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“Good meals but hotel needs attention”
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Katse Lodge
Hazyview, South Africa
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“Good meals but hotel needs attention”
Reviewed 22 November 2012

We headed to Lesotho on a bike trip and spent one night at the hotel. I must compliment the chef on the meals but other service departments really needed attention. On check in we were greeted by the receptionist with a church service blaring from the TV behind us in reception. Check in went okay but I would suggest a cold/warm facecloth on check in especially for guests arriving on motorcycles. The rooms need a lot of attention - folding doors in between the inter-leading rooms need to be replaced & a painting or two on the white walls could make it more attractive. The linen in the rooms are new and very comfortable but the beds - they have the same feeling as lying in a hammock.

Paul - one of the managers at the hotel was very friendly and helpful. On check in I asked about the WIFI but no one could assist me nor explain what the problem was. All that was needed was the network password and no one knew what it was.

But I would stay here again and enjoyed it - as I say the hotel just needs a little attention and it would be perfect! The location is just UNBELIEVABLE!!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

The lodgings are basic but comfortable and clean; as this is in rural Lesotho, one shouldn't have high expectations. However, we were pleasantly surprised with the panoramic view from the bedroom looking out on the dam; this alone makes up for any shortcomings. The staff (and all the people in Lesotho!) are such warm and friendly people and were always ready with a smile; the service was very satisfactory at all times. The manager spend not only the obligatory minute at our table but actually showed us his lovely indigenous rock garden outside the dining room; his enthusiasm about the country and its people was really touching. We had a dinner-bed-breakfast package and I can still not believe the variety the kitchen had on offer; at dinner the salmon trout was a real treat with very generous portions indeed. The breakfast boasted a good variety of fruits, yoghurt, cereals, cold meats and cheeses; add to that the farmhouse style warm dishes and excellent coffee and you're set for the road. There are no filling stations in Katse which necessitates careful planning.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

We went as a goup of 6 people on a biking trip to Lesotho. We were there for 2 nights. The accomodation was functional and clean. They could upgrade a bit as it is an old building that needs some attention. The views are spectacular and the dining area was great. The food was good - breakfast was a good variety. We did a trip on the dam - lovely scenery. The manager was very friendly and helpful and the staff were also very pleasant. The mountain views riding up there were breathtaking - well worth the trip. Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bielefeld, Germany
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

The location is unusual, but the views are truly spectacular once you get there. The lodge was originally accommodation for engineers building the Katse Dam. Unfortunately the hotel urgently needs investment in the bedrooms and bathrooms - everything was functional, but basic and dated. The beds were dreadfully soft and creaky - if I spent money on one thing, it would be new beds. Some rooms have to share bathrooms. We turned down the first room because someone had been smoking in there. Having said all that, it is probably the only hotel in the area and it is acceptable. The staff are doing the best they can on a limited budget. Food was fine. The Katse Dam tour is essential for all visitors and well recommended. This is a truly beautiful area and our holiday was truly unforgettable.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2011

A gang of us stopped off here so we could see the Katse Dam, a marvel of engineering. This building used to be the accommodation block for the engineers etc when the dam was being built and while like being back at school, was perfectly adequate and any lack of luxury was made up for by the lovely views from the huge terrace. Our room in the annexe was a reasonable size with an unnecessary kitchenette left over from the old days, basic shared bathroom with no shower curtain, separate loo, single school beds that squeaked and crunched and a vast telly showing the usual endless sport. The terrace/deck was very big with lovely views and a nice beer out there was very welcome. Buffet supper, not stunning but perfectly OK and an OK buffet breakfast. Very friendly staff & a fascinating tour of the dam the next day. Worth a look if passing!

  • Stayed March 2011
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South Africa
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Reviewed 20 December 2010

My husband and I and three friends and our guide stayed over at the Katse Lodge for one night. After a wet, slippery trip on rough roads it was such a pleasure to be greeted by their friendly staff. We had hired a self-catering house which is maintained and serviced by the Lodge. It was roomy and spotlessly clean. There was one bedroom en-suite. The other two bedrooms shared a bathroom. As our group consisted of 6 adults we could have done with another separate toilet. However, for a family the accommodation is superb. We ate at the Lodge that night. The food was excellent. Breakfast too is beautifully presented and exceptionally tasty. The service was very professional and Roy Martin, the General Manager, made sure that we were happy guests. If you are going to visit one of the most spectacular dams in Africa, if not the world, the Katse Lodge is certainly the place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2010

Totally agree with the other reviewer - he couldn't have summed it up better. The rooms are sizeable, with enormous flat screen TV.......and one plug point! The large bath was very welcome as most other places we stayed didn't have that. Meal service was fine - breakfast was good and the evening meal pretty good considering where we were (this is quite a remote place). But it feels like a refurbished school! There's no particular reason for anyone to go to Katse but if you are doing a Lesotho tour as we did, the trip to (and INSIDE!) the dam,is pretty interesting and a total bargain at ZAR10 each.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Katse Lodge
Address: Katse Village, Bokong 333, Lesotho (Formerly Orion Katse Lodge)
Region: Lesotho > Thaba-Tseka District > Bokong
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Bokong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Katse Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Katse Lodge is perfectly positioned atop a saddle, offering incredible panoramic views of the famous Katse Dam, with its surrounding mountains, rocky crags, sparse vegetation and landlocked lakes. The Lodge is an ideal starting point for travelers wishing to explore Lesotho’s mountain kingdom. For the adventurous, drive the robustly constructed alpine roads to Mohale Lodge, and experience the stark desolate landscape with traditional villages, untouched by time. Return to the lodge after a day of exploration and adventure dine in comfort, with unobstructed views of the glimmering waterscape, and then relax in front of the inviting fireplace. Katse Lodge offers genuine warmth and old-fashioned hospitality, making it one of Lesotho’s best-kept secrets. ... more   less 
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Orion Katse Hotel Bokong
Katse Lodge Lesotho/Bokong

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