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“The most comfortable lodge on our trip to Tanzania” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Lake Duluti Lodge
Ranked #21 of 148 Specialty Lodging in Arusha
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“The most comfortable lodge on our trip to Tanzania”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

We stayed in Duluti Lodge twice- before and after the trip to Kili.

All bungalows are well spread from each other leaving your privacy undisturbed.
Architecture is modern, but authentic. Interior is of high standards, up-to-date, very cosy and comfortable.

The entire area is extremely well attended; dry leaves are collected every morning, plants are trimmed on a regular basis, no trash at any point- quite different from other lodges.

The best of Duluti Lodge is its Chief! He is amazing. We spent 5 nights and there was never a fault... Lunch and dinner come in set menu (with some options for vegetarians) and every day it's different. I must say, you could get the same quality food in some 5-star hotels, it's well planned, cooked and professionally served.

The disappointing part is front desk and housekeeping. Even though, all staff is very nice, I believe, they are lacking some basic training. So, do not be surprised, if one morning you would be asked to shift from your bungalow to another one due to some mystic reasons and have to wait for it for 4-5 hours. Also, do not be surprised if upon check-in you find the bathroom not cleaned, half of the lamp bulbs broken, and (if you are lucky) the bath slippers from the previous guests. The funny part of the last point is that when we asked to change the slippers, cute housekeeping lady replaced them with another USED ones :-)

I wouln't recommend so-called spa, as reflexology foot massage ended up as a gentle stroking. Also,was about to do mani- and pedicure, but cancelled when I found out, that the sterilization of the tools was just a rinsing them with water.

Anyways, overall, I had a good impression of Lake Duluti Lodge (again, in comparison with other places) and would come back there once again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Arlington, Virginia
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20 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

My wife and I had the pleasure of spending two nights at this beautiful boutique hotel. The rooms are spacious, comfortable and lovely. The food is excellent. It may be the only hotel in the immediate area with a swimming pool, which is good-sized and makes for good swimming. Internet access is free and the speed is quite good.

But the biggest asset of all is the incredible friendliness of the staff, who from the moment we arrived made us feel welcome and at home. Every single person went out of his or her way to greet us, and our somewhat unusual food requests were met with a smile and honored.

Check-out and payment were straightforward.

I love this place and hope to be able to return.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ralphhh
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Duluti, General Manager at Lake Duluti Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Dear Ralph

Trust this reply finds you well

This is to simply express our sincere appreciation of your decision to choose us among the rest who are also good but thank you for us being your choice.

The whole team of management and staff of Lake Duluti Lodge are still thanking for taking your valuable time to recommend us on this great TripAdvisor.

Stay blessed and looking forward to host you once again!
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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124 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

We spent 4 nights at this hotel- it has 18 cabins, which are luxurious huts, nice furnished, in the heart of a quiet green scenery, just 150 meters from Duluti lake (it's a walking distance, and you can't see the lake from the hotel). Although the cabins are not air conditioned, they have a ceiling fan, which can be enough at night. During the day it's quiet hot in the room, but since we spent our days in 1-day Safaris, it wasn't that bad after all. The king-size beds are covered with mosquito nets all around, which are very effective. But the best asset of this hotel is its staff- starting with the manager, which is almost always available on site all day long, and up to the last gardener and maintenance guys- they're all helpful, polite and will do their utmost to assist. The restaurant is great- Niko, the chef, is a superb cook: the dinners were all delicious, European and Mediterranean-style food, with fresh vegetables they grow themselves! Good South African wine is offered. The only weak point I can write is that the room maides are sometimes sloppy- he/she made my room but forgot to take care of the bath and toilets- clean, empty the bins and fold/change towels and replenish toilet paper. Also, the lamp on the fan in the ceiling was burnt, but it wasn't changed during my stay. But if you're in the Hakuna Matata mood- so it's nothing to compare with the great feeling and peace of mind you get there. When we departed, the whole staff stood at the parking place, singed and danced a farewell to us. It was very touchy indeed! This is a place I would surely go back to, once I'm back in Tanzania.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

We only stayed here one night which was a shame. The welcome was wonderful and the Manager welcomed us himself. The rooms are immaculate and the bathroom, well, if you have the time to enjoy it, its amazing! We had a full 3 course dinner and cooked breakfast. both were to a very high standard. We asked to see the Lake which is a few minutes walk away. The guard will accompany you.its worth checking out, very beautiful, especially at sunrise / sunset. You cannot access it from within the resort.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Clare W
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Duluti, General Manager at Lake Duluti Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Dear Clare

Trust this reply finds you well

This is to simply express our sincere appreciation of your decision to choose us among the rest who are also good but thank you for us being your choice.

The whole team of management and staff of Lake Duluti Lodge are still thanking for taking your valuable time to recommend us on this great TripAdvisor.

Stay blessed and looking forward to host you once again!
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Barcelona, Spain
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013

The hotel was very nice, people very kind, specially Manolito. Food was excellent and the surroundings also. We'll recommend it to all spansh friends!
We visited a local family and we could see the wedding dresses, drink local beer and have a chat with them.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Anonimos A
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Duluti, General Manager at Lake Duluti Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Dear Anonimos

Trust this reply finds you well

This is to simply express our sincere appreciation of your decision to choose us among the rest who are also good but thank you for us being your choice.

The whole team of management and staff of Lake Duluti Lodge are still thanking for taking your valuable time to recommend us on this great TripAdvisor.

Stay blessed and looking forward to host you once again!
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Redondo Beach, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2013

Wonderfully appointed rooms and an excellent restaurant provide and relaxing, romantic and private setting to enjoy oneself. The staff is attentive and look for opportunities to provide unexpected service. Each room is a private bungalow. The bathroom is over the top; spacious with a freestanding tub and walk through shower with abundant windows to invite in the out of doors should you wish. The bedroom is spacious, the beds comfortable complete with flat screen, tv, fireplace sofa, chair, and desk. It's a very peaceful space and place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank mdohrh
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Duluti, General Manager at Lake Duluti Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Dear Mdohrh

Trust this reply finds you well

This is to simply express our sincere appreciation of your decision to choose us among the rest who are also good but thank you for us being your choice.

The whole team of management and staff of Lake Duluti Lodge are still thanking for taking your valuable time to recommend us on this great TripAdvisor.

Stay blessed and looking forward to host you once again!
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013

We came for dinner here, attracted by the promise of a lakeside romantic dinner. Well, apparently lakeside is not possible right now due to renovations. When we figured that no renovations were taking place we were told that this wasn't possible in the evenings. Our 'pool side' dinner booking seemed to have not made it as we were asked to wait for the table to be prepared. When asked if we wanted to eat inside or outside our 'outside' response caused some chaos as now the table needed to be moved (there was only one other couple eating). Food: soup and mains were nice, salad very small and desert awful (lipstick coloured strawberry sauce over some weird 'Swiss roll'. The coffee was poor considering it is a coffee plantation...What killed it was the rip-off exchange rate of 1700TSh/US$. We called the manager who was not particularly interested in listening but eventually adjusted it to a more normal 1650. Not a place that can compete with other offerings in the area in all setting, food & mgmt., especially for residents.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Andrea S
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Property: Lake Duluti Lodge
Address: PO Box 12061, Arusha 0025, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 148 Specialty Lodging in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lake Duluti Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lake Duluti Lodge is a fine countryside retreat that perfectly combined an authentic African rural setting with outstanding amenities and service. The lodge is made up of 18 spacious contemporary African styled romantic chalets ideally positioned for maximum privacy inside an active coffee farm on the outskirts of Arusha. Guests can enjoy delicious, hearty meals prepared with fresh produce from the lodge's vegetable garden. Sunbeds dotted around the inviting infinity pool are perfect for a lazy afternoon. The Lakeshore Sundowner Lounge located at the edge of the shimmering lake is an idyllic spot for guests to savour refreshing drinks and light lunches. There is a lot to Experience with Lake Duluti Lodge for those guests in need of relaxation can head to the massage and Spa room for a bout of pampering or rather go for tours to coffee plantations, vegetable farms and cultural villages, hiking, bird watching, canoeing, nature walks and day trips to Mt Kilimanjaro are enough to keep the adventurous happy. ... more   less 
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