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“Nice and Clean, but a bit Pricey”

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Desert Sky Backpackers
merosg
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“Nice and Clean, but a bit Pricey”
Reviewed 3 June 2013

Overall we enjoyed our stay, but it seemed to be a bit pricey for what you get. The price was different than what was listed in the guidebook, although Desert Sky says that LP doesn't update the price for some reason and that they've had higher prices for awhile. There was no breakfast and no internet available, and the small kitchen was often crowded. However the staff was very friendly and helpful, we booked a boat tour and ATV tour through the reception, both were fantastic. Short walk to beach and downtown.

Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 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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Alcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

My boyfriend and I, plus our travelling companion, stayed at Desert Sky Backpackers for 2 nights in March 2013. We decided to stay in a dorm room to save money, and checked into a small 4-bed dorm at the front of the house. The beds were clean and very comfy, and there was plenty of storage space in the lockable cupboards. The bathrooms were a walk down the garden path, which didn't particularly make me want to get up in the night to go to the loo, nevertheless the facilities were spotlessly clean and well maintained.
We used the braai pit and self-catering kitchen on one occasion and found it to be very clean and very well equipped - this can be a rarity in a backpacker hostel! There was also free tea and coffee available, which was a nice touch.
All in all, Desert Sky felt like a well-loved and well-looked after family home, with excellent security for our hire car, a lovely garden to relax in, and warm friendly staff who were very helpful in recommending trips and tours.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2012

We found this guesthouse after driving all day from Etosha. The woman at reception was very helpful and recommended a seal/dolphin cruise, that I loved. The place was booked except for one room that slept four. My friend and I were given the large room for the price of a two person room. The location is very convenient, within a couple blocks without being directly in the mix. The kitchen facilities were nice and clean. There was WiFi available for purchase - one fee for the entire stay. My only complaint is that we were in a house with four rooms that slept up to 10 with just one bathroom. One morning I could not get into the bathroom before my 8am tour pick-up. Also, my friend used the laundry services and she had several articles of someone else's clothing in with her load. She could not remember if she was missing any of here things.

Overall, a great find for us. I would definitely return.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Karlstad, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2012

Good location, only 5-10 minutes walk into town centre with restaurants and bars.
The hostel consists of several buildings with a green garden. There are also showers outside which are really nice.
Stayed in a 4 bed dorm which was a small room, but beds are comfortable etc.
Toilets were clean.

Unfortunately the camping sites (camping in the garden) cost almost as much as staying in a dorm room. Therefore we changed hostel when arriving with a camping equipped car.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Swartr47, Owner at Desert Sky Backpackers, responded to this review, 21 December 2012
Thanks for the very nice write-up you gave of Desert Sky. If you camp you do not pay for your car, tent or bed, you pay for the facilities. Both camping and dorms use, water, electricity, toiletpaper, free coffee and tea, TV etc. and all the cleaning. That is why there is only N$20.00 differance between camping and dorm beds. Hope this info will help? Warm Regards, Betsy
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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Reviewed 7 September 2012

We looved Swakopmund and Desert Sky was a great place to stay. Close to the ocean, and not a far walk from restaurants, bars, groceries, and any other sights in Swakopmund. We camped for a few nights, and the staff and owners were nice enough to lend us some mattresses to sleep on and more blankets (It was cold! we did not have enough warm things). We rented a car to go up Skeleton Coast and the owners leant us the warm blankets to take with us as we were camping along the way. So considerate of them! Thank you! The self catering kitchen is fantastic, there is a small fire pit... need to get some better fire wood! The showers and toilets are clean and decent. The dorms (two of us stayed in for one night) are also very clean and crisp. Reception is helpful with planning any activities, we did horseback riding and skydiving and they assisted with organizing pick ups etc.
One disappointment is the 50 Namibian Dollar charge if you want to stick around longer than the checkout time the day that you are leaving...seems incredibly unnecessary and frustrating as no other backpackers/hostel accommodation has this fee.... seemed confusing.
Otherwise fantastic place! Would recommend to anyone travelling through swakopmund on a budget.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Burlington, VT
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Reviewed 23 July 2012 via mobile

Good spot in Swakopmund to continue self-drive trip north. Simple rooms, perfect location so you can walk to the beach, the grocery store, and loads of restaurants, and nice area to make breakfast. We were only there for a short stay so we might have enjoyed it more if we got to spend time with others staying over, but everyone we met was friendly and similarly young.

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2012

Basic accommodation, but completely sufficient. Good, well equipped kitchen. The lady running the place was very helpful in arranging activities. Recommended.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Desert Sky Backpackers
Address: Lazarett Street | PO Box 2830, Swakopmund, Namibia
Region: Namibia > Erongo Region > Swakopmund
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Ranked #8 of 35 Speciality Lodging in Swakopmund
Number of rooms: 13

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