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African Pride Burning Shore
Ranked #19 of 19 Hotels in Swakopmund
Reviewed 15 March 2013

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.

Room Tip: We had 'Shiloh' room which was a luxury room, but it is open plan with the bathroom. Not a...
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2012

my friend and i were travelling together and had booked a twin room, and we had been upgraded from another 3 star establishment in swakopmund ..... so i expected a very good 3 night stay at a supposed 5 star hotel. Annette was very helpful on check but she showed my friend and i to a room with one queen size bed ... ok so we were 2 ladies travelling together .... but she didnt know that .... we could have just met or been business colleagues . i was not very happy, she offered us another duvet, as if that would have helped the queen bed situation. then she offered to move us the next night as she couldnt right then. we eventually got the "trader room" which was outside of the hotel and although comfortable, it was not 5 star. The dinner service was not good, we got offered one drink on arrival at our table, waited an awful long time for dinner, was not offered anythng else to drink for the entire meal and then to top it off, what i got was not what was described on the menu. I did,however get a discount on the meal but the service was not of 5 star quality. The 3 breakfasts that i had were poor, the cereal was stale, the bread etc was not fresh, there was so little food on display it was laughable and nothing was ever replenished. i had so much better breakfast at the other 2 protea hotels that i had stayed in. The tableclothes were dirty and the tables were not replenished with fresh cutlery and crockery when other patrons had left the breakfast area. I thought that the staff were friendly but they seemed to be very slow and only doing the bare minimum. I would say that i had a much better stay at the 3 star hotels in walvis bay and windhoek. at a 5 star hotel, i expect to be wowed with efficiency and superb food and this was not the case. oh, one more thing, on arrival and departure the computer was down and the receptionist was not very efficient. i wouldnt normally complain but then i was really expecting to be blown and away with this venue and although its situated on a lovely beach, the hotel itself could do with some changes.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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15  Thank lisa m
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

Having high expectations coming into "luxury, 5 star accomodation" part of Protea's exclusive African Pride label in Swakopmund Namibia this was an utter dissapointment. Let me actually start out with the good (yes, there is some). The accomodation itself isn't bad. The two rooms we were shown were spacious, had decent facilities and a nice ocean view. Unfortunately, that is were the good ends. The "bad" list is a lot longer, and makes this 2500 ZAR per night hotel an absolute rip off:

- When looking for the hotel, the first thing one notices is it location. It is literally in the middle of a residential neighbourhood stashed away between appartment blocks. Expecting five star luxury this was a major let down

- Upon entering the first thing one notices is the receptionist. It is quite tough to get a hold of her as she is occupied on the phone most of the times (and no, these weren't guests she was helping)

- Then the restaurant. Yes, the restaurant, where can I start. In a way this was the most hilarious part of my trip as I've never encountered such. Not even in 1/2 star accomodations.
My first encounter with the restaurant staff was trying to order food during the afternoon. The three ladies all leaning against the counter did their best to see me out of the restaurant but I stood firm, being able to order food for people which arrived after 45 minutes in an empty restaurant

Chapter 2; breakfast. As poor as it can get choice wise. Two sorts of yoghurt, no pastries, a minimal selection of meat and some juices. 5 star luxury?

Chapter 3: going in to watch some football on a Saturday afternoon. The first thing the staff mentioned is that the tv couldn't be switched on because the remote had been "stolen". Again I stood firm and explained them that a tv also had manual controls. Visually upset, they managed to deliver us one round of beer during a 3 hour stay. One lady fled into the kitchen to have an afternoon long conversation about who knows what, the other one found a quiet corner to fall asleep, only to be woken up when we wanted to order coffee. After asking, they also managed to provide us some nuts to nibble on. I recognized these nuts from breakfast and they tasted like wood.

Chapter 4: Breakfast day 2. Walking into the restaurant I noticed the dinner from last night had not even been cleaned up at 9 am. So tables full with glasses of wine and empty bottles of beer to greet one at breakfast. When walking over to the buffet I noticed the same plate of nuts I had battled with the day before, and I almost wet my pants laughing. When the lady asked why the table hadn't been cleaned up she mentioned that "there were other people" on service last night, who had "just left". Quite remarkable as we were in the hotel bar the night before and saw her she was on duty. She was also drinking during her night shift, and looked hazy when we asked for a drink.

Some other notes:

- There is no swimming pool
- No gym
- The hotel set up is a maze
- Parking is on the street
- The "alfresco dining experience" consists of calamari rings and a beef patty burger, not a
high end dining experience
- The hotel is very poorly maintained. A lot of it is wood and visibly rotting. Restaurant chairs
are broken, lights don't work.
- The private beach is a lie. The hotel is beach facing, yes, but it is an ugly patch of coast

Concluding:

Do yourself a favor and look at one of the nice hotels in Swakopmund itself, this is just a rip off mainly due to some of the worst (although hilarious) service I've ever encountered. I can only hope someone in Protea's head office takes note of this and decided on rigorous action, as the days of Brad and Angelina are long gone..

Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
26  Thank SBO81
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

We recently stayed two nights at Burning Shore. The rooms were very clean and spacious. The staff were great. Wonderful sea views right on the beach! The towels and bed changed each day. The restaurant has a good choice of menu and reasonably priced.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Violette W
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

Stayed at Burning Shore for 3 nights. The rooms are spacious and clean. The friendly staff make you feel welcome and are pleased to assit. Excellent sea views from the bedroom and balcony. The bedroom linnen and Towels were crisp and changed daily. Restaurant offers a good menu which is reasonably priced. What a great place!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank ChrisSw312583
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koet, General Manager at African Pride Burning Shore, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2012

Dear Chris,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review.

GUEST feedback is imperative for us to ensure that we are meeting and exceeding GUEST expectations. Your comments are therefore much appreciated, and we hope to have the priviledge of welcoming you to Protea Hotel Burning Shore again soon.

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Reviewed 6 November 2011

Yes, this is the place Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie chose when they stayed in Namibia to welcome their first child together. This is a bed and breakfast in a great location righ on the beach, but quite a drive from swakopmund or walvis bay,the latter not worth a visit, and the former a quaint German town. The rooms were spacious albeit in need of a renovation. The carpets in the common areas threadbare ,the overall maintenance not up to standard .the hosts were nice and helpful ,but the location is what may put people off. You need a car to get around as taxis are unreliable. All tours and excursions recommended and booked were very good.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank traceller
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

Actually set in the toytown development of Landstrand, some 15km north of the town and roughly half way to Swakopmund, this place hit the headlines when it bizarrely became the spot in which Brad and Angelina decided to stay whilst having their first child.

As a frequent visitor to namibia and particularly Swakopmund over the last several years, I decided that due to all the hype surrounding this place I would give it a try. The hype being the fact that Brad and Agelina stayed there a few years back for the week. The Hotel itself is set right on the beach front, but it is in a really strange area of development, which kind of resembles Toytown. The area is quite upmarket place, with lots of upmarket holiday homes surrounding it, but there is nothing to do other than walk the beach. If you want to get anything you need to drive 20 minutes into Swakopmund itself.

The Hotel accommodation is very comfortable and is comprised of five luxury suites, the one i rented even had a jacuzzi. Downstairs there is an comfortable lounge and dining area which has a garden. The food and service were pretty good, but you can only handle the same Restaurant a couple of times, hence the need to get out and go into town. Which by the way has some excellent Restaurant options.

Although it is a comfortable and reliable option, i cant see myself staying there again, as I much prefer to base myself in nearby Swakopmund.

Room Tip: They are all good rooms with great sea views
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank James05061957
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Address: Longbeach 152/4th Street, Swakopmund, Namibia (Formerly Protea Hotel by Marriott Swakopmund Burning Shore)
Region: Namibia > Erongo Region > Swakopmund
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Swakopmund
#7 Luxury Hotel in Swakopmund
Price Range: £67 - £112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — African Pride Burning Shore 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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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