Reviews of Brigadoon
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A nice B & B with friendly staff
Brigadoon itself is a good B & B which gives you a little escape from the town. We would have preferred a door to the bathroom however.
It was Swakopmund which we didn't like. It was such a contrast to the idyllic desert experience. The weather was misty and cold (people were wearing ski jackets) and the architecture underwhelming.
We did have 2 excursions booked but we didn't feel like we wanted to hang around this town whilst we were waiting to go on these excursions, so having booked 3 nights we only stayed 1 night. We would have liked to have been given more advice about Swakopmund itself to manage our expectations.
A slightly tired place
I chose Brigadoon having not liked the look of Sam's Giardino which was recommended to me.
This was a mistake! The rooms were depressing and run down although the beds were comfortable.
The staff, however, were helpful and kind.
Kayaking with seals
A fantastic morning. Jeanne drove us to the kayaking point and was fun and really informative; pointing things out all the way there.
We arrived and everything was provided. It was amazing. We all thoroughly enjoyed it.
Jeanne provided sandwiches and coffee afterwards which were most welcome.
True to her word she send some great photos and 2 videos afterwards.
Brigadoon - convenient B&B in Swapokmund
Because Brigadoon is a B&B this felt rather impersonal compared to our other holiday accommodation but this is probably the nature of the accommodation in Swapokmund.
The rooms and at the side and rear of the main house, behind a secured gate and surrounding a nice garden. There seemed an emphasis on security with a guard present in the evening for the parking area. Unfortunately a couple had their rear windscreen smashed even though the guard was present and this was rather unsettling.
We have a family member who is gluten intolerant and had contacted Brigadoon about this in advance but no gluten free bread was provided.
The en suite bathrooms are 'open plan' i.e. there is no door between bedroom and bathroom which was a bit strange.
It would have been useful to have known in advance that July/August is peak season in Swapokmund and evening meals/activities need to be reserved well in advance. We were lucky to manage to get on to a trip kayaking with seals at Warvis Bay at short notice and would highly recommend this to other visitors.
Good location, good rooms, helpful staff
A good base in Swakopmund as the centre was within walking distance, which was handy for restaurants at night. The rooms were very nice for a guesthouse although we really didn't like the open plan toilet.
The idea of breakfast on our little terrace would have been quite nice if the weather wasn't decidedly cold on the two mornings we were there - it felt more like an endurance test than anything else although the quality was very good.
Staff were helpful when it came to finding an adapter for the hairdryer they provided and also providing us with an early breakfast on one morning as we had to be in Walvis Bay for the kayaking at 7.45am.
A convenient B&B in a central location
This is a small B&B within walking distance of the centre of Swakopmund. The rooms are quite good but we did not like the open plan shower and WC arrangement and the safe would benefit from being upgraded to a digital locking one. Although the breakfast was good we do have reservations about eating outside when there is a coastal fog and it is very cold and wet. It would be nice to be given the option of eating indoors.
The local restaurants are within easy access for evening meals. We went to the Lighthouse as it was the nearest and thought it served very good value meals- booking advisable.
This is a quite good, safe place to stay if you wish to visit Sandwich Harbour or do the Welwitschia Drive- both to be recommended.
Recently very nicely modernised,yet it still retains the cottage feel. The neat self-contained cottages are behind a locked gate.
I love staying here as it's so easy to walk to the shops and restaurant at night.
The breakfast is also updated and warm food is now offered as a choice.
well located and they did try hard to make our stay pleasant.clearly less expensive than other locations.they have refitted the rooms and that is going on at present with no disruption tour stay. They have they w.c. open plan in the bedroom with only 5 foot wardrobe seperating it for privacy.found this disconcerting.Read more about the whole trip
An extremely stylish place. The room was beautifully furnished and decorated, a lovely place to return to after a hard day on the dunes / waves ! The breakfast was nicely presented and quite comprehensive. Margaret, the manager, is a national treasure. She deserves a platinum award for hospitality, kindness and efficiency. She did everything she could to make our stay here run smoothly. She is wonderful. XXXXXXXXX
However hard she tried with her natural warmth and keenness to help, Margaret could not make the outside temperature any warmer in the morning, when eating breakfast outside was just a bit chilly ! Brrrrr !
Brigadoon is quite conveniently placed for shops restaurants and seaside.
The one thing we emphatically loathed at Brigadoon was the toilet. It was positioned behind the fridge in the living area, sharing the same air as the living room, with a waist high partition behind the fridge, no door! The shower was similarly 'open plan' but we could manage that one, no problem. An open plan toilet is a different matter ! There are many good features at Brigadoon, but this single feature is enough to make it unsatisfactory accommodation for us.
We arrived to find that it had just undergone a revamp and was absolutely stunning. Debbie was very friendly and helpful and booked us in for dinner at an Il Napolitana. It is very security concious and to get into the B&B you have to unlock a gate and lock it once through. The rooms have their own locks and all have individual alarms which are very easy to use. The manager was very accomodating and informed us that we had to rush breakfast in the morning (which came early just for us) in order to get to our kayaking acitivty. She was very much on the ball and a great hostess.
It is very close to the centre of town, in a quiet road opposite the beach. The only negative is that the room inlcudes the bathroom which is fine except that the toilet is only cut off by a small wall, so if you're standing up in the room you can see the other person on the toilet! Being english we didn't really like this. It has been refurbished beautifully and is a very relaxing place to stay in the town. We would definitely return.
The self-catering flat was great - wonderful views over the sea and nice to be able to cook for ourselves and do some washing. Also conveniently near the shops. Although we had been told breakfast was included, it is not normally, but the manageress accepted our voucher and we had a good buffet breakfast in the main B&B every morning.
Although the lady who greeted us was very friendly and helpful, and the breakfast staff were also friendly, some of the other reception staff were rather more "abrupt" and made us feel like we were a bit of a bother rather than paying guests.
The living desert tour here was great - enoyed by us as much as the children. My son still talks about the rolling, dancing, kung-fu spider!