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Villa Violet: Our full report
Villa Violet is a small guesthouse in the quiet suburb of Klein Windhoek run by helpful owners, Ben and Heidi Dassac. Situated 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 six relatively small bedrooms, simply finished in a contemporary style, with splashes of colour in vibrant shades of purple and violet. The walls are adorned with crisp, framed photographs and the grey stone floors topped with fluffy rugs. 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 and a compact en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet, and one has access to a private veranda. There's a TV in every room, too, as well as a telephone and free WiFi access. One of the rooms is slightly larger than the others, with a double and a single bed, and acts as a family room.
Central facilities at Villa Violet include a cosy lounge with TV, DVD and VCR player, a small collection of books, and an honesty bar where guests can help themselves to refreshments: cool drinks including fruit juices, ciders and local beers and bottled water, along with packets of crisps.
In the morning, a breakfast buffet is served in the bright dining room, where there’s a tea/coffee station, and homemade biscuits are available throughout the day. For self-catering purposes, the guesthouse also has an open-plan kitchen and a barbecue area.
A veranda leads onto a lovely garden, where you will find a small swimming pool and several sunloungers. Smokers will find designated smoking areas in the back garden, and f or self-drive guests, secure parking is possible on the property.
The small guesthouse makes the most of its outside space, with a number of places to relax in addition to the pool area. A smart patio leading on from the breakfast room comes complete with an outside sofa and potted plants, and there’s also a central deck set with tables and chairs between the entrances to the rooms.
Our viewVilla Violet is a simple and friendly place to stay in Windhoek, and an easy base from which to explore some of the capital’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 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 Heidi’s delicious homemade jams, and 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 perhaps to 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. Other drinks are not included but there is an honesty bar, and these 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: The family room has space for a baby cot, which the guesthouse can provide on request, but there are no highchairs.
Generally recommended for children: We think that children will feel welcome here.
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. On our last visit in 2016, the guesthouse has travel adapters available for sale at reception for N$30 (approximately £1.80).
Communications: Every guest room has a telephone and free WiFi, 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. At other times, one of the owners, Heidi or Ben, is normally around.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers outside in the public areas, in the kitchen and in the front garden.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Extra Charge. When we visited in 2016 laundry was charged at N$100 (approx £6) per load. Laundry needs to be handed in during the early afternoon to be returned the next day.
Money: There is a small safe in each room. Villa Violet does not offer currency exchange.
Accepted payment on location: Payments may be made in cash (Namibian dollars or South African rand), or by Visa card.