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“Perfect place to recover from long haul flight” 5 of 5 stars
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near Usa-River village, Arusha, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #3 of 36 Hotels in Arusha
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Odiham, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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“Perfect place to recover from long haul flight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We stayed at Rivertrees Country Inn on the first and final nights of our two week holiday in Tanzania. It is an oasis of peace and quiet, with lovely rooms and excellent food. The swimming pool was refreshing and very welcome as we lounged on the sun beds around it. I can recommend the massage treatment!
I strongly recommend staying here and taking the time to recover from the long journey and prepare for the trip of a lifetime in the Serengeti.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pasadena
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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Rivertrees is a group of standalone cottages and rooms set amongst large shade trees by a river with good flow as the name of the property suggests. We spent three nights there having flown in from Los Angeles via Amsterdam to help adjust to the time change, which I would recommend to anyone coming from the West Coast or with a similar time change to get acclimated if you can afford the extra days - it was nice to be able then to move onto the road and tented camps feeling almost fully refreshed and over the jet lag.

I had booked a River Cottage but ended up in the River House, which was a nice upgrade for the three nights at the top of the trip because we were traveling as a large family and therefore were able to stage pre-dinner cocktails in the large living room and terrace overlooking the river. The river house also has its own (intermittently working) wifi if that's important to you. Apparently Price Charles and Camilla stayed there.

We ended up in a River Cottage at the bottom of the trip for the use of a day room before our overnight flight back to Europe, and if I return would hop I'd end up in a River Cottage because it was quite nice and included an outdoor shower (although we didn't use because there were muddy footprints all over the floor of the shower - we decided not to call to have them clean it and used inside shower because were were only there for 3 hours)

Beds were comfortable and bathroom facilities were perfectly fine, though not 5-Star like Gibbs Farm or Singita. Food was decent and the kitchen has a large pizza oven which was tasty and fun for the kids. They have a lovely terrace overlooking the river at the end of their lawn by the main house where one can arrange for dinner/drinks/parties as we did for my father's 75th.

Not sure what the other options are in Arusha for stopovers but Rivertrees is a solid one and would stay there again if I do this kind of safari again.

Room Tip: Book a River Cottage - more space and an outdoor shower.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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80 hotel reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Stayed here recently at the beginning and end of our self-drive safari, and was really impressed with what we found. Stayed in the River House the first time, and was supposed to stay in Cottage 2 the second time but moved back to the River House again. Accommodation was really lovely, in beautiful lush garden surroundings. Wonderfully appointed rooms, including outdoor seating. Beds were very comfortable and equipped with mosquito nets. Hot water was available at any time of day or night for showering.

The communal restaurant/lounge area is very nicely decorated in understated Africana chic, with both covered and uncovered (garden) seating - including a platform overlooking the river a bit further away. An open kitchen and pizza oven allow you to enjoy the sights and sounds of food being prepared - highly recommend the pizzas, absolutely fantastic! We enjoyed our afternoons lounging around and playing backgammon with some wine in hand.

One of the best aspects of this place is the staff - superlative service, friendly and attentive, and really intent on making you as comfortable as possible.

Location is also pretty good - about 40km from Kilimanjaro International (about 30 mins drive), 26km from Arusha main town itself, and right outside Arusha National Park, which I highly recommend for a brief day drive.

In short, whilst this place is probably a little pricier than some others around, it's a great option for some R&R before and/or after you set out - highly recommended; if we're ever back in Arusha this is where we'll be aiming for.

Room Tip: River House is lovely and luxurious, but the Cottages are also fantastic and a bit cheaper!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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12 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We only spent one night but loved the Inn. Very restful and peaceful, lovely surroundings and accomodations and delicious food. The staff was so friendly and really helpful. Loved the Inn and wished we could have stayed longer!

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Johannesburg
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

You'll need to survive the Tanzanian roads to get there from the airport (although the route in isn't as manic as the other way towards Arusha), but once you do get there, Rivertrees is a lovely spot to unwind and do very little. Rooms are large, four poster beds have complete mosquito nets, and the gardens are lush and verdant. The restaurant does good pizza, and Tanzanian beer goes down very smoothly; wine list is very modest, though. Staff are friendly, but give yourself time to check out, as it's a laboured process, and make sure the receipts match what you ordered at the restaurant. With Arusha National Park and Kilimanjaro nearby, it's an ideal place to base yourself at for either attraction.

Room Tip: The original house is great for two couples sharing - large rooms, lounge, and upstairs reading area...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Annecy, France
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

We were a group of us staying a week in Rivertrees Country Inn last August.
The gardens were just amazing! It was a great place for the kids to play and look at the monkeys and perfect quiet place for the adults to rest and go on day trips from.
The rooms have just been renovated and refurnished with nice furniture and materials and the beds were really comfortable.
During the whole week we were not disappointed once about the food! Everything was cooked from fresh ingredients, the breakfasts buffet was offering a large variety of dishes and the home made pizzas were just amazing.
As there were always some of us staying at the hotel each day, we were quite demanding to the staff who was always very kind and helpful to please us.
The only thing I’d say, but as far as we could see it was the same problem everywhere around, the staff was sometimes not as fast as we would expect.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Williamsburg VA
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4 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

We spent 3 nights at Rivertrees following our long journey from the USA, with the idea of relaxing and acclimatizing to the time change. The welcome was brief and not very informative, but check in process was fine, and we were shown to our room. We enjoyed a “down day” – exploring the hotel grounds, during which time we happened to bump into the manager who told us there would be an artisan market and then a birthday celebration for the owner the next day – and we were invited to the party buffet in the evening instead of the regular dinner (which we had pre-paid). The next morning we had arranged to visit Arusha National Park, and come back to the hotel to relax for the afternoon. We were surprised at what we found when we got back to the hotel – a local artisans market is one thing, but bouncy castles and loud music was not what we had expected at our quiet retreat. No siesta for us. As the previous reviewer stated, things got worse during the evening when the owner’s birthday party got underway. There was confusion as to meal arrangements. The owner had invited us to enjoy the party buffet, but we were served a set dinner – the buffet was actually not available until almost 10:00. Nobody seemed to know what was happening, including the manageress, who seemed surprised that we were eating our dinner. Returning to our room, no turn down service was provided, and the disco music was loud and continuous, even with closed windows and earplugs. This went on until 1:00am, when I got dressed and went to complain. The bar staff were responsive and after a few minutes the music stopped. I got the impression it would have continued for some while. While I understand that this was a special occasion, it did demonstrate to me a total disregard for the guests, out of touch management, and poor service. This is particularly ironic since the hotel website promotes its peace and tranquility, stating: “The inn offers tranquility enhanced with contemporary conveniences, ideal for rejuvenation following stressful overseas travel”. It seems strange to me that only after the event would they realize that blasting disco music at 1:00am might disturb the peace and tranquility of the guests! We checked out the next day after about 4 hours sleep, carrying our own bags to reception since the requested assistance didn’t arrive. To add insult to injury, we were charged for the two glasses of wine that we each had at the birthday party that we were invited to!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: near Usa-River village, Arusha, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Arusha
#2 Romantic Hotel in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rivertrees lies nestled in the foothills of Mount Meru, in view of Mount Kilimanjaro. This peaceful country estate combines old-world ambience, African country elegance, excellent farm cuisine, personal service and genuine warmth from your hosts.The inn offers tranquility enhanced with contemporary conveniences, ideal for rejuvenation following stressful overseas travel or deep relaxation after a long safari or strenuous climb up Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru. ... more   less 
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