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Outpost Lodge
Ranked #6 of 104 Arusha B&B and Inns
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4 reviews
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“Bad value”
Reviewed August 12, 2011

Nice pool and garden. Trickling showers. Slow service and bad food (burger raw in middle, 2.5 hr wait for food). Not worth 75$ per night.

  • Stayed July 2011
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

Clean, basic hotel good for overnight transfers like we did inbetween our safari and Kilmanjaro climbs. Each room are like individual huts with basic furniture. The staff were friendly and they very kindly stored our extra bags while we were on safari after our climb for no fee which was really nice and there were no issues. Down a quiet more suburban street but still relatively central to town center which was a 15 minute walk away. They have a locked gate at the front which is good for safety too.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

The location of the Outpost Lodge is good, walking distance from the city center. The rooms are really not expensive and are pretty good, except that the bathroom are really basic.

They also have a swimming pool, a really good restaurant and a good local guide. We enjoyed with that guide a local walking tour of the city + the maasai market.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

The Outpost is perfect for those heading out on safari. In the afternoons, you will see people gearing up, preparing for treks up Kilimanjaro. There is a pool area, which is a nice place to wind down after a long day, as long as you don't mind a little kitchy-ness. There are also many small secluded tables in garden areas that are very pleasant.

The cottage style rooms are quite cozy and have television, warm shower, and mosquito nets. They are clean and well kept, but are nonetheless a bit musty. They also have quite thin walls, so you hear most everything your neighbors are up to - hopefully nothing noisy!

Breakfast is fairly standard, offering eggs to order (be sure to ask about this, as some of the staff neglect to tell you this is an option!), as well as buffet style toast, fruit, coffee, beans, and juice.

Apart from the free breakfast, I would AVOID the food for lunch and dinner - except for the coffee and fresh juices. Even after a few tries, I was optimistic that maybe I had just made a bad choice ordering and I would have better luck the next go around. Alas, I continued to be disappointed, especially since the prices are on the high side for budget travelers. Luckily, there are several nearby restaurants that are within walking distance that offer better options.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the cottages...5a is recommended.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

This medium size lodge is just perfect for the price that you pay. The rooms are decent, they have laundry, an internet room, a small swimming pool, a nice cafe, and excellent coffee that is quite cheap.

It is popular with a number of mountain operators, so, if you're here part of your Kilimanjaro climb, it's a good place to make new friends with other climbers. Some people stayed there before the climb, so you might see them on your way up the mountain. Some people just completed their trek and it's a good opportunity to ask them latest news from Kili.

They offer a breakfast buffet every morning, it's nothing fantastic but its adequate. We tend to order omelet and eggs from the restaurant on top of the buffet food.

It's near to Arusha town but I don't recommend you walking there. Either get your safari / mountain operator to arrange transport or go in a taxi with 2-3 friends.

Room Tip: If in group of 3 or 4s, ask for the big room on the 1st floor of the main building. It has a nice vi...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

The rooms are spacious and the bathroom too, and clean. The bed is confortable. The pool is rather small, but clean.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed June 24, 2011

We stayed here for a couple of nights in between climbing Kilimanjaro and going on Safari and it was a great way to relax and prepare.

Food was pretty good, beer is reasonably priced, and the pool looked great (although we didn't have time to try it). It's a perfect walking distance from downtown, close to a few other restaurants, and a few blocks from somewhat of a track that I did some running on (although across a busy street). The rooms are clean, staff were very friendly. Even managed to pickup a free wifi signal (although computer stations are paid).

We returned a week later for another few days and they were kind enough to lock up our bags in the meantime.

I would definitely stay here if ever in Arusha again - Highly recommended!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Outpost Lodge

Property: Outpost Lodge
Address: 37A Serengeti Road | P O Box 11520, Arusha, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 104 B&Bs / Inns in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Outpost Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unpretentious, and truly 'value for money'. Clean and safe, beautiful tropical surroundings with quiet relaxed atmosphere... bar, restaurant, cafe, free wifi, laundry service, and free safe bagage store while on safari. A home away from home in true East African style. 20 minute walk from the downtown, satellite TV, genuine cafe and friendly helpful staff... welcome - Karibu sana! ... more   less 
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