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Review of andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge

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andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
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Vancouver, Canada
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40 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

Had an amazing experience. Staff are very friendly, rooms are very spacious and clean. Experiencing the wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater is a once in a life time. We loved waking up in the morning and stepping onto the balcony and looking down on the wildlife. Everyone about our experience was amazing. A must do.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 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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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights in January of this year. The property itself and the setting is truly unique. Set on the rim of the crater the views are amazing. The rooms are uniquely decorated with very cosy with a wonderful fireplace and cute balcony from which to
sit and gaze down into the crater. The one thing that I have never experience in any other place I have stayed was the massive, absolutely beautiful displays of roses of all colours that were placed everwhere. An amazing display beside our bathtub, in the entrance to the main lodge,
on all the dinning tables. The centre of the dinning tables were filled with rose petals as was our bath mat whenever we returned to our room from dinner. Nothing was ever brought to our room without roses. They are apparently grown in Aursha and they gave the Lodge a magic, luxurious feel. The atmosphere in the dinning room was wonderful as were the staff. We had a hot chocolate with liquor brought to our room each night after dinner to have in front of the fire.
It was the end of our 4 week trip to Africa and we had had amazing safari experiences at Londolozi and Singita Ebony in South Africa and Singita Sabora tented camp in Tanzania so we were able to take in our stride the disappointment we felt with the guide we had been assigned at Ngorongoro. We ended up only going down into the crater once and thus have given a very good rating rather than an excellent . However it gave us the opportunity to enjoy and make the most of the Lodge.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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32 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

This was our last stop in mid-December 2013 on the AndBeyond circuit of camps. We debated for a long time whether to stay here or not given the expense (knowing that the money saved could be put aside for the next safari). My partner suggested however that if we didn't, we might later regret it. That was confirmed when I saw that you can catch a glimpse of the camp from the main road around the crater. If we had driven by and seen it and not stayed there I would have been hugely disappointed. The view is amazing. Everything else you hear about the lodge is true. The rooms are great and the service is good. The lodge is definitely more formal than those in the Serengeti but then again it is all about the experience of staying on the rim of the crater in a cloud forest. There are cocktails and starters served outside on the deck by a small army of waiters and cooks (only one night) with numerous fires lighting up the area. After 10 days in AndBeyond lodges, my partner and I were tired of eating their mostly very healthy and sometimes elaborate food so for three days in a row we asked for hamburgers and grilled ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch (along with fries and simple salads). We stayed in North Camp and requested a room close to the main lodge. We were given #22 which is literally just off the main deck in front of the dining room. The room was still very private but also allowed us easy access to the main lodge. The only suggestion I have is to add some exercise equipment--two treadmills and two ellipticals would suffice. Numerous guests mentioned this to me. Given the expense of staying here, having the option to exercise in a room with a jaw-dropping view doesn't seem like too much to ask. After 10 days of safari we found the game drives in the crater to be rather soft so the one long drive we did here here was more about witnessing the changing geography. On our last morning instead of doing another descent, we opted to visit Oldupai gorge. It was worth the trip plus you experience the drive down from the Ngorongoro Highlands to the flat plains of the Serengeti.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 Marseus
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014

The Crater Lodge was one of the best experience I have ever had from the wonderful staff to the accomodations. The staff went out of their way to make it a magical experience. The rooms were spectacular. I would go back in a heartbeat. I didn't want to leave!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Thank Jennifer7171
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128 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2014

Crater Lodge is a beautiful lodge situated on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. The views from the rooms are wonderful and only surpassed by the amazing layout of each of the "over the top" rooms. The rooms provide every conceivable luxury to allow guests to relax in the privacy of their own suite. The wonderful bath with views over the Crater and the fireplace were my favourite places to relax after a day on safari.
The staff are absolutely brilliant and only contribute to the wonderful ambience of the lodge. My safari guide Henry was really fun and was delightful company during one of the evenings he joined me for dinner. I was very happy that Henry convinced the other two guests that were in the vehicle to wake up early for our one full day in the Crater. This meant that we were the first people in the Crater and happened to come across a lioness looking for food. A wonderful way to start the day. This is definitely worth getting up extra early for. The drive into and out of the Crater is long but this is a once in a lifetime experience.
My preference is tented camps to be closer to nature but staying at Crater Lodge was something I was glad I did to enjoy this amazing place.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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41 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was planned for the safari experience, but the accomodations and service was over and above anything we expected! The game drives and our Ranger, Aziza, were splendid, seeing the animals and having a trained guy with knowledge to share information made the trip special.
Each day when we returned from a drive our butler, Patrick, had drawn a warm bath surrounded by rose pedals! The food was delicious, as were the dining areas.

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  • Stayed March 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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Stockholm, Sweden
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

The photos here and elsewhere just can't do this place justice. It is a truly amazing, unique hotel in a magical surrounding. What do one mention separately when all is perfect?

The only one thing I was missing, was that all the time I expected Brad and Angelina to suddenly show up, which never happened! ;-) I leave all the details to other, previous reviewers, even if I can not understand how anyone could not give the highest rating. = If you have the money, go!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Property: andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
Address: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Hotel Class:5 star — andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Steeped in romance, each stilted, handcrafted banana thatch suite at andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is adorned with graceful antiques and unforgettable opulence. Ensuite bathrooms, with a centrepiece of fresh roses, feature huge showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs, while floor-to-ceiling windows ensure breathtaking views from all around. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Ngorongoro Crater Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Hotel Ngorongoro Crater

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