After a longish drive from Windhoek, we arrived at about 3.30pm in the middle of a power cut. 'Load shedding' was being implemented and the whole of the town was without power. Our room was not ready and had other reviews not mentioned this as an issue, I may have put this down to the power problem. We had room 15 in the corner of the courtyard. It was quite small but we could park our vehicle right outside which was helpful. The single beds were very comfortable and the bedding spotless, however the room looked generally quite tired and in need of decoration. We were there for a one night stopover enroute to South Africa, so it was adequate for our needs.
By the time we had unpacked a few things, power returned to our room and the air con, television and kettle all worked fine.
We quickly went out to photograph the Quiver Tree Forest at sunset and when we returned a portable lighting array powered by a diesel engine had been installed right outside our room. It seemed that although our room had power, the rest of the hotel still did not, a bizarre feature of load shedding. The courtyard was flooded with light, but the noise in our room was very loud. However the lighting unit had to go somewhere and the power cut was not the hotel's fault.
As much of the town was still without power, eating in the hotel restaurant seemed the best option. However, with no power a salad, or a mixed grill cooked on a Braai were the only options. I agree with others that the restaurant staff are in need of training and even taking into account the lack of power, the service we had did not reach acceptable standards. We had to ask for bread, the waitress, who had a stinking cold, had never heard of Balsamic vinegar and when she brought the bread to the table started to pick it up and put it on our plates with fingers she had just been holding to her nose. No thank you. In the circumstances the salad and mixed grill were acceptable.
The engine for the generator was switched off at 9.00pm as promised and we got a good night's sleep.
Breakfast was OK and I did get a good Internet link in the reception/ restaurant area as the power to those areas had been restored.
Central Lodge is only any good as stop in transit. There is little accommodation in the town and little incentive therefore to improve things. We've stayed in far worse accommodation on many occasions when the need has arisen, but by choice would always look for far better.