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“Baroque meets Africa!” 5 of 5 stars
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5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania   |  
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Jacksonville, Florida
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“Baroque meets Africa!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

This establishment was without doubt one of the most interesting places we've ever stayed in our travels around the world. It is located right within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, so it is breathtaking and private, with the most interesting "rooms" in African hut style. We had two of these contiguous African "bubbles" which constituted our suite - one side a bedroom and the other, which could be separated by louver doors, was the dressing and bathroom area, with a huge clawfoot bathtub at its center.
A hot bath in this tub, surrounded by roses and rose petals, awaiting guests each afternoon upon returning from a safari trip down into the Crater.....does it get any better than this????

Because the Crater rim is about 5000' ft. up, it is cool in the evenings, with no mosquitos and it is great sleeping temperature. The Lodge has a separate structure which serves as reception, bar and dining room which is truly a site to behold. It is such an eclectic mixture of furnishings and styles - art deco, baroque and Africa - so interesting and pleasant to sit in and enjoy refreshment from the bar. The food is quite good - not fabulous - but served by a most pleasant and willing wait staff and quite tasty. We can only imagine the difficulties of bringing all the supplies expected of a 5-star facility in the middle of a conservation part. A highlight was an impromtu conga line the hotel staff offered - along with a cake - to one of the guests having a birthday. It was great fun!

Since we were relatively isolated and in the middle of a park with lions, elephants, cheetahs and other wildlife, there was always the possibility of running into an unexpected creature on returning to our rooms. So, guests after dinner were accompanied by Masaii warriors to our rooms!

In the mornings, we were awakened by hotel staff bringing a pot of hot coffee and some cookies to nibble on while we dressed and made it to breakfast - which was buffet style, with many tasty choices. The view from the dining room porch and the yard towards the crater was the stuff of novels.

This place is expensive, the food may not be the best we've had in a luxury hotel, but the entire experience was incomparable. It may be a once-in-a lifetime experience - but it is definitely worth doing.

Room Tip: They all face the crater so it doesn't seem to matter which room you get. Some visitors that ha...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We stayed in here 1/2 way through our safari after many great tented nights...this place is incredible from the moment you drive in to the moment you leave. The service...they know how to do service. The view....INCREDIBLE. The accomodations....some of the nicest I have ever seen. The rooms were very big and beautiful. It was very nice hanging out in the parlor before dinner having a gin and talking with the other guests. Dinner was very good. If you are anywhere near here..change your reservations and stay here, you won't regret it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Boulder, Colorado
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

The lodge describes itself as “Maasai meets Versailles” which clever as it sounds, fails to capture the aesthetic appeal of this luxury establishment. As we drove through the entrance my jaw dropped, words escaped me, and a giddy excitement washed over leaving me flabbergasted … even the seasoned travelers of the group looked amazed.

&Beyond is a luxury adventure company specializing in lavish properties scattered across Africa, including Ngorongoro, which has a stunning vista of the crater floor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and dubbed the 8th Wonder of the World by all who see it. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is famous for containing the world’s only intact volcanic caldera, which along with neighboring Serengeti National Park, creates an immensely rich ecosystem home to around 25,000 animals; including the extremely endangered black rhinoceros numbering less than 60 left on Earth! The original volcano towered to an estimated 4572-5791 meters high and formed the massive caldera with an enormous explosion around 3 million years ago.

The staff greeted us with a delicious homemade concoction in a charming champagne flute, followed by a briefing in the main lodge of south camp. I am a sucker for Rococo art, for the ostentatious and the lodge decor did not disappoint, with strange juxtapositions of art deco, African, Venetian, Indian, and splashes of Arabic influences. I must have looked ridiculous standing there, peering up at the thatched roof accented with a giant chandelier, mouth-agape and camera at “half-mast.”

As usual we were told to never walk alone at night for the camp has no barriers and the wildlife moves freely – as we would discover later with a herd of water buffalo – as well as always having an escort at night, something I had become very accustomed to and comforted by.

We were then escorted to hut 19 near the main lodge, and the room decor is just as overwhelmingly beautiful as the rest of the lodge. Gold, silver and bronze add a beautiful contrast to the dark colored acacia wood that encompasses most walls and the flooring, as well as the red tapestries and leather bound chairs positioned perfectly in front of the wood-burning fire place. A treat box sat between the chairs filled with homemade toffee, brittle, and other delicious creations, along with two crystal sherry glasses and a decanter posed for a calming nightcap.

A free standing tub lies in the middle of the bathroom, with a bubble bath surrounded by roses waiting for your dust and sweat covered body to just melt into… very romantic. Every inch of the lodge has a view with giant windows or these adorable little peek-a-boo windows behind hinged-wooden doors to give you a 360 degree view of the outdoors. The patio outside the huts faces the crater and the dense woodland which comes to life at dawn with thousands of birds calling out to the others, “I’m alive, I made it through another night!”

I could go on and on for pages. The only downside to our visit was that it was way too short and now I will compare every resort, lodge, hotel, etc., to Ngorongoro… and I feel they will always fall drastically short in hospitality, food, and aesthetics. It was such a unique experience, and I must return someday to spend more time getting to know this marvelous place where man, livestock and predators have lived in peace for centuries… and with any luck you will find yours.

Room Tip: All the rooms are amazing, Tree camp is a little more affordable than North and South camps.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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California
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We had a very large suite with fantastic view of the crater. Kitschy African decor. King bed was very comfortable. The fireplace took the chill off the evening. Service and staff were efficient and friendly. Dining room had great ambience, but average food.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenees, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

The view of the hotel is absolutely excellent, the service and the hospitality is wonderful. Been in the lodge with my family.., i enjoyed everything they did to us. the architect of the hotel is excellent and they served us with our favorite beverages and snacks.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Tasmania
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

Thank you IRene, KK,Peter and Killi you made our stay very special along with the rest of the staff.the view amazing,the lodge and rooms were exceptional, the best bed we have slept in our travels, the decor is what we all imagine a African lodge to be, the food was very good and the people were wonderful. We had our wedding anniversary and valentines day all in two days here and the staff made it very special. I rate this property up there with Singita Boulders..don't miss going to the Masai village and see the children in the school. Just remember it is I bit touristy but this is how they can make a better life and give their children a education, my wife and I loved it very much.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

I am a very experienced traveller - and probably I've never seen a more beautiful view than the one on this hotel. It deserves the nickname of Versailles of Africa! Amazing people, very comfortable accommodation. I was there for two nights, I got two of the best rooms to my family ( total 6, my wife and I plus 4 kids ). All LOVED it. The only downside was not having internet in the room ( that was going to be fixed soon, according to the manager ) and maybe the food could be a little better. At night we had the biggest surprise - dozens of buffalo were sleeping 20 meters away from our windows!! Amazing! I could not give anything else than 5 starts, really believe it is an unforgettable experience!!

Room Tip: We've been on suites 5 and 6, the nearest from the lobby, both wonderful.
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  • Stayed January 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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Address: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted banana thatch suite at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is adorned with graceful antiques and unforgettable opulence. Ensuite bathrooms, with a centrepiece of fresh roses, feature huge showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs, while floor-to-ceiling windows ensure breathtaking views from all around. ... more   less 
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