What is that sound, I thought, blinking slowly, as I opened my eyes. I was staying 2 nights in the Hotel Europa Hof in Swakopmund and had been sleeping like a dead camel when just before sunrise I was stirred by a familiar yet unfamiliar sound.
And then I realised what it was and I sat up, grinning.
It was the soothing sounds of breaking waves, rolling slowly onto the sandy beaches only two streets away from the hotel. It had been awhile since oceanic sounds had lifted my soul to rise awake. I lay back down and closed my eyes, listening.
The Hotel Europa Hof is a leading wonder in the small, coastal town of Swakopmund. It stands on the corner of Bismarck and Lazerette St, just opposite the hospital-converted-to-a-hotel and a government-owned youth hostel in the shape of a medieval fort.
But it’s the Europa that will catch your eye because in this vast emptiness of the Namib Desert landscape, the oldest and driest desert in the world, German architecture sticks out like the red dunes on the horizon.
It’s been part of the Swakopmund landscape since the beginning of the 20th century, providing weary travellers and business people a unique blend of German and Namibian qualities. It’s well-known for its friendly, smiling staff and warm hospitality. There’s a conference center as well as a first-rate restaurant with an abundance of food, German and local. A salad buffet in the evenings and a breakfast buffet in the mornings including fresh fruit like pineapples and kiwis and even a fruit salad that tastes as though the fruits were grown right there.
In the adjourning bar Mani, the bar manager, will easily and delightfully engage you in conversation while pouring cold draught beer into frosty pints, straight from the freezer. You can even order dinner at the bar and the waiters will bring it to you, so you don’t miss any sports action on the two viewing screens available.
The friendly locals that call the Hotel Europa Hof bar a second home will be glad to shake your hand and ask where you’re from and how are you finding this wonderful land they call Namibia. For those of you driving around the arid landscape of this south-western African country, ample secure parking both inside and on the street is available.
The rooms are pristine and each has its own bathroom (including a bath tub to soak off those hard-earned adventures in the desert) and TV.
Its location makes it easy to walk anywhere, including the beach just 3 minutes away and the center of town just around the corner.
Since Swakopmund is not a place to be missed on your visit through Namibia, make sure you stay at the Hotel Europa Hof. And even if they are fully booked, you can still visit the restaurant and bar to complete your adventures in Namibia.
For more information, visit their website: http://www.europahof.com/