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Reviewed September 25, 2012

3 camel lodge was the best of the 3 ger camps that we stayed in while in mongolia. nice location between several important sites. the gers are well maintained - we got the deluxe which has an attached bathroom and that was nice during the cold nights, otherwise in warm weather i wouldn't bother. the food was also excellent and the staff pleasant. my only complaint was that they were a tad lax about getting our stove heated up on a regular basis - and it was pretty cold some nights in late sept.

Date of stay: September 2012
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2  Thank gngaulton
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Staying in gers is not always the greatest experience but this was definitely one of the best. The ger was comfortable, nice big bed. We went in September and it was very cold at night but we had a fire in the evening which got us into bed warm enough. Be sure and ask for extra camel wool blankets if it is cold. They are happy to oblige. I don't eat meat or gluten which was sometimes a challenge in Mongolia but they were very accomodating and dinners were excellent; they even had tofu. Breakfast was great and they made omelets for us right there. Good way to start the day. We had a sink and toilet but you would be okay without. Bathrooms are close and very clean. You will need a flashlight or headlamp. Lodge was cosy but cold as they didn't have a fire for some reason. The location was breathtakingly beautiful as it is nestled close to the mountains which had snow on them. Long ride from airport on bumpy roads but everywhere is a long drive in the Gobi. Be sure to go to the Gorge, the sand dunes (ride a camel and spend time with a nomadic family) and the Flaming Cliffs. Gorgeous!

Date of stay: September 2012
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4  Thank rebajane22
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

I recently stayed at the Three Camel Lodge and absoluetly loved it! It is a beautifully desgined and tastefully furnished place with great facilities, gourmet food, superb services and amazing location. I have only few minor complaints: no electricity outlets in gers so one has to go to the bar/lounge area and charge their batteries, phones, lap tops etc with dozens of other travelers. Also, no menu to chose from a meal for lunch or dinner: they bring you prepared meal and if it's a mutton you can eat it or leave it. I think a lodge of this level of luxury (and prices!), should give guests at least 2 options to chose a meal. Lastly, there should be WiFI coverage. Even budget level lodges in Africa, jungle lodges in Borneo, Papua New Guinea, Amazon, desert camps in Sahara etc. have interent access these days.

Date of stay: September 2012
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7  Thank Leotar
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

The Three Camels Lodgehas many pluses: its spectacular location, its good service, and its decent Gers. Though the gers are comfortable it is not a four or five star hotel experience. The rooms do not have heat (though there is a wood buring stove in the gers), the showers are communal, though the delux gers do have toilets and a cold water sink. The food is fine with breakfast being the best meal of the day. One note of caution, if you travel outside of the narrow window of summer (mid June - July, it can get cold in the evening.

Date of stay: August 2012
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1  Thank Antionio10
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Considering the remoteness of this lodge, they've done a wonderful job. The food is great; the staff is pleasant; there's always a beautiful view of something; within driving distance of many places of interest. They grow some vegetables on site.

The ladies shower room is lovely with each shower cleaned after each use. I did find, though, that the water seemed to be hotter in the showers to the right vs. those to the left. Some days there was a hairdryer for use; some days there was not. Signs are posted asking you to only use a hair dryer between 9am and 7pm due to demands on their wind and solar system.

Deluxe gers have their own sink and toilet. Convenient but outer gers have practically no water flow. Lighting in my ger was pretty good; lighting in others was practically non-existent. Be sure to pack a headlamp for walking to/from ger and other facilities in the night.

The bed was ok comfort-wise (most beds in Mongolia are rock hard). I disliked the felt rugs as my clothes kept picking up fur. Only have your fire lit at night if you plan to sleep in a sauna (mid summer stay).

Housekeeping service was extremely inconsistent. Some days you got hot water in a thermos, some not. Some gers got tea bags for the hot water, some not. Some gers have robes, some not. Couldn't get the toilet paper replaced the last 2 days no matter who I asked.

On a bright note, the laundry service was fast and good, albeit a little pricey. Staff lines up and waves you goodbye when you head out for the day and are there to open the vehicle doors when you return. Bar prices are a little high but there is good variety. Wine is sold by the bottle only, no single glass offerings.

Bikes are available for rent. There are some Mongolian craft items on offer in the reception area.

Make sure you walk up the hill behind the lodge for a great sunset view.

This lodge is owned by the same person as Nomadic Expeditions.

Date of stay: July 2012
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9  Thank kirstenpix
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