During 2011 we booked for 2 nights. It was December and very hot. We drove by car (Camry) and the roads were very-very bad! Solitaire Country Lodge was like a jewel in die desert - calling us. But what a surprise. We had to wait for 30 minutes until the person at 'reception' came to our help. We booked in.....very unfriendly staff! No air conditioner in room. We opted for a beer at the outside bar. Thank you for a cold beer! Good! Then we had a go for the apple tart and tea (my wife's apple pie taste's much better than Mose's!). Beautiful landscape! Beautiful premises. Beautiful lodge! But zero service. The little service we had was pathetic, to say the least! The only plus point was the fact that the food was not good, but eatable! After one day we had enough. We booked out. There were no 'manager' to report our grievances with. We paid for 2 nights, but we could no longer handle the unfriendly staff and the zero service and only stayed for one. The only 'good' thing was our horrible trip down the C14 to Walvis Bay in our Toyota Camry. This road was not for a 2 wheel drive sedan (but the desert was so alive and beautiful) but we made it safe! Thank You Lord for a Camry!
I contacted the resort (via email) to discuss the extra day that we paid for. Until today's date nobody contacted me back regarding my request. I, for one, will NEVER ever convince any of my relatives or friends to book at Solitaire Country Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Solitaire, Namibia is a historic settlement near the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Midway between Sossusvlei and Swakopmund, it is a popular stop for travellers to shop at the original Tsondab General Dealer, eat lunch at Cafe van der Lee, visit McGregor's Bakery for fresh apple pie and espresso, and refuel at the petrol station. Solitaire has a well-maintained private airstrip: FYSO. Please visit our web site for more details. Solitaire Lodge features 25 spacious, modern, air-conditioned rooms wrapped around a courtyard pool and desert garden. Free WIFI is available for guests. The Solitaire Activity Centre offers Scenic Sundowner Drives, Night Drives, Fat Tire Bike Rentals, guided and self-guided hiking, all on the 45,000 acre Solitaire Land Trust (SLT). The SLT protects native habitat for numerous wildlife species, and is restoring former farmland degraded by drought and over-grazing. The SLT reaches from the base of the Great African Escarpment to the Namib, widely considered to be the oldest desert on the planet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Solitaire Lodge Namibia/Namib-Naukluft Park