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Review of Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge

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Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge
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11 reviews
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“Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

If you want to feel at home, have beautiful views, relax in colonial surroundings and be spoilt then this is the place for you. From the moment we arrived we were treated extremely well. Staff so pleasant and eager to please. Meals were outstanding around a campfire. Some beautiful walks around the lodge. Hired mountain bikes around the safari park which was a lovely experience (even in the rain!)

Be advised if you are after an action packed adventure this is not for you. But for us it was perfect.

Stayed November 2016
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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review, 12 December 2016
Thank you for a superb review!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The lodge is a bit hard to find in the Nat. Park but it is worth the effort. It is an old fashioned place but very charming. We stayed in the largest room with nice furniture but the bathroom is not up to date at all. The diner in boma-style was very nice. You can easily hike for days and nature is beautiful!

  • Stayed October 2016, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review, 5 November 2016
Thank you for a lovely review! We attempt to keep signage small so as not to impact not he game viewing too much, and many roads lead to Reilly's Rock. Great to hear you got out on trail - it really brings the area alive!
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St Gilles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

My girlfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights in August. This was long enough considering the immediate surroundings, but the accommodation alone made us wish we could have stayed longer. Idyllic and utterly charming, this colonial mansion (or two of them actually) with magnificent views, resident small deer and birds and cozy rooms. The boma-style dinner around the campfire was amazing.

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  • Stayed August 2016, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review, 5 November 2016
Thank you for a wonderful review!
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

On top of a hill this is a perfect quiet and restful place to pass through Swaziland or to stay a few days. The guesthouse is located in a natural park with antelopes. Watch out with the GPS as this will guide you through all possible dirt roads in the surroundings. Definitely not suitable for regular cars. Follow rather the instructions of the guesthouse. The house itself is a bit dated whereas the service is friendly but at their pace.

  • Stayed July 2016, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review, 15 September 2016
Thank you for your review, and yes, GPS takes people onto very odd roads. We are happy our directions helped get you here safely!
Our lodge had a total soft refurbishment in July 2014, making your 'dated' comment somewhat surprising. It is perhaps that Reilly's Rock is decorated in a colonial style - it is after all 'Quaintly Colonial".
Our Operations Manager will discuss the comment about pace with our staff, and do a site inspection of the lodge with regards your comments - thank you for bringing these to our attention.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge is situated in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. There are plenty of smaller antelope here who come close and are not frightened as well as some good birding so the place is excellent for photography.

The Lodge is slightly remote with very pleasant but old fashioned rooms (which add to the charm). Our room (Reilly's Room) was probably the largest and best with a comfortable bed, wooden flooring and nice wooden furniture. The bathroom is very old school but functional and there are nice patios all round to sit and relax.

There are ceiling fans but no air conditioning so it did get very warm and no safety box in the rooms but not really a problem here).

The stay is dinner bed and breakfast, lunch is not provided and if you need lunchtime sustinance you need to go to the main camp which gets very busy. The food is not fancy but adequate.

Service (from Ruth and Lizzie) was extremely friendly and we were made to feel very welcome.

It is not a "big game" safari lodge but a nice place to spend a couple of days relaxing.

Stayed December 2015
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Ann R, Public Relations Manager at Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge, responded to this review, 24 February 2016
Thank you for a wonderful review! It sounds like you really embraced the peace and quiet of Reilly's Rock
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Additional Information about Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge

Property: Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge
Address: Mlilwane Reserve,, Mbabane, Swaziland
Region: Swaziland > Hhohho District > Mbabane
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Mbabane
Price range (per night): R1 984 - R2 578
Hotel Class:2,5 star — Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge is a colonial-style lodge which enjoys a commanding position in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland's pioneer conservation area. The lodge is set against the backdrop of the Nyonyane Mountain with views of the Ezulwini Valley. Within the gardens you'll find secluded spots where you can relax and enjoy the surrounding birdlife. There are a variety of optional extras that you can choose to get a feel for the area, such as open Land Rover tours, horse riding, mountain biking, traditional Swazi dancing, whitewater rafting and sight seeing. Location Reilly's Rock Hilltop Lodge is situated on a hill overlooking the Ezulwini Valley and Mlilwane Game Park in Swaziland. ... more   less 
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