Reviews of The Stiltz
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Didn't like our room, but breakfast was fab!
The receptionist kindly advised us on arrival that all restaurants in Swakopmund have to be booked in advance and she promptly organised this for us. Stiltz also served some of the best breakfasts we had on our 5 week trip; a delicious selection of home-made treats, as well as the usual eggs etc. It's also well located, only a short walk to restaurants and shops.
Unfortunately, the only room available was room 2, which had no view, no privacy and shook when people walked past. As we were staying 3 nights, we'd hoped to unpack and relax a little. Apart from a small hanging rail, there was no furniture to unpack anything into and the sofa seemed to have been designed to match the quirky architecture, rather than be sat on!
There wasn't a single spare power point, so we kept having to find things to unplug, to charge up phone, camera battery etc.
With hindsight, we wished we'd booked a more conventional guest house with some home comforts.
Whilst here, we organised two trips for these travellers:
A kayaking trip to Pelican Point, about which they commented:
We'd never done kayaking and were apprehensive, but it felt like a privilege to be taken out by friendly and capable Jeanne. From the minute we met her at the cafe, we knew we were in safe hands and learnt a lot about the area and its ecology on our drive to and from Pelican Point.
Once in the water, Jeanne was very reassuring and never let us out of her sight, so we were able to enjoy the experience and interact with the young seals playing amongst us. A wonderful experience.
A day to Sandwich Harbour, about which they commented:
This was a well-designed trip, with a competent and personable guide who enjoyed showing off his impressive driving skills. Sandwich Harbour is beautiful and the view from the top of the dune where we had a tasty lunch was stunning.
The big problem was lack of space and comfort in the Land Rover, which technically had seats for 4 passengers, but with 3 large adults in the back it was a very tight squeeze. As most of the day is spent in the vehicle and the ride very bumpy in places, this really spoiled the day for me.
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We had room 8 which is definitely the best location of all, looking across the Swakop estuary to the sea.
There is some noise from the nearby B2 main road if you are on your deck.
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The Stiltz was comfortable and had a fun location at the edge of the estuary.
We had dinner at The Tug restaurant, which had amazingly delicious food. We were very lucky to be seated without reservations, but we dined early.
We were lucky to get a chalet overlooking the bay, so we were able to see a variety of birds including flamingos from our balcony. Within walking distance to The Tug which is an excellent restaurant.
Quirky interior decor with great attention to detail.
Nice place to stay
Unusual accommodation was very comfortable with lovely views to the sea and of the various seabirds. Quiet location. Safe parking. Lovely breakfast with friendly staff.
Office receptionist was very helpful and friendly.
Poor location near club
Stiltz is a novel idea but its location near a club dramatically detracted from our stay here. On a weekend the music ends at 2.15 and you can clearly hear it in your room.
That said the breakfast was the best we experienced.
Rooms were okay but not as good as other places we stayed in. Staff were very helpful and friendly.
Whilst here, we arranged a 'Pelican Point Kayaking trip' for these travellers. They commented:
Kayaking was fantatsic fun
Great to have such a knowledgeable guide. A really fun trip out, loved getting so close to the seals. Just a shame not to have spent more time with the flamingos.
A warm welcome at The Stiltz.
This wonderful little hotel is exactly as described on their website, really funky! Our room (no.8) was ideally located with great views over the Swakop River estuary and its resident flamingos and cormorants, the crashing waves of the Atlantic and the distant dunes of the Namib Desert. Tall reeds surrounded the hotel and appeared to be home to vivid yellow weaver birds.
The room itself was very spacious (actually, enormous!) and had a very well designed en-suite. Had the weather been warmer, we would have spent some time relaxing on the verandah but unfortunately overnight fog only lifted into low cloud which the sun would not burn off and the temperature remained cool for the duration of our two-night stay. We never did see Swakopmund at its best even though just two or three miles inland it was gloriously sunny and very warm!
The beds were really comfortable and had electric blankets. For the first time in my life I actually switched mine on as it was surprisingly nippy at night and that was probably why I slept like a log for almost ten hours! It was nice to be able to make tea in the room as a kettle with tea bags and coffee was provided.
The breakfast room was welcoming, spacious and comfortable. The buffet breakfast had a good choice of yoghurts, fresh fruit, cold meats, cheese and bread. Hot food was on offer and cooked to order by one of the kitchen staff. We made good use of the toaster and enjoyed the mild coffee from the perculator. (Could have made tea if we wanted).
It really is difficult to find fault with this hotel. We were warmly welcomed on our arrival and the staff couldn't be more helpful. The only factor which spoiled our stay was the cool weather and the fact that our luggage (containing our warm clothes) was still in Frankfurt when we arrived at Windhoek, eventually catching up with us towards the end of the second day! We would definately go back and would recommend The Stiltz to anyone. It is such a different experience.
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The rooms are large, but have little in the way of storage. One small radiator was not enough to take the chill off a particularly cold evening!
On the more positive side, the location overlooking the Atlantic, but only minutes walk from the restaurants & bars is great. At check-in the staff were keen to discuss the numerous activities available in and around Swakopmund, & more than happy to give recommendations & make reservations
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We were welcomed by Maraget who was extremely helpful throughout our stay, The rooms are large with everything you need, even an electric blanket, which we did use as it was quite cool during the night whilst we were there.
Breakfast was in "The Viilla" & they had an excellent choice. The chef & assistant were very helpful & service was excellent. We stayed in room 6 & we thoroughly enjoyed out stay here.
The Stilltz is a place with a difference-we loved it.
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Great accommodation - thanks for recommending. The owner [or manager] was wonderful particularly post our Mountain Homestead experience.
The only thing that let this villa down was two bedrooms sharing one bathroom which also had to function as the sink/water supply for the kitchenette. FAr from ideal. Helpful staff - from the people who took our luggage through to the chef who was very cheery. Still hate swakop tho!
We went for dinner at The Wreck - not bad - bit overrated but view great.