Strand Hotel

Strand Hotel: Our full report

Rooms
125 rooms
Traveller's rating
Good (90%) From 47 reviews
Children
Fine for children of all ages.
Open
All year

The Strand is an exciting new development located on Swakopmund's historic 'Mole'. Built on the site of the old Strand Hotel, and opened in 2015, it has the Atlantic Ocean on three sides – giving uninterrupted sea views from some of the 125 rooms.

The 'Mole' is a sea wall built in 1899 by architect F W Ortloff. It was originally intended to enhance Swakopmund's struggling harbour by providing large cargo ships with a place to moor. Unfortunately, due to long-shore drift, the harbour entrance was blocked by a sandbar within five years of its construction, and soon a small but pleasant beach formed.

On a sunny day, locals and tourists alike enjoy this strip of sand, now known as Palm Beach. If you're going to swim anywhere from Namibia's coast, it is probably one of the best places to do so, thanks to the protection offered by the Mole and the sandbar. Be aware, though, that the water is usually very cold – thanks to the Benguela Current that flows northwards up this coast from the Antarctic.

The Strand Hotel is well placed to take advantage of this setting, with superb views from some of its 125 rooms. These come in a variety of guises: Standard Rooms, Luxury Rooms, Junior Suites, Luxury Suites and a Presidential Suite. All feature an en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee station, minibar, LCD satellite TV, safe, free WiFi, telephone and air conditioning.

Both rooms and suites are smartly decorated without feeling too sterile, their soft duck-egg blue walls complemented by soft furnishings in earthy reds and browns. Black-and-white photos or paintings of times gone by in Swakopmund adorn the walls, and chunky metal light fittings add a nautical tone.

The Luxury Rooms and all the suites have their own balconies, too, with guaranteed beach or sea views. In addition, all the suites have an open-plan lounge and separate bedroom, and both the Luxury and Presidential suites come with their own dining area.

The main foyer at the Strand Hotel is bright and airy, with a large, glass wall giving interrupted views of the Atlantic, and a number of comfortable sofas and seating areas. The hotel also has a choice of four restaurants offering a varied choice of food and atmosphere:

  • The Ocean Cellar, a high-end seafood restaurant, wine and oyster bar with a sushi and sashimi kitchen and eat-at counter. One of the more expensive restaurants in Swakopmund.
  • The Farmhouse Deli, a delicatessen, bistro-style restaurant and coffee house with a bakery, patisserie, charcuterie, fromagerie and sea-facing terrace.
  • The Brewer & Butcher a micro-brewery, restaurant and bar with a sea-facing terrace and beer garden. It specialises in Namibian and German meat dishes and its craft beer comes from the Swakopmund Brewing Company’s on site micro-brewery.
  • Café Mole offers burgers, hotdogs and other light meals, and is a great spot for families with young children who don't want to venture too far.

  • There’s also the Welwitschia Lounge, Bar & Terrace, which offers three open-plan areas, an exclusive cocktail bar and bar lounge, and a private sea-facing terrace.

    For those seeking to relax (or work out!) after a day packed with activities the Strand has its own gym, and a spa that includes steam rooms, a couples' therapy room, a roof-top garden terrace and outdoor therapy suite with fireplace.

    Further afield, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay offer plenty of activities, which can be booked via the Strand’s Activity and Adventure Travel Office. (NB: If you intend to try quadbikint, it's essential that you read the Quadbike warning in the 'Health & Safety' section below for our comments on insurance issues regarding this activity.)

    Our view

    Although a significantly larger offering than most of the accommodation we recommend in Swakopmund, the Strand offers a very modern and comfortable stay in a great location. ‘It also benefits from its own four restaurants, and is well placed for other local eateries, so you don’t have to travel for lunch or an evening meal.

    Geographics

    Location: Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

    Ideal length of stay: Most visitors stay in Swakopmund for 2–3 nights, as part of a trip around Namibia, although there are enough activities in the area to keep you busy for much longer.

    Directions: Swakopmund is around four hours west of Windhoek and is accessible on tarred roads from the capital city.

    Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

    Key personnel

    Owner: O & L leisure

    Food & drink

    Usual board basis: Bed & Breakfast

    Food quality: With its range of restaurants, the Strand Hotel offers plenty of choice, and there are also lots of other restaurants within easy walking distance.

    When we stayed in the hotel for two nights in 2018 we did sample a couple of the restaurants. The sushi at Ocean Cellar restaurant was a particular favourite, also the large selection of steaks and meat options at the Brewer & Butcher.

    Dining style: Individual Tables

    Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

    Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £10-15

    Drinks included: Drinks are not included.

    Further dining info: Room service is available.

    Special interests

    Wellbeing: The Strand Hotel is one of the largest and most luxurious in Swakopmund. With facilities that include a gym and a spa, it is perfect for keeping fit or for a relaxing break on your holiday to Namibia.

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    Luxury: Any list of luxury hotels in Swakopmund would be short, but most would start with ‘The Strand’. This ocean-front hotel has the best location in town, plus smart, very comfortable rooms; a very good seafood restaurant; and a rooftop spa complete with garden and outdoor therapy suite.

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    Children

    Attitude towards children: Children of all ages may stay at the Strand.

    Property’s age restrictions: here are no age restrictions for children here.

    Special activities & services: None

    Equipment: Cots are available for younger children. Two of the Standard Rooms can accommodate up to two adults and two children on a sleeper couch, and all have space for two adults and a child in a cot. The Luxury Rooms can accommodate up to two adults and two children of 15 years or younger.

    Notes: Due to the size of the hotel and its proximity to the ocean, younger children would require constant supervision.

    Infrastructure

    Power supply: Mains Electricity

    Communications: Every room has a phone and free WiFi.

    TV & radio: There is a flat screen satellite TV in every bedroom.

    Water supply: Mains

    Sustainability

    An eco-leader in the Namibian hospitality industry

    An eco-leader in the Namibian hospitality industryThe Strand Hotel Swakopmund stands out as a leader in the Namibian hospitality industry. Its achievements and innovative design were awarded the Best Hotel Development in the 2017 Africa Property Investment (API) Awards.

    Completely rebuilt in 2015, various opinions were consulted in its new construction, including those of many members of the public and the Swakopmund Aesthetics Committee. The consultation and planning process resulted in a design which suits every need and expectation.

    WSP, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies in Africa was commissioned with designing a sustainable gas/plumbing and drainage system, as well as efficient air-conditioning and mechanical ventilation for the hotel. The new equipment was carefully selected to comply with sustainable development standards and was designed to have a life span of between 20- and 25-years, without major refurbishment during this period.

    The Strand Hotel also benefits from a unique aesthetic which combines a functional and contemporary approach with indigenous art, thus meeting the requirements of the local heritage council.

    Health & safety

    Malarial protection recommended: No

    Medical care: There are a number of doctors and hospitals in Swakopmund.

    Quadbike warning: Quadbiking is sometimes available as an activitiy in this area. 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 quadbike 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: There are security guards on site at all times.

    Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in all rooms and in the main areas.

    Extras

    Disabled access: In Place

    Laundry facilities: Laundry is available at an extra cost.

    Money: All rooms have an electronic safe. There is no currency exchange available, but there are several banks and ATMs in Swakopmund.

    Accepted payment on location: Travellers can pay with Visa and Mastercard, or in cash using Namibian dollars or South African rand.

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