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Hansa Hotel: Our full report
The oldest hotel in Swakopmund, the four-star Hansa Hotel, opened over a century ago, and has a good, central location in the town. During 2014 it has been undergoing refurbishment and restoration, with the aim of updating both its rooms and other more old-fashioned aspects of the building.
The Hansa’s rather grand reception area is decked out in light marble and dark solid wood, with uniformed staff who offer friendly and efficient service. In the intimate residents' lounge, with a small library and a separate bar, the wood panelling, fireplace and décor combine to make it feel formal yet strangely cosy. Breakfast and dinner are served in the formal Equestrian dining room, whereas beyond the grand staircase, ‘The Terrace’, where light lunches are served, comes as a rather nice surprise: a pleasant room with large windows overlooking the central courtyard gardens, and something of a tropical feel.
Guest accommodation at the Hansa consists of a mix of rooms, suites and family units:
- 49 double or twin rooms are a good size with solid furnishings and an en-suite bath or shower room. Many were being refurbished when we visited in June 2014 and most of those we saw were brighter and more modern in feel than we’d expected. All are heated in winter and each has a phone, safe, satellite television, hairdryer and tea and coffee station. Some, but not all rooms have air conditioning, and the rest have fans, though as Swakopmund is generally cooler than much of the rest of the Namibia, this is rarely a problem. The garden rooms at the back have small fridges and some have balconies overlooking the garden.
- 4 suites each have a separate lounge/bar area, in addition to the en-suite bedroom.
- 5 family units each have an adjacent second bedroom, suitable for children.
Secure parking for up to 16 cars is available.
Our viewThe Hansa Hotel is just a short walk from Swakopmund’s many restaurants and shops. It retains a mature, reserved atmosphere, with professional staff, and while they are working hard to bring facilities up-to-date, it is likely to remain formal in style. The Hansa is a reliable choice if you prefer to stay in a larger hotel in Swakopmund, rather than one of the guesthouses or smaller boutique hotels.
Ideal length of stay: 2-3 nights
Directions: The Hansa Hotel is on Hendrik Witbooi Street in the centre of Swakopmund.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: Light lunches are served in ‘The Terrace’, but breakfast and an à la carte dinner are taken in the more formal Equestrian dining room.
With advance notice and for an extra cost, the hotel will also arrange breakfast and lunch packs.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are not included.
Further dining info: Yes - on request
Attitude towards children: Well-behaved children are accepted at the Hansa.
Property’s age restrictions: The hotel has no minimum age restrictions.
Special activities & services: Childminding can be arranged at an extra cost, although parents should note that childminders are not formally or professionally trained in childcare.
Equipment: High chairs and cots are available on request. The hotel has five inter-leading family units that are suitable for families.
Generally recommended for children: The Hansa has a rather formal atmosphere, so while it is fine for children, we think there are better options in Swakopmund for those with young children.
Notes: Children must be under the supervision of their parents at all times.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: There are plug points in all the rooms.
Communications: There is a telephone in each of the rooms and there is cellphone reception. The hotel also has WiFi, which is normally also available in the rooms.
TV & radio: Television with some satellite channels.
Water supply: Mains
Water supply notes: All rooms have a plumbed-in shower, and most also have a bathtub. There are flushing toilets.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: There are many doctors and a hospital in town.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers and fire hoses in the hallways of the hotel.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Available for an extra charge.
Money: Each room has a safe. The hotel does offer currency-exchange facilities.
Accepted payment on location: Visa and Mastercard are accepted, as are cash payments in Namibian dollars, South African rand, euros, GB sterling and US dollars.