I've stayed at Songota Falls Lodge many times and it only gets better. Here are the reasons why:
---Songota is beautifully set in the villages at the foot of Mt. Meru. Songota has comfortable bandas (octagonal huts and high, cone-shaped makuti roofs) with toilet, shower and sink. The landscaping at the lodge includes banana trees, coffee bushes, and other indigenous plants and the dining area overlooks the Songota Falls valley. Joyce, the owner, is a marvelous chef who will cook to please your palate and your particular culinary tastes---from vegetarian and local food to European-style dishes. She is experienced at arranging excursions---bus and train, air and taxi. She is a can-do person---whatever your needs, she'll find a solution. She has a four-wheel-drive vehicle and will do airport pickups and drop-offs.
---I like to make excursions to Arusha town, but I prefer to stay out-of-town---away from the street vendors and the cars. I also like to take hikes and walks around Songota---to see the local villages, towns, and markets, meeting people and observing life away from the tourist areas. From the lodge, I like to walk to the tarmac and catch the daladala (minibus) to town. On the walk, when it's been clear, I've seen Mt. Kilimanjaro.
On some visits, I stayed at the lodge for days, enjoying the fantastic food, the quiet, the beautiful surroundings, and warm hospitality.