This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more

Skip to main content

Talk to an expert 1-800-242-2434 Lines open now

User menu
Hilltop Guesthouse
Hilltop Guesthouse
Hilltop Guesthouse

Hilltop Guesthouse: Our full report

Hilltop Guesthouse (aka Hilltop Guest House) is a Bavarian-style house situated in a cul-de-sac in a quiet ...

... residential suburb of Klein Windhoek, on the north side of Windhoek. Built in the 1950s as an art studio, making it quite old by Windhoek's standards, it is located on top of a hill with great views over the surrounding suburbs of Windhoek and to the mountains beyond.

Hilltop Guesthouse was formerly run as Hilltop House and throughout the early 2000s it was one of our favorites in Windhoek. In 2010 this great little guesthouse ceased operating, but we were delighted when it finally re-opened as Hilltop Guesthouse, and since then it has changed hands and is now under new management as of April 2019. It is full of promise and renewed purpose.

Hilltop Guesthouse has seven rooms, all stylishly decorated and furnished with brown or olive-green tones, with a splash of orange or red from scatter cushions. These rooms still have the original floorboards, which have been carefully restored. The beds have padded headboards and a luggage rack at the foot. Air conditioning, satellite TV, a hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities (including an espresso coffee machine), and a small fridge, which can be stocked on request, come as standard.

There are three spacious luxury rooms upstairs (these are our favorites), three standard rooms downstairs, leading directly onto the pool terrace, and a separate free-standing cottage in the grounds.
  • Upstairs, the 'luxury' rooms are large and spacious. The en-suite bathrooms have a toilet, free-standing tiled shower and double basins set in a wooden counter, with toiletries provided. These all have access to the balcony, made from Oregon pine, that runs around two sides of the guesthouse, and each room has its own table and chairs for enjoying breakfast outside taking in the beautiful views of Windhoek, or brought inside on cooler days. For less pleasant days, you'll also find a table and chairs inside each room.
  • Downstairs, the 'standard' rooms have much the same arrangement for breakfast, with tables outside the rooms and around the pool for breakfast on nicer days. The en-suite bathrooms for these rooms is smaller, but still comes with the same features.
  • The cottage is very small and is generally sold as a single room. Steep steps lead up to the entrance, making access challenging, especially in the dark. Breakfast is not included in the rate here.
Hilltop Guesthouse doesn't have any communal lounge or dining area, but its pretty garden has a lovely swimming pool and an adjoining wooden deck dotted with loungers, chairs and tables where breakfast can also be enjoyed under the shade of a large jacaranda tree. It's also a great place to watch the evening colours of the sky as the sun sinks below the horizon, and keen birdwatchers report that it's a good spot for watching birds.


Our view

Hilltop Guesthouse as a comfortable bed and breakfast in Windhoek, ideal for your first or last night in Namibia. Following our stay in May 2018, we were very impressed with the changes that had been made and are happy to recommend this lovely little guesthouse once again.

Tracy Lederer

Tracy Lederer

Namibia expert

Geographics

Location
Windhoek, Namibia
Ideal length of stay
1 night
Directions
The guesthouse is at 12 Lessing Street, in the Klein Windhoek suburb of Windhoek, about five minutes’ drive from the city centre, or 45 minutes from Windhoek International Airport.
Accessible by
Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Bed & Breakfast
Food quality
Breakfast is the only meal on offer at Hilltop. When we stayed in 2018 we were offered the 'healthy' fruit option, toast and museli followed by our choice of cooked breakfast, all finished with pancakes. In our book it was a great way to start the day.

There are numerous restaurants in the area where lunch and dinner can be enjoyed.

Children

Attitude towards children
All ages are welcome
Property’s age restrictions
There is no age restriction
Special activities & services
There are no special activities for children
Equipment
A baby cot is available
Generally recommended for children
Although Hilltop does accept children we would not recommend it for children under five years old.
Notes
The Guesthouse is located on a steep site with no barrier at the edge of the deck and no fence around the pool. Parents need to supervise their children at all times.

Communications

Communications
There is good cellphone reception here and the guesthouse offers free WiFi throughout the property.
TV & radio
Each room has a TV with a selection of satellite channels.
Water supply
Mains

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
No
Medical care
There are doctors and hospitals nearby in Windhoek.
Dangerous animals
Low Risk
Security measures
Hilltop Guesthouse has a security gate. There is a security guard on duty 24 hours a day. The managers live nearby.
Fire safety
There are fire extinguishers placed around the property.

Activities

  • Cultural excursion

    Cultural excursion

Extras

Disabled access
On Request
Laundry facilities
Laundry is available at a cost of N$100/£5 per load.
Money
There is a digital safe in each room. The guest house does not offer currency exchange but there are many banks in the area.
Accepted payment on location
Cash in Namibian dollars and South African rand is accepted as are payments by Visa and MasterCard.

Other lodges in Windhoek

Alternative places to stay in this same area.


Olive Grove

Olive Grove

In a quiet Windhoek suburb, Olive Grove is one of our favourite guesthouses: stylish, with a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and excellent food.


88% (339 reviews)
Galton House

Galton House

Galton House is a cool stylish sanctuary in a quiet suburb of Windhoek with a pool and restaurant.


90% (147 reviews)
Elegant Guesthouse

Elegant Guesthouse

The Elegant Guesthouse is a friendly, comfortable establishment with a lovely, tranquil garden, and is a good choice for an overnight stay in Windhoek.


86% (124 reviews)
River Crossing

River Crossing

On a game reserve between Windhoek and the airport, River Crossing is a convenient yet relaxing place to start or end a trip.


82% (115 reviews)
Haus Sonneneck

Haus Sonneneck

Haus Sonneneck was one of Windhoek's best pensions just a few minutes' drive away from the city centre, however it has now closed.


86% (102 reviews)
Villa Violet

Villa Violet

Villa Violet is a friendly, owner-run guesthouse in a residential area of Windhoek, just a few minutes' drive from the city centre and numerous restaurants.


90% (99 reviews)
Heinitzburg Hotel

Heinitzburg Hotel

One of the oldest hotels in Windhoek, the Heinitzberg occupies a great hill-top location but can feel like a relic of a bygone era.


85% (40 reviews)
GocheGanas

GocheGanas

For somewhere to really pamper yourself, Gocheganas Lodge & Spa offers wildlife combined with extensive wellness treatments.


95% (37 reviews)
Olive Exclusive

Olive Exclusive

The Olive Exclusive is perhaps Windhoek's most luxurious boutique hotel but remains a friendly and unpretentious place to stay.


95% (33 reviews)
Etango Ranch Guest Farm

Etango Ranch G. Farm

Etango offers simple, clean, comfortable accommodation and it’s the closest accommodation to Windhoek International Airport.


88% (21 reviews)
Immanuel Wilderness Lodge

Immanuel Wild'ss Lodge

Within easy reach of Windhoek, Immanuel Wilderness Lodge is a good overnight option for those who don't wish to stay in the city.


81% (17 reviews)
Rivendell Guesthouse

Rivendell Guesthouse

Rivendell Guesthouse offers great value, relaxed accommodation in a homely atmosphere with helpful and extremely friendly staff.


89% (17 reviews)
Sun Karros Daan Viljoen

Sun Karros Daan Viljoen

Situated within the Daan Viljoen Nature reserve Sun Karros is a simple lodge with gentle game viewing and bird watching opportunities.


77% (15 reviews)
Avani Windhoek Hotel

Avani Windhoek Hotel

The Avani Windhoek Hotel and Casino lack the personal touch of Windhoeks smaller guesthouses but is well located in the heart of the city.


80% (11 reviews)
Hotel Thule

Hotel Thule

Windhoek’s Hotel Pension Thule offers stunning views across the city and a reputable in-house restaurant, within easy reach of the international airport.


91% (9 reviews)
Pension Palmquell

Pension Palmquell

Stay at the Pension Palmquell in Windhoek, whilst on holiday in Namibia.


89% (9 reviews)
Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel

Am Weinberg

In a quiet upmarket suburb of Klein Windhoek, the stylish Am Weinberg has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and luxury facilities.


93% (3 reviews)
Omaanda

Omaanda

Omaanda offers luxury accommodation and wildlife viewing within easy reach of the international airport and Windhoek City.


100% (2 reviews)
Desert Express

Desert Express

The Desert Express runs from Windhoek to Swakopmund on set departures. Recently this schedule has been somewhat erratic.


80% (1 review)
Ti Melen Guest House

Ti Melen

Overlooking Avis Dam, Ti Melen is on the outskirts of Windhoek, yet only 10-minutes from the city's amenities.


No reviews yet

Login to Expert Africa

Sign in with password

Sign in with email link


New to Expert Africa? Create an account

Forgotten your details?

It's free & quick to set up

  • Order a brochure
  • Save your wish-list
  • Send us an enquiry
  • Pay online for your trip
  • Subscribe to our newsletter
  • Give us feedback on your trip
  • Full site benefits of the site

Need some help? Talk to our team

Africa