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Villa Violet: Our full report
Villa Violet is a small guesthouse run by helpful owners, Ben and Heidi Dassac. Situated in the suburb of Klein Windhoek, just a five-minute drive from the city's central business district, it's a convenient and comfortable base for an overnight stay in Windhoek at the start or end of a holiday in Namibia.
Villa Violet has five relatively small bedrooms. Each is simply finished, though quite in contemporary style, with splashes of colour in vibrant shades of purple and violet. Heidi tells us that she aimed for a fresh, clean look and we think she's achieved it. Each room has a double or twin beds, air conditioning, a safe for personal belongings and a compact en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet. There's a TV in every room, too, as well as a telephone and free WiFi access.
Central facilities at Villa Violet include a cosy lounge with TV, DVD and VCR player, and a small collection of books. In the morning, a breakfast buffet is served in the bright dining room, while for self-catering purposes the guesthouse has an open-plan kitchen and a barbecue area. A veranda leads into the lovely garden, where you will find a small swimming pool and several sunloungers. For self-drive guests, secure parking is possible on the property.
Our viewVilla Violet is a simple though friendly place to stay in Windhoek and, while you are here, you can easily explore some of Windhoek's highlights.
Ideal length of stay: Villa Violet works best as a first or last night on a trip to Namibia.
Directions: Situated at 48 Ziegler Street, Villa Violet is about a 40-minute drive from Windhoek International Airport. Self-drivers should take the B6 towards Windhoek; turn right onto Sam Nujoma Drive, then right onto Nelson Mandela Avenue and then right again onto Metje Street. Ziegler Street is then on the left.
Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer
Owner: Ben and Heidi Dassac
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: Villa Violet serves a generous breakfast buffet, with eggs cooked to order.
They don't serve lunch or dinner, but will be more than happy to recommend and book restaurants in town, and even arrange a taxi so that you don't have to drive. Alternatively, if you're tired and prefer to order in, you're welcome to use the dining room.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Complimentary coffee and tea are available in the dining room throughout the day. There is an honesty bar; drinks are not included but can be paid for at the end of your stay.
Further dining info: None
Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Property’s age restrictions: Villa Violet has no age restrictions.
Special activities & services: None
Equipment: A cot can be supplied on request, but there are no highchairs.
Generally recommended for children: We think that children will feel welcome here. Sadly, though, there is no family-style accommodation.
Notes: The swimming pool is unfenced. Children must be under the supervision of their parents at all times.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: There are plug points in each room for charging camera batteries and electrical equipment. Travellers need to bring their own adaptor.
Communications: Every guest room has a telephone and free wireless internet access, which is also available in the main area.
TV & radio: There's a TV in every room with a limited bouquet of satellite channels.
Water supply: Mains
Water supply notes: All rooms have a plumbed-in shower and a flushing toilet.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: There are doctors, medical centres and several hospitals in Windhoek.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: Villa Violet is fenced in, and guests are provided with a remote button to operate the electric gate. A night-guard is on site between 6.00pm and 6.00am, or 8pm and 8am. At other times, one of the owners, Heidi or Ben, is normally around.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers outside in the public areas.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge
Money: There is a small safe in each room. Villa Violet does not offer currency exchange.
Accepted payment on location: Cash (Namibian dollars or South African rands), Visa and Mastercard are accepted.