The hotel itself was very nice but there are a couple of things you need to consider.
We had booked for 2 nights prior to our climb and 1 night after. When we arrived at the airport we were told that there had been some trouble with the rooms which was being dealt with so we had to stay at a more central hotel for the night before being transferred. As we discovered afterwards the only trouble was that the hotel had let out a number of rooms to government bureaucrats who obviously took precedence over tourists.
When we got to the hotel it was far better than the one we had been in previously, howver it was some way out of town. The hotel has a shuttle which should run every 30 mins to drop off and pick up in town. This ran very haphazardly so you should understand that you may well have to walk back or wait an extensive amount of time for your return journey.
Staff were very polite and attentive, however everything is done to "Tanzanian time" so don't expect prompt service or you will be disappointed. The hotel, whilst being a haven of tranquility itself, is in a very poor area and has a large wall and metal gates to keep out the locals. If you do go out, although friendly, the locals do pester you and this can become timresome.
The hotel was very clean and we had no problems with our rooms. The food was of a good standard but you do tend to pay top price for using, what appears to be, the best hotel in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Springlands Hotel, located on the Southern slopes of Kilimanjaro near Moshi in Tanzania, is the ideal base for mountain walking trips and safaris to Kilimanjaro and all Northern Tanzanian National Parks. Our hotel offers excellent value and high quality at competitive rates. It has a large swimming pool, an airy dining area set in pleasant gardens, and indoor and outdoor bars. The rooms have spacious en-suite facilities with showers, mosquito netting, and fans. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Springlands Hotel Moshi, Tanzania - Kilimanjaro