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Mariental Hotel

With a history dating back to the early 1900s, Mariental Hotel stands as one of Namibia’s premier country hotels. A natural stopover for guests traveling between Windhoek and Keetmanshoop, the Mariental Hotel continues to provide exceptional service and a comfortable stay.

After a fire in 1989, the hotel sat vacant for seven years before being completely rebuilt by a young businessman, Mr. Earnst Simon. Mr. Simon restored the Mariental Hotel to its former glory and re-opened it in 1996. Unfortunately, flood damage in 2000 and 2006 had a devastating effect on the hotel, but once again the hotel was renovated and then enlarged to allow for even more guests.

The hotel can comfortably accommodate up to fifty guests in its single, double, and triple rooms. Amenities include air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, internet access, coffee and tea bar, and internet access.

A lovely pool provides a place to relax after a hot, busy day. The outdoor barbeque, bar, and comfortable seating arrangements encourage guests to unwind and enjoy easy conversation. Guests enjoy the ladies’ bar, action bar, and public bar as well as the in-house restaurant. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as catering for weddings, conferences, and other functions. Secure parking area, laundry services, lapa, and braai facilities are just some of the additional amenities.

The Mariental Hotel also serves as a base for travelers enjoying the surrounding area. The Hardap Dam is one of Namibia’s largest manmade lakes and is near the Hardap Dam Resort where game drives are offered. A nearby ostrich farm, camping area in Brukaros, and the town of Gibeon, known for its form Rhenish Mission station and meteorite showers, make for exciting day trips.

One of the main attractions in the area is the sand dunes of Sossusvlei. During the short trip to Sossusvlei, guests can observe some of the world’s highest sand dunes, petrified dunes, and the Sesriem Canyon. Dune 45 is particularly accessible, and many guests attempt to climb it and are rewarded with incredible views from its peak. Continuing in a 4x4 vehicle, guests traverse even more difficult terrain before arriving at the Dead Vlei parking area. From there, it is about a one-mile walk over the dunes to reach Dead Vlei, said to be one of the most magical places in the world. Dead Vlei is a dry lake surrounded by the incredible reddish sand dunes of Sossusvlei. The combination of azure sky, orange-red dunes, white clay pan, and petrified trees makes for a striking finish to an exciting excursion.

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