The Rivertrees Country Inn was the first stop on our trip and it kicked it off to a great start. Right on arrival it feels like a little oasis of lush wilderness on the outskirts of a busy city and you can easily spend a day here just relaxing, enjoying the great food and exploring the property. The staff is super friendly and helpful, which also applies to their restaurant which serves good quality food (with a varied menu of local and international dishes). The restaurant itself is well known to the Arusha locals (especially the expats from what we observed) and seems a popular destination for family gatherings, celebrations and business lunches, which gives it a lively feel with non of the usual hotel restaurant atmosphere. Located about halfway to Arusha city centre from the international Kilimanjaro airport it is a great base from which you can easily head into the city or out to the international airport (without the city traffic), however, you will need to cross the city centre to get to the local airport that serves inland flights.…
We stayed here overnight and were struck by the serenity of the place. Large grounds surrounded by trees and singing birds. The room was spacious and the food was varied and good quality. Very pleasant staff. We had the most magical massage which ended with a hot bath in their gardens. The gift shop was excellent value so make sure you check it out! I am so glad that I picked up some goodies here such as locally made sandals and soap because I didn't have much opportunity to find any souvenirs during the rest of my trip.
The staff is helpful and friendly, the grounds are set in a beautiful location The buffet at breakfast looks amazing, the staff works hard to make breakfast a great experience. Dinner was romantic and the wine is delicious, it was from an area called Franschheok in South Africa. We stayed in room 4 at the River Trees County Inn, it was spacious.
We were in the midst of our return trip from Serengeti (Lamai) to JFK (New York City) and faced a long layover in Arusha. Time zones made for odd takeoff and landing times, but our day room at Rivertrees was a perfect place to rest, shower (loved the hairdryer!) and have a perfect lunch before setting off on the next legs to Dar, Amsterdam and then home. The room was quiet and romantically decorated with a four-poster bed and antique furniture. After our nap, we had a light lunch of salad and pizza with a bottle of red wine. Delightful!
This lodge is just charming. The rooms are open and have nice touches like incense to burn. The decorations are kind of rustic and comfortable feeling. The grounds are gorgeous filled with lush flowers and a vegetable garden along with a creek. We had the buffet breakfast which had a little of everything. They also have delicious woodfire pizza.