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The Delight
The Delight
The Delight
The Delight
The Delight
The Delight
The Delight
The Delight
The Delight

The Delight: Our full report

The Delight, more formally known as 'The Delight Swakopmund', is a relatively large modern hotel on the north ...

... side of the town centre. It's opposite the old railway station, which is now the extensive Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre, and within a short walk of the main shopping area, and a handful of restaurants and bars.

With 54 rooms, The Delight is relatively large by the standards of most of the guesthouses and hotels in Swakopmund, and it feels quite different from the town's smaller and often very personal places. That said, the rooms are lent a sense of privacy by some clever gardening, including hanging pallets planted with local succulents which we thought were stylish as well as functional.

The rooms come in two main layouts, the standard twin room and the family room. Inside, they are very similar, with bright colours, fun paintings and stylish fixtures aplenty. Each room comes with free WiFi, a fridge, an in-room safe, TV with satellite channels and a tea and coffee station, as well as an en-suite bathroom with a shower.
  • 44 twin rooms are spread out over the first and second floors around a beautifully planted central courtyard. One of these rooms is wheelchair-accessible, and comes with a bath, a lower bed and a more wheelchair-friendly design.
  • Ten loft-style family rooms are all on the second floor and consists of a children's twin room on a mezzanine floor above the larger parents' room. These rooms share a bathroom.
We'd recommend that you ask us to request a room facing the car park for a quieter and more peaceful stay. Those on the other side of the courtyard face the road, which may sometimes be less serene, although on our last visit in October 2016, we didn’t find this to be a problem..

The Delight's breakfast takes place in the large dining room, which is also open to the public and has, we are told, become quite popular with tourists and locals alike. A brightly decorated and well laid-out bar and lounge area is the perfect place to relax with a coffee during the day or to retire for a nightcap before bed, with drinks served until 2.00am; there is even a woodburner to keep you warm during Swakopmund's cooler nights. Fortunately this area is separate from the bedrooms so that guests are not disturbed by the noise.

Staff on the reception desk at The Delight are able to book many of the activities and tours on offer in Swakopmund, and can also help with guidance and suggestions for restaurants during your stay.

The Delight doesn't serve dinner, but it is situated just three or four blocks from the 'Mole' (a kind of harbour wall at the centre of Swakopmund's beach area), where you'll find many of Swakopmund's restaurants.


Our view

The Delight is a fairly new, modern hotel with fresh, colourful, and, comfortable rooms. It offers practical, efficient service and a good location for exploring the town. Come for a well-run hotel-style feel blended with a sense of fun.

Claire Scott

Claire Scott

Namibia expert

Geographics

Location
Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia
Ideal length of stay
Travellers typically spend 2–3 nights in Swakopmund as part of a trip around Namibia; longer if they want to do lots of the adventure activities which are on offer around here.
Directions
The Delight is opposite the Swakopmund Hotel and Enetertainment Center on the corner of Nathaniel Maxuilil Street and Theo-Ben Gurirab Avenue in Swakopmund.
Accessible by
Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Bed & Breakfast
Food quality
Breakfast at The Delight is served 6.00–11.00am daily. It takes the form of a large well-stocked European-style buffet including cold meats, cheeses, fruit, yoghurt and a fresh made-to-order omelette stand. Breakfast is also open to the public.

Special interests

Family holidays
The Delight’s bright quirky décor and excellent breakfast bar represents a modern and refreshing option among Swakopmund’s larger hotels. With 10 loft-style family rooms and a child-friendly atmosphere this is a great option for a family holiday in Namibia.
See ideas for Family holidays

Children

Attitude towards children
Children of all ages are welcome at The Delight.
Property’s age restrictions
There are no age restrictions.
Special activities & services
Two of the housekeeping staff offer childminding services for a fee agreed with them, although they may not be qualified childcare professionals.
Equipment
Cots and highchairs can be provided on request, but there is no provision for extra mattresses or beds for the rooms. Beach bags, including bats, balls and a spade, can be arranged for families to take to the beach.
Generally recommended for children
Yes
Notes
There are several staircases and balconies at The Delight, so children should be supervised at all times.

Communications

Power supply notes
There is a back-up generator in case of a power failure.
Communications
There is good cellphone reception throughout The Delight, along with free WiFi. Each room has an in-room phone.
TV & radio
Full satellite TV in each room.
Water supply
Mains
Water supply notes
Al the rooms come with flush toilets, and hot and cold running water.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
No
Medical care
There are doctors and hospitals in Swakopmund.



Quadbike warning: quad-biking is sometimes available as an activity 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 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
There are security guards on duty from 6.00pm to 6.00am daily. There is also secure off street parking and 24hr CCTV.
Fire safety
There is a system of fire alarms and fire safety equipment throughout The Delight.

Activities

  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

    Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

    Boat trip

  • Dune-boarding

    Dune-boarding

  • Fishing

    Fishing

  • Kayaking

    Kayaking

  • Mountain biking

    Mountain biking

  • Quad-biking

    Quad-biking

Extras

Disabled access
On Request
Laundry facilities
A same-day laundry service is available, at an extra cost.
Money
For personal belongings, there's a small digital safe in every bedroom.
Accepted payment on location
Travellers can pay with Visa and MasterCard or cash payments may be made in Namibian dollars or South African rand.

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