Unfortunately, we booked in here for three nights. Thought it must be really good because of the Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt connection. What were they thinking of?? They obviously never returned and those days are long gone. I couldn't agree more with the comments from the StevenB81 review. The location was so awful we just couldn't believe it! The hotel is stuck amongst apartments and it's like being amongst a building site. Incredibly ugly.
We had mistakenly booked a standard room but we were told the standard rooms were very small (!) so we upgraded to a luxury room (Shiloh) which was at the front overlooking the sea. Unfortunately the view was partially blocked by a huge concrete wall on one side and a smaller wall on the other. There was a small seating area outside but you wouldn't particularly want to sit there. The room was large and reasonably decorated but an open plan bathroom was part of it! Absolutely no privacy there as anyone in the main room could see you on the loo!
The electric socket was 'shorting' and even when I drew it to their attention nothing was done. I then discovered the hairdryer was plugged directly into an extension cable just by the wires. There were no bottles of water in the room (you had to buy them) and several times I had to ask for milk as they had forgotten to leave any little cartons, despite there being tea making facilities (if you dared to plug the kettle in!) Luxury rooms always have bottled water provided. Oh, and there was no mini bar or fridge.
The hotel is situated halfway between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. We thought it would be lovely being directly on the beach but it is simply awful. It's very rocky, the sand is gritty and dirty, rubbish and dog excrement were lying around. We had a view of a crane which was close by, a rusty pier, container ships passing (going into Walvis Bay port) and a rough sea which would be too dangerous to swim in. Nowhere to sit on the beach and actually you wouldn't want to if you could. Totally and utterly depressing.
The breakfast was unbelievable and pitiful. Stained tablecloths on the buffet table. Dishes of unmentionable things which looked as though they had been put away every night for weeks and brought out again the next day. I have never seen such a pathetic offering. In desperation, my husband ordered an omelette which took forever to arrive. When it did, it was virtually inedible. We met a lady on the beach who told us not to eat there as the food was disgusting and that was good advice. She too, was staying there and couldn't wait to leave. When we returned from our walk on the beach we asked for a gin and tonic to try and cheer ourselves up, they didn't have any gin.
We couldn't pick up any wi fi. Despite being given a password, nothing happened. I was told that if I had an iPad it was doubtful I would manage to get a connection. DO NOT rely on wi fi.
The hotel appears clean as long as you don't look too closely. It is a maze of rooms, totally disjointed, badly thought out and unattractive.
We would absolutely never return. We have travelled the world and this has got to be one of the worst places we have stayed in. There is virtually nothing to do unless you want to go on quad bikes! Walvis only has a couple of restaurants on the 'waterfront'. It sounded nice but the waterfront is in front of the ship container yard and there was an oil rig parked by the side. Awful. Swakopmund was quaint but you would only want to spend a day there. If you go, eat at The Tug which is by the old pier. It looks terrible from the outside but is actually a good restaurant. The crystal museum was the only thing worth visiting. In desperation we thought we would visit the Snake Park! We imagined a zoo-type set up, but It is like going into someone's house where the back room houses very small tanks full of large snakes! Waste of time and money as you can view it in five minutes.
To cap it all, my husband's shirts were stolen from his suitcase on the way back from Walvis Bay airport to Jo'burg! Would recommend the plastic wrapping for suitcases. Ironically, we had done this everywhere else but the airport was so small that we didn't think it necessary.
DO NOT bother to go to this hotel. It was an expensive and depressing experience and we wouldn't want anyone else to suffer. Once there, you can't really escape as there is nowhere else to go apart from Swakopmund. We were bitterly disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As the shifting sands of the Namib Desert swirl in time to an ageless rhythm, this hotel rises above the wilderness in an oasis of calm like a soothing balm upon the scorched earth. It is here, on the edge of one of the world's largest sand dunes, that visitors pay homage to the stark beauty of the Namib and the mighty expanse of the Atlantic. African Pride Burning Shore offers four standard rooms, three luxury rooms, four superior rooms and one suite. The hotel is located on the beachfront at Longbeach, only 15 km from either Swakopmund or Walvis Bay and 20 minutes from the nearest Regional Airport. It's a hotel that complements your travel style. Dine at our in-house restaurant that serves exquisite cuisine or sit down for your favorite drink in the cocktail bar. Guests can also head to the deck for alfresco dining with direct access to the beach or indulge in activities from quad biking to dolphin cruises. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Burning Shore Swakopmund
- Burning Shore Hotel Swakopmund