Central Lodge

Central Lodge: Our full report

Rooms
27 rooms
Traveller's rating
Good (71%) From 58 reviews
Children
Best for 8+
Open
All year

Central Lodge, as its name suggests, is centrally located in the town of Keetmanshoop. Although not one of Namibia's most picturesque towns, Keetmanshoop (considered the capital of the south) does have some handsome historic buildings and an interesting museum showcasing the town's past. Central Lodge and Keetmanshoop offer a comfortable place to stop over en-route to the Fish River Canyon, Luderitz or the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa. It is also worth visiting the nearby Quiver Tree Forest and Giant's Playground during your time here.

Central Lodge offers a small oasis in the otherwise, fairly bland surroundings of Keetmanshoop. Guests step through the main entrance of the cheery yellow building into a cool reception area where they are welcomed by the staff.

Most of the 27 rooms are set around a courtyard of green, manicured lawn. A central fountain and well-placed palm trees complete the atmosphere of tranquility. We were unable to see the rooms on our last visit in May 2018 due to the lodge being fully booked. However, from pervious visits we know that the air-conditioned rooms are furnished with comfortable beds, a writing desk, two chairs, and a coffee table. A built-in cupboard and luggage rack supplies ample storage space and tea/coffee facilities provide the chance for a revitalising boost after what is often a long drive to get here. Each room also has a TV and a telephone.

The en-suite bathrooms are fairly small in size but make up for the lack of space by being clean and functional. Each has flush toilet, basin and a shower. Four of the double rooms have a larger bathroom and boast a ‘spa bath’.

Of the 27 rooms, three are large enough for families of up to four and another two of the rooms have an interleading door allowing families to be next to each other but have their own space.

The gardens are well kept with a pretty water fountain forming a central feature. There is a swimming pool, which is partially screened off from the garden and rooms providing some privacy to swimmers. Outdoor furniture is set up on the lawn surrounding the pool creating a nice area to relax with a drink or a quiet lunch. On our last visit here, they had a relatively new coffee shop to one side of the entrance and a new sushi bar undergoing the final touches to the other. Both owned by the lodge these should provide some variety to the culinary scene in this slightly tired town.

Whilst it is possible to ask the staff to recommend a restaurant for the evening meal, it is often easier to eat at the lodge's own à la carte restaurant. Central Lodge also has a fully licensed bar which is usually popular with Keetmanshoop locals as well as guests. Food and drinks can be ordered here throughout the day. At the time of our visit the sushi bar opening times were still being finalized.

If you'd like to explore Keetmanshoop a little further before continuing on your travels through Namibia, it is possible to store luggage with the reception staff rather than keeping it in your vehicle.

Our view

Central Lodge offers a comfortable bed and works well for a night's stopover between visiting Namibia's sights. There are no bells and whistles here but the owners have done enough to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Occasionally there is the odd maintenance problem but we found the staff always available for any queries we had during our visit.

Geographics

Location: Southern Namibia, Namibia

Ideal length of stay: Well situated for a one-night stopover between Namibia's more dramatic landscapes and sights.

Directions: Central Lodge is set on Fifth street in Keetmashoop, almost next to the town's Standard bank and near the information centre.

Accessible by: Self-drive

Key personnel

Owner: George Roux

Food & drink

Usual board basis: B&B

Food quality: On our last visit in May 2018 we didn’t have the opportunity to eat however from previous visits we know that meals usually take the following format:

Breakfast is served between 6 and 9am. A buffet layout offers a fairly standard guesthouse type fare including a variety of cereals, breads, cold meats, fruit, juice and yogurt. You'll also be offered a selection of cooked eggs. Tea and coffee is self-service and there is a range of flavoured teas.

Various light meals are on offer for lunch. These include meals such as toasted sandwiches, salads and burgers.

Dinner is served in the restaurant between 6 and 9pm. An a la carte menu offers a variety of straightforward fish, steak and chicken meals. On a previous visit we tried out the Wiener Schnitzel with mushroom sauce, which was tasty!

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £5-10

Drinks included: Drinks are not included

Further dining info: Yes

Children

Attitude towards children: Central Lodge welcomes families and has a few rooms that will easily accommodate parents and children.

Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions.

Special activities & services: None

Equipment: Highchairs and cots are available on request.

Notes: Children must be under the supervision of their parents at all times, there are steps and an un-fenced, un-guarded pool.

Infrastructure

Power supply: Mains Electricity

Power supply notes: There are power points in the rooms for guests to use freely.

Communications: There are phones in each of the rooms at Central Lodge. If you are travelling with a mobile phone you will also have good network coverage in Keetmanshoop. There is WiFI available in the main areas for guests.

TV & radio: The lodge has DSTV (Digital Satellite Television) in all the rooms and an entertainment system in the restaurant and bar. Soft music is played throughout the day.

Water supply: Mains

Water supply notes: All rooms have plumbed toilets and hot and cold running water.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care: The Keetmanshoop hospital is about 1km outside of the town centre. The Daan Viljoen clinic is about 10 min away from the lodge.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

Security measures: The Central Lodge has a secure parking area and a security guard on duty throughout the day.

Fire safety: There are no fire extinguishers inside the rooms but there are a few evenly placed outside some of the rooms.

Extras

Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: A laundry service is available for an extra charge.

Money: The Central Lodge does not accept or exchange foreign currency. There are no safes in any of the rooms, but guests can lock their rooms or ask that valuables be stored in the office behind reception.

Accepted payment on location: Visa and MasterCard are accepted and do not attract any additional surcharges. Cash payments can be made in South African rand and Namibian dollars.

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