I visited Egumbo lodge on a last minute Easter weekend trip to Namibia/Walvis Bay and the lodge really exceeded all expectations. The staff was great and Sean was so helpful and accommodating.
The lodge is gorgeous, in a colonial style home with a grass roof. It also has a pool in the backyard that is cleaned constantly. My room was very big with a gorgeous bathroom with a rain shower and lagoon views. I could (and did so both mornings) wake up, open the windows and look at all the beautiful flamingos that congregate on the lagoon in the morning. While there is no lunch or dinner option, the breakfast was very good and because I was there during Easter weekend, I experienced the beautiful Easter set up.
Also, I came here with a friend and had a great time and would definitely come back to Egumbo lodge on a romantic or even a family stay/trip.
Very impressed and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a nice, relaxing stay on the coast with gorgeous views.
Comfort - excellent bed, linen, bathroom, furniture, rugs.
Service - very attentive and warm
Location - Excellent... In a seafront nicknamed millionaires row facing the beach.
Ambience - Cool, cosy and quiet in classic wooden/thatch roof.
Value - Good
Food - very good quality breakfast
Road noise - Large trucks carrying minerals to the port during the day.
Wifi - good connectivity but slow.
Disabled Accessibility - really unsuitable for wheelchair users or people with limited eyesight.
Maintenance - some minor maintenance and but incongruous oversights.
Ambience - some oddities out of keeping with the quality of the property.
Perfect accommodation for singles, romantic couples and business travellers. When I arrived the staff were very genuinely kind, polite and homely in perfect compliment to the cosy atmosphere. I travel a lot. Probably over 400 hundred nights in hotels over 10 years. This is one of the nicest bed and breakfast experiences I have had. It would be on par with a 5 star hotel but without the facilities that make 5 star rating ... such as spar, gyms restaurants etc. As B&B it is 5 star! It has nine large yet cosy rooms.
The building is pretty special. It is a traditional wood and stone structure with wooden beam rafters, thatch roof and jute carpet which would have been typical of the colonial era. There is a small but very nice swimming pool in the garden at the back.
Furniture and decor
The furniture is a mixture of semi antique and reproduction antique style. The rugs are beautiful persian kilims and similar good quality handmade silk and cotton weaves. The place is full antique found objects like a battered antique gramophone, box camera etc which add to the colonial ambience.
The interior is very therapeutically quite. You can hear the birds twittering in the bushes through the open windows and the sea breeze wafts very gently into the lounge. The furniture is all excellent quality and comfortable so you feel like you can just sit there quietly reading, chatting, working on the internet or simply just sitting quietly.
In sunrise and sunsets are lovely with the sea glistening to the horizon. Flamingos march up and down in the shallows right in-front of the property. There is an excellent smooth path parallel to the shore which you can walk and soak in the calm sounds of the sea and the flamingos which sound similar to geese 'honking' (soundsnap.com/tags/flamingo).
The breakfast reflects the quality of the property. Good variety of cooked and cold items including homemade sweet items and fruits.
Sadly with so many of these style buildings the place is almost impossible for wheelchairs. A small person who can partially stand with a strong and patient helper may manage but the shower in my room had awkward steps into the area. It is large but not easily accessible for those with ambulatory issues. Elderly or less mobile people may have difficulty getting into the shower area due to the step up/down and lack of handle to hold onto. Some strong wall mounted hand rails would help everyone and make for safer slip/up free ingress/egress from the "cubicle".
For people with limited sight there are many level changes without well defined contrast of the steps. Anyone with sight problems, infirm, hyperactive, or inebriated may have an unplanned trip!
As with any place it has its minor imperfections:-
My room had a safe but it was small. It was very difficult to get by travel document bag into it. Ok I have a larger the average travel document bag due to my profession have several passports and other IDs and documents. You certainly would feel your wallet/purse/camera was feeling claustrophobic if there were two people's valuables in it. Lighting in that area of the shelf was dim. Its location was also slightly odd being in a shelf facing the toilet. It would have been better in one of the ample cupboards/closets.
Cans of cheap air-freshener on a wall next to the toilet. Their cheap colours/quality oddly out of keeping with the luxurious ambience! I am not a great fan of potpourri and overpowering vanilla scented candles but something along those lines with subtle scents would be more appropriate or at least store them on the shelf opposite the toilet where you can see them if you are busy stinking the place with your business!
The rooms have very classy adjustable wooden slats which are held together and controlled by a central wooden rod. One of my windows slats had a missing rod and it was a hassle to adjust all the many slats which spun out of alignment. As you adjusted one another would be touched and displaced!
Cracked Toilet cistern cover
The toilet had a cistern cover which was obviously broken and glued back together. Need to be replaced as it takes the tone of the place down. Also the very quality wooden seat is comfortable but needs re-paiting as it has some unsightly paint damage.
My room had a great view of the beach at the front of the property but during the day there were a fairly constant flow of very large trucks carrying minerals to the port. Ok they drove very slowly but it still slightly took away from the peaceful ambience. Probably if you are from a city you would hardly notice it.
Rooms are extremely comfortable and luxuriously decorated. Our room had a freestanding bath and incredible views of the lagoon from our terrace. The breakfast room was elegant and the variety of foods and attention to detail was astonishing. There is a beautiful courtyard with swimming pool and a lawn terrace from which to watch the sun set over the lagoon
A perfect lodge on Millionaires Row overlooking the lagoon. Stayed here a few times now, and every time the arrangements are perfect as requested.
Pool is a little on the chilly side, but a welcome break from the strong sun somedays.
Stayed in a few of the rooms, but Warwick (no.1) is my favourite, and a good bottle of SA red on the balcony as the sun goes down is a perfect way to end the day
Breakfast is a small but fresh buffet of fruit, meats and cheeses and freshly baked rolls every day. The kitchen is also prepared to make any variety of cooked breakfast and eggs etc.....
The staff are very good and can't do enough for you. I will always stay at this hotel in walvis bay.
I recently stayed for a week at this lodge on a bussiness trip to Walvis Bay. It is located in a very quiet, peaceful side of the lagoon and bay. There are great views of the lagoon from here.
The guest house rooms are all large and spacious and neatly decorated. The beds are big and comfortable.The showers are great and spacious. I stayed in 2 of the rooms and looked in all of them.
There is a pool for swimming as well. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
The breakfasts are normal, nothing special. The TV chanels are not very good and is lacking - this needs to be upgraded, as there is no news channels.
The staff are friendly and helpful as well.
I would recomend this guest house if you are looking for a nice quiet relaxing venue.