I wanted to stay here because everyone raves about the place, but after 10 minutes in our room I honestly would have gone somewhere else if that had been possible. The decor is simply too much, "over the top" as other reviewers have remarked, and simply not practical. You can bump your head in the nooks and crannies of the over-decorated bedroom and bathroom. I almost cut myself on the metal latch of the door to the balcony, and the combination of baroque fixtures and vaguely African architecture is simply in bad taste. The fireplace was nice, and indeed necessary, since at 2400 m it was quite cold at night. Food was not as good as at the other lodges that we visited. The staff was very nice, but there was the usual confusion about tipping: the guest information brochure tells you to put the tip into the collective tip box, but there was none, and the manager whispered to me that I should give her the collective tip, but that our personal butler expects a personal tip (quite the opposite, indeed, of what the booklet said). Perhaps we were unlucky, since we enjoyed the view for only a few minutes before the fog set in, but I wouldn't really recommend the Crater Lodge. too expensive and bizarre for what you get.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Ngorongoro Crater Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area
- Hotel Ngorongoro Crater