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Hansa Hotel

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 507 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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