The Alternative Space B&B in Swakopmund is run by Frenus, the architect, and his non-architect wife, Sibylle. Years ago, Sibylle fell in love with the Alternative Space, and she never left again for her native Germany.
The Alternative Space was established during colonial times, as the first and only alternative art gallery, in which anti-colonial and anti-apartheid artist could exhibit fine art and photography. Providing a place to sleep to interested people was a natural progression in the life of the gallery.
With its extensive collection of Namibian art and photography, liberally exhibited in all the rooms, white washed walls, beautiful gardens with green lawns, palm trees, banana and olive trees, the Alternative Space atmosphere is conducive of friendship, sensuality and romance. Excellent evenings are often spent around the open fire in the cave-like communal lounge. Should you get Frenus going, he will most enthusiastically explain to you the socio-political position of a patriotic African, and the sheer magic of life in Africa.
Sibylle always welcomes her guests with a bottle of champagne. With only four individually designed and decorated non smoking en-suite rooms, each and every guest is assured of her special attention. Sibylle's motto is that every little detail is important, and nothing is ever a problem. Her philosophy is most noticeable in the outstanding buffet breakfast with all the fresh German delicacies, that can be enjoyed at leisure from 7 till noon.
The Alternative Space speaks of life being lived as an exquisite and exciting art form. Frenus and Sibylle would love to meet you, and share the magic...
The Alternative Space is NOT RECOMMENDED for those that find pictures of nudity, or mixed race relationships, offensive.
Ballooning in Swakopmund: A hot air balloon ride over the Namib Desert.
Bird Watching Day Trips: Full & half day trips from Swakopmund to various birding hotspots in the Namib Desert.
Cape Cross Tour: A half day tour (with morning and afternoon departures) to the seal colony at Cape Cross.
Cape Cross & Messum Crater Tour: Visits the seal colony at Cape Cross and the Messum Crater which is best known for it's desert adapted plants such as the Welwitschia Mirabilis.
Fishing: Everything from sharks to pilchards.
Living Desert Tour: A half day tour into the Namib Desert.
Namib Desert Day Trip: A day trip from Swakopmund into the Namib Desert.
Namib Desert Night Walks: Explore the Namib Desert at night on foot - a great way to learn about the nocturnal creatures which inhabit this part of Namibia.
Quad-Biking: 2 hour guided trip into the dune belt near Swakopmund (50km) - you enter an area where you cannot get to by car or foot. No experience necessary.
Sandboarding: Skitter down the slip faces of a tall star dune near Swakopmund at 80km/h on a lie-down board, or enjoy the style and grace of a stand-up board. No experience necessary.
Sandwich Harbour Tour: A day trip from Swakopmund down the Skeleton Coast to Sandwich Harbour.
Skydiving: Leave the safety of the aircraft and join a tandem skydive. No experience required!
Spitzkoppe Day Tour: Full day tour to the Spitzkoppe Mountains - you will meet the Damara people and be introduced to the Bushman rock art of the area.
Swakopmund Sightseeing: This tour is an exploration into the past, present & future of the town of Swakopmund.
Catamaran Cruise: View the lagoon from the comfort of a catamaran.
Dolphin Cruise: A dolphin cruise around the Walvis Bay Lagoon.
Historian Quad-Bike Edu-Desert Tour: Quad-biking in the coastal dunes with a difference. These tours concentrate on the fauna, flora & people who inhabit the dune belt, excellent guiding and stunning scenery make this an experience not to be missed.
Kayaking & Sandwich Harbour Combo: An eventful day trip combining kayaking on the lagoon with a 4x4 trip through the Namib Desert dunes ending in Sandwich Harbour.
Marine & Dune Day Trip: A morning of cruising on the Walvis Bay lagoon is followed by the spectacular and thrilling drive to the natural harbour & splendid birdlife of Sandwich Harbour.
Sea Kayaking: Kayaking on the Walvis Bay Lagoon.
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These are honest reviews, both good and bad, from our travellers who visited this property.
The best value for money on the entire trip; Frenus is a real character and it was fun talking to him
Very friendly hosts, and cozy accommodation. The room was a bit cold, but thats the weathers fault :)
A perfect place, run in an extremely friendly, uncomplicated and smooth atmosphere. A place to relax...
Enjoyed this place very much! The owners were delightful and I would stay there again! Highly recommended!
Frenus and his family made us especially welcome and gave us great insight into the country and its people.
Loved this place. Quirky little place with loads of personality. I just wish I could've stayed there longer.
Gorgeous place to stay. Very friendly people, great rooms, very good breakfast. We would definitely come back!
Great hosts, could not do enough for us. Beautiful room. Loved the help yourself and just get on with it approach.
Great guest house! Host is friendly, kind and very pleasing. The house is artwork. The best guest house in Namibia.
Loved it. Informal and quirky. Nice social area to meet other guests. Good to have access to the kitchen at all times
Outstanding location and accommodation. Very friendly owners that made use feel comfortable and right at home. Thanks
Marvelous welcome and great discussions with Frenus. The "Space" is definitely an architect house. A "feel good" stay.
This an interesting place to stay, family fun with the owners and family Highly recommended place to stay in Swakopmund
Interesting accommodation a few minutes out of the center. Nice rooms. Breakfast good but simple. Good value for money.
Wonderful hosts - really enjoyed our stay. Sybelle and Frenus are wonderful people and they really made us feel at home!
Very nice space. The owners are really welcoming and booked us the kayak trip (highly recommended) and the catamaran trip.
Lovely welcoming owner, intereting place, but we might not have chosen it if had realised it was half hour walk into town.
Very nice and individually arranged rooms in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It is easy to feel at home in this place.
Absolutely amazing. Lovely people and a great place to relax. Had a great desert activity there, booked by the owners for us.
Ideal B&B for our needs. Very comfortable with fantastic hospitality, extensive breakfast and great self-catering facilities.
a great selection,especially as we related well to the owners.highly recommended for those who appreciate a bohemian ambiance!
Unique. Cute rooms/court yards. Breakfast/kitchen area/community fireplace sitting area all charming. Management very friendly.
We LOVED this place. Super friendly, cool rooms, helpful owners, wish we could have stayed a third night. Would highly recommend.
Good welcome, very good availability of the owner. Wet and cold room. Good solution to have a shared kitchen (little dark inside)
Fantastic, wonderfull a very special place, the best place! The owner is fantastic, very kind and reserved! I recommend it to all!!!
Fascinating hosts, comfortable accommodation. A bit far out - if you fancied beer or wine with your evening meal a taxi was necessary
We loved the break from camping and the place is simply beautiful. We also had a lovely chat with the owner in the morning at breakfast
Very friendly hosts and a nice place, but it`s a long walk downtown if one doesn\'t want to use the car, especially going out for dinner.
Thanks heaps to Frenus who was SO hospitable - probably one of the nicest B&Bs we have stayed at in the world, and we have stayed in many.
Owners are very kind and helpfull. The place is clean, nice and well maintain. We can recommend this place and it's good value for money!!
This was one of our highlights - great space and fantastic hosts. We loved Swakopmund and would have been happy to spend an extra day here.
nice place to stay, good location, private secure parking. The owner parks the car for you.Nice breakfast which you have to prepare youself
Highly recommended interesting place to stay lovely hosts and clean well equipped place to stay. Will surely visit and stay over there again.
Such a cool and relaxed place with the friendliest hosts. My sister and I are seriously considering going back there as we are still in Namibia.
Really great bed and breakfast - very friendly owners and totally unique - a great haven for your older backpacker. Was the best place I stayed.
Described by the owners as a 'backpackers for adults'. We liked it, a quite unusual establishment as is made clear, and very chatty/friendly hosts.
The name says it all! If we go back to Swakopmund, we'll go there, but only in summer. It was very cold in our room. Great breakfast and great people.
Really liked the quirkiness of the place, and Frenus and Sybille were excellent hosts. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Would definitely return.
Fantastic guest house, beautiful and original designed space, comfortable, welcoming, and friendly owners to make you feel at home. Highly recommended.
Exactly as it says in the name, it was very Alternative. Lots of interesting art and very welcoming hosts, who are happy to spend time with their guests.
Very nice owner, friendly and open for a chat. The rooms and the house are very interesting in terms of architecture and deco. The breakfast was gorgeous!
Location is a bit out of the way, but Frenus and Sibylle more than make up for that as congenial hosts. A very unique place to stay. Highly recommended!!!
What a fantastic place. A very up market backpacklers with everything provided. Nostalgic for the not so young anymore. Accommodation good and interesting.
This was absolutely one of the highlight on the whole trip. I had not expected such a place in Namibia, rather in San Francisco. Can strongly be recommended
we were very happy with the accommodation, stunning place, very clean and the friendliness of our hosts was exceptional. would definitely recommend this place.
The best place we stayed; a wonderful place, all is perfect, the only suggestion is to remain here at least three/four night because there are many things to do.
Very nice place!! Fantastic accomodation. Very nice hosts! Frenus and I had some really good conversations! Absolutely much more than just a roof over once head!!
Loved it. Really friendly guy. A genuine family place with good b'fast and really helpful with local info. Nice room etc. and easy drive (or even walk) from town.
A wonderful choice of accommodation that offered some simplr luxury between camping. Very freindly welcome, made to feel at home straight away, great conversation.
A beautiful retreat. We loved waking up in this special and unique space! Our hosts were most welcoming and we would definitely return if we ever go back to Swakop
Very welcoming by all the family. DIY breakfast, very relaxed and plentiful. Tea and coffee avaialble at all times. Fabulous room. Cosy lounge area with roaring fire.
we loved this place - the owners went above and beyond - lifts into town, lighting lovely fire in the evenings. Accommodation was quirky, fun, interesting, very homely.
For Swakop: We were very happy not to camp in windy and cold Swakopmund - thank you for that suggestion not to stay in a tent there and we loved the alternative space B&B.
Great guesthouse - Frenus and Sybille very friendly and helpful - even gave us a lift into town. Appreciated the availablity of snacks and wide choice for the DIY breakfast.
Interesting place (e.g. bath-tub in the garden), good comfort, only some shelfs or cupboards missing, friendly owner, going `downtown` better by car, self-service breakfast.
Very nice b and b with friendly owners. our only complaint is not enough time here! in retrospect we would have added another night to give us more time to explore the area.
great accomodation, great friendly hosts, superb breakfast, nice little touches like electric blanket, sparkling wine & chocolate upon arrival, self service bar, open fire place,
Comfortable and cozy! The owners were very attentive to details both in the rooms and the surrounding areas. I`ve already recommended them to others that will be staying in Swakopmund.
I very nice owner that gave our visit there a special memory and knowledge. For example he helped us to participation in a tour on the sanddunes. He arranged also barbeque at the place
Probably the most unique B&B we've ever stayed in. The room we have was great with large bed and open plan. Very helpful and organised our quad bike experience which, I highly recommend.
This was a special place; the hosts as well as the building. The hosts were very helpful with information about things to do in Swakopmund and great to talk with about Namibia in general.
Very relaxed atmostphere and friendly hosts. Large and comfortable rooms with access to communal dining and living areas. Quiet location and relatively close to town centre and the dunes.
Our favourite place on this trip. Great owners, lovely breakfast, and a real sense that a lot of care goes into Alternative Space. We felt at home and enjoyed the stylish design of the rooms.
Alternative Space was one of the gems of our stay. This definitely ranks in my top ten of special hotels. Very warm welcome, relaxed athmosphere, friendly people, good value, beautiful rooms.
Loved the laid back atmosphere of staying here. Host & Hostess went out of their way to help even at 5am to move our car to the front ready for us to leave at 6am. Loved having a bath outside..
Very good. The hosts were very friendly and helpful. Frenus drove us to a restaurant at night so that we would know where we were going. The rooms were beautifully set out,very nice for a couple.
Wonderful place to stay! The hosts are incredibly kind and helpful, not to mention full of great stories about living through some dramatic political and social transformations in southern Africa.
VERY unique, cozy, and enjoyable space. zero complaints: the rooms and breakfast were wonderful, we were made to feel at home by our hosts, and only wished we could have stayed more than one night.
Lovely guest house - little different than all the others. We felt totally at home being allowed to use the kitchen ourselves. We also felt very spoiled with the high quality linen and extra touches.
We loved this place and its owners. We stayed two night, and had a great chat to the owners I would (and have) recommend this to anyone. The artwork is tasteful and so nice to stay somewhere different
A beautiful place, very friendly and helpful hosts, who really try hard to make your stay enjoyable. I've never seen so many provisions provided for breakfast, we could easily have stayed another day.
The owners are really nice, location is a long walk from the town center. The place is nice, especially considering the price. Rooms were a little bit too cold. Breakfast was on self catering but very nice!
The best! We were so happy with our stay at Alternative Space. The hosts are friendly and interesting people and the rooms are great!! I would recommend it over any other hotel in Swakopmund! Very memorable.
We were very skeptical when we arrived here. It is REALLY alternative. But we quickly settled in and had a great time there in the end. The fact that we filled it probably helped. The hosts are very friendly.
Definitely a bit different as advertised but we were given a warm welcome and I had some very interesting conversations with Frenus the host.The accommodation was comfortable and the breakfasts were excellent.
One of our very favourite places that we stayed in Namibia. The friendly atmosphere and the beautiful accommodations made for the perfect break from camping. I highly recommend staying here if you are in Swakopmund!!
Lovely and more than quirky, excellent hosts Franus and Sybille. Lifts into town for evening meals and help with booking activities, though would recommend booking in advance as option were fully booked the day before
Incredible. One of the best places I have ever stayed anywhere in the world. Frenus and Sybille's hospitality is unmatched and the house is an architectural delight that is fun to explore. Wish I could have stayed longer!
This is a wonderful place to stay in Swakopmund, we were made to feel very welcome and given lots of information about things to do in the town. The breakfast is really great and the whole atmosphere of the place is lovely.
amaxing, very "alternative" - some people might feel uncomfortable as lots of erotic art on the walls; such friendly hosts, will drive you into town etc, the rooms are luxurious and very "sensual" - outdoor baths, swings etc
The owners are very nice and friendly. We only spend one night there and only had breakfast there but it was delicious and a lot of variety in food choices. The whole guest house is an amazing place. I would recommend further.
Perhaps my overall favorite lodging on the trip, in large part due to the hosts - I learned an incredible amount about the history of Namibia and Swakopmund from Frenus. The rooms and interior gardens were also warm and inviting.
Great place, very friendly, enjoyed the lounge with fireplace and also the help-yourself-breakfast. Frenus was very nice, we had a good conversation with him. Our room was a bit cold, but we did have enough blankets and hot water.
To be recommended : very interesting and particular hotel. The athomsphere and the contact we had with the managers/holders of this hotel were also very nice. They really help you understand their city, their country, their culture.
Very particular b&b but very interesting. A good and "alternative" solutions for visit Swakopmund. The hosts have been very friendly and give us a lot of advice. Only one remark: we stayed in winter and the rooms in the night were very cold!
Though it may be striking at first, Alternative Space is a one-of-a-kind living space, with a library, full lounge, complete breakfast service, and otherworldly rooms. Definitely worth a visit, it is an unforgettable experience in Swakopmund.
At first sight looks kind of quirky, but with excellent and friendly owners, great rooms, and a wide choice for breakfast. On the downside: we knew that it's on the edge of town, but still the walking distance surprised us a little (pretty far from town).
very interesting place and the people were extremely friendly. it was such a cool setup. the artwork on the walls weren't too bad, but the photographs made my daughter and i a little uncomfortable especially when we met his wife, and she was the subject...
Great place to stay in Swakopmund. The owners are really nice, welcoming and informative people. Rooms were excellent, especially with the heated blankets, as Swakopmund can get cold at night. Breakfast was very impressive with a great selection available.
While Swakopmund has little to offer, we were very happy with this B&B. Very cute, extremely comfortable, fabulous shower, and a very kind and gentle host. If there was any reason to stay in Swakopmund for a little while, we would have been very happy here.
Friendly helpful people and we enjoyed the quirkiness. We had the room next to the communal area that was large and comfortable. Very quiet as there was only one other guest for one night of our stay but not sure what it would be like if full. A pleasant stay.
The name of the B&B says it all: alternative.... We liked it very much. Comfortable room, nicely decorated, cosy shared living with fire place, very good "help yourself" breakfast with everything available you can think of, welcoming hosts (Frenus & Cybille), ....
Really alternative space, but it was fun! However it's not a regular place to stay and it works on a different basis (bathroom in the middle of the room for example), so it's a good idea to inform people of that before going, since maybe not everyone is ok with it.
Quiet location on the edge of town, off road parking, original architecture makes for individual rooms and a large atrium. Lots of space for kids to explore, including a library with some surprising literature. Use of a well equipped kitchen. Quirky but very friendly hosts.
Brilliant guest house. We really loved the relaxed atmosphere. Our room was really nice and the communal area is very comfortable. A bit of a walk into town but Frenus took us the first time so we knew where to go. All information is provided in the room. Really enjoyed this place.
Coming from Windhoek on Sam Nujoma Avenue, take the first road on the left after the railway line down Aukas Street, first left again down Libertine Amathila Street and then second left down Anton Lubowski Street. The Alternative Space is on your right on the corner of Dr Alfons Weber St.Download Map
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