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Central Guest House: Our full report
Just a five-minute walk from the centre of Swakopmund, the owner-run Central Guest House is situated in a quiet, residential area. It offers travellers an unpretentious and economical base from which to explore the town and surrounding area.
The Central is owned and run by Andrea Hodh, who took over in 2015. Andrea is usually around and is happy to advise visitors on trips, activities and restaurants in the area.
The building is a slightly unprepossessing grey structure with a secure car park to the side, accessed by an electric gate for which you are given a remote control on arrival. There is no garden as such, although there is a small covered courtyard with tables and chairs at the back of the property.
Central Guest House has eight bedrooms. Six are in the main part of the house, four upstairs and two downstairs. A separate building houses a family room sleeping four, and a particularly spacious room that is usually reserved for honeymooners. All are large, with high ceilings, white walls, dark mahogany furniture, comfortable (extra-length) double or twin beds and crisp white linen. Each room has air conditioning, a safe, a flat-screen satellite TV, a hairdryer, and WiFi access. Each also has its own en-suite bathroom with a powerful shower or a bath, although three rooms have a shower and a bath.
Outside the rooms on each floor is a well-stocked communal minibar. This is run as an honesty bar with a small selection of drinks, a tea and coffee station, and sweet and savoury snacks. The two outside rooms each have a minibar inside the room.
The main facilities at the Central Guest House include a lounge with an open fireplace, with nice touches such as interesting coffee-table books and sherry and glasses left out for guests. A buffet-style breakfast is served in the adjacent small dining room, while outside the small courtyard has a braai area for guests to use on request.
Despite the presence of good facilities, on our last visit in May 2016, we felt that the guesthouse felt rather dark and was in need of updating. Non-smokers may also object to the smell of cigarette smoke in the courtyard.
Most of Swakopmund's restaurants, shops and museums are within easy walking distance of the Central Guest House, although we would advise driving at night.
Our viewThe Central Guest House is a simple yet comfortable guesthouse, although it could do with some refurbishment. It probably won't be the highlight of your trip to Namibia, but it is a reasonable budget option for a few nights' stay in Swakopmund.
Ideal length of stay: 2–3 nights
Directions: The Central Guest House is situated on the corner of Lüderitz & Leutwein streets, close to many restaurants and shops.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Andrea Hodh
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: Central Guesthouse operates on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Breakfast is generally a selection of fresh fruits, yoghurts, and eggs and bacon cooked to order, along with juices, and freshly brewed coffee and tea. If you're heading out early we are told that it is possible to have breakfast from 6.15am, depending on when the bakery opens; just let Andrea know.
Lunch packs can be provided for your onward journey for an extra charge; please ask for these the day before you leave.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are not included at the Central Guest House. A bottle of mineral water costs about N$6 (30p), a Coke N$7 (35p), a beer N$10 (50p), and a small bottle of wine N$17–24 (85p–£1.20).
Further dining info: No
Attitude towards children: Children are welcome at the Central Guest House.
Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions.
Special activities & services: None
Equipment: A cot and highchair can be provided on request.
Generally recommended for children: Yes, but see the notes below.
Notes: The stairs here are tiled, so it is relatively easy for small children to slip. As such we recommend children are supervised at all times.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: There is an emergency lamp in each room in case of a power failure.
Communications: There are no telephones in the bedrooms, but guests can use the guesthouse's phone in the reception area. There's also internet and WiFi access in reception.
TV & radio: Each room has satellite TV.
Water supply: Mains
Water supply notes: The showers and bathtubs are plumbed in, and the guesthouse has flushing toilets.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: There's a doctor and the private Cottage Hospital in town (about five minutes' drive from the Central Guest House).
Quadbike warning: quad-biking is sometimes available as an activity from Central Guesthouse. As with any potentially dangerous activity, it’s vital that you take responsibility for ensuring that you have adequate travel insurance prior to getting involved. Be aware that some insurances cover quad-bike activities only for bikes with lower engine ratings: check such clauses particularly carefully before you get on a bike.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: A security guard is on duty from about 6.30pm to 6.30am each night. There is secure off-street guest parking.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in the kitchen, although not in the bedrooms.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Full laundry service – extra charge
Money: There's a safe for personal belongings in every room. Andrea offers currency exchange in small amount amounts if required.
Accepted payment on location: The Central Guest House accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express, as well as cash payments in Namibian dollars, South African rand, US dollars, euro and pounds sterling.