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Kia Lodge – Kilimanjaro Airport
Ranked #22 of 171 Speciality Lodging in Arusha
Carlisle, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Kia Lodge”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Absolute luxury before and after our hike up Kilimanjaro. Our lodge was beautiful, clean and elegantly set (complete with flower!) and set in gardens with a distant and magnificent view of the mountain. We woke to exotic birds in the trees, quite heavenly.Welcoming and helpful staff, great meals and even entertainment on the last night.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Brookline, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

Got in late on two separate occasions to and from the airport. Didn't get to experience much and were actually a bit bummed about it since it was the pool and grounds seems. Staff was very helpful both times. Rooms were clean. Shower pressure was pretty bad.

Definitely a good option if you're flying in and need that first night stay before embarking on a vacation. 3 minute drive from airport terminal. Safe.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

It was most likely the worst Hotel experience EVER - and please, bear in mind I do travel a lot. On paper, it sounds good : close to the airport, free transfer. We had a very early flight ( 600 am ) so we stayed here. Room was terrible - no clean properly, hair on the sink on the toilet, sheets were dirty. Took them 1 hour to replace the sheets. We had dinner. We ordered a breakfast to go on the next morning, since we were checking out at 3 am. On checkout, since this was our last day in Tanzania, we had very little Tanzania Shillings - we had the bill for the dinner to pay and we tried 4 credit cards. None of them work. The recepcionist ( female ) was sarcastic and said that it was our problem. We replied that would be impossible, since one of the cards it was our debit/visa card from our main account and had plenty of money. she said it was not their problem and we couldnt checkout. fortunatly, other guest gave us a couple of usd to complete the bill ( 10 usd were missing and she want us to miss our flight to Europe because of 10 usd ) and we checkout. The recepcionist just look at us with a boring face and said "we are working on your problem" while she did checkouts. 6 couples that were doing checkouts said their cards ( several ) didnt went through as well. In short : terrible Hotel, abysmal staff, not clean and over expensive. Just stay in the center, pay a taxi and its a 40m drive. Safer, much better and clean.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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125 reviews
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

We stayed at the Kia Lodge upon arrival from the US for 1 night. This place is OK, adequate; its only asset is to be near the Kia Airport upon arrival where many flights arrive late at night. Cottages were basic, a little dark and dreary, but it met our needs. Breakfast was Ok, not much of a selection, but at least we had something to eat and did not get sick.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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MA
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

We stayed at the Kia lodge both upon arrival from Rwanda and a day room when departing back to the United States. The rooms are comfortable and the service average. The lodge is next to the airport and they are the only option for dining. We had dinner during both stays but the menu is very limited with a two to three options for main course and little choice with other courses.
Baggage to the rooms was good but not so good on way out.
Overall good option for overnight or day room.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

The only asset of this lodge is to be near KIA airport where many flights arrive late at night.
As many, I suppose, who arrive for the first time at KIA I was discouraged and afraid that I couldn't find a transport for town at 1 am, therefore I reserved at the fool price of 170 plus dollars and 60 for a taxi next morning.
Foolish!
This place is in the middle of nothing, no particular landscape, basic cottages and unworthy breakfast.
Keep away: we have found same services in Arusha for 15 USD and there are plenty of hotels which will organize to pick you up at KIA anytime

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Sydney
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61 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

I didn't have great expectations for this place - we only chose it because of our late flight in and early morning flight out. BUT we were pleasantly surprised.
It's not 5-star but it's quite comfortable, very close to the airport, and has a real African feel.
We stayed here twice (one night each time) and our rooms were identical - although one was the furthest from reception so we had a nice walk through their (slightly overgrown) but pleasant gardens.
Pool area was nice with a view of Mt Kili (unfortunately for us, it was covered in cloud both times we were there.)
Staff are very friendly and helpful.
Beware of the safes - couldn't get ours open without the help of the maintenance guy.
Only bad thing was the dinner. Made me think of a rather ordinary home-cooked meal - but we didn't go there for the food so we were happy with our stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Kia Lodge – Kilimanjaro Airport
Address: Ngalo Rd | 3 km from Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 171 Speciality Lodging in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kia Lodge – Kilimanjaro Airport 3.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to KIA Lodge, 'your door to Tanzania' at less than 5 minutesdrive from Kilimanjaro International Airport. The lodge is situated on a secluded hill in the heart of beautiful savannah scenery that is so typical for East Africa. Guests can admire the vast views of the African plains and of course the grand Kilimanjaro Mountain that shows her snowy top mostly in the morning and at sundown.Because of its location, the KIA Lodge is an ideal safe haven for arriving and departing Tanzania,climbing the Kilimanjaro or traveling on to the northern safari destinations. The friendly service, Zanzibar style reception, typical African decorations, and indoor and al fresco restaurant offer a warm welcome to into the Tanzanian culture. Drink a Kilimanjaro beer in the open bar, enjoy over a hundred species of birds in the savannah garden, or relax at our hilltop swimming pool with great views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru, the Blue Mountains and the Maasai plains all around.At KIA lodge we will ensure that you are looked after in a unique friendly and peaceful environment, helping you to prepare for your safaris or climbs and cosseting you on your arrival or return home. With our beautiful gardens we can honestly boast the fact that we are not just an airport hotel but also a true lodge where you can immediately get a real taste of Africa! ... more   less 
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