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Sam's Giardino
Ranked #10 of 49 Swakopmund B&B and Inns
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120 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Excellent choice! Absolut zu empfehlen!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2012 via mobile

This place was one of the culinary and accomodation highlights during our 2.5 weeks trip through Namibia. We enjoyed high Swiss quality in food, wine, accomodation, conversations and knowledge sharing with the owner Sam.

The hotel/restaurant is about 10 min from the city center by foot in a calm and save area. There are about 12 nice and tidy rooms available. The food is excellent snd I'd recommend to have dinner there even if you don't stay over night. The owner Sam can provide you with lots of information about the area and Namibia.

Highly recommended, we'll be back!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Romford
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39 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2012

Excellent! Sam was lovely (as were his staff) and really made you feel you were at home, as did Beethoven his beautiful friendly dog. He is an interesting host and really did make the stay. The rooms are nice and look over the garden which is beautiful and its an easy walk in to town. Shower is good in the room. Breakfast is lovely, really lovely, and Sam isn't worried about starting it early if you need which is someting unusual over there. Dinner was OK. Had the wine tasting which I really enjoyed and would recommend. We'd stay again.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 9 and that was fine
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EssentialFeeling
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Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2011

Just got back earlier this October and spend 2 nights at Sam's.What a nice surprise such wonderful food, nicely served with superb accompanying wine. Dining room /cellar was well stocked with wines for all tastes plus helpful guidance (not intrusive) from Sam's extensive knowledge. Equally, breakfasts were continental (and or) cooked, a delight to linger over. The rooms and bathrooms were fine. The large surrounding gardens were particularly attractive and adjoined the bedrooms. This is the" thinking persons" venue with a wealth of library literature on the surrounding locality. Should you not find the exact book, Sam could locate it immediatly and offer advice on journeys and places. His team were exellent at arranging local trips. Do try this place, as it is the true "oasis of calm" in a desert."

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oslo, Norway
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26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2011

Spent 3 nights at Sams and Beethovens place and I justed loved it. Sam is the best host and Beethoven is definitely takeing good care of the public relation part. Thx for a good winetasting and a nice stay.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Whitewaterluksus
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Nottingham
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22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2011

The gardens were lovely, the food was nice, in particular the swiss muesli and myriad of Jams! The whole place felt a little too austere for my liking, I found the piped in Mahler a bit much!
Sam is obviously a font of knowlege for wine. I was suprised that he permitted cigar smoking at the bar, though pleasantly the smell did not linger.
The lack of Tea and coffee making facilities in the room was dissappointing.
More suited for an older crowd.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank two_boots
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Heemstede, The Netherlands
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108 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2011

This hotel is run by Swiss management and is exellent. When you like a good glass of wine please go to this hotel, the best South African wines are available for reasonable prices. Don´t forget to have a Malt Whiskey , Sam can offer you all sorts. In his restaurant they serve a 5 courses mael. Marvelous.

Room Tip: ground floor on the garden Clean, cool
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lexwinter
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Vail, Colorado
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135 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2010

Spent 3 nights here. Sam is very good host in all ways. Breakfast more than adequate. Dinner (not included) extra delicious! Rooms are large. Quiet location. Walked to town but a bit away. Parking off street. Safe in room. Free internet. Enjoyed Sam's dog but he is not intrusive. Sam knows everyone and we were not surprised when our guide at AfriCat knew him well!

Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank DTen
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Property: Sam's Giardino
Address: 89 Lubowski Ave., Swakopmund 0000, Namibia
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Location: Namibia > Erongo Region > Swakopmund
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Swakopmund
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sam's Giardino 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the Giardino Experience surrounded by an intimate atmosphere and creative spirit - from the wine cellar filled with the Cape`s finest and candle-light gourmet dinners to libraries of books and travel info. Our tranquil gardens invite you to relax over sundowners, after exhilarating excursions, while our comfort rooms decorated in mostly natural materials ensure that you feel pampered even in your sleep. The Giardino is a haven to those who love all the good things in life ... and Bernese Mountain Dogs. ... more   less 
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