This hotel is fairly close to downtown Arusha. It is an hour (50$US) taxi ride from Kilimanjaro airport. It is well situated and has a secured access with a gate which essentially keeps any undesirables outside the property. We stayed 3 separate times in Feb 2014
It is basically a North American 4 star hotel with 5 floors. They have two bedroom suites which have one bathroom which includes a bath. The normal rooms could be any business hotel in the world except that they have no bath.
The rooms were clean and comfortable, of average size. The views from all of the rooms are quite something. On one side, towering Mount Meru and the town of Arusha. On the other side, the gardens backed by a golf course which give it a beautiful groomed property appearance.
The dining room gives onto to the gardens. It is a very beautiful sight. It is quite pleasant to have any meal by the lantanas and other flowering plants which line the dining room patio. The food and service were respectable and ample. The breakfast buffet has plenty of delicious fresh fruit. You can order a pretty decent café latte from the adjoining coffee bar and have it with your breakfast on the terrace. They have baked beans, some Indian specialties, plenty of varieties of bread and cereal. They will make you an omelet or pancake in front of you the way you like it with your favorite ingredients. The toaster takes forever to toast bread so go for the toaster while your omelet is being prepared. They have cheeses and butter and milk products which we ate and did not suffer from any complications. The dinner choices were respectable and good. The service understands English but does need repetition to get orders right.
On one occasion, we did run out of hot water. Also on one occasion, the light fixture in the bathroom did not work. Otherwise, everything else worked fine.
For Wi-Fi, go to the reception desk area otherwise it is very spotty.
We also ate at the coffee bar one night and it had respectable food.
The billing and check-out was precise and efficient.
Of note, the baggage storage was free and safe. We used it twice for a fair amount of baggage and it worked well. They do make you sign that there is no computers or cameras in the bags. I am not sure what they would do if you have valuables in your bags.
This is a modern hotel with a nice pool for the kids which is fully wheel chair accessible.
With a bath in every room, servers with slightly better English and slightly better food, I would call this an excellent hotel. But it worked very well for us after our trek and safari.
- 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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