We stayed in the Kia lodge before and after our trip to Mount Kilimanjaro. Before we left we were told that we can leave everything at the lodge as the room would be locked and it would be safer then taking it up the mountain.
Unfortunately this was not the case as at least 5 people in our group had things stolen from their luggage including, money, phone, rings and watches. For a hotel like this you would expect your luggage to be safe.
We reported it to the manager who was rude and very unhelpful. Trying to blame us.
I found this with quite a few other things such a big shame as the Kia Lodge has such huge potential. The swimming pool area could be really nice... If they cleaned the pool out. The restaurant could be really nice.... If the staff were not rude and made you feel you have asked them to run to the other side of the world. The food could be amazing.... if it didnt give over half your group diarrhoea. The rooms could be gorgeous.... If the air con worked and they were clean.
Don't get me wrong I fully understand that this is a 3rd world country, but things that I described above can be changed, rudeness can be changed, keeping a room safe and locked to look after your stuff can be changed.
Would I go back here....
Tanzania - yes yes yes
Kia Lodge - NO WAY!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to KIA Lodge, ‘your door to Tanzania’ at less than 5 minutesdrive from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lodge is situated on a secluded hill in the heart of beautiful savannah scenery that is so typical for East Africa. Guests can admire the vast views of the African plains and of course the grand Kilimanjaro Mountain that shows her snowy top mostly in the morning and at sundown.Because of its location, the KIA Lodge is an ideal safe haven for arriving and departing Tanzania,climbing the Kilimanjaro or traveling on to the northern safari destinations. The friendly service, Zanzibar style reception, typical African decorations, and tropical restaurant offer a warm welcome to into the Tanzanian culture. Drink a Kilimanjaro beer in the open bar, enjoy over a hundred species of birds in the savannah garden, or relax at our hilltop swimming pool with great views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru, the Blue Mountains and the Maasai plains all around.At KIA lodge we will ensure that you are looked after in a unique friendly and peaceful environment, helping you to prepare for your safaris or climbs and cosseting you on your arrival or return home. With our beautiful gardens we can honestly boast the fact that we are not just an airport hotel but also a true lodge where you can immediately get a real taste of Africa! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kia Hotel Moshi