So I've just returned from a getaway to the countryside, and we decided to stay at the Sun International Golden Valley Lodge & Casino. The accommodation was fairly decent, however many things relating to the operating of the lodge left me a bit perturbed.
The rooms are fairly standard, but very dated. The tv's were probably delivered on Noah's Ark, but other than this, bang for buck, this is pretty much what I'd expect from a 3Star lodge.
The mornings are quite crisp in the valley, and a perfect time to have your breakfast on the pool terrace while watching the Sun rise, however I was told this was not allowed...but they do not know why. So I was left to dine in the drear, almost sterile and cold dining hall. It felt a bit like being in a middle school hostel.
The breakfast was okay, the ratio of fresh fruit to cooked or canned fruit also left me a bit baffled. I'm pretty sure more people enjoy fresh fruit? I requested a soft poached egg from the kitchen, instead I received a hard boil egg, perfectly shaped and all. So needless to say, they have some work to do in that department.
Staff was always friendly and ready to help. Bar amenities were extremely limited, not a big variety to choose from.
the pool area was always clean and well taken care of, and visible security gave me a sense of safety.
The Casino has that typical small town casino feel, which is right up my alley. Staff once again were always welcoming and friendly, and very knowledgeable.
Overall the stay was pleasant, but I'm a sucker for the details, and consistency is what separates the good hotels from the mediocre. Sun International has some work to do here, but they also have many things to celebrate.
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