We stayed at the Lake Manyara Serena towards the end of our vacation. As this was the fifth Serena hotel we stayed at within a 2-week span, we had high expectations, and unfortunately, these were not met. The hotel is perfectly good, but was missing the "little things" that made the other Serenas great. I would give this hotel 3 1/2 on 5 if this website would allow it. I chose to be on the generous side, however, so as to not harm this Serena unnecessarily.
The first thing that we noticed was that staff members were buzzing around as porters, and we were assigned two porters for our two bags. In prior Serenas, we were given one porter for both of us, and so this was our first experience with what felt like a blatant grab for tips.
The food was buffet style, which by this point in our trip had become a bit boring. Many of the dishes were obviously de-spiced for wider appeal. One highlight was the grill station in the buffet, which churned out hot and fresh food.
The room was nice and clean, and we were given a beautiful view of the lake. We spent our "off-time" from the game drive on the balcony, just reading and enjoying the peace.
Once again as we left the hotel the next morning, we saw vast numbers of porters waiting anxiously to carry each bag that a guest had brought.
We were quite happy with the hotel, and would certainly recommend it, but caution Serena travelers to not expect quite as high level of quality as other Serenas in Tanzania.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Taking as its muse the glorious bird life of the fabulously soda-encrusted and pink flamingo-fringed...Lake Manyara, the swooping curves of this elegantly evocative lodge defy description. As do the soaring views over the Great Rift Valley, the rose-gold sunsets over the Mto Wa Mbu escarpment and the utterly unique tree climbing Lake Manyara lions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Manyara Serena Hotel Lake Manyara National Park