Stayed here recently at the beginning and end of our self-drive safari, and was really impressed with what we found. Stayed in the River House the first time, and was supposed to stay in Cottage 2 the second time but moved back to the River House again. Accommodation was really lovely, in beautiful lush garden surroundings. Wonderfully appointed rooms, including outdoor seating. Beds were very comfortable and equipped with mosquito nets. Hot water was available at any time of day or night for showering.
The communal restaurant/lounge area is very nicely decorated in understated Africana chic, with both covered and uncovered (garden) seating - including a platform overlooking the river a bit further away. An open kitchen and pizza oven allow you to enjoy the sights and sounds of food being prepared - highly recommend the pizzas, absolutely fantastic! We enjoyed our afternoons lounging around and playing backgammon with some wine in hand.
One of the best aspects of this place is the staff - superlative service, friendly and attentive, and really intent on making you as comfortable as possible.
Location is also pretty good - about 40km from Kilimanjaro International (about 30 mins drive), 26km from Arusha main town itself, and right outside Arusha National Park, which I highly recommend for a brief day drive.
In short, whilst this place is probably a little pricier than some others around, it's a great option for some R&R before and/or after you set out - highly recommended; if we're ever back in Arusha this is where we'll be aiming for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once an old coffee estate, Rivertrees is now a charming country inn nestled in abundant foliage with the Usa River flowing by. Set in the foothills of Mt Meru, conveniently close to Kilimanjaro International Airport and a short drive to Arusha, its location proffers a wealth of natural wonders to explore. Comprising the original Farm House, an elegant River House, luxurious River Cottages and several beautifully appointed Garden Rooms, it also serves delicious garden-fresh cuisine in its stunningly set restaurant. The swimming pool and spa are tailored for relaxation, and friendly personalised service ensures a memorable stay, whether for a one-night stopover or much longer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rivertrees Country Hotel Arusha
- Arusha Country Inn