Reviews of Cornerstone Guesthouse
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Comfortable and convenient
Cornerstone Guesthouse was ideal as a base. The hosts were very helpful and booked our Walvis Bay trip for us. The breakfast was fresh and plentiful and the location is good for the town. It was grey and windy in Swakopmund and even rained a little. The room was small although the little porch area was good and the bathroom spacious and with v good facilities.
Worth noting that the jetty has been renovated and The Jetty restaurant is very good (at least as good as The Tug which is mentioned in all guidebooks). The Swakopmund museum is worth visiting even though it is quite old fashioned in its style. Overall, in the post-Xmas season, everywhere was very quiet.
The boat trip out from Walvis Bay was well worth taking, as aside from the seals, pelicans and cormorants that join passengers on the boat, the crew (with a woman skipper) talked knowledgeably about the Chinese investment in the port facilities and the related infrastructure. In the afternoon, using the same company (Mola Mola) we went on a land rover trip out to Sandwich Harbour, previously a large fresh water lagoon but now lost to coastal erosion. Again a very knowledgeable guide, who had lived and worked in the dunes for years, and was able to show us the insect and small mammal/reptile life, as well as the inevitable dramatic dune driving.
This is real gem of a guest house - good location, generous sized rooms with small private veranda, very helpful staff, good breakfast choice, neat small garden, good security, and free Wi-fi.
Interestingly, later on our trip we met two other parties who had also stayed at Cornerstone (and highly rated it) and another couple who were booked-in. Very popular - best to book well in advance.
A really lovely and convenient B&B.
The staff at Cornerstone were extremely helpful, they suggested restaurants for dinner and helped us to book a dune buggying activity (which was fabulous!) the next day. They also provided us with a mobile phone during our stay which was invaluable.
The B&B itself is extremely comfortable and in a very central location, breakfast was good and it was a very convenient place to stay in Swakopmund before the next leg of our journey.
This is not a reflection of the B&B itself, but I would not recommend staying in Swakopmund for more than a day/night unless you have specific activities arranged. We didn't find much to do in the town itself, and didn't find it particularly pleasant to wander around.
This comfortable guest house is ideally situated to explore Swakopmund on foot.
The owners were very helpful and managed to book tables at The Jetty and The Tug restaurants even though it was the weekend. Tip if you want to shop avoid the weekend as most shops close by Saturday lunchtime. The museum is worth a visit.
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Very friendly, clean and pretty in well cared for property. Service excellent and they found us reservation for dinner.
A friendly central guesthouse.
We had a very warm welcome and it was nice to see Peter again whom we had met 3 years earlier when we stayed here. Nothing was too much trouble, restaurant bookings and trip confirmations were all done for us.
It is in a convenient position in Swakopmund with an easy walk into town and to restaurants.
Some of the restaurants listed in our travel books have closed down and they were all very full. We would recommend early booking for the Jetty and the Tug as they are very popular and interesting places to eat in.
It rained whilst we were there, something people said had never happened before!
We all enjoyed the kayaking with Jeanne of Ecotours and the trip to the Cape Cross seal colony was well worth the long rather dull drive.
Friendly service, great location
We were greeted by a very friendly woman (Robyn) at the service desk who told us everything we would need to know about our two nights in Swakopmund. She also gave us a cell phone (not just a number) to contact her after hours if necessary since she does not live on the property.
We had the huge apartment-like room adjacent to the parking area. It was tastefully furnished and *so* big. A full living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. We didn't need a room that big but it was nice to spread out a bit. The advantage of the smaller rooms is that they overlook the garden area which is definitely a better view than what we had. But we didn't spend much time looking at the view so we were ok with the big room.
We had already booked a scenic flight on our own so Robyn just helped us confirm it over the phone with the flight company. This ended up being a very good idea because the plan for the flight actually changed, and if we hadn't called to confirm, the flight company would not have known how to contact us. Robyn recommended we eat at Kucki's for our first night and made the reservation for us.
We also had the staff take care of our laundry the next day. Seeing piles of beautifully clean and folded laundry on our bed when we got back that day was surprisingly exciting after being covered in dust for days!
The owners were there in the mornings and oversaw the breakfast service. They too were extremely friendly and helpful.
Cornerstone Guesthouse is an excellent choice for Swakopmund. It's centrally located, the staff are great, and the rooms are nice and have everything you need.
This really is a superb establishment. Our room was large and beautifully equipped and had a very comfortable seating area. Our host was charming and nothing was too much trouble. The breakfast buffet table was a work of art with a wonderful selection of food and cooked breakfast was also available.
The bungalow is set in a most attractive garden. All the local amenities are within easy walking distance and there were no problems walking about in the evenings. Highly recommended !
A day trip to coast and dunes during stay in Swakopmund
Excellent - a good trip
We were picked up promptly by a very helpful guide/driver in a comfortable 4 x 4 vehicle. First stop was at Walvis Bay to see an amazing number of flamingos and to enjoy a leisurely stroll along the coastal path. Then on to Sandwich Harbour with views of the salt-processing plant along the way and a sometimes hairy ride among reed beds to reach the sandy terrain of the bay where the huge sand-dunes meet the sea. We left the vehicle at this point and walked towards the lagoon.
It was possible to climb the dunes for a better view of the lagoon although we decided against this! We were disappointed not to see many birds but this did not detract too much from the overall enjoyment of the trip. Our guide then astounded us by providing a hot lunch (courtesy of a microwave oven secreted in the back of the van) and soft drinks served round a table with comfortable chairs - most enjoyable! Our guide was excellent and a very good driver and deposited us back at our guesthouse after a most enjoyable trip.
Cornerstone Guesthouse review
Cornerstone has a great location with easy access to the facilities in Swakopmund. the room was delightful and the breakfast substantial. In addition, Peter is an excellent host, attentive and also directed us to just the sort of restaurant we needed.Read more about the whole trip
We stayed at this guest house for two nights and were blown away by its quality. The welcome and service were first class; they even gave us a pre programmed mobile phone with their numbers on in case we experienced any difficulties.
The gardens are simply stunning and smell wonderful. The rooms are equally as good, spacious and clean with fresh linen. The owners were happy to recommend restaurants and make bookings for us, which they did on both nights. The town is within an easy 5-10 minute walk.
Breakfast was excellent.