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“Nice one night stay during our North Tanzania trip” 3 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Suye Hill (Old Moshi Road), Arusha 1573, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #20 of 81 Specialty Lodging in Arusha
Netherlands
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Nice one night stay during our North Tanzania trip”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Lodge is located in a very green environment on a hill. There were many steps in a relatively steep climb to our cabin. The cabin looked quite large on the outside, but inside the room to manouvre is small. It was not really quiet during our stay as one picks up sounds from the nearby road and much barking of dogs from the surrounding community. The walk further up to Suye Hill is very short, but one gets a nice view of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro in the distance.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kingsteignton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We stayed at the karama for 3nights after a basic camping safari and a climb up mt meru.
It is a authentic lodge with lovely touches, great food but the staff seem afraid to interact with the guests unlike other lodges we stayed in on our 3 week trip plus our two previous trips to tanzania.
We witnessed staff running to inform each other the 'manageress was coming' this to us made it obvious that the staff are on edge when she was around. We spoke to all the staff in our very laid back way but to us their moral is very low
This is just our observations but would explain the situation that in our opinion exists there.
As we stayed for 3nights we probably witnessed more than if we just had an overnight visit as most do.overall a lovely restful stay but a huge part of our holidays are the people and staff we meet it was quite sad to witness withdrawn staff that obviously wanted to give more.

Room Tip: Avoid room 9 it is right next to the bar/restuarant
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Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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New York City, New York
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Karama Lodge has a beautiful setting and cute rustic cottages and everything was fine but there was something missing that we couldn't pinpoint. The atmosphere was just a little weird. We really did not like the bathroom being in the room only behind a curtain - not private at all. Really a lot of noise from the surrounding villages so not as peaceful as the setting would suggest. Footpaths were very uneven and a lot of steps to get to each cottages so not ideal for elderly or those not so secure on their feet. Food was awesome though!

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We stayed one night in this lodge before flying to Zanzibar. The tree houses are really cute! It was very peaceful, maybe this had to do also with the time we were there (end of November). There is also a small village very close to the lodge, where you can have a walk, it is very safe, I really liked that! Good food, nice atmosphere, especially with daylight next to the pool but also at night drinking a bier (there were no mosquitoes!). I totally recommend it!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

This place is so beautiful and really a great location from Arusha. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was really good. The cabin was very cool with earthy, natural décor. We loved sitting on our balcony, sipping a glass of wine, and watching the cutest troop of monkeys romp and play in the trees. You can lounge around the pool and have lunch, sit in the cozy living room/bar and enjoy the views. I thought the value was great. The only negative thing I can say was there were some dogs barking down the hill at night that created a bit of a ruckus. A fan would have cut the noise substantially. I would highly recommend Karama but bring ear plugs just in case the dog situation hasn't been resolved.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond Hill, Canada
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23 hotel reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We stayed at Karama Lodge at the beginning of November and it was a wonderful experience. We were in bungalow #15 and it was very cozy with a great balcony that I could sit and have a coffee and enjoy the sunrise. The pool facilities were quite nice and the food was amazing.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

One of the most beautifull places we've ever seen, but somehow we didn't enjoy our stay. We planned to stay for 5 nights, but left after two.

A lot went wrong, our room was not ready when we arrived at 5pm, the room they offered us instead, was after 5 minutes given away to another reservation. We had to wait for a new room. The next day the room was not cleaned very well, floor was still dirty and at the end we had to pay +5% because we wanted to pay by creditcard.

The staff was nice, the food ok. But still, we didn't feel welcome at all.

With this kind of service this place is seriously overpriced! (Also considering the fact that wifi is not free, but costs $8 a day per device)


Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Suye Hill (Old Moshi Road), Arusha 1573, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 81 Specialty Lodging in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Karama Lodge & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
“Eco-friendly, artistic, chic, relaxing….”Nestling in Suye Hill National Park, just 10 minutes from the center of Arusha, Karama Lodge & Spa is the ideal home base for Tanzania safaris or for a restful night’s sleep before climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Accommodation is consisted of 22 stilted cabins made of local materials in total harmony with the surrounding forest. ... more   less 
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Karama Hotel Arusha

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