My husband and I spent 4 nights in Arusha, 2 in late February before a Kili climb, and 2 in early March after our climb. The grounds were lovely, the staff was friendly and the food was adequate. Our first room was clean and nice, as was our second room, but our second room was larger and more modern with a unique shower. I assume it was a new cottage, though from the outside it resembled all others.
Pros: In addition to the pluses I've already mentioned, the owners of the lodge were quite friendly and enjoyable. When we had an emergency and had to alter our trip plans they offered to let us stay in our room all day, if necessary, instead of requiring us to check out at the specified time. We felt safe within the boundaries of the lodge. It was a peaceful refuge, moreso during our first two days when there weren't many guests, less so (but not terribly) for the last two days of our stay when we encountered larger groups of visitors. The pool area was nice; we didn't swim but spent the day after our hike lounging on the cushioned poolside chaises. When I asked to have some laundry done, and was told it was impossible due to power outages, the owner gave me an ample supply of detergent so that I could wash out undies in our sink--nice, helpful gesture.
Cons: The electricity went out ALOT during our stay. This is a con of the area, not of Arumeru River Lodge specifically. ARL turns on generators at dusk, providing electric until around 11pm. Fortunately the temperatures weren't too hot during our stay, so when the ceiling fan went off at night we didn't roast. The real inconvenience is not having wifi during the day. Don't expect to flawlessly communicate via the internet during your stay in TZ. Due to a relative's health emergency our trip was cut short, so I don't have other lodges against which to compare ARL, but if I were to return to the Arusha area I would have no problem staying at ARL.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arumeru River Lodge is a great starting point for your Safari. Only 30 minutes from the airport and the city of Arusha it is tucked away behind an old coffee plantation - far away from the everday hazzles.In dreamlike tropical gardens our 29 rooms & suites offer a touch of African Elegance. Visit Arusha National Park or explore the nearby rainforest on one of our exciting half-day excursions that we organize here on the Lodge on short notice. Or, just relax at our large solar heated pool watching the Dikdik antelopes playing in the garden. Get spoiled by our Zansibarioan Chefs with African and international dishes in our Migration's Restaurant and enjoy a drink at the open fire place in our lounge.Our entire team will try their very best to give you a very warm and personal welcome to Tanzania.Karibu!Maren & Torsten(Ownwers & Managers) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arumeru River Hotel Arusha