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Puccini House
Ranked #43 of 102 Windhoek B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 28, 2011

We needed an accommodation for few nights and we decided to try the Puccini house. Location is quite near the center and quality/price ratio is excellent. The courtyard is lovely and suitable for sitting long in the evening chatting with fellow travellers. Rooms are clean and comfortable, maybe a bit cold during the night though, but that is a common problem in Namibia during the winter. The surrounding neighborhood is a bit rough, and I recommend using a taxi or your own vehicle when coming and going. That's actually part of reality of Windhoek, so you can't blame Puccini house for that. Service is friendly and efficient, breakfast is good and as a bonus there's washing machine (coin operated) for guests to use. All in all Puccini House is perfect for a traveller who likes good quality and small budget!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank etl2010
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

I've stayed at Puccini a half-dozen times when working in Windhoek over the past five years, sometimes for weeks on end, and have never regretted it. I enjoy the atmosphere--laid back, and not noisy like the better-known backpackers I've occasionally stayed at in the city. This is not a party spot.

Puccini seems to cater more to the budget/family tourist crowd (ie, not backpackers, but not luxury guesthouse, either), as well as the odd tour group and a few longer-term visitors (volunteers, students, researchers). I've met any number of friendly sorts in the lounge by the fire or outside in the garden; people always seem up for a chat or an excursion to a restaurant or bar (NICE, just up the street, is good for this).

The site is secure, and located in easy walking distance of downtown (I'd say it's 5-10 minutes to the supermarket, 15-20 to Zoo Park). The owner and staff are very friendly and helpful, and lay on a good spread for breakfast. The guest kitchen isn't bad, either: plenty of storage, and seems about the right size for the number of guests making use of it.

My one complaint is that it gets very cold in the winter, which occasionally keeps me up. This isn't just an issue with Puccini, though: it's to do with Namibian standards of insulation and central heating (ie, none), and it's a problem I've had at other hostels in Windhoek. June seems to be the worst for this. The owner knows, though, and has a supply of extra blankets and space heaters on hand.

This is the spot in Windhoek I recommend to friends and colleagues, unless they are looking for absolute rock-bottom prices (and dorms) or a backpacker/partying experience.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled solo
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3  Thank col_pogo
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Reviewed July 7, 2010

I stayed here for almost a week in May with a group of colleagues. We thought the Puccini House was a lovely guest house. There are a variety of rooms that are set around an open area with a small pool and several different places to sit and relax, both inside and in a porch. These rooms include fairly fancy en suite rooms, to basic "student" rooms, where you have to go outside and down the path to take a shower. They also have quad rooms. We had our own laptops, so bought the wifi cards, rather than using the computer there. There is a fairly substantial continental breakfast in the morning with excellent coffee. We didn't use the kitchen, except for making ourselves tea, but there seemed to be plenty of room to self-cater. They also have a washing machine that is available for use. Puccini House is only a few blocks from town in a safe area, so we walked into town for dinner, or ordered pizza. They also have an "honour bar", where you can order beers and soft drinks, and a book exchange. The owner is very helpful and will arrange meals, taxis, tours, or whatever you want (not so surly! He's a nice guy) and the rest of staff were great too. Next time I am in Windhoek, I will definitely stay at Puccini House again.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled on business
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2  Thank juniemonster
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Reviewed March 15, 2010

Well priced, quiet and charming guesthouse around the corner from the NICE restaurant. (Namibia Institute of Culinary Arts). Rooms are not all the same, so ask to see before you decide which one. They all have different layouts and so meet different needs. You can also self cater with a separate outdoor kitchen. Breakfast is excellent. Nice pool and courtyard. Comfy seating and computer access. The manager lives on site and so security is excellent. The service is pleasant, helpful and professional.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled solo
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1  Thank Lilytravels
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Reviewed August 14, 2009

Good location close to centre of town. Breakfast included with price. Large common area, both inside and outside. Rooms have enough space to unpack your bag and organize yourself. Slow internet connection but that seems to be Namibia generally. Communal kitchen on the small side. Staff overall are helpful even if the owner is a little surly.

  • Stayed: July 2009
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2  Thank Constanz
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Reviewed October 18, 2017
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  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 5, 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled with family
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Address: 4 6 Puccini Street, Windhoek, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Khomas Region > Windhoek
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Ranked #43 of 102 B&Bs / Inns in Windhoek
Price Range: $50 - $52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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