“Snazzy and secure guesthouse in a quiet, leafy area close to the city centre”
The conception of Elegant's muted beige, grey and black guest rooms was no chance event: Jörn worked for several years in top-end tourism and had clear ideas about bedroom dos and don'ts.
The Guesthouse's garden and courtyard facing bedrooms are light, functional and imbued with contemporary, angular good looks. They have twin beds which can be zip-linked to create queen-sized doubles, great mattresses of the firm-yet-pliant variety and these are matched by top-of-the-range bed linen.
Expect a full quotient of gadgetry: flat screen TV (discreetly tucked away in a cabinet in most rooms), WiFi, telephone, hairdryer, safety box and a hot and cold air-conditioning unit.
All rooms benefit from some sort of sitting out area - the nicest give straight onto the lawn - and all come with sparkling shower rooms dressed from floor to ceiling in swish Italian marble or slate-coloured tiles. They have surface top sinks in white ceramic or stainless steel and walk-in rain showers with invigorating water pressure. And all of the rooms have masses of storage space.
The guesthouse has an open-plan kitchen-diners where the smiling Namibian staff busy themselves preparing your breakfast to the strains of easy-on-the-ear music (Ella Fitzgerald when I stayed) whilst you chat with Jörn, or pore over your guide books and maps. Tables can also be laid up out on the terrace or outside your room when the weather's right.
A big, help-yourself buffet reflects the owner's, and the country's, Germanic past: expect yoghurts and muesli, fresh fruit kebabs, cold cuts and cheeses, a big range of jams and three or four freshly baked breads, including one of dark rye. Coffee or tea is served at your table as well as fruit juice (of the carton variety). And any variant on the cooked breakfast theme can be prepared whilst you look on. It all felt open, inclusive and it was great to see the way that Jörn and his staff seem to get along so well - and on an equal footing.
No lunches or dinners are on offer but if you prefer not to stray from The Elegant you're welcome to order in a takeaway: in the guest information folder in your room you'll find an extensive choice listed under Dial a Meal.
But given that you're probably in town for just two or three nights, chances are that you'll want to dine out. For a bit of fun and big cuts of meat, head for Joe's Beer House which is just along the road from The Elegant: Bavaria meets Bush in its rustic décor and collection of African hunting trophies. Let Jörn or any member of his staff know at breakfast where you fancy dining out and they'll happily take care of reserving your table.