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Reviewed 6 September 2012

The main thing to say about Springlands hotel is that it is Zara tours' staging point for all its safaris and kilimangaro climbs, as such it is very busy and noisy with people coming and going all day. On our first night (before the safari) we were placed in a rather small slightly dingy room which backed onto the main courtyard (therefore very noisy!), however, on the way back our room was significantly nicer with much bigger beds- i don't know if it would have been possible, but had I realised I would definitely have asked for one of the rooms on the right of the main entrance as you go in!
Otherwise the hotel served its purpose well. Rooms were clean and staff were friendly. There was a pool with sunloungers, and at night the courtyard was pleasantly lit so you could sit and enjoy a kilimangaro beer! The hotel offers a taxi service into Moshi for $1 each way, and there is free wifi at the reception area. Breakfast was very reasonable- a buffet, with the usual toast, sausages etc and eggs cooked to your specification.
I probably wouldn't recommend this hotel for people travelling independently as it is very busy, with people/ minibuses coming and going all day, and pre/post trip meeting happening in the bar areas, but if you are planning a zara trip it serves its purpose well.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the quadrangle to the right of the main entrance
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2012

Apparently available only to those who have booked tours through Zara, the hotel is adequate and reasonably priced, but don't expect luxury. Rooms, plumbing, etc. were fairly basic. Each room has three single beds, but with all the gear packed for Kili wouldn't want more than two in a room. Zara's guides for the climb were exceptional however, going out of their way to make the trip as comfortable as possible and getting our group to the top.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Zainab A, Owner at Springlands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2012

Hi,
We sincerely appreciate the comment you posted on the Trip Advisor website, Springlands hotel page.We are happy to know that you enjoyed your trip with us and you are welcome again to book any activity with us in future.

Regards,

Zainab Ansell.

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Reviewed 25 July 2012

A story from climbing Kilimanjaro and Safari.

We were a little disabled. With us tree persons from Denmark - one of us pregnant and one with a bad shoulder supplied with 2 young women from Canada and Australia, the guides had there hands full.

The team did a great job. They had a good understanding of the needs in the group, they supported when it was necessary and they were flexible to find ways that did it possible for us to reach the summit. We were very confident.

Thanks a lot to Abdi and his team. They performed with great experience, empathy and support.

Also a big thank to Peter for taking very good care of us in the safari. Peter has a great knowledge which he shared with us, he showed us a lot of great situations and he found the good spots. So five stars out of five possible.

And of course thanks to Zara Tours for planning all this and to get everything run smoothly. All the hotels and the camps were perfect, especially we liked the camps. We can easily recommend Zara Tanzania Adventures to potential costumers.

Lene Plambech

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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miasuntz, Owner at Springlands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2012

Hi,
We sincerely appreciate the comment you posted on the Trip advisor website, Springlands hotel page. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your trip with us and you are welcome to book any activity with us in future.

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Zainab Ansell.

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Reviewed 16 June 2012

This hotel is basically a staging point for travellers climbing Kilimanjaro. You will stay here before and after your climb. So your expectations should be based on that fact. Compared to staying on a tent for 5+ nights on the mountain, it can be considered luxury. But overall it was a nice hotel, the staff was very friendly, and the breakfast and dinner buffets were good and hearty.

Couple of small things to note, but these are mostly Tanzania/Africa issues, not specific to the hotel. The power was going out several times during our stay, but there's really nothing the hotel can do about this. With no power, also no hot water, so plan your showers accordingly. The shuttle between the hotel and Moshi was pretty inconsistent, sometimes you can spend 1 hour in the hotel waiting for it to show up.

The hotel itself has a big courtyard which is always very busy, especially in the morning and evenings when groups are going back and forth from Kili. Also its a nice area to relax and order a cheap beer, and meet the many other travellers staying there.

The rooms were ok, just what you need before and after your climb. I believe there is a Muslim mosque or community center nearby, and sometimes during the night and early mornings they are doing prayers over loudspeakers and this can disturb your sleep. But overall it is a very nice hotel for its purpose.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Zainab A, Owner at Springlands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2012

Hi,
We sincerely appreciate your comment on Trip Advisor website, Springlands hotel page. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your tour with us. We are working to purchase two more shuttles to be used for transfers between the hotel and Moshi town, this will ease the transport hassle. You are welcome again to book any activity with us.

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Zainab Ansell.

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Reviewed 2 June 2012

I have been taking friends climbing up Kilimanjaro and on safari with zara tours since 1998 and though the Hotel and company (now 6 properties 750 employees) has grown over the years the Zainab Ansell and her employees always bring me back. It is a private hotel so you cannot just drive up and get a room, so you have something in common with every guest there, climbing kili, Zanzibar, or safari with zare tours. I climb Kilimanjaro for the 21st time June 20-25, my last climb in January was fantastic and this time I am taking friends out on Safari first and then up Kili. I will go back again in September 2012 to take 4 other groups. Remember though you are in Tanzania not the your home and we do have some sporadic electricity problems and some of our roads are not as smooth as your main street, but you will have the "Bucket List" adventure of your life!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Zainab A, Owner at Springlands Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2012

Hi,
We Sincerely appreciate the comment you posted on the Trip Advisor Website, Springlands hotel page. We are waiting to host you for the 19th time and you are welcome to book any activity with us in future.

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Zainab Ansell.

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