I was brought here by Focus on Africa, the organizers of my climb to Kilimanjaro. Even though I did not choose it myself, I became enchanted by the place. The room itself is basic, if not ... too basic. But it has a mosquito net over my bed to keep me safe. The shower and the toilet are not fancy but they worked. Had I wanted a nice hotel room, I would have stayed in an international hotel chain. But this hotel symbolizes the ruggedness of Kilimanjaro itself.
The outside is beautiful with thatch roof and log structure. There were some kind of banana trees, a gorgeous tree with flowers in white and other flowers in purple. I had never seen a tree with two flower colors before. While having breakfast the first morning, a beautiful bird with long, curvy beak landed so close to my table. It stayed there and danced around for me to admire. The staff gave me a hearty meal before my climb and I simply could not think of a better place to stay to experience Africa.
After the climb, I was assigned to a nicer room but it would not have mattered either way. As part of my own celebration, I treated myself to a steak dinner in the lodge's restaurant. It was the best beef steak I had ever had. If you have a chance to stay there, be sure to try that entree.
While I was gone with the climb, the staff kept safe my belongings in a shed and gave me everything back in tact. They were so wonderful and helpful. I would love to return to this place again.
This visit was made in Dec 2010
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Outpost Hotel Arusha