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Hansa Hotel

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7/10

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Highlights

- Traditional and historic hotel
- Professional and efficient service
- Convenient central location

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Overview

Hansa Hotel is a welcoming, albeit rather old-fashioned hotel, located in central Swakopmund. Close to the town's amenities and just a five minute walk from the beach, it offers a convenient and comfortable stay within Namibia's historic Atlantic Coast setting.

Although a refurbishment has been gradually underway since 2014, the hotel retains a formal and slightly dated feel. Guests are greeted by professional and uniformed staff in the grandiose reception area, which is decked in marble and features a sweeping staircase. The first-class restaurant, where a formal dress code is required in the evening, has a classic feel and serves a wide variety of dishes. There’s a Resident’s Lounge with a large, inviting fireplace and small library, a welcome retreat during Swakopmund’s typically chilly evenings, and there’s a smart yet cosy wood-panelled bar with a large selection of drinks. A good buffet-style breakfast is also served in the dining room, with cooked options made-to-order, however the à la carte lunch menu is served in the much lighter and airier Terrace room, overlooking the pleasant courtyard garden.

There are 49 good-sized double or twin rooms, with modest solid wood furnishings and an en-suite bath or shower. The décor remains a little dated, but the rooms are clean and comfortable, and are complete with a good range of facilities. All rooms are heated in winter, and whilst some have air conditioning and others contain fans, Swakopmund’s cooler climes rarely make an issue of this. Rooms overlooking the street can be a little noisy, so garden-facing rooms at the back are recommended for guests preferring peace and quiet. These rooms also contain mini-fridges, and some have balconies with views over the courtyard. The hotel also has four larger suites, each with a separate lounge and bar area, plus five designated family units. All rooms have Wi-Fi, and a very efficient laundry service is provided at additional cost.

Swakopmund is a charming and vibrant town located on the northern stretch of Namibia's coastline. Its proximity to the country’s iconic towering sand dunes have largely shaped the area's tourism, with an abundance of companies in the town offering a variety of thrilling activities, including sand-boarding, quad biking, skydiving, and desert safaris. Along the stunning Atlantic coastline, those less-inclined to adrenaline rushes can enjoy pretty beaches, fishing, and boat cruises. A day trip to Walvis Bay a little further down the coast offers amazing kayaking experiences amongst dolphins, whales, and the Cape fur seal colony. From there, a 4x4 may be hired to explore Sandwich Harbour, located a further 48km south, where a freshwater lagoon walled by high dunes offers stunning views, and opportunities to see springbok, flamingos, and pelicans.

Families are welcome, with each of the five family units consisting of a master bedroom and an adjacent twin room. High chairs and cots are available on request, and babysitting can be arranged at additional cost, although note that childminders will not be professionally trained. Although there are no age restrictions, the formal nature of the hotel requires children to be well-behaved and supervised by adults at all times.

A stay at the Hansa Hotel would be well-suited to those who seeking a traditional and formal experience harking back to the colonial era of days gone by. Guests who choose to stay here will enjoy impeccable service and facilities within easy reach of the many activities and modern conveniences that Swakopmund has to offer.

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