This is a beautiful lodge about 10 minutes outside of Arusha built on an old coffee plantation with each room a private spacious bungalow. The rooms are decorated with amazing emphasis on design and color and the grounds are well maintained with great views of the neighboring country side. There's beautiful lights and decorations all over the property and even cute monkeys living in the trees above the bungalows.
We had a pleasant stay BUT for some reason when we checked into our bungalow, the room had not been properly cleaned with no towels in the bathroom and USED SHEETS on the bed! Someone had actually bothered to make the bed in a haphazard way with sheets that were left over from the previous guest. ALso when we let the reception staff know about this, they gave us towels and new sheets, but never cleaned the bathroom or floors.
This being Africa, I'm not surprised that the room wasn't spotless, but if a lodge charges western rates for accomodation (we paid $115/pp half board), the lodge needs to adhere to western standards of cleanliness.
I'm really not sure what happend at the lodge that day, but judging from the large cleaning staff that went into the bungalow when we checked in, I think it must have been some kind of aberration. It did however take away from the pleasure of staying at such a nice lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just 11km outside Arusha and 40min drive from KIA. On an old coffee plantation, are 19 spacious cottages each with an own balcony/terrace and fireplace. Splendid views on Mnt Meru and Mnt Kilimanjaro. Perfect place to relax before/after a safari and Kilimanjaro climb. With an a la carte restaurant, diverse choice of wines, free WiFi, tranquil swimming pool, lush gardens and a lot of activities in the neighbourhood. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kigongoni Hotel Arusha