Everyone in our family found this hotel puzzling. Physically, it's gorgeous. Every room is a separate cabin, with an enormous living room, and enormous bedroom. Finished entirely in wood, decorated with African art, the rooms are lovely. Each comes with a large deck, overlooking the Tanzanian mountains. However, the furniture is stained, the ceiling fans rattle, our children's room door latch didn't work (you had to lock it to keep it closed). Around the small pool, the furniture is again stained, and is in poor physical condition.
The views are astounding. You can see elephants and giraffes in the mountains beyond.
The food is good. The staff are friendly, and hard working, but ill-trained. There are serious language issues with many of them, even in the dining room. As a result, service is hit and miss, with some excellent, and others who simply do not know what they are doing. The manager is omnipresent, but seems to do little other than watch, and greet guests.
Do not be confused by the description of the location. "At the gate of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area" means exactly that. The hotel is located on a highway just outside the gates. However, the Crater itself is a fair distance away, perhaps a 30-40 minute drive, and this hotel does not have any view of the crater, unlike other hotels and lodges.
Unlike any of the other places we stayed on our safari, in this one we could hear highway noise, as the upper tier of rooms are perhaps 100 feet and some landscaping away from the highway outside the crater gate.
We would not run back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in 50 acres of virgin Tanzanian bush in the Ngorongoro volcanic landscape, this all suites wood log cabin style retreat is located a few steps from the Game Reserve Gate and 20 minutes drive away from the Ngorongoro Crater that is said to have the most dense concentration of wildlife in Africa. This all inclusive property features 20 spacious private log cabins with fire place, a restaurant, a bar and conference facilities. Indulge in moments of relaxation at the swimming pool or at the Mvua African Rain Spa after a full-day game drive. ... more less
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