We stayed 3 nights here in early March, 2014. After the LONG trip from the U.S., this was a comfortable oasis in which to adjust to Africa and the 8 hour time change before starting our two week safari. Even in the dark, we could tell that the hotel was lovely and the grounds beautifully landscaped. The bushbaby calling in a tree outside of reception let us know we were someplace strange and exotic, and that there were so many wonders awaiting.
The rooms are arranged in little groups of 5 or 6 and are designed to resemble an African village. Inside they are attractive with a round wall of Windows overlooking the gardens where the writing desk is located. The king sized bed was surrounded by a soft mosquito net, although we never saw a mosquito while we were in Arusha. There was plenty of drawer and closet space and a safe for valuables.
The staff members were all helpful and very friendly. The food was good, but not anything special. There was plenty of it. The salad and dessert tables were extensive (as was the breakfast buffet in the morning). When I discovered that my wine of choice was available only by the bottle and not by the glass, they were kind enough to open a bottle and pour me a glass anyway. Wine was pricey, but a 16 oz. Safari beer was only $3.00 and it was very refreshing after a day of exploring Arusha National Park or Lake Duluti.
All in all, I would say this is a perfect spot to start and end your Kilimanjaro climb or your safari.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set at the heart of a traditional coffee estate in the majestic environs of snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the exquisitely appointed Mountain Village Lodge offers heady views over verdant tropical forests, cool mountain walks, a wonderful array of wildlife, roaring fires and superlative cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Serena Mountain Village Hotel Arusha