I came to Tanzania for a research project with my university in the USA. We decided to spend our first few days at Babylon Lodge before going to Arusha. It was a very good decision.
We were met at the airport after a late arrival by very friendly and attentive staff from Babylon. The driver was very safe - which was much appreciated given the night driving. We were greeted with fresh juice, tea and coffee - and a late dinner. The rooms were really nice - clean and comfortable. The Lodge itself is very beautiful - with wonderful gardens. The free breakfast was hearty and a great start to the day. We ate several times at the Lodge - and all meals were very tasty. We also went for the Cultural Day Trip in the surrounding area. It was a great way to explore a very beautiful part of Tanzania.
By far, the highlight of Babylon Lodge is the staff. They are all incredibly friendly and welcoming. We were able to have very interesting conversations about a range of topics, and they made sure that we were introduced to more of Tanzania than is usual for most tourists. A special thank you to Evans and Babi for making our stay so special.
They then provided us with transport to Arusha. Once again, the driver drove very safely, and Evans also came along for the ride to explain more about Tanzania during the drive. They also helped us find great value accommodation in Arusha - making our journey so much simpler.
I would highly recommend Babylon Lodge as a wonderful way to experience more of what Tanzania is really about.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kilimanjaro's Best Budget Hotel! Babylon Lodge is situated in a lush garden setting, just minutes from Kilimanjaro National Park. Locally owned and operated, we provide service and amenities that equal the more expensive hotels at a much lower price. We have recently remodeled with new restaurant, bar and garden areas. Also, since we are from the area and have no need for middlemen, we can help you to find low-priced, quality tours that you might not find at the larger resorts. Babylon Lodge is the perfect place to stay for a weekend away or before/after a climb. Babylon Lodge is the only hotel in Marangu that offers free Wi-Fi to its clients. Welcome to Babylon Lodge for quality and affordable services. ... more less
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