We stayed here in Room 25 for just the one night in late December. As we were to discover during our Safari with Roy Safaris (excellent) it was a typical Serena property in that it was comfortable, clean, secure with good food and mostly good to excellent service. Our "Rondavel" # 25 was a distance from reception with only a garden outlook. The Rondavels are grouped in a circular formation of about 10 per group so some near the entrance pathway had garden views and some others had a presumably lovely view of a very scenic & pretty lake. If that sounds like you ask on check in for a view of the lake. At other Serena propertys we asked for "a room with a view" and were always given one.
On arrival here the carpark which is outside the gates is extremely dusty with a very fine white dust - if you don't want your luggage plonked down in it ask for the bellboy to carry it the short distance to the paved entrance gates. We didn't & the packs were so dusty we had to end up brushing them off outside the room. Just a small point but an avoidable situation.
The main reception building is like a very large, grand old colonial house & is beautiful inside & out with a well maintained lawn sloping down to the lake. What a nice location to have a G & T before dinner to watch the sun go down!
The meals here are all good as is the service. There was a slight hiccup with the service at breakfast, when we were there it was a bit chaotic & we didn't receive exactly what had been ordered however this can happen anywhere.
The rooms are spacious & clean with very comfortable, huge beds. The bathrooms are large with a big shower and good (not excellent) water pressure. There are plenty of opening windows to get some fresh air but remember to close them before dusk unless you want to share the room with a mozzie or two.
This lodge is very near the Arusha National Park & this is why we stayed here after our day in the park. There is nowhere to walk from here so if you want to go exploring or to have a look around Arusha this is probably not the place for you.
- 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