The Sopa lodge is a beautiful hotel on the rim of the crater. I wouldn't normally choose this type of large, chain hotel but given its location and the other choices available, we felt it was the best option for a quick descent into the crater. Upon arrival we were greeted with cold juice and warm towels. The lobby is beautifully decorated and all of the employees were extremely friendly. We had room #3 which was on the bottom.
The room was large and clean but didn't have much of a view. This was fine as we didn't have a lot of time to spend looking out the window anyway. We went to the bar for a drink before dinner. The bar has a fireplace in the center with four sides so that four different fires can be built. We were freezing, even in the bar area, so we picked a spot right in front of the fireplace. They had lit some coals in the fireplace but only the puniest of flames was burning. I asked the waiter if they could do something about it and he looked at me like I was crazy. Apparently to them, one little flame was a fire that was supposed to warm a room. We then head over to dinner where you are seated up against huge, cold picture windows. Again, in the center of the room is a giant fireplace. No fire whatsoever. It's just full of wood carvings. No heat in the rooms either other than between the hours of 1930 and 2130. After that, you get a hot water bottle in your bed. This actually worked out okay but only because we slept in all the clothes we brought. Don't get me wrong...I was prepared for cold at the crater but at the price of this lodge per night the lack of a simple fire in the fireplace is ridiculous. Every other place we stayed had fires at night and they were nowhere near this cold a setting. But what really makes me give this lodge a lower rating is that the guides don't even get a hot water bottle in their beds. THE GUIDES HAVE NO HEAT WHATSOEVER! I think that is disgraceful. How much does a hot water bottle cost? Seriously!
Food at this hotel was good and plentiful. We were served a very tasty three course dinner and buffet breakfast. Staff was attentive and friendly.
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- Also Known As:
- Ngorongoro Sopa Hotel Ngorongoro Conservation Area