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Sal Salinero Hotel
Ranked #10 of 16 Hotels in Moshi
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Nice pool”
Reviewed 14 September 2013

have not stayed at the hotel, but have used the pool and eaten there. Swimming was more expensive that I had been told - at TSH 5,000 per person for the day it is comparable with the nearby Impala Hotel and Keys Hotel, although more expensive than the YMCA pool. The food here was VERY tasty, but expensive by Moshi standards. Lovely setting - high end hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

Room was better than we had expected. It was large and had everything we required (including fresh clean sheets which was lovely following our week in a tent climbing Kilimanjaro:)) As others have written the showers are a bit hit and miss (the one thing we were looking forward to when we got back to the hotel from the mountain was a hot shower but we both had cold showers) The staff were friendly and helpful and the food was great. We were told not to run a tab at the bar as 'extras' tended to be added to it so we did not do this but we did find trying to get any change at the bar was a nightmare. Think they are hopeful you will forget your change, we had to ask three times for it.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

Ok I admit it!! – I was lucky. I Googled something along the lines of “climb Kilimanjaro” and about number three on the search list was Private Kilimanjaro. One e mail to Beth Deacon later I was hooked and convinced that this was the company that would get us to the top of Africa’s highest peak.

Pre Arrival for trip
Nothing was too much trouble, the customer service was exceptional, prompt and often arriving after the usual 5.30pm watershed. I can’t comment on the price as I didn’t compare it with any other operator - my adage is you pay for what you get. Nearly a year in the planning certainly helped and a few things I would definitely recommend.

1. a private climb – we were a party of two and basically had a party of 9/10 guides and porters to look after us.
2. A full moon climb – the extra light on that last night was magical but also helped with the motivation of getting to the top.
3. Private loo – a joke on the run up to the trip but an absolute blessing on the mountain as the “long drop toilets” are grim in the extreme.

Journey to Kilimanjaro
Booked our flights independently via Kenya Airways [Pride of Africa!!] and its subsidiary Precision Airways. London to Nairobi and then Nairobi to Kilimanjaro. Seamless journey and excellent service – all flights on time and luggage arrived safely and via transit. Private Expeditions were waiting for us at Kilimanjaro airport with a private taxi transfer to Moshi and Sal Salinero hotel, with a brief layby pullover to take some photos of the snow capped mountain – it looked awesome and so it would prove.

Pre Night Climb
We stayed at the Sal Salinero Hotel in Moshi for the night prior to the climb – decent hotel geared up to Kilimanjaro climbers, really nice rooms with air con, restaurant, pool, lovely gardens and views of the mountain. Private Expeditions team arrived in the afternoon to brief us on the climb. We met Emmanuel and Praygod [our guide to be] who talked us through the journey starting at Machame Gate the following day. They instill confidence – they simply reiterate “please co-operate, slowly-slowly and we will get you to the summit”

The Climb
We did a 7 day, 6 night Machame climb as we wanted to give ourselves the best chance to acclimatize. The climb is described in many guidebooks so I wont go into detail here – however you start as you mean to go on – Pole Pole – Slowly Slowly – it takes discipline but do it – they know what they are talking about.
Our guide Praygod and assistant guide Urio were immense and utterly charming on the whole trip – they would chat and discuss life and of course football. They would give you space when they felt you needed it and regularly pointed out flora and fauna along the way.

The porters are simply amazing – they seem to sprint past you with heads and shoulders burdened with bags, chairs, tents, food, etc etc etc – but always with a smile and a “Jambo!!” They set up camp for your arrival – Private Expeditions always seem to get the best or one of the best pitches at each night’s campsite.

The food – I’d heard it was amazing – in my opinion it was amazing that they could cook the food they did. Of course its not 5* - how could it be?. However soups, popcorn, chips, omelettes, fresh fruit and pasta were all excellent and kept energy levels high. We could see other groups and what genuinely seemed to be a differentiator with Private Expeditions is they care and they care about every last detail.

Camping – crazily it was the hardest thing for both of us – we are both 49 and its many years since we have camped. Take a good mat and sleeping bag. It is rocky, slopey and after day 2 – pretty damn cold.

The last night warrants particular note – the books say its tough, Private Expeditions website say its tough – well in our opinion its tougher than you can imagine with a great big cherry on top!!. You set off at midnight and walk and walk and walk up a steeper and steeper slope. Its dusty, dark, draining and daunting. Three hours in and you are not even half way, 4-5 hours in and you start to pass fellow trekkers who have had enough. Some are crying, some vomiting, some silent knowing they can go no further after suffering the effects of AMS.. However Praygod and Urio just keep you going. They check on you all the way up and most importantly they just convince you that you can achieve your goal. After 6.5 hours we reached Stella Point – it’s here as the sun comes up you can see the final summit sign in the distance. It doesn’t look far but like everything on this mountain the scale is enormous – it took another hour to get there. The elation and sheer relief is immense – the photos are taken and your Private Expedition guides are with you every step of the way. Of course other companies get you to the top but if you want a truly exceptional experience we cant’ recommend Private Expeditions enough – thank you to everyone involved.

We also stayed at Sal Salinero on the return from the climb - it felt like luxury and the beer tasted fabulous. Stayed in a wonderful suite - we have never slept so well.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lochgilphead
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

Spent 4 days here (before and after climbing Kili). It is very comfortable in a lovely setting. Staff couldn't be more helpful or cheerful. Our room was well furnished but there was a lack of clothes hangers in the wardrobe and there were frequent cuts in the electricity. We only had one hot shower - the others were cold which we didn't mind too much but it would have been nice to get a hot shower after Kili!! Food was reasonable but as with other comments it seemed to take an enternity to arrive. On one occasion my meal was forgotten about altogether!
The reception staff were very good and were able to assist with information for taxis, trips etc.
My overall impression was that the Hotel was trying to be a 4/5 star Hotel but giving a 3 star service.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 February 2013 via mobile

Currently staying at the hotel now and I feel that everything is as it should be in a hotel: clean, bright and comfortable.

We had air conditioning in the room and plenty of space. The beds were comfy and the service good.

When staying in Africa, be sure to expect power outages. I had one in the middle of a shower but was fine with it. The power usually goes back on after 5 minutes or so. No need to panic.

Our only gripe was that some of the wall lights weren't working in our room but we made do with the TV screen, desk light and bathroom light. The staff are very helpful so I'm sure we'll get it fixed for our second night here.

With regards to laundry, I had to get my shoes cleaned off after trekking in the jungle. This being an out of the ordinary request, they couldn't provide for me a quote as it was for the house keeping to decide on the price.

All in all, a good experience so far.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

we stayed here before an after our Kili trek.

the pool was great until we were inundated by 20 local kids who destroyed the ambience and relaxation by seizing the pool and taking over, whatever was the owner thinking?

You either run a hotel or a charity but not bot, complaints fell on deaf ears.

The food is okay but then anything looks good after you've been eating the same thing for 7 days on the mountain.

its okay but falls very short in many departments inc the spec in the rooms which wouldn't get a 2 * in the UK but as far as Moshi goes its probably one of the best so its all relative.

I would book but with caution.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Ontario Canada
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Reviewed 14 February 2013

My hubby and I spent 3 nights total at Sal Salinero, 2 nights prior to our Kili climb and 1 night after. This is a nice small hotel with friendly service. The first 2 nights we spent in the hotel part close to the bar. This can be a noisy area if there is a group at the bar celebrating there Kili climb. The last night we spent in one of the round ovals behind the reception…heaven! This isn’t a luxurious hotel, but very beautiful and soooo much better than tents and no toilet on the Kili. We enjoyed the tranquility and beauty of the garden and the rooms. We did leave a bag at reception during our climb at no extra cost. Room service came by to ask if we wanted our boots and gaiters cleaned, they came back like new! The only negative I can say is the service at the restaurant and the bar, no smiling staff in that area, but the food was good and the service was fast. Beware of bar service, the prices change on a regular basis. Would stay there again.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sal Salinero Hotel
Address: Lema Road, Moshi, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Kilimanjaro Region > Moshi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #10 of 16 Hotels in Moshi
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sal Salinero Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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