Reviews of The Stiltz
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The Stiltz review
Margaret was the most helpful person! She very quickly confirmed our pre-booked activities and helped us with suggesting and booking restaurants as well as taxis. She took a real interest in our visit and was a delight to talk to.
We had room 7 and a lovely view over the reeds and out to the ocean. The room and hotel was quirky and comfortable with all of the staff very pleasant and friendly. The breakfast room / lounge was surprisingly large and the breakfast delicious.
Relaxing start into the holiday at The Stiltz
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Ocean view from the Stiltz
Great location on the mouth of the Swakop river, which at this time of year was a dry river bed. A walk into the city center took us less than 10 minutes.
Our chalets, which were very spacious, looked out onto the sea. The staff at reception were very friendly and booked us into the restaurants we wanted to try, the Tug and Küki's pub, both excellent and reconfirmed pick-up time for our trip to Sandwich Harbour, which we felt was a highlight of our trip. I would recommend anyone to do it!
We also enjoyed the handmade wind glasses supplied with the mini bar. It all was very well organized and the place well tended.
Whilst here, Expert Africa organised a day-trip to Sandwich Harbour. These travellers commented:
We had great expectations and were not disappointed. Our driver and guide Ernst, was very knowledgeable and easy-going. We passes the guano islands and salt mines, saw masses of flamingoes and pelicans and decided to have lunch amid the dunes, as it seemed too windy at the ocean.
The picknick lunch privided by Ernst was delicious and the location superb. We then waited for low tide in order to continue our trip to sandwich harbour, left the car and continued barefoot on top of a dune in order to enjoy the view over the mounth of the Swakop river and enjoyed hearing the dunes "sing" as we run down again. On our return the fogs moved in, we could hardly see a thing, but enormous flocks of cormorans overtaking us. The day was one of our highlights and I would highly recommend it to anyone!
The Stiltz review
We stayed in one of the bungalows overlooking the sea. The welcome was very friendly indeed. The location good - lovely and quiet.
The accommodation was first class, the breakfast was excellent, the decor was excellent, the beds really comfortable, spotlessly clean - absolutely no complaints and could not recommend highly enough
Up on stiltz
We thought we were booked in room 6, 7or 8, but ended up in one of the 2 villas. It had 2 levels and 3 bedrooms as well as loads of space to lounge around in. As a result, we were more than happy with the change.
We walked from here into town - it took about 10 minutes but seemed quite safe even in the dark. The breakfast was fairly standard but taken in very pleasant surroundings.
These travellers arranged a kayaking trip with Expert Africa, about which they commented:
Sea and seals - excellent
Despite the original vehicle breaking down, the experience overall was great. This was our first try at kayaking, you really do get in close amongst the wildlife.
The leader obviously knew her stuff and as it was a small group - 6 of us - was able to spend time with each couple explaining what was happening with regard to the colonies of animals we encountered.
This trip is excellent value for money and well worth undertaking.
A cold night by the sea
We were in room 7 - the last and therefore only one with uninterrupted views although the wind was so strong that we couldn't use the balcony to enjoy them.
The wonderful Margaret was friendly, welcoming, helpful and efficient - she gave advice on where to eat and had reservations made at both our choices within half an hour of our arrival - including the last table at the Tug. Worth booking that one before you get to Swapkomund as the food is excellent.
The Stiltz was lovely despite our discovering what an electric blanket is for but the highlight of the stay was the kayaking trip with Jeanne. I had one of those 'ohmigod what have I let myself in for' moments but Jeanne was so professional and reassuring (as well as just plain nice) that we had a wonderful morning. She provides everything you need, takes great pictures and emails them to you (we didn't realise we could have taken cameras) and provides coffee and sandwiches - and a very practical bush toilet for the ladies - on the sand once you come out of the water.
Swakopmund was an interesting town to spend time in and very different to anywhere else we stayed. A good mid point of our trip.
The Stiltz review
Lovely location and room. One thing for the new guide, Chris: The Tug is open on Sundays!
Kayaking was fun.
Hiatus in Swakopmund
We booked to stay 3 nights at the Stiltz, to rest before our journey up the Skeleton Coast. The Stiltz is well located and easy to find, within walking distance of the centre of town.
It is certainly an eye-catching place to stay, we treated ourselves to the Villa which was a stunningly impressive space with large open plan fireside/dining area with adjoining terrace overlooking the beach. The main bed was on a mezzanine floor, also with a rather disconcertaingly open plan bedroom/bathroom arrangement which might not be to everyones taste.
The whole villa was boldy decorated in brightly coloured soft furnishings with the liberal use of wood, cane, stainless steel, leather, silk and organza curtains and faux-fur throws on the beds, and many wooden artefacts which might have been Namibian, but equally could have been Tiawanese or Polynesian!? That said it was certianly very comfortable and there was acres of space for 6.
The staff were especially friendly, especially in the office helping with restaurant booking and general advice about local amenities. We had a great boat trip from Pelican Point in the company of Pelican seals and dolphin.
Swakupmond itself was not particularly inspiring, and with the sea mist we actually felt quite cold, and were pleased to be back on the road again when the time came to leave.
These travellers commented about their boat trip:
Having booked the kayaking, due to a hiccup we ended up on the boat trip, which arguable was a better option.
We were taken out well into the lagoon, in an effort to see whale (there were none) but we had an excellent trip with lots of chat and enteratinment in the form of pelican feeding and fly-bys, seals coming onto the boat for petting, feeding and photos, and a look at the flamingos on the shore.
We were treated to a picnic of sparkling wine, oysters and other canapes before return home 3 hours later.
A good fun trip.
The Stiltz review
We were welcomed by an exuberant friendly team of staff who helped us with directions to restaurants, were to go and what to do.
The rooms were very comfortable with excellent facilities including internet access, a mini bar and a great shower!
The location was spectacular but unfortunately the weather was overcast and cold so we didn't really enjoy the surrounding scenery.
The breakfast was excellent but it would have been nice to have a communal area for a drink in the evening.
The Stiltz review
This was a great hotel in a great location.
The individual rooms on stilts were very roomy and contained everything needed for a relaxing stay including wine and coffee - our room was on the end with a great view of the river and the ocean. Breakfast was good in another great location, and we ate at The Tug each night which was a great fish restaurant.
We went quad biking in the dunes which was a fantastic experience as the weather was warm and sunny - great place - really helpful staff - a really great 2 days.