This was by far one of the best hotels I stayed at while in Tanzania! Arriving at the hotel, after a long day of travel was like walking into what felt, looked, and was a paradise right at the base of Mt. Kilomanjaro-the highest (and most beautiful) mountain in Africa! In addition to the breathtaking scenery and beautiful maintenance of the facility, the staff were exceptional. In the mornings, staff greeted guest with a good morning and made sure all were well fed. Throughout the day, staff were always available to assist, inform, or even talk to about the culture, travel, etcetera. When my jeep pulled up in front of The Babylon Lodge, my bags were immediately unloaded and carried to my room. I was also offered a complementary nice cold tropical drink (which was out of this world fantastic; i believe I had about three glasses of it!). I especially noted and appreciated how the employees at the hotel diligently went out of their way to make sure I had a great experience, and did not accept my tips ($) when offered. Seemingly, they did everything from the bottom of their hearts. I was not a celebrity or anything, but they certainly made me and other guest feel welcomed and important. I think something that was especially unique about The Babylon is how after just a few days of residing at the hotel, I felt I was home, which is a rare feeling for a foreigner in such a diverse country as Tanzania. The only thing I wished was different about my stay at the Babylon Lodge is that I wish I'd stayed longer.
- 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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