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“Beautiful but so unfriendly”
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Solitaire Lodge
Reviewed October 30, 2013

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.

Room Tip: I cannot enter anything good here. I'll rather pass.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Disappointing one-night stop over. Pre-booked B&B, very overpriced. (NAD1000.00 B&B for one night.) Room OK. The place was deserted. We were the only people in the diningroom. Service and food was non-existent. Three course dinner was atrocious. No A la Carte options available. The food served was inedible! After much complaining to the "Restaurant Manager"?, he agreed that the food served to us was unacceptable and we would not have to pay. There was no sign of Senior Management. We left early the next morning for Luderitz perhaps, fortunately, we did not have to sample their breakfast (although we could have had the picnic pack, which we declined.) On our return to RSA we contacted the agent responsible for this booking, informing them of our experience and dissatisfaction. They apparently forwarded our complaint to the owners but no response has been forthcoming. By the way, Moose's apple pie was nothing to write home about.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

We stayed here for one night in July on the way to the national park. We didn't have camping gear and this seemed like the cheapest place close enough to the park with rooms--it was pricey, though (804 NAD for two people--yikes!). We drove from Swakopmund along the C14--CAUTION-- if you have a 2WD like we did, it wasn't fun, like others mention--lots of gravel--still determining whether or not the trip was worth the stress. We arrived at the lodge after dark. The staff member at the front desk wasn't the friendliest at first, but he warmed up. The wait staff at the restaurant (dinner starts at 7pm and breakfast at 7am) was friendly and the food wasn't outrageously priced considering there is nothing else in the area--65 NAD for a game steak and sides--we tried zebra for the first time. The country store was decently stocked with snacks and again, the prices weren't that inflated. The staff packed us a generous breakfast to-go since we were leaving for the dunes at 6am before the breakfast was served--that was nice of them! The rooms were adequate with very hot water--overall, it was fine for our needs.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

We camped here one night when visiting the Namib-Naukluft Park.
The campsite is very basic.
The lodge itself looks nice with a swimming pool.

The lady at the shop, who is responsible for the campsite was impressively unhelpful.
There were no tomatoes in the shop, but after discussing for 5 minutes, she went to the back
and returned with 2 tomatoes!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Wim B
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

Solitaire is an unusual - but worthwhile - place to stop. It ha a hotel, a bakery, a general store, garage and bar. Shades of 'Telegraph Road'
The Country Lodge is excellent - an oasis of calm in the surrounding desert. The staff are courteous and helpful; the rooms simple but clean and spacious. It is an excellent spot to stay in if you wish to visit Sossusvlei for the day.
Our only problem - and this is nothing to do with the hotel - was the oafish behaviour of some other guests who seemed to think that revving their quad bikes/dune buggies would somehow enhance the atmosphere. Not so - and if you read this please think of others in future.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank GeoffNot
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

We arrived at saturday and there was a party going in in the bar. There was food there, but that was very bad and the music very loud. The room we had was not clean and in a poor condition. The second night we had food there, the prices was almost three times the day before, but the quality still very poor. The employee's that we met, except one guy, were very unhelpfull and not willing to assist us. So if you go along Solitair consider only taking the famous apple pie there and sleep at the Sossusvlei.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

We enjoyed the quirky antiques and laid back atmosphere of this place!!! It was fun for everyone staying over to eat the proper braai buffet together outside. A interesting bakery and general dealer where you can stock up on petrol and supplies... Very friendly and helpful staff especially Petrus at the reception who assisted us with our route details and information about sossusvlei... A memorable stopover we would recommend even though it is still an hour to the naukluft gate and a very early start to sossousvlei is necessary ....

Room Tip: All roo s face the swimming pool no special rooms,,,,
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Janine B
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Address: Solitaire C19 & C14 Junction, Namib-Naukluft Park 9000, Namibia
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Location: Namibia > Khomas Region > Namib-Naukluft Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Namib-Naukluft Park
Price Range: $124 - $205 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Solitaire Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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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