Are you looking for a hotel in Swakopmund? Explore Africa visited and tested three hotels in the Namibian coastal town.
For this article Explore Africa spent a minimum of two nights in each hotel. All hotels are family businesses. This is made possible by About Africa, who organized our whole Namibia tour. That said, these are our findings.
Cornerstone Guest House
In the center of Swakopmund, diagonally across from the Alte Veste restaurant, you will find Cornerstone Guest House. The married couple Margot and Peter Bassingthwaighte have been running this bed and breakfast for seventeen years with great joy – and it shows. Every morning we are cheerfully greeted at breakfast by Peter. The personal treatment makes you feel at home immediately. We test one of the five Double Rooms, but there are also two family rooms available. Each room has its own seating area with a view of the idyllic garden. The seating area and the well-stocked minibar are gratefully used. In the mood to go out? The beach or the restaurants in the center are a two minutes stroll away. We stayed at Cornerstone for four nights, but the stay and the generous breakfast were so good that we would have gladly stayed longer.
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Location: Located in the center, within walking distance of the beach.
Rooms: While personal contact with the owners provides a welcoming atmosphere, a private sitting area ensures a sense of privacy. The rooms themselves are simple but comfortable. Explore Africa tested a double room at the Bed & Breakfast. Cornerstone Guest House also lets out some self-catering apartments at other locations in Swakopmund.
Service & facilities: Good! Peter and Margot are more than happy to work with you. The personal touch makes you feel valued.
Price: Starting from N$ 1300 per person per night, including breakfast. N$ 2160 for two people.
Accessible for disabled: yes. The bed and breakfast is on the ground floor and wheelchair accessible.
The Artemis Hotel is located in the center of Swakopmund and offers a view of the boulevard and the sea. The hotel has just been acquired at the time Explore Africa conducted the test. The building has three floors and a large roof terrace where you have a view of the old town, the lighthouse, and the Atlantic Ocean. The standard room is spacious, as is the bathroom. The bathtub is a big plus, but so is the location of the hotel. The hotel is only three steps away from the beach. Restaurants like Café Anton and The Jug are literally around the corner. In our opinion an ideal base if you want to discover the center of Swakop.
Review Artemis Hotel
Location: Heart of Swakopmund, just steps away from the beach.
Service & Facilities: Good.
Rooms: Spacious and comfortable.
Price: Starting at N$1030 per night. Book directly through the website. http://www.artemis.com.na
Accessible for disabled: no.
Beach hotel Atlantic Villa
Just steps away from Bird Beach, you’ll find the Atlantic Villa. This boutique guest house and conference center is located in a quiet neighborhood, a ten-minute drive from the center. Do you want to discover the heart of Swakopmund? Then you can take the shuttle, which goes up and down regularly. More in the mood for a walk on the beach? Then you can walk along the coast within an hour. Explore Africa stays two nights in a standard room. The room is one large, bright, open space. The furnishings feel new and the walk-in shower is soothing. The large window and balcony provide views of the Atlantic Ocean. In your room, there is also a convenient, electric system to signal that you don’t want to be disturbed, that you want your laundry picked up, or that the room can be cleaned.
Review Atlantic Villa
Location: Just steps from the beach, in a peaceful suburb of Swakopmund. From our room, we overlooked the Atlantic Ocean.
Service & Facilities: Good! The shuttle to and from the center is a great solution if you don’t have transportation available or prefer not to drive. The reception staff also are very cooperative in planning your day’s activities.
Accessible for disabled: no.
Price: Starting at N$1800 for two people per night.
Room: Explore tested a standard room, but suites and apartments are also available.
Accessible for the disabled: no.
Our experiences are made possible by About Africa, that organized our 30 day-trip in Namibia. We’d highly recommend traveling with a local expert as About Africa for multiple reasons. Not only do they know all the hidden gems, it’s also extremely convenient that they are making all the arrangements. On top of that, your journey will be supporting the local economy, because About Africa only collaborates with local family businesses.