“A cool, contemporary and cosmopolitan guesthouse with spa and restaurant in Windhoek's leafy Eros suburb”
The 11 rooms and suites are big, functional spaces and each profits from having its own sweep of terrace. Forget the Standard Double rooms as these lead directly out to the main dining terrace and are noisier and very much in the public domain. Instead, go for the first-floor Luxury Doubles, which are much nicer with intimate terraces and views out to the wooded hillsides of Eros. Two of these rooms are in an independent annexe next to the pool and would make an ideal choice for light sleepers. Hoisted atop Olive Grove's Wellness is the 1 Executive Suite which has the best views as well as an enormous bed and bath, and a DVD player with a selection of DVDs. The Standard or Luxury Doubles can also be transformed into a Standard Triple and Luxury Triple for larger groups.
Most of the standard and luxury rooms have queensized beds, whilst the twin beds of the remainder can be ziplinked to create enormous doubles. Expect fine cotton linen, down duvets and a fabulously comfortable mattress. If grey polished concrete floors coupled with dark olive colour schemes feel a little dark then throw open your room's high French windows to instantly lighten the mood.
There's no shortage of mod cons: all rooms come with TVs and full range of movie and music channels, hot and cold air con, kettles, filter coffee, telephones, hairdryers and safes as well as a loaded fridge where in addition to all kind of cold drinks you'll find the Olive Grove's homemade biscuits and a choice of special chocolates.
Bathrooms score points for their size: many have both bath and shower in addition to double sinks and big mirrors. As well as a big pile of fluffy towels you're provided with light cotton dressing gowns, waffle-weave slippers and loads of bath products in heavy glass bottles. It was nice to be given scented candles, but the absence of doors in some rooms between your sleeping space and bathrooms (and occasionally the toilet) wouldn't be to everyone's taste. Expect turndown whilst you dine and a chocolate awaiting on your pillow. During the colder months a hot water bottle will be slipped in between your sheets.
Olive Grove's popularity is due in part to the consistently good food prepared by its small team of cooks: it was fun to chat with them whilst they worked in the open-plan kitchen.
Breakfasts get going from around 7am onwards: if you have an earlier start a tray can be delivered to your room. After you've grazed the buffet - it will include cereals, fruit salads, yoghurts and cheeses, cold meats, muffins, rusks and homemade breads - you're offered a choice of hot breakfasts: English, Italian, French, Scottish, Canadian, Norwegian or Namibian. After so much early indulgence you may skip lunch although light snacks can be ordered throughout the day.
If you fancy eating dinner at Olive Grove be sure to let one of the staff know before 4pm. You're guaranteed a delicious meal for far less than it would cost in one of city's better restaurants. Our meal began with two salad courses: we were then offered a choice between chicken prepared with sun-dried tomatoes and an olive sauce, and ostrich steak served with a pepper sauce, scalloped potatoes and carrots. Things ended on a sweet note with ice cream and chocolates, and an excellent South African pinotage added to the sense of occasion. It was a nice touch to find a detailed description of all of the wine menu's bottles including its origin, grape variety and soil as well as a bit of folklore.
If you want to eat out then try Joe's Beerhouse which is close by and specialises in native wild meat, or Am Weinberg in the south of the town.