Arriving in Swakopmund for the first time, the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre may come as a bit of surprise. Built around the original railway station – a restored neo-Gothic monstrosity – the hotel is a swanky spread of amenities and luxurious accommodation. The rooms face the courtyard with a pool in the centre and they have a Victorian theme with a modern touch. In-room amenities include an en suite bathroom with bath and separate shower, air conditioning, mini bar, satellite TV, hair dryer, direct-dial phone, and complimentary tea and coffee. The hotel has a bar, shops, a gym and spa, a swimming pool, a babysitting service, a popular casino that stays open almost all night in the busy season. The range of dining options will take some time to digest.
Swakopmund Hotel: round-the-world dining extravaganza
The Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre has two restaurants: Platform 1 is a formal silver service dining experience and The Station Grill is a more casual atmosphere specialising in fresh seafood. Platform 1 has an á la carte menu and eight set menus, speciality buffets and themed evenings. Options include a meal in the desert under the stars, a barbecue, a German themed pub menu and a grill menu, platters, cocktails, and a finger lunch.