Reviews of Hotel Helmeringhausen
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In the Middle of Nowhere !!!
The drive from Canon Lodge to Helmeringhausen was long and tedious and the c14 was badly rutted so slow going in our 2WD. Some rain had also made the road a little treacherous in places. So when we reached the hotel it was a great relief ! Petrol station there and a store plus post office.
The hotel was ideal for a one night stay en route to the Sesriem area and the room was comfortable and the food good. We did find the room too hot and the fan did not help much however. Try the apple cake it is delicious. A nice touch by Wilderness Safaris as they had put a printed welcome on the room door with our names on.
Handy Hotel Stop
Handy and pretty spot to stop over to break a journey. Even the 'new' rooms here lack warmth and charatcer with not a stick of furniture apart from the bare essentials ie no chair, table , wardrobe or anywhere at all to hang anything except on the door hook. No surface whatsoever to place anything save for the bedside tables so we used the windowsill from where we had a not so lovely view of the Mens toilet in the garden! As most people will only stay a single night we can see the logic of this simplicity but it is not a very welcoming environment. The beautifully kept garden is a delightful oasis though.
Dinner outdoors was a bit chilly for most and the food was less than hot too and very slow to come! The whole meal took ages with big gaps between courses . We were told the meal was at 7pm but we sat for ages before even drinks orders were taken and served let alone the food.
The main course was tasty if lukewarm and we felt it was too ambitiously presented when by then all we wanted was a hot plate of filling food after a simple starter of a bowl of soup with a small triangle of bread. The breakfast buffet was very simple.
Hotel Helmeringhausen review
A pleasant and very quiet one night stop (we were the only guests that night) A friendly welcome from the owner preceded a peaceful night with the place to ourselves. The room and bathroom were attractively decorated but it seemed strange to be given twin beds when were the only guests and there was no shortage of rooms.
The very pretty floral garden is like an oasis and we enjoyed the open air museum exhibits next door and going up the little hill to admire the sweeping views. The breakfast table was beautuifully laid with a white cloth and huge vase of flowers and was a very civilised, enjoyable affair.
Although we had been told someone would be around in the main buidling all evening we were slightly unnerved when we could not raise them and later found the door locked and all the lights put out (inside and out) quite early on so we could not return the museum key and buy a drink as planned.
Hotel Helmeringhausen review
The room was not particularly bright and cheerful but ok for the one night.No contact with the owners this time although they were around.
The evening meal was fine but we did have to wait over half hour for main course. Staff not in the best of moods next morning, little disappointed with the place on this visit.