I left planning for where to stay in Windhoek until about the last minute, and when I actually started calling hotels, I was dismayed to find that either they didn't have the amenities I wanted (TV, restaurant, pool), or they were really expensive or way in the outskirts of Windhoek. I was thrilled to find Roof of Africa, and thrilled with my stay there. It's not a fancy hotel, but it's absolutely adorable, with bamboo gardens between the rooms, and two large tortoises that roam the grounds. My room opened out onto a porch tables and chairs, and adjacent to that was a little fish pond and fountain. The room wasn't fancy, but my bed was huge and comfortable, everything was clean, and I got quite a few channels on the TV, which was especially exciting. There's a small pool in the center courtyard, as well as a nice little lounging area to sip a beer and chat. The staff was very friendly and helpful to me, and they even let me check my e-mail on the front desk computer.
But what pleased me the most was the restuarant. There is a buffet that has quite a few hearty, traditional options, as well as some nice extra touches, like a cheese plate, lots of fruit, and quite a few salads. You can also order off a menu, and that includes fun African dishes like kudu and ostrich. The only detraction to Roof of Africa? Location. Roof of Africa is close enough to walk to the center of town, but it is quite a hike, and the street that it's on isn't terribly pedestrian friendly. There also aren't any shops nearby, so if I wanted something like a bottle of water, I had to pay the inflated price for one from the hotel bar. But nevertheless, I had a great time here, and would certainly stay again.
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