Windhoek Country Club
(152 rooms) Western Bypass, Pioneers Park; PO Box 3077, Windhoek; tel: 061 205 5911; fax: 061 252797; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Managed by the South African chain Legacy Hotels & Resorts, the Country Club is Windhoek's grandest hotel. It is situated on the B1 bypass that skirts the city, about 1.5km off the road to Rehoboth. Until Windhoek expands further, this is in the middle of nowhere.
Its cavernous, vaulted entrance hall is made of mock-stone blocks, and lined with various small shops. Opposite reception is the cave-like entrance to the casino, where rows of people fill slot machines with money or gamble at tables from 10.00 right through to 04.00 the next morning.
The resort's rooms are plush and well designed, with air conditioning, heating, Mnet TV, minibar/fridge, phone, hairdryer, safe, and a balcony or patio. Each has a toilet, and separate bath and shower en suite. In the public areas, surveillance systems have been installed for added security.
Outside, at the back of the hotel, there's a fast-flowing circular river, surrounding a pool and poolside bar, shaded by another design in rough-hewn rocks. Beyond is an 18-hole golf course, with special rates for guests: 9 holes N$70 , 18 holes NS140.
Buffet lunch in the main restaurant, the Kokerboom, is N$65 (N$105 on Sunday); dinner is N$115. Above the casino is a very good Chinese restaurant, Chez Wou, which attracts a busy trade from outside the hotel for both lunch and dinner.
The Country Club is a good hotel, but it is expensive and could be anywhere in the world.