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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 are delighted that it is now open again under new management as Hilltop Guesthouse, and 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 or a throw. The beds have padded headboards and a luggage rack at the foot. These rooms still have the original floorboards, which have been carefully restored. 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. These are made up of three spacious luxury rooms upstairs, 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.
All of these bedrooms have access to the balcony that runs around two sides of the guesthouse, where each room has its own table and chairs for enjoying breakfast outside. 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.
Our viewWe recommend Hilltop Guest as a base in Windhoek for a first or last night in Namibia. Following our stay in May 2016, we were very impressed with the changes that have been made and are keen once again to promote this lovely little guesthouse.
Ideal length of stay: 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.
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
Owner: Johan and Vanda Potgieter
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: Breakfast is the only meal on offer at Hilltop. When we stayed we were offered the ‘healthy’ fruit option 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.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Tea and coffee is provided in the rooms, as well as water in the minibars. Soft drinks and beers are available at an additional cost.
Further dining info: Yes breakfast can also be enjoyed in your room
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.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
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 and guests are given a remote control with their keys. There is a security guard on duty at night. The managers live nearby.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers placed around the property.
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.