I had been staying in Arusha for a few days prior to my arrival here, The Safari company insisted that I had to be here day before the departure.
I have to say not my best experience. The hotel didn't answer its phone when my i rang trying to confirm booking and transfer arrangements. The staff at the hotel I was at had same problem. Only got the answer when a representative of the safari comapny who just happend to be collecting guests overheard and intervened. So I arrived not knowing what to expect.
Rooms are all designed as huts in the Masai stayle and there is a stroll between them and the main hotel buildings which does not create any difficulties. Well lit and wide paths and rooms have brolly just in case. No compaints there
Grounds are lovely and you can take a guided walk in the afternoons along the Lake. There are places to sit and take in the fresh air and refreshments available during the day.
The hotel also organises excursions to local markets( recomended, good fun and take the option to visit school ) and other places of interest.
Rooms are basic but clean and there is mosquito repellant provided .
The food was Ok but not great. There is no room service. Warning a glass of water at lunch cost me $9 USD. so don't take that option when offered as the cost is not disclosed at time and comes as a surprise at check out.
if you had just arrived after a long flight or transit this would be the place. As someone who already had a few days to recover from previous adventure this place just didn't cut it. Not recomended for solo travellers.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Serena Mountain Village Hotel Arusha