A wonderful place to unwind after arriving on a long flight, or to treat yourself at the end of a dusty safari adventure before you depart, the Olive Grove is a lovely boutique city guesthouse offering travellers a stylish and very relaxing home-from-home.
Located in one of the quieter residential neighbours of the Namibian capital, a 10 minute walk from Windhoek’s busy centre, and closer still to popular local landmark Joe’s Beerhouse, The Olive Grove is minimalist in décor (with polished concrete floors and muted colours on the walls), and features 10 open-plan en suite rooms – 7 standard and 3 luxury – alongside 1 Executive Suite and 1 Garden Suite.
For all guests, there are two lounges available at The Olive Grove: one indoor with fireplace in the main building, and another sunny patio area outside – with a plunge pool leading to the guesthouse’s small peaceful garden. The open plan kitchen turns out very tasty homemade meals, including famously good, Olympian-sized breakfasts (well-priced dinners are also available), and there is also a Wellness Room with a wide range of treatments including massages, facials, reflexology, manicure and pedicure.
The 7 standard rooms, whilst very comfortable, are not as private or quiet as the luxury or suite options, which accounts for their reduced prices. The much more spacious Executive Suite comes with its own lounge, dining area, separate bedroom and luxurious bathroom, while the newly opened Garden Suite goes one step further in terms of comforts and facilities. A charming hideaway, with a separate entrance and its own grounds – complete with private infinity pool and good views of the mountains surrounding Windhoek – the Garden Suite consists of a lounge with fireplace, dining room, a bedroom featuring 2 queen sized beds and a bathroom. The last of these includes free-standing bathtub, and the suite comes with additional luxuries, such as a mini bar filled with fine wines and goose-down feather duvets.
The Olive Grove Guest House is a gorgeous all round stay. Throughout there are some really thoughtful touches – such as home cooked biscuits with proper coffee and tea-making facilities in the rooms, a shuttle service to local restaurants, and a turn-down service, where the very friendly staff tuck a hot water bottle into your bed on those chillier evenings.
Activities include out-of-town excursions to local townships, caves and game farms; trips into Windhoek proper; and massage.