Sam's Giardino

Reviews of Sam's Giardino

Good(89%) From 162 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 162 of our travellers who have visited Sam's Giardino, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Miss. H & Mr. R - London
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Sam is perhaps a little quirky/eccentric, but he couldn't have been a more helpful host. From information, confirming activities and booking restaurants - nothing was too much trouble for him. He also helped arrange for our cracked windscreen to be repaired so that we could continue on our trip without delay.

We also had dinner at Sam's one evening, which was very nice and good value with a very nice bottle of wine chosen for us by Sam.

We also ate at the Tug one evening and can highly recommend the Crayfish.

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Miss A & Miss L - Dundee
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino

A very German orientated environment.

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Mr. & Mrs. L - Swanley
Arrived on: 8-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Terrific guest house.

Sam's is a terrific guest house offering super accomodation and food to die for. His knowledge of wine is incredible and he is most professional in the way that he runs the establishment.

My wife left her reading glasses there and he sent them on to the airport for her to collect! on our journey home!

Pelican Point kayaking excursion
Jeanne was an excellent guide who made the whole experience come alive. She also took numerous photographs throughout the morning which she delivered on a CD to our hotel that night.

Without doubt the highliught of the holiday due mainly to the consideration and professional attitude of Jeanne.

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Dr. L & Family - Denmark
Arrived on: 27-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Highly recommended, a fantastic guesthouse to stay in! Very friendly welcome by Sam and his staff.

The rooms were nice. Wine tasting for amateurs like us was a pleasent expirience. Good food and the most compleete breakfast during our month in Namibia.

We also tried the Turnstone tour to Sandwich Harbour with Ernest. Because of his excellent guiding a great expirience.

Ernest was the perfect guide. He could take you anywere - and you would have a good experience. Was wery friendly to our children and first of all full of interesting information about the nature we passed. Driving through the high dunes were a highlight for our children - amazing where a land rover can go!! Walking around the saltwater lagoon was beatifull. Altogether a fantastic day, highly recommended!

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Mrs J. & family - Warwickshire
Arrived on: 9-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Sam's Giardino Swakopmund

Very good linen.
Interesting proprietor, set menu was good.
Breakfast exceptionally good range.
Comfortable lounge areas, free internet access.

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Mr & Mrs R - Australia
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Sam is very hospitable and helpful. The rooms are a bit dated but comfortable enough.

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Prof. S & Mrs M - Cumbria
Arrived on: 31-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

A little more ordinary than some of our overnights, but Sam was a very good host.

Only drawback was distance from other Swakopmund restaraunts - not really OK to walk back at night. Suspect the food was very good but we'd pre-booked dinner at the Tug restaurant, which Id been to before.

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Ms DM & MR VO - Belgium
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Lots of information about things to do here (= around Swakopmund, the activities are not actually run by Sam), and an extensive breakfast with a lot of choice.

The famous dog has died recently but there's a new young one.

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Mr. A & Ms. B - St. Albans
Arrived on: 22-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Sam's Giardino was an enjoyable and comfortable place to stay. The environment was relaxed, and Sam was very welcoming. The free internet was a bonus!

On our first night we had the 5 course dinner which we felt was a little over priced for the quality of food.

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Mr. & Mrs. B - Hampshire
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Sam's Giardino review

Swakopmund was overcast and windy when we arrived and after the excellent places we had stayed at until now was a big downer.

Sam's hotel was plastered with For Sale signs and he was away for a few days. The place had no atmosphere and it felt like the restaurant staff were going through the motions of service but with no enjoyment - I expect morale was low due to uncertainty over the sale.

It was a big disappointment as we had been looking forward to what the brochures inferred would be a quirky and fun experience.

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Expert Africa comments

We passed these comments to Sam and specifically asked him if he plans to move or leave the guesthouse. He explained that when these travellers visited he wasn’t at the guesthouse; he’d taken a short holiday to take his sister and their daughter on a trip around Damaraland. He’s sorry if the duty manager was rather quiet and the atmosphere lack his personal touch.

Apparently the ‘House for Sale’ boards apply to his neighbour’s house, not the Giardino. Sam’s Giardino is not for sale!

Sam commented: “For the next 10 years I will still stay here because this is my house and my castle. I like Swakopmund and I'm very proud of my guesthouse. My age is only 52 too early to get retired.”

We’re obviously sorry that these travellers didn’t enjoy their stay here, but we’re very pleased to note that Sam’s normal service has now been resumed!

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