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Sandcastle Apartments
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Thanks Silke for your helpfulness when we stayed. The rooms are amazing - spacious with an outdoor area. Only downside is that there was no heater in the room - being June it was a bit chilly. (Mind you I didn't ask for one.) There is an outside BBQ / braai available. The apartment is a stones throw from the beach. And a lovely 15 minute walk along the beach promenade to the town centre. (Recommended)
There was no fog when we visited but did experience a sand storm which was a first for us. We were given good advice from a local to travel behind the sand dunes to head toward Sossusvlei if there was one as the road to Walvis Bay can be treacherous. The sand can cover the roads and make it impassable. It was quite scary driving with the sand whipping across the road and down to near zero visibility but slowly slowly and awareness of vehicles around you is important - there were few vehicles and it only lasted half an hour. The sand storm ended 60km out of town.

Room Tip: Downstairs room would be my preference.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

A very friendly and cosy reception upon arrival. Felt at home right away. So much attention to detail ensured our needs were met. Very clean and neat room. Will definitely visit again. The service was accommodating.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Most value for money for an excellent establishment. We enjoyed the option of doing our own thing with access with our own keys. We couldn't find any negatives to share.
excellent location, close to everything but still secluded enough to be enjoyable

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank Gert M
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

OK but no view of sea, overly secure, no DSTV and hosts did not bother to call regarding left toiletries despite having no and knowing we were 200m round corner. Gave to housekeeper - simply theft really!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

The managers of the Lodge were very friendly and accommodating. Every need was catered too. The guest house is peaceful,the rooms were neat and clean but we felt that the décor was outdated and the linen and towels worn. One bed was rickety but the mattress comfortable. The rooms were secure and provided secure parking and only a 15 min walk from town. We enjoyed our stay, thank you.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Gwen B
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

We spent a month in Swakopmund and had a wonderful stay at Sand Castle Apartments. We took the Elephant Apartment.

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Reiner and Silke are gracious and hopsitable hosts, and went out of their way to provide us with restaurant recommendations or even to share with us their favorite campsite for our upcoming camps after we left Swakop. They even gave me a small bottle of champagne on our departure because they knew it was my birthday!

I prefer - for environmental concerns - that the towels not be changed daily; Silke accepted this request but still checked on her daily rounds to ask if we needed fresh towels.

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The apartment itself is very spacious, not cramped at all, and attractively decorated. The internet signal was strong and reliable. The kitchen is well-stocked with cutlery and all the cooking equipment we needed. The braai is beautiful! We enjoyed a private table immediately outside our door to enjoy coffee on a few sunny mornings.

I had 3 minor complaints:

1) The apartment does not include a washing machine, oven, nor a tub (it's a shower only). We stayed for a month so missed these items, but for a short-term stay where you're not cooking elaborate meals or doing laundry weekly, these shouldn't be a problem.

2) The apartment has wicker beach-style furniture that’s not comfortable for lying and reading a book - a personal preference for me.

3) The alarm system is a bit awkward, as it's a motion detector set on the perimeter of the apartments. Silke and Reiner wait until late at night before setting it and getting up quite early to disarm it, and they are happy to adjust their schedule upon request. Once or twice, though, I woke up early and would have enjoyed a sunrise walk on the beach but couldn't get out because it was too early. Insomniacs could struggle a bit!

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We were very happy with the location as it was only 2 blocks from the beautiful pedestrian/bicycle path along the beach. It was a 25-minute walk to the center of town, nicely out of the tourist traps but easy to get to restaurants and shops. Nights were very quiet - no noise at all. We joined a modern gym/indoor heated pool a block away for a reasonable price.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We were very happy with our accommodation at Sandcastle. Our hosts were very friendly and helpful and accommodated all our requests and requirements. The apartments are very safe and within walking distance from the hustle and bustle during the busy season. The apartment was well equipped , very clean and well maintained. It was serviced upon request and we could also get laundry done at a nominal rate.We really enjoyed our stay and will return.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Sandcastle Apartments

Address: 4 Woker Street, Swakopmund 9000, Namibia
Region: Namibia > Erongo Region > Swakopmund
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 39 Speciality Lodging in Swakopmund
Price Range: £35 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandcastle Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sandcastle Apartments is located in a conveniently tranquil part of Swakopmund (Vineta), only a two-minutes walk away from the beach and minutes away from the city centre with its shopping facilities, restaurants and cafés, offering individually designed and furnished flats or a double room. We, Rainer & Silke, believe in keeping things warm, personal and intimate and offer affordable holiday and business stopover accommodation in Swakopmund to guests who cherish their privacy, freedom and mobility. Sandcastle Apartments offers 4 sunny, spacious, comfortable and authentically decorated apartments (Elephant, Lion, Zebra, Atlantic) and 1 double room (Weaver's Nest), set in a lush landscaped garden. Up to 14 people can be accommodated at a time. The apartments and the double room have their own entrance each and are secured individually. Experience the quietness at night accompanied by the sound of the Atlantic Ocean. Sandcastle Apartments provides a braai area for a BBQ, free parking inside the locked premises, WiFi access throughout the guesthouse for free, flatscreen TV in each apartment and room safe. On request we offer breakfast, laundry service and room service. Welcome to our Sandcastle Apartment! ... more   less 
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