The Giardino Experience we create for our guests entails a wide range of services - most are included in our overnight tariffs, some are optional, and your requests for additional ones can usually be met too.
"We can" is part of our philosophy, as are attentive, discreet services and attention to detail. Guests enjoying every aspect of their stay with us and taking home a holistic picture of Namibia, is what we'd like to achieve.
There is plenty at our guesthouse to enrich a few hours or days of rest with meaningful entertainment, from lazing in the gardens in the company of a good book and a glass of wine to planning your activities for the days ahead. Allow yourself to get spoilt by gourmet dinners served in style at our [Enoteca Restaurant](Enoteca Restaurant) while you don't have to dress up for the occasion, or let us assist you with recommendations for and reservations at outside dinner venues.
The toughest part of your stay will be to take your daily pick from countless options, for which cosy lounges housing lots of info and entertaining material are at your disposal, as much as our first-hand experiences of Namibia. Or maybe you prefer making use of the in-house offers listed below. And then comes the easy part: Enjoy to your heart's content!
Standard Services available at Sam's Giardino include:
Reception - open from 6h30 in the morning until round about midnight each day, for check-in & check-out, showing you to your room, introduction to Sam's Giardino and Swakopmund and both their activity/restaurant options, assistance with telephone/fax/email/internet requirements, bookings & re-confirmations of flights and other travel services, newspapers in English & German, bookings of all optional in-house services and activity/excursion options in & around Swakopmund.
Kids of all ages are welcome at Sam's Giardino, and although we regrettably did not have enough space to build a playground as well, our garden is large and safe for outdoor games. Kiddies meals are prepared with pleasure, on request, and our kitchen staff gladly assist with warming up baby food you brought along.
Secure on-site parking (our property is fully walled and access-controlled) Guests receive a set of keys and remote control for the vehicle gate upon check-in.
Gardens with established lawns, indigenous flowers, shrubs, trees and other vegetation are our guests' outdoor living room, complete with koi pond, gazebo, various shaded seating areas, loungers, and soothing water features.
Video Show of a National Geographic (or similar) documentary on African nature - daily, in the late afternoon, in our TV Lounge, free of charge.
Wine Tasting including 'le nez du vin' - sample 3 fine red and 2 distinct white wines from South Africa's Cape Winelands, and learn to identify wine aromas, during this interesting and entertaining activity at Sam's Giardino. Wine tasting is on offer daily, in the early evening, and requires prior booking until 17h30 on the same day.
Libraries of books, videos and travel information: Collecting and sharing all three of them with our guests is one of our great passions - right next to wine, food, and Bernese Mountain Dogs. In order to spare you the details, until you will see these collections for yourself, let's just say: There are books for everyone including children, videos for all nature lovers, and enough travel info to plan your next Namibia safari.
Restaurant & Bar services are available daily, from 7h00 in the morning, starting with breakfast. Beverages and snacks (prepared on request only) may be ordered throughout the day, also for consumption in rooms and in the garden. Our daily 5-course set-menu Gourmet Dinner is served at 19h30 and usually takes about 2 hours.
Phone Services: All guestrooms at Sam's Giardino are equipped with conventional direct-dial telephones connected to our switchboard. Call charges will be added to your guest account. Sam's Giardino, like all of Swakopmund and most of Namibia, has also got cellular phone coverage.
Internet Services: Free Internet access and usage is available at the Giardino through our wireless network covering the Giardino premises - just connect your own laptop, notebook, tablet or smartphone and get a network password from us. A dedicated guest computer in our Reader's Lounge is enabled for web browsing and web mail only.
*Coffee & Tea Counter: Free coffee and tea are available throughout the day, from a self-service counter located in our Reader's Lounge, with cookies or rusks provided with our compliments to sweeten your refreshing break.
Television: Sam's Giardino does not provide television sets in standard guest rooms but English (DStv) & German (Satelio) satellite channels may be watched free of charge in our TV Lounge, any time, until we close for the night.
Dogs are permitted only by prior arrangement, one canine visitor at a time. If you are a dog lover, our Bernese Mountain Dog will love keeping you company. Find out more about our current PR Manager-on-four-paws and his predecessors.
What else can we do for you to make your stay at Sam's Giardino a truly memorable experience?