The luxurious Strand Hotel in Swakopmund celebrated its second anniversary this week with more than 100 guests attending a seaside patio function at the Brewer & Butcher restaurant overlooking the Mole.
Addressing guests, Strand Hotel General Manager, Lance Hurly, said that the top notch coastal accommodation facility is writing a new page in the history books of tourism and hospitality at the coast and fulfilling its purpose of becoming the social epicentre of the Swakopmund community.
He explained that each year the number of guests who return to the Strand has grown, while the staff have developed into true service professionals.
“At least 98 percent of feedback from the guests on the various international tourism booking platforms are hugely positive about the product we offer. Added to this is the growing number of regular patrons from Swakopmund who enjoy the restaurants and the hotel services on offer in the multi-purpose hospitality facility.
“I am extremely proud of having been part of this amazing team which has, in our two years in business, served over 30,000 kg of chicken dishes, used 350,000 eggs, more than 75,000 litres of milk, served 122,365 cappuccino’s and close to 200,000 breakfasts. We’ve also grilled 7,268kg of bacon, 3,600kg of the best lamb shank in Namibia, and gone through 220,000 mini butter portions.
“We have also ridden out tough economic times, and the speed that the Strand Hotel has developed and grown from its initial starting point just 24 months ago, to becoming one of the leading hotels in Namibia is praise worthy,” Hurly said.
The Strand General Manager pointed out that, the hotel, which employs a staff complement of 260 trained staff members, had recently completed its seasonal planning strategy well in advance, and is geared to tackle the upcoming festive season.
“This includes orderly accommodation bookings, advanced restaurant reservations, menus, crowd control, security, and additional needs over the season,” Hurly confirmed.
Rooms at the Strand during the peak holiday period, are expected to be at least 98 percent occupied.
The four-star hotel situated at the Mole, with its 125 elegantly furnished rooms and suites mostly overlooking the Atlantic Ocean or the gardens, is a first-class tourist attraction in Swakopmund, which holds its status as the “Jewel of Namibia”.
The hotel has a deli restaurant, a seafood restaurant and a small brewery, which also specialises in Namibian and German meat dishes. Drinks and snacks can be enjoyed at the lounge bar or at the pavilion on the beach, as well as conference and banqueting centre.
The spa offers a variety of massages and also features a rooftop garden with water features. Guests can work out for free in the hotel’s fitness centre.
The Swakopmund Strand Hotel, which is owned by the Olthaver & List Group, topped off its celebration when it recently won the 2017 Africa Property Investment (API) award for ‘Best Hotel Development’.