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“Very Average”
Review of Central Lodge

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Central Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Keetmanshoop
Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

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.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

The rooms are big and clean but we missed a special flair like we found it at a lot of other places in Namibia. Stayed here for 1 night between Bagatelle Kalahari Ranch and the Canyon Roadhouse. I guess you could go without that stop as Keetmanshop has not may interesting sites except the quiver tree forest and Giants playground an you can visit both and despite drive further south towards Fish rive Canyon on one day.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

The rooms are reasonable priced, clean and comfortable, some basic. The courtyard lawn is a welcome place for an afternoon drink and snack after a long day travelling. Safe parking is also available. Service is OK, but can improve. This is a good choice for staying one night whilst travelling in Namibia as the choice in Keetmanshoop is limited.

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

There is little accommodation in this area, so the Central is a popular choice. The rooms vary from being pokey, to reasonable size - as part of a group we saw the variety. They are basic, but fine for a night or two.

The staff were helpful and the restaurant served a passable dinner. Breakfast was below average compared to other locations in Namibia

Not a place to get excited about, but more than adequate.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

We stayed there for two nights (business related). Rooms are ok, unfortunatly we were given the rooms opposite their laundry room, so constantly the staff was infront my door ironing the sheets, I could not close the blinds properly, so it felt very awkward and and loud and not private at all. The room was huge with a step right smack in the middle (careful not to trip when its dark). The restaurant food was ok, not the tastiest. Luckily is located centrally with a supermarket close by. Reception staff were not prepared that we came, they requested a purchase order/security which should be dealt with the company. Remotes for aircons and TV's either flat and not working...

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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We stayed here one night on our way back to Cape Town. The place is very average, but adequate. Rooms were ok, and clean, but were not ready on our arrival at 16:00. The restaurant looks very shoddy and not appealing at all. We ate elsewhere. Breakfast was also not well presented, but ok. Staff were friendly, but appear to be untrained. Location is very central, and I think this is only an overnight stop.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 21, 2012 via mobile

Day 2 on our long journey. I wish I had taken more notice of other tripadvisors comments. The room was very clean and comfortable. The shower was great. The car was secure. The dining room service was shocking. Attitudes are all wrong probably because of lack of training. The bar man was equally as ignorant about his product. He was mistified by the unscrewing cap on a beer bottle. Hadn't ever seen one. My food was good (goat stew), but Karen's meal of garlic tinned mushrooms and packet soup left her feeling rather ill for 24 hours. My recommendation would be to stay here but eat elsewhere.

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Additional Information about Central Lodge

Address: 5th Street, PO Box 661, Keetmanshoop, Namibia
Location: Namibia > Central Plateau > Keetmanshoop
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Keetmanshoop
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Central Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19

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