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“Beautiful and Serene” 3 of 5 stars
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Lake Duluti Serena Hotel
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   P.O. Box 2551, Arusha, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #16 of 80 Specialty Lodging in Arusha
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful and Serene”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

An overnight stay at a very picturesque resort located in an isolated place, that allows you to miss nothing! The rooms are spartan, but clean and provide all the basic necessities to make your stay reasonably comfortable. The view from the cottages of Lake Duluti is stupendous and takes you into another world. The hotel itself is novel in its architecture and blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings. The service, as in all Serena Hotels in Tanzania, should not be compared with the Best of Asian Hotels, as the latter represent a culture, rather than a trait.
A fine place to relax and invigorate your inner self with nature all around.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 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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nottingham
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

The Arusha Mountain Lodge is a nice place to relax after a long flight. The lodge is in a quiet location a short drive away from the local village and 40 minutes away from the airport. It has well kept gardens which are well flourished and quiet - a lovely place to have a drink. Wine is expensive here - although that was common across Tanzania. Payment can be made in USD or TSH.

The rooms over look Lake Diluti - this is not within the grounds of the hotel and is not recommended for walking around without a guard.

As part of our package breakfast, lunch and dinner was included. The meals are several courses and each course has 2 or 3 options. All the meals were nice. The hotel must have been quite empty when we stayed as our breakfast was served to our table rather than as a buffet.

At breakfast we were joined by monkeys who were watching us eat from outside the windows.

The hotel also runs a complimentary walk around the coffee plantation across the road and to Kilimanjaro view point.

The hotel is within a short drive of Arusha if you wanted to visit the town. There is a Masai market and cultural heritage centre which were both recommended, but we also didn't want to start our safari with lots of additional items.

The hotel was very clean and all the services mentioned in welaj's review below are very detailed and very accurate.

Room Tip: Each villa is one of 6 which surround a specific type of tree. All rooms have great views.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Oxford, England
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235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

A great place to stay for a first night safari away from the hustle of Arusha. The Lodge is located about half a mile down a bumpy track off the main road, 60km from Kilimanjaro airport. The entrance gate always has guards on duty. On arrival you are greeted with a glass of fruit juice to drink whilst filling in a registration form. Your luggage is of course taken to your room, walking along a path lined with banana trees and poinsettia. There was a lot of croaking of cicadas and wonderful stars above. My room was in a group of 6 facing at the front onto a small garden. The room had a pointed thatched roof and inside the bedroom area was circular. The furniture was all wooden and the soft furnishings rich orange African fabrics. The headboard was beautifully carved with wild animals. The twin beds had a ceiling fan above and a mosquito net drawn round them. There were two bottles of water. There was also a television with poor reception, a phone, safe and umbrella. There were blankets on the beds which was quite surprising as it was quite hot and humid. The large bathroom had a huge walk in shower. Supplies included cotton buds, q tips, tissues, hairdryer, face clothes, can of mosquito spray, hand/body lotion, mosquito wipes, bath gel rather than shower gel, soap, shampoo and a shower hat. There was loads of hot water. A door out of the bedroom opened onto a grassy path bordered with light and dark purple bougainvillea, a tulip tree, yellow flowered cassia trees, frangipani tree and more thatched huts. Lake Diluti was down in the lush green valley below. The noise of the insects at night was quite incredible. Free tea and coffee is available in the bar in the main building which is was rather like an English country lodge. It is supposed to be like the colonial coffee farm which once stood on the site. Breakfast is laid out on a long table in the centre of the restaurant. Items on offer included cereals, a jug of yoghurt, pastries, hams, melon and mango and an assortment of fruit juices - melon, mango and apple juice. Coffee was brought to the table and you could order an English cooked breakfast and toast. There is a lawn outside with tables and chairs where you can sit an enjoy the still air. The lodge also has a small shop.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This was the first of four Serena lodges that we stayed in on our safari. Accommodations,food and service were all excellent. Grounds are well maintained and you can walk around. You need a flashlight at night.

  • Stayed April 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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Ottawa, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

This colonial style lodge is absolutely lovely. The staff that greets you and carries your luggage to the "hut" which is a beautifully laid out room with a spacious bathroom, door to a beautiful garden with a terrific view of the lake. There is no a/c but a ceiling fan which does the trick. The flora is lush and well maintained. A banana tree on the pathway and a huge poinsettia attest to the lushness of the area. There are large seating areas with giraffe shaped chairs which are simply eye catching.
The lodge staff are polite, and exceptionally helpful and professional. The dining room is lovely and the food (dinner, and breakfast) was excellent. I spent 2 days there, one before we left for safari and one when we returned. The Gift Shop is nicely stocked. One can pay in Tanzanian Shillings or USD.
The road in to the Lodge is quite rough and dusty. Unfortunately, this Serena Lodge does not have pool. Internet works and was not too difficult to access.
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Room Tip: All of the rooms are the same but they can be a walk away from the Main Lodge.So if walking is a pro...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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La Jolla, CA
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Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We were picked up at the airport in a safari jeep that helped set the atmosphere, then we were whipped down smooth roads by fields, small "cafes" and little shops. Then we turned left and a car was stuck in the middle of the dirt road where it had fallen into a huge rut. I couldn't believe that a decent hotel would be down this amazingly awful road. We pulled up and the lodge was very pretty and the girls at the desk, especially Susan (there are two of them) were wonderful! We were placed as far from the lodge as possible, but once we got used to it, we loved it. The room was very nice!!!! The service was great and in the dining room the service was absolutely amazing. We ate there 3 nights and couldn't believe how good the food was and the servers, especially the men were very funny! The "bar food" was also good and the lodge had wonderful coffees that you could just sit and sip.

This really is a great place although they understandably don't like you to wonder off the grounds. We did go with a guide to the open air market. It was huge and very interesting. I wouldn't go on the hike around the lake though. It was a lot of climbing and up and over tree limbs. I kept thinking, "Great, just got toTanzania and now I'm going to break my leg." Didn't happen, but my husband did twist his ankle, although luckily not too badly!

We stayed 2 weeks in Tanzania and Kenya and this was by far the best restaurant. A little pricey, but not really bad for what you received.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Very good lodge. Again, with the Serenas, we were placed in a far away room. Granted, because of the storm in NYC, we had to make some changes and we arrived a day early. That could be why we got that room location at this Serena.

Service was excellent. Food was amazing. The lodge itself is beautiful. It's very old school. I kept expecting Lord Grantham to walk in at any moment!

The only thing I wish is that there was a pool.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: P.O. Box 2551, Arusha, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 80 Specialty Lodging in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake Duluti Serena Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set at the heart of a traditional coffee estate in the majestic environs of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the exquisitely appointed Mountain Village Lodge offers heady views over verdant tropical forests, cool mountain walks, a wonderful array of wildlife, roaring fires and superlative cuisine. ... more   less 
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