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Kia Lodge
3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Next to Kilamanjaro Airport | P. O. Box 11297, Arusha, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #40 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Arusha
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“Great for it's convenience!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2008

We stayed here for just one night after our flight into JRO (Kilimanjaro) before our safari.

It is a great spot for this purpose. The lodge is located 1km from the airport, so it was very nice, after all that flying to be in our room after just a 2 minute drive.

The grounds are beautiful and each room is separate from the others, so it is very quiet.
The room was pretty large, with a desk and plenty of storage space.
The beds (two twins pushed together) were very hard, and had mosquito netting around them. We actually did see some mosquitos in the room so we did use the netting here.
There was air conditioning which we used as it was pretty warm here in late September.
The bathroom was adequate and the shower had hot water but extremely low water pressure.

Our only meal here was breakfast.
The buffet breakfast was great with plenty of selection of meats, breads, fruits, cheeses, juices, coffee and they make you eggs to order.

The setting is lovely with Mt. Kilimanjaro as a backdrop!!
There is a nice pool and the grounds are a wonderful place to wander around and spot birds.

The staff was friendly and helpful and spoke English.

We were pleased with our very short stay here and would recommend it, especially as a brief stop on your way to or from the airport.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Hard beds
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2008

KIA Lodge is conveniently located a 2 minute drive from JRO airport. There is a free shuttle to and from the airport. The lodge itself is lovely, grounds and well maintained with natural flora and comfortable rooms. Our bed was enormous!! Fantastic bar area and our barman was one of the nicest people we met on our trip. Great views of Kili when she shows herself and a pool. Food was amazing!!

The service in the restaurant was sometimes lacking. We sat at our table for dinner for a good 15 minutes before anyone even acknowledged us or answered our requests for a menu.

We unfortunatey found the management a little rude. She spoke quite rudely to the staff and reprimanded them for a theft issue in the middle of the bar area in front of all the guests. She also spent alot of time drinking at the bar herself!! So there seemed to be a lack of motivation and enthusiasm in the staff, probably because of this. Other than that, it is a great convenient place to stop. They also appeared to have day rooms available. There is not alot to do besides relax so best as a transit options.

  • Liked — Bar area, views, nice room, nice bar staff
  • Disliked — Rude manager and the way staff were treated
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Next to Kilamanjaro Airport | P. O. Box 11297, Arusha, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kia Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
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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