We stayed at the Outpost Lodge for one night before our Kilimanjaro Trek and for three nights afterwards and found it to be an excellent low-cost hotel.
Rooms – Both rooms we stayed in were clean and had comfortable beds with enough blankets for the chilly nights. We didn’t experience any problems with power or water while we were there. Both rooms had good mosquito nets.
The bathrooms offered toilet paper, soap, shower gel and shampoo along with towels and a bath mat. The towels were thinner than you’d find in a smarter European hotel, but they were still perfectly good for drying six-foot-tall men.
Café/Bar/Restaurant – Café Mambo is two open-air, roofed spaces adjacent to the pool where food and drink can be had throughout the day. The food and drink are reasonably priced, the staff friendly and the space clean and comfortable. The breakfast menu was the same each morning though which got a bit repetitive.
There is also free Wi-Fi coverage which was good when it worked, but the antenna covering the café seemed to have occasional problems. When it was down you had to go to the computer room to get signal. The computer room had two aging machines which were pretty slow as web-browsers. The café and restaurant areas are well supplied with mains outlets (UK, 3-pin-style) and there wasn’t a problem with people plugging in their laptops and phones.
Pool – the pool area isn’t huge but has a few sun loungers alongside the tables and chairs if you want to sunbathe. The pool was out of action when we arrived – it looked like a purification plant issue – but was sparkling and clean again by the time we left. Can’t say whether this was a one-off issue or a regular problem.
Reception – The reception (and staff generally) were all friendly and helpful.
Location – The location is 15-20mins walk from the town centre. Taxis are readily available, but will overcharge if you let them. We were initially quoted 10,000 Tanzanian Shillings for a trip to the Njiro Centre (local ex-pat shopping & hangout) but we’d read that no journey in town should cost more than TS8,000 so we walked away and were later quoted TS5,000 (about £2/$3) for the same trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unpretentious, and truly 'value for money'. Clean and safe, beautiful tropical surroundings with quiet relaxed atmosphere... bar, restaurant, cafe, free wifi, laundry service, and free safe bagage store while on safari. A home away from home in true East African style. 20 minute walk from the downtown, satellite TV, genuine cafe and friendly helpful staff... welcome - Karibu sana! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Outpost Hotel Arusha