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Hansa Hotel
Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Swakopmund
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Old colonial building in town centre.
Internet pictures look better than itself.
Pleasant staff but slow.
Only a quick 1 night stay on a drive around Namibia.
It is probably one of the best in the area.
Tourism and new hotel don't seem to have arrived.
Breakfast v v poor.
Nearby restaurants good.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

Some older hotels are charming; some, like the Hotel Hansa, just need to be updated. My husband and I spent three nights here recently and as we were moved to a different room on our second night, this review will have two parts.
To begin with we were in a standard room - took a courtyard view room as a result of comments in Tripadvisor reviews about the noise. Had asked for and been told there was a/c in the room but in fact, it turned out there was not. They couldn't accommodate our request, they advised us, because apparently the hotel was full. View out onto the courtyard was pretty - however as people were smoking directly under our window most of the time, we had to keep the windows closed; room quite large though short on closet space. Very stodgy and old fashioned (haven't seen a tv like that for some time - not that you come to Namibia to watch TV but it was indicative of the last time they upgraded). Lighting was also pretty sparse and dim. Bathroom, while quite large had extremely limited counter space and was pretty dismal - could have benefited from some renovations.
Second day they moved us into a huge suite - maybe only the suites have a/c? Although it faced the street, it was certainly not noisy at night - maybe because of the time of year but we certainly didn't notice any noise. The suite was comprised of two large rooms - an oversized lounge area (with a new flat screen TV), a good sized bedroom with much better closet space and a large, somewhat renovated bathroom with lots of counter space.
When we first walked into the suite there was a distinct smoky smell which dissipated after a while. Unfortunately, they don't appear to have non-smoking rooms and everyone seems to smoke everywhere.
The overall atmosphere is rather Germanic and stodgy. Not sure what else there is in terms of places to stay in Swakopmund - maybe consider staying in Walvis Bay.

Room Tip: If yo have to stay here, i would suggest going for one of the suites as they appear to be the rooms...
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank SpikeVancouver
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

Hotel is centrally located in town, with plenty of cafes,bars and restaurants nearby.
Hotel feels dated with its heavy furnishing.
Reception staff are very friendly and helpful. They helped our group book a few excursions no problem.
Rooms are clean but basic. My biggest problem was lack of air conditioning. Rooms were stifling hot and I had to sleep with my balcony door open, so making it noisy from street.
Breakfast was simple and restaurant staff weren't too helpful or friendly.
Ok place to stay for 1 night

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

Nice Hotel in central position. Lovely rooms but old - my room was upgraded. The reception and staff in general were very friendly. Parking was on -street but this town is relatively safe so I didnt have a problem. Breakfast was average. There are few restaurant options available, some walking distance.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

We stayed at this hotel at the end of January, for 2 nights. We were checked in efficiently and offered orange juice or champagne or both! We chose the champagne and took it with us to our room - no 14. We were then able to park the car in the secure parking area, for just ND20 per day.
Our room was very spacious with a huge bed with soft pillows and fine linens, bathroom with bath and shower over and balcony doors opening onto a juliette balcony overlooking the courtyard garden at the rear of the hotel. We did not have air con but asked for a fan which was more than enough to keep the air moving and us cool at night. The room was spotlessly clean and full length curtains kept out the light and assured us of a good nights sleep.
We did not dine in the restaurant for dinner but the atmosphere was lovely. Beautifully laid tables, soft lights and a piano player tinkling away on the ivories took one back in time to a more refined era!
The breakfast buffet was extensive and included fresh fruits and yogurt as well as breakfast quiche, a choice of breads and pastries, cold meats and cheeses and much more. The waiting staff were attentive and friendly - just what we had come to expect from Namibian hospitality.
Our stay was a lovely experience and we could not fault this small and very friendly hotel, which is located right in the middle of town.
PLEASE READ ON!
There is one place that you must visit whilst in town and tell everyone about:

Kubatsirana Arts and Crafts shop sells a range of unique products, including natural creams and salt scrubs made from locally-sourced !nara seeds (used by indigenous people to soothe thhe skin for generations); !nara seed cooking oil; hand-stitched dolls; unusual Chrismas decorations; cushions; silkscreened t-shirts; jewellery; and beautiful lino prints.

But as well as being able to pick up something truly original for friends and family, shoppers at Kubatsirana are also supporting a variety of social projects based near Windhoek and Swakopmund. Kubatsirana means "helping each other", and every dollar spent here contributes to inproving the lives of the craftspeople who made these gorgeous items. Here are some of the projects supported by Kubatsirana:

Over 4000 people live in the Democratic Resettlement Community (DRC) outside Swakopmund. This residents of this informal settlement have few work opportunities, but women from DRC are taught to make crafts from recycled materials such as newspaper and bottle tops. These are then sold to provide a small income. A soup kitchen now also feeds 120 children nutritious meals twice a week.
Oasa Taradi means "busy women", and this group of needlework experts provide beautiful, hand-stiched and embroidered items to Kubatsira. Many are single mothers or the main income providers for their family.
Katutura is the large township in Windhoek. Kubatsira supports various community projects here, including the Opongande Centre for disabled children; Dolam Children's Home for kids with AIDS and tuberculosis; and 40 creches which care for over 2000 children.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back of the hotel are quieter
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

The restaurant of Hansa Hotel is a bit old fashioned, there is a piano player and the service is not very friendly. Funny the uniform of the waiters, some wear jackets without shirts and other shisrts without jackest. Food not very good, very very olie and TOO much garlic so that you won't be able to tast anything else. But the tables are dressed nice.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

The Hansa hotel is located in the centre of Swakopmund, close to the beach and the main roads. The city is very small and there is not so much to do, but it is a nice place to relax for 1-2 days after some safari / desert trips.

The hotel is old fashioned, built around 1970 and the décor is typical seventies. There is no air-condition in all rooms, but it is relatively cool outside so this was OK (however I would expect they add air-con to all rooms). The rooms are relatively large and mine had a small balcony. The bathroom is also old fashioned but OK. Breakfast is very good, lunch as well.

Service is good as well, they are very fast and try to do their best. The General Manager is always around and oversees everything so service is efficient, but unfortunately he completely lacks of charm and does not even say hello to the guests – this is a pity as the hotel is charming and it well maintained.

Do not expect a luxury resort, but it is a nice 4-star hotel. Overall a good choice in Swakopmund, from my perspective most probably the best.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hansa Hotel

Address: 3 Hendrik Witbooi St., Swakopmund 9000, Namibia
Region: Namibia > Erongo Region > Swakopmund
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Swakopmund
#2 Romantic Hotel in Swakopmund
Price Range: £97 - £138 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hansa Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 58
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