for enjoying fish-andf-chips in the brisk sea air. A disappointing restaurant with poor service (though the presence of an international windsurfing/kitesurfing festival probably contributed).
While Luderitz itself has relatively little in the way of tourist attractions, the drive between Luderitz and Aus is amazing, with the Namib-Nakluft Desert on full display in all its arid beauty,
Nest Hotel review
Nothing exceptional but a quite adequate hotel with a good outlook over the sea and convenient for the town.Read more about the whole trip
The place to stay in Luderitz
Nest hotel is not only the best known hotel in Luderitz, it's a local landmark and hangout, so it's a pretty bustling place in an otherwise sleepy town.
Situated at the very tip of a peninsula over the water of the bay, it has fantastic views on the ocean and the city from almost every room. The pool area looked very inviting, but we didn't check it out, it was too cold during our stay. The restaurant has an outdoor patio which is perfect during the day for lunch or a drink, and dinner was delicious; lots of options and very attentive service. They did lose our reservation the first night, but accommodated us anyway.
Reservations are definitely recommended, as they seem to be sticklers about having a reservation for dinner. Nest's location also makes it an easy starting point for exploring Luderitz on foot, or starting a drive of the area. The concierge was happy to spend the time to explain all our tour options to us, and make suggestions for things to see.