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“4 1/2 stars”
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Mount Meru Hotel
Ranked #4 of 42 Hotels in Arusha
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New York City, New York
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“4 1/2 stars”
Reviewed 23 September 2012 via mobile

Beautiful hotel. Well kept. Rooms are very good. I only stayed there over night so I can't give it a full 5 stars. It seems that electricity brownouts are the norm for Arusha. Electricity went out about 6 times in 1 evening.

Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

compared to the competition, Mt Meru has established itself as the smart hotel in town. The Arusha Hotel has history on its side and although comforatble is tired. The Arusha Coffee Lodge is outside town and very much geared to the safari set which it does well. The Mt Meru is where local businessmen can meet and feel they can offer their guests an international standard in terms of hospitality.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled on business
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

Mt Meru is a modern, western-style hotel with all the conveniences travelers have come to expect. The beds are very comfortable. I don't understand the fascination with open showers as they just end up wetting the floor. Food, especially the buffet, is quite good with ample variety. The pizza by the pool was adequate, although not exceptional We stayed twice, at beginning and ending of a climb of Kilimanjaro. Some of our group used the spa and reported that the massages were very good. This would be a prefered place to stay to be insulated from the rest of Arusha.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

Mt Meru is a modern hotel with all the convenience western travelers have come to take for granted. The staff are accommodating and represent the gracious nature of the Tanzanians well. Rooms are bright and beds are very comfortable. Food is quite good with ample variety. Showers are a pleasant full flow especially welcome post safari to weary dusty travelers. The lobby shop sells tanzanite jewelry at a reasonable price but there are other sources that might have higher quality stones. There is a coffee bar and full service liquor bar where you can enjoy a cocktail outdoors admiring the beautiful grounds that surroundd the hotel.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

After crossing the border from Kenya, My safari group, Ranger Tours, dropped into Mt. Meru Hotel and treated us to a spectacular break from the stress of a long road trip. We dropped in during a meeting of some very high level US embassy lunch meeting. The place was abuzz with top military brass. We only stayed to eat lunch and wash up. My only gripe about this place was the awful food. The barbeque chicken, lamb and steak were overcooked, the desserts were dry and tasteless. Surely the brass would have chosen a better place had they also known in advance.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

Great classy and upscale hotel in Arusha. Food is excellent. Service good and facilities excellent. Very secure with noticeable security. Stayed twice at beginning and ending of Safari. Also used spa And massage was very good. Yes this hotel is a hotel and for many that's not a good thing. But when compared to the other places to stay before.and after your journey this is without a doubt the very best.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

Ths is a good place to start or end your safari experience in Tanzania. Whilst neither quite African or main stream 'european' the hotel provides all the amenities that you could desire and we enjoyed the company of really and genuinely helpful enthusiastic staff.

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Property: Mount Meru Hotel
Address: Nairobi - Moshi Road | Sekei Area, Arusha 2673, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 42 Hotels in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Mount Meru Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 178
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover the place where heaven meets earth, where the rhythm of nature pounds to the beat of an African drum, and where life is all about a revival of the senses. Mount Meru Hotel is situated in the tranquil green area of Sekei, Arusha. The ideal location gives you panoramic views of Mount Meru on the one side and the Gymkhana golf course on the other. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, you are invited to take delight in the breath-taking setting, lend your ears to the beautiful sounds of nature meeting civilisation, and touch the heart of Tanzanian highlife and luxury. The city centre and main business area are located nearby and Kilimanjaro international airport is just 50km from the hotel. Services: The Hotel offers a wide variety of business and leisure facilities with wireless internet connection throughout the Hotel. The rooms are an experience of understated African opulence, open space and natural light. The Hotel boasts 4 premier restaurants to tantalize even the most discerning guest’s taste buds. The main restaurant, Meru, offers guests buffet style meals. Fine dining at Duluti is based on a la carte international cuisine combined with local spices, an eclectic blend of tastes and fragrances! Named after Africa’s great lake, Tanganyika Pizza bar is created for you to enjoy a light lunch as you lounge around the pool. The ultimate indulgence at Arabica Coffee Shop is surely their cappuccino. They serve light lunches and a selection of delectable confectionery. You can end your day at the Mawenzi Cigar Bar whilst sampling some of Scotland’s and Cuba’s finest exports. Conference and Banqueting: A wide variety of conveniently sized, air-conditioned business facilities are available. The modern and equipped banquets rooms are perfect venues for meetings, seminars, cocktail parties, dinners and other functions. All conference rooms are fitted with their own sound systems, telephone and wireless connection. Secretarial services, photocopying and fax services are available, as well as spacious areas for breakaway groups. We can also arrange decoration music, lighting and entertainment. Special indoor and outdoor venues are available for high level meetings, cocktail parties and dinners. Mount Meru Hotel won the "Best Luxury Hotel 2011" and Tanzania Info Guide magazine presented this award at the Karibu Travel and Tourism Fair 2011. ... more   less 
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