Swakopmund hotels and hostels
Hotel Deutsches Haus
Seaside Hotel & Spa
Beach Hotel Swakopmund
Swakopmund Boutique Hotel
Skeleton Beach Backpackers
Amanpuri Travellers Lodge
Hotel Europa Hof
This hotel resembles a Bavarian chalet and simply overflows with European atmosphere, complete with colourful flower boxes, aloof service, a German-style beer garden and European flags flying from the 1st-floor windows.
This chic and modern hotel would probably feel more at home somewhere in German suburbia, though it is an excellent choice if you're a fan of creature comforts.
Hostelling International (Hi) Youth Hostel
The ambience here is appropriately military (the building is Alte Kaserne, the old German barracks), though those who enjoy their creature comforts may feel a bit cramped, and there's not a backpacker vibe (but it certainly is cheap).
Swakopmund Rest Camp
This municipal rest camp was recently renovated, and now boasts smart accommodation options, ranging from basic fisherman shacks to fully self-contained bungalows. Booking is essential, especially during holiday periods.
This camp site sits right on the sand at the beach front, sheltered from the wind by lovely tamarisk trees. It's convenient to the city centre, but facilities are basic.
The Alternative Space
Located on the desert fringe, 800m east of town, this delightfully alternative budget choice is run by Frenus and Sybille Rorich. The main attractions are the castle-like architecture, saturation artwork and an industrial-scrap-recycling theme.
Beach Lodge B&B
This boat-shaped place, which sits right on the beach sand 1km north of town, offers some of the most unusual architecture and best sea views in town (through your own personal porthole!). If the beach is your bag, you can't beat this place.
Swakopmund's most established upmarket stand-by bills itself as 'luxury in the desert', and makes much of the fact that it has hosted the likes of Aristotle Onassis, Sir Laurens van der Post, Eartha Kitt, Oliver Reed and Ernest Borgnine.
This quiet and low-key backpacker lodge offers simple yet comfortable rooms, as well as immaculate kitchen facilities and a cosy communal TV lounge.
Sea Breeze Guesthouse
This reader-recommended guesthouse is right on the beach about 4.5km north of town, and is an excellent option if you're looking for a secluded retreat. The Italian owners have an incredible design-sense, which is evident the moment you enter.
Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre
This posh, four-star hotel is located in the shell of the historic train station, and boasts a Mermaid Casino, a cinema, several restaurants, a large swimming pool, a conference centre, a gymnasium and a spa.
Prinzessin Rupprecht Residenz
Housed in the former colonial military hospital, this family-run pension contains a lovely palm-fringed courtyard and features distinctly German-style hospitality.
This well-priced B&B is run by an accommodating Brit, and features a variety of uniquely decorated rooms to suit travellers of all needs.
Desert Sky Backpackers
Desert Sky This centrally located backpackers' haunt is an excellent place to drop anchor in Swakopmund. The indoor lounge is simple and homy, while the outdoor picnic tables are a nice spot for a cold beer and hot conversation.
Secret Garden Guesthouse
The 'secret garden' is the lush, palm-fringed courtyard in the centre of the guesthouse, which is the perfect oasis if you're in search of a little solitude.
Although more expensive than other budget options, the Dunes Lodge features a number of attractive perks including an indoor pool and billiards table, as well as traditional backpacker amenities including a communal kitchen, internet, TV lounge a.
Sam's Giardino Hotel
A slice of central Europe in the desert, Sam's Giardino Hotel mixes Swiss and Italian hospitality and architecture while emphasising fine wines, fine cigars and relaxing in the rose garden with a Saint Bernard called Mr Einstein.
This budget hotel is the epicentre of the action in Swakopmund. This is where many of the adrenaline activities depart from, and where many of the videos are screened each night.
Housed in a 1910 historic home, this three-bedroom inn is an excellent choice if you're looking for personalised attention at the hands of the delightful owners.
Although rooms are basic and slightly worn, the Atlanta is centrally located, and it's upstairs (or an easy stumble away) from the popular Fagin's Pub.
Myl 4 Caravan Park
This bleak beachfront camping ground, 6km north of town, is exposed to the wind, sand and drizzle. Having said that, it's one of the more unusual places to pitch a tent.
Alte Brücke Rest Camp
This upmarket version of the Swakopmund Rest Camp features spacious camp sites with private braai(barbecue) pits and power points, as well as fully equipped chalets featuring modern kitchens, full bathrooms, TV lounges and private patios.
This beachside hotel has a spectacular view of the lighthouse, and is best known as the hotel attached to Cafe Anton. German-style rooms with regal wooden furniture either overlook the ocean or the landscaped courtyard.
This friendly and funky upmarket backpacker place is housed in a historic colonial mansion complete with vaulted ceilings, rock gardens and period furniture, and draws a good mix of overlanders and independent travellers.
This Scottish-run B&B comprises four Victorian-style cottages with period furniture that occupy a pleasant garden setting opposite Palm Beach.
This friendly pension overlooks the promenade, and has a number of bright and airy rooms - the more expensive have ocean views.