This lodge has been here for quite a few years, and is frequently used as a starting point for group tours/safaris. We were here as part of an Overseas Adventure Travel safari trip in July 2014. The rooms are fine, the service pretty good, and the grounds are beautiful! The food service is typical - basically good, with lots of fresh salad items, meat and vegetarian stews, and great soups. Everyone who stays here eventually remarks about the unbelievable early morning noise that emanates from a church and a healing center that is on an adjacent piece of property. It is loud, it starts early (6:30am) - and despite the efforts of the lodge owners to get them to turn down the loud speaker system - nothing changes. Our trip guide made sure that we had rooms as far away from the noises as possible - so try for units # in the high 20's. Try NOT to get rooms numbered in the single digits (1 though 6)! The lodge has a decent pool, an unexciting lobby, and a reasonable gift shop. Do not plan on going out for a walk - the lodge is within a walled area, with an effective security staff - so you are clearly safe. The surrounding neighborhood is probably fine - but not to general US standards. We did get a "tour", with escort, to visit the next door church. WOW! There were at least 1200-1500 people in there, with a high volume, highly motivated preacher who was REALLY effective in getting the crowd excited. After this, we understood why there was so much noise!. The Olasiti Lodge is a good place to stay as part of a group - or at least if you are going to be escorted or taken care of by tour guides.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arusha CityLodge. A garden oasis, situated only 7 km form the city center of Arusha business district. The lodge lies within easy reach of all amenities, yet it provides the perfect haven for visitors seeking a more tranquil venue.24 rooms with en suite facilities.Activities: Museum visit, shopping, game drives in Arusha National Park, relax in the pool.Nearest airstrip: Arusha Airport 20 minutes away and Kilimanjaro International Airport 60 minutes away. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Olasiti Hotel Arusha