We arrived at the Lodge on the Lake expecting it to be first class in every aspect. Friends had stayed in November and had highly recommended it. On first impression it looked amazing. It couldn't be in a better location and the views of the lake from the entrance hall and from the rooms is fantastic. However, there was something missing! There were ants on the balcony and in the bedroom. My husband even found one in the bed! The room was superficially clean but when you looked in the corners it wasn't. A lot of money had obviously been spent on it but we felt the maintainance of this guest house generally hadn't been kept up. We are well travelled and have a lot to compare it with and overall we felt it was disappointing. It wouldn't take much to bring it back up to its original standard. There was chipped crockery at breakfast and the selection of food was medicocre. Compared to other breakfasts we had whilst travelling in South Africa it was pretty poor. The staff were friendly and helpful but it lacked an overall "boss", someone in charge to ensure the standards are kept up. I really hope someone there will read this and take note of my comments. To put it back into the five star bracket wouldn't take much, but it is not there at the moment..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lodge on the Lake is built on the outskirts of Wilderness. The Lodge is an exclusive guesthouse nestled on the hillside overlooking the spectacular Island Lake and the mountains beyond. Nature and architecture blend seamlessly into a setting that surely must be among the most beautiful in the world. Relax in the lounge area and gaze out onto the rimflow pool and the expanse of lake beyond. The Lodge rooms, each with full en-suite bathroom, balcony and unsurpassed views over the lake below and the surrounding mountains. Leave your stress at the front door and allow yourself to sink into a truly sumptuous and restorative experience at "Mandara" Wellness & Spa. Enjoy a delicious breakfast before exploring the area around Wilderness. We organize individual day tours, got lots of information about our surroundings and love to assist you for restaurant recommendations and reservations. See you soon!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- a Lodge On The Lake Hotel Wilderness