The Lodge's location is good but huge foyer is filled with stuffed game and an over-the-top masculine ambience that seems very contrived. Plus the rooms are situated in long, outdoor cement blocks that resemble military housing. This is outstandingly off-putting. Guest rooms with King-size beds are cramped and the showers are have miserly water and contain mold in the tiles.
So what is good? Perhaps the food that is plentiful and sturdy. Yet it is bland and heavy on sauces. Vegetables, besides potatoes are missing. The wait for food, even though we were the only patrons, was so long that we were ready to leave the table in disgust. The large dining room had a bar and a expansive dark room meant to resemble a Colonial pub.
We were glad to leave the Lodge after one-night. Incidentally, even though they claim to be a Game Lodge, there are no game excursions, nor certainly no game in this phony establishment. Be wise, avoid it.
Breakfast is abundant with standard English-type fare. Dinner is somewhat plain, but includes great soups and fresh, mixed greens salads. Make sure to order the excellent local beef entrees. Don't come too hungry as the wait between appetizers and entrees is quite long
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bains Lodge is situated on 42ha of prime land, 2km west of the Bloemfontein border, and offer a variety of accommodation options, banqueting facilities, and Restaurants, to fit each need and budget. Wi-Fi Hotspots and sufficient secured parking are available for your comfort. The Lodge removed the frills and fuss from the luxury rooms, and now gives you just what you need - basic and comfortable hotel accommodation, in the form of Bains 1, OPENING 1 JUNE at Bains Lodge. These rooms are easy on your pocket, yet efficient, being the first choice for the budget orientated traveller. Get comfortable and enjoy the convenience of these rooms, which can sleep 1 or 2 people at a basic room rate, with a shower and bath, TV with DSTV channels, clean and crisp towels, basic room amenities, and air-conditioning. Guests can still enjoy the finer things in life, by choosing our Spacious Luxury Suits, with air conditioning, a coffee station and satellite TV, each with a private bathroom, with a luxurious bath. Some also provide a four-poster bed, balcony or patio. Also COMING SOON, is Beauty Secrets AT Bains - completing the full experience we have to offer. The Salon will provide our guests and day visitors beauty treatments, in order to escape and recharge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bains Game Hotel Bloemfontein