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Marangu Hotel

Marangu, Moshi Tanzania
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Marangu Hotel is set on 12 acres of beautiful garden and has been open since 1932. We have been organising climbs of Kilimanjaro, on all routes, for over 80 years. The original farm buildings (now offices and reception) were built in 1907 as part of a coffee farm before being converted in 1932. Guest accommodation is provided in cottages around the gardens, and meals are prepared with vegetables from our own gardens and home baked bread.
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Marangu, Moshi Tanzania
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My husband and I had limited time and wanted to have the best possible experience for our brief 2-day/2-night visit to the Mount Kilimanjaro area. After careful research we choose Marangu over Moshi, and a stay at The Marangu Hotel – this was an excellent decision. The history of the property is very interesting – a European family started a coffee plantation here in 1907, in the 1930s they became one of the first outfitters in the area for organized Kilimanjaro climbs. The hotel followed and is still managed by descendants of the original families, a palpable but low-key sense of history continues. The hotel’s main focus is to facilitate and equip visitors who are climbing to the summit, but it is equally well-suited to those like ourselves who are doing day hikes. We were able to make all the assorted arrangements in advance that we needed, as hotel management were quick and very professional in responding to our email inquiries. Special shout-out to Penford, the affable, accommodating and professional driver who picked us up in Arusha and took us to several stops in Moshi before arriving in Marangu, as well as a later transfer to the Kilimanjaro airport. We really enjoyed his company. Special shout-out also to Philip, our top notch guide for a short local walk on day one and then a Mandara Hut full day hike in Kilimanjaro National Park on day two. Philip is an extremely knowledgeable guide for local animals, plants, land and culture. He’s an intelligent, friendly and genuine guy - we learned a lot from him and shared a wonderful and memorable day together. The Marangu Hotel was a perfect spot to wind down our vacation in Africa. The staff are friendly and experienced - our thanks to Agnes and Jacintha at the front desk, Zahara and Anna in the restaurant, Ivan and the other grounds staff for keeping the property both secure and beautiful. The accommodation was extremely comfortable and spacious, a lounge area plus bedroom and bathroom in a ‘cottage’ bungalow with a private porch area in front. The pool looked attractive and inviting although we didn’t have an opportunity to use it. We spoke with Desmond (one of the owners) regarding several small inquiries and he was both attentive and kind. The food is tasty and bountiful – and the 12 acres of gardens are truly magnificent! The range of plants, shrubs and birds is an absolute delight – our final recommendation for this hotel is to enjoy a chilled bottle of wine in the gardens at sunset, while gazing at Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak. Sublime.
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What a gem! The hotel is beautiful, they think of everything, are flexible and accommodating. Our trek to the summit went so well! The guides work with you and go your pace, they are infinitely patient. I felt very looked after during the entire hike. I wouldn’t have made it to the top without them. The owners know the mountain and offer valuable advise before your climb, listen to them!! Listening to other hikers at the different camps, our guides and porters were top notch!
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I cannot recommend Marangu Hotel highly enough. Beautiful grounds, wonderful people and very professionally organised Kilimanjaro climb. Basic details of our stay: 11 nights in mid September. 7 day climb of Kilimanjaro following rongai route organised by the hotel. Preparation: Amazing communication, expectation setting and organisation in the lead up to the holiday. This included a long phone call discussing safari options, their personal recommendations and discussion about options for climbing Kilimanjaro. It’s been a long time since I experienced a service where they genuinely are not trying to sell you something but are truly interested in ensuring you have the best holiday possible. The hotel: photos don’t do the grounds justice. The flowers and grounds are beautiful, amazing bird life and a well maintained pool. Nice bar area with photos and stories of people who have climbed Kili from the hotel. Very comfortable beds, spacious rooms and no shortage of hot water! The food is good, predominantly western and I certainly never went hungry. Dinner portions are large! Surrounding area: in the days before and after our hike we took a guided walk to a waterfall, this went through little villages where we saw coffee plantations and learned about local culture. We also visited a local banana market which was great fun, full of colour and energy. We sample local banana beer and wine and took a trip to the beautiful lake Chala. This is a tranquil lake where we saw monkeys and bird life whilst relaxing with a beer and walking to the waters edge. You can also take a canoe out on the water. All of this organised at short notice (on the day) from the hotel with local guides. The climb: as mentioned there was lots of support and info before arrival. Upon arrival a very thorough and professional briefing as well as an equipment check and anything you are missing can normally be borrowed from their store (not state of the art but sufficient and some retro gems to be found!). I have done organised hikes on many places around the world and this was by far the most professional. Really great guides who always put your safety first and there are no words to to justice to the support they give you in hauling yourself to the summit! An absolutely incredible holiday and in large part thanks to Marangu Hotel.
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In July 2019, I was one of 45 people who climbed Kilimanjaro on the Marangu route organised by Marangu Hotel. They were utterly professional from start to finish. The guides and porters could not have been better. Food was plentiful and tasty. The huts and amenities simple though as expected and seemed a much more appealing option than camping. Out of 45 people, 41 of us made it to Gilman's Peak, incredible!
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We wanted to stay at a high-quality hotel as close to Kilimanjaro's Marangu route as possible, and this hotel proved to be a very good choice. The surroundings are idyllic both on the hotel grounds and in the nearby village, where you can visit authentic local markets and farms, swim under breathtaking waterfalls, and see relics from the area's Chagga heritage. The hotel also does an excellent job hiring guides for climbs, treks and walks, which we very much appreciated. The food is excellent, and the management and staff are caring and courteous. Finally, the bar area is convivial with a comfortable seating area by the fire. Room for improvement: the rooms badly need repairs and updating; the atmosphere of the whole property could be improved at low cost by removing the awful florescent lighting in favour of warmer bulbs. The pool was dirty and not inviting. Finally, given the price for the rooms (fair value, but not cheap), asking for an extra 5% for using a credit card is unfair (who walks around with $1000+ in cash?), as was the insistence of charging credit cards in US$ rather than local currency (good for Americans, perhaps, but what about the rest of us?). Overall, I recommend this hotel as a very good local option.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Marangu Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Marangu Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Chagga Museum (3.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Marangu Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Marangu Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Marangu Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Marangu Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Marangu Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Marangu Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Marangu Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Marangu Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.