My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights. We were very glad that we had made the right choice. This was the first time we went to Tanzania and we had done quite a bit of research about travelling in this country before we started booking hotels and tours etc. We found out that it was quite difficult to book everything just through the Internet. We were luckily to find Eileen's which did not only provide lodging but the owner, Allen Mnyenye, also owns a safaris tours company and he himself is a seasoned tour guide with over 23 years experience.
During our stay at Eileen's, we used it as a base for our safaris tours to the surrounding national parks such as Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and even the southern part of the Serengeti National Park. We had 4 consecutive day tour for safaris without changing lodges which was definitely a plus that we just did not like to do all those packing and unpacking our luggage after a full day safaris. So the location of Eileen's was perfect for our purpose. Eileen's was located in Karatu on a highland as compared with Arusha, so it was nice and cool after sunset even at summer time.
The setting of this lodge was very nice with lots of trees, shrubs and gardens among the bungalows. It even had a swimming pool and many other fun activities for kids. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. It certainly provided a relaxing and comfortable environment for their guests.
The restaurant was spacious and provide marvelous breakfasts and meals. Even their picnic lunch boxes for day tours were delicious and healthy. They had even made a big birthday cake and performed a very special native dance and song at the end of dinner on my wife's birthday. Many thanks to their super Chef, Godbless, and staff. The staff here were all well trained and very friendly.
As a whole, it was very good value for money. Our stay at Eileen's together with our safaris tours had been very pleasant and it was a marvelous experience much better than we expected.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eileen's Trees Inn is a small owner-operated lodge on the northern Tanzanian safari circuit, located just on the edge of Karatu town. Simplicity and service is the hallmark for our country lodge set in beautiful treed gardens surrounding the lovely pool. We serve farm fresh food along with Tanzanian hospitality. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eileen's Trees Inn Tanzania/Karatu