Reviews of Beach Lodge
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54 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Beach Lodge and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Beach Lodge review"
Not particularly good on giving us directions to Wallis Bay." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
"Comfortable hotel with good restaurant above"
There is also a small bar for pre-dinner drinks at the restaurant. Staff very friendly and helpful.
A good place to stay." See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia
"Beach Lodge review"
"Comfort in an amazing sea front location"
"Good location a little way from town"
The hotel has a good restaurant of it's own, best to book though as always seemed busy. The rooms are all different - I think my sister had something like the honeymoon suite! The rooms all have great views and are fitted to a good standard." See all these reviews: 14n in Namibia
"Nice spacious apartment on the beach"
Beachfront fairly wild - rather like the North Sea. Setting great; all you need on site, but really too remote from town if you want to go out in the evening.
Fairly motel-style welcome and check-in / check-out but very efficient.
'Wreck' restaurant on site. Breakfast fine, but not special. Dinners very good with wide-ranging menu and plenty of children's options. Dinner is two sittings at 6pm and 8pm, with no flexibility.
No activities run by the lodge but we did:
Pelican Point Kayaking - brilliant fun for all playing with the seals, but especially for the kids for whom it was one of the highlights of the whole trip. Supposedly fully booked, but two other groups did not show - so we were on our own. Even if you cannot book online, it is worth a call to check late availability.
Sandwich Harbour 4x4. Did this in the afternoon in August. Wind had got up to 35kts by the time we got to Sandwich, so it was very wild - great, but think about going in the morning if you want more chance of something less bracing. The trip was very good and included great dune and beach driving. Had no complaints but it was very definitely not as explicitly advertised in a number of aspects (time / vehicle / exclusivity (probably of more concern to the couple with us!) etc) as it was let out to another operator. If you want something very specific, you may want to question specifically.
Swakopmund Fat Bikes. Despite checking carefully when we booked this, there was no bike suitable for our 7 year old (he is not small) and one of the 11-yr old girls struggled. A really good trip but hard work. Probably 11 is about the minimum sensible age - depending on size and strength of kids." See all these reviews: 16n in Namibia
"Beach Lodge review"
The hotel wasn't that easy to find as it was in a quiet outskirt of the city and the signposts were quite confusing.
On arrival we were shown into our room. Although it was a luxury room, it was small and the bathroom bizarrely overlooked the restaurant carpark and street with no frosted glass or curtains! We asked if we could move to another room and was shown something much nicer and bigger, with a view of the beach and a balcony. I was pleased that the hotel were able to re-allocate us easily but given that it was not fully booked (only about 4 rooms occupied each night) we very much felt that they had tried to get rid of the least-nice room on us, which set rather a negative tone to our stay. This was also the only place we stayed at that charged for WiFi which was disappointing, especially as WiFi was free in some of the very remote lodges!
The room we moved to was really nice and we had a relaxing stay here - after rushing from place to place this was a nice place to have a rest. Shower was excellent and the room was modern and well equipped. We only had breakfast here which was nice.
It is worth noting that the restaurant is not open for evening meals on a Sunday but the reception was happy to book us in for a meal at The Jetty where we had some of the best fish we'd ever eaten.
Staff were friendly, particularly the car park attendants." See all these reviews: 9n in Namibia
"A touch of German culture by the sea."
The only down side was that the restaurant was not open in the evenings. Apparently they close the restaurant in the low season. It will open in July I believe. It was open for breakfast only.
The restaurant offers superb views across the ocean. Again the staff were very good, especially the restaurant staff. Activities on offer were limited mainly due to the weather, it was very foggy.
We were able to arrange a taxi to take us to the town centre and spent an enjoyable few hours at the aquarium and looking around the town. Swakopmund is a fascinating town to visit as its in sharp contrast to any other town in Namibia." See all these reviews: 22n in Namibia
The Wreck restaurant, which is attached to the Lodge is not open for meals, just breakfast - not mentioned in the guide book - needs to be updated. So the receptionist had to phone around about 6 places before we got a reservation for dinner." See all these reviews: 17n in Namibia; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Fantastice room with view of sea!"
The Tug : Worth visiting but book in advance - make sure ask for window seat. Outside can be cool so take jacket or fleece.
The room was the best so far. Great window overlooking the sea." See all these reviews: 19n in Namibia
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