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Hotel Pension A la Mer
Ranked #13 of 19 Hotels in Swakopmund
Certificate of Excellence
Upper Saddle River, NJ
1 review
“great location”
Reviewed 5 August 2013

Excellent location in Swakopmund but the room did not have a heating system. In July, it was a bit chilly at night. The lighting in the room is very strange with lights shine directly at your eyes. Very friendly staff.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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East Mids
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Reviewed 27 November 2012

I stayed here for 2 nights during a 2 week tour of Nambia. Great location close to the sea front and jetty. Nice, if a little dark, spacious rooms and friendly staff. The (German) lady running the breakfast seems a little scary at first as you have to follow her system for ordering, or else! In fact she just wanted to make sure everyone got exactly what they wanted - the choices were endless, and was charming. It was the most fun breakfast you could imagine with lots of laughter all round and most importantly it sets everyone up for another busy long day exploring Namibia. Don't miss the underfloor heating in the bathroom - very welcome and useful. The hotel is secure at night with a gate attendant. There are lots of choices for food around town in the evening. This is the ideal place for a (slightly) more relaxed stopover than elswhere in this spectacular wonderful country.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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New Delhi, India
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209 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2012

The location is perfect. Close to the shopping areas and the jetty and beach. The main part of the hotel is two storeyed. We stayed on one of the rooms on the side that made for a quieter experience. Breakfast was full English and it was cute seeing the hand signs used by our waitress to describe eggs - whether scrambled, fried or hard-boiled. The room was clean and comfortable with an attached bath. The parking lot was secure. We walked to the light house and all the shopping areas.

Room Tip: Rooms away from the main block make for a more private experience
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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119 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2012

I stayed at A La Mer in July as part of a tour group of 6 people. Great location. Rooms were fine. Not much light but clean. Didn't discover the heated floor in the bathroom until the last day :(
Very nice breakfast though they are stingy with the bacon. Ask for extra as you order your eggs.
My main complaint is that they tried to overcharge us on the laundry by 50%. When we arrived I asked about charges. I was told it was N$80 for a small bag. When we got the bill the desk person said it was N$120. I showed the gentleman my receipt which clearly said N$80 and he grudgingly accepted it. The next morning as we were leaving the woman at the front desk was very unpleasant and aggressive in trying to collect the balance. She said the old price was N$80 when they did the laundry in house but now they were sending it out so it was more expensive. I said they hadn't made that clear from the start. She was so aggressive I finally called in our tour leader to get her off my back. It's a small amount but the attitude rankled. She gave in b/c I guess she needs the tour business. So, overall, hotel was ok but I'm taking off a star for the unpleasantness at the end.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Santa Clara, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2012

OK, let me start with the hotel! It is a gated facility with about 25 rooms located 3 blocks from the ocean. They have WiFi here so you can get a few emails read. The rooms are not spectacular but the breakfast is the best we had in weeks. An old German woman takes egg orders and runs the dining room like a military commander! I mean that in the most wonderful way she had us laughing all morning. The food was fantastic with lots of German dishes thrown in. The city was just a pleasure to visit. Be sure to dine at the Lighthouse, it's a local place and the food was really good. The shops had lots of great items and if you can don't miss the township tour you will not be sorry, they serve a traditional African lunch and the singing by local boys is wonderful!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2012

Great place in Swakopmund. Very good value for money. Bathrooms are very original (design-wise). Rooms are spacious and clean. There is no TV.
Breakfast was generous.
Very helpful staff.
Great location downtown, close to restaurants, bars and seaside.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 July 2012

Of course we live in a 100+ year-old house so felt at home in lovely and spacious room. Great location, only about 2 blocks from the beach and short walk to the downtown area. Wonderful complete hot breakfast and buffet. Reassuring to find security guard on duty, even after dark by the hotel's front gate. Prefer this to newer places on the edge of town. Would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Ask for second floor room on SW edge -- good view of Tug Restaurant and the Atlantic...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Pension A la Mer
Address: 4 Libertina Amathila Ave, Swakopmund 9000, Namibia
Region: Namibia > Erongo Region > Swakopmund
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Ranked #13 of 19 Hotels in Swakopmund
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Number of rooms: 12
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Hotel Pension A la Mer is situated in the heart of Swakopmund and offers you charming accommodation with en-suite bathrooms. We are only 20sec away from the beach and jetty and 60sec from city centre. Warm and friendly atmosphere with a sumptious breakfast. 24 hour security and secured parking is part of the service. ... more   less 
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