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Rostock Ritz Desert Lodge
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

A long, bumpy road to a beautiful lodge. The food was fantastic; we had wild game elsewhere and it was bland and tough, but here it was tender and delicious. The "cabins" are cool and quiet with a tremendous view. A sunrise or sunset walk on the trails is well worthwhile. The plunge pool was nice - we had it all to ourselves since winter there is quite pleasant to someone from northern Canada! Staff were helpful and available when needed. The local pet zebra and wildlife were nice to see. The price is quite high so we could only stay one night. If they were lower it would be nice to spend a few days relaxing and hiking, especially since it is a slow drive on the rough gravel roads. Well worth the time to get there though, and the nicest place we stayed in Namibia with the best food.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank J H
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

Good accommodation with a fabulous view. Take hiking boots, mountain bikes and a swimming costume and enjoy. The activity is needed to work off the wonderful food. Considering that the lodge is in the middle of the dessert, they did a great job. Service in general was good and every effort was made to accommodate all requests. Would have loved to stay more than 2 nights to explore the beautiful farm more.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Phil477
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

We spent a night at the campsite on our way to Swakopmund.
After arriving at the lodge and 'checking in' we were shown a map with all the hiking trails and were given a booklet on the trails again - that already made me wish we had more time to go and explore the area.

As the lodge itself was quiet, we were allowed to use the pool (campers are normally not permitted) and we could lap up the views (the landscape is amazing).

The campsite is about 7km from the main lodge.
Each site (only 4 or 5 there) has a small shaded area and a 'braai' BBQ) area as well as a tap. No electrical points are at the sites, but I loved that.

The shower block has got a male and female part. Each of these has 2 toilets and 2 showers. The cool thing about the showers is that the doors are only 1/2 doors, hence - a shower with a view.

The campsite is situated at the foot of a small rocky outcrop and further up there is a larger, roofed area with what looked like a communal kitchen and a 'veranda'. The view from up there is amazing.

We did not manage to do any of the trails, but did go for an early morning run and came across numerous oryx, zebras and ostriches.
Worth putting in a stop at this lodge/ campsite.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

We stayed here for three days and spent quality time a the swimming pool. It was a wonderful experience to stay at this lodge. You can climb the mountain behind the lodge and you will have a breath taking view. The staff is friendly and has a real service mindset. Unfortunately the rooms don't have air-conditioning. That can be an issue during the Nambian summer as this lodge is in the middle of the desert. Apart from that a fantastic place.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank WillemHWindhoek
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

Rostock Ritz is a brilliant concept which falls rather flat. The location is stunning and each of the "rooms" are pods clad in local stone to blend in with the surrounding hillside. They are comfortable, with small secluded verandahs and individual styling. Fly screens on the windows and doors, aided by ceiling fans keep the room cool. There is a stunning Lapa with quixotic hammocks to lounge by the pool in. Well marked walks and a Ranger service provide daytime interest. The breakfasts are good, the dining room is interesting to say the least but beware of personal comments about fellow diners as the acoustics deliver words from the other side of room rather too clearly! The big let down is in the evening food and unhappily the service. The food is rather dismal, meat is well cooked but everything else is a tad 1970's. Despite all efforts, service was well intentioned at its best, but at its worst sullen and resentful. Management do have work to do here but I am concerned that at the prices charged here they are not getting on top of it quickly enough. We were fortunate enough to be well compensated for a disastrous evening meal and a couple of other problems that we encountered during our stay, but that one day in their year constituted one third of our stay there. Although there is much to recommend Rostock, a Ritz it is not and I would not put this high on my list of places to stay for any more than a stopover.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank fothersScotland
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