Booked through the Adventure Company in the UK who sub-contracted the organisation of the trek to Marangu hotel - so you don't just use it as a base, they also organise your trek for you. On the hotel its a comfortable haven that does what it says on the tin and lives up to the representations on the internet. Rooms are comfortable and clean and bathrooms have a bath and also a walk-in shower which is certainly needed after the mountain ! Dinner in the restaurant is plentiful 4 course affair, attentive team and great bar area with outside seating in the garden. Large choice of food menu from the bar which is open all day and local Kilimanjaro beer ! Inexpensive bar prices for beer, food and wine. Wifi also throughout the hotel which is always useful is this modern day and age.Hotel also let us stay in our rooms until a very late checkout of 4pm for free !
For the trek organisation itself, the hotel is fantastic and very well organised and prepared, so much so that it runs like clockwork. Seamus one of the hotel managers gives a very good 2hour briefing regarding what to expect, the guides they use only work for the one hotel and are very knowledgeable and keen to ensure you succeed on the mountain. The Quartermaster of the hotel is on hand to check your kit and make sure you are taking the correct items up the mountain and if you are not then lend you the correct items for free ! Transfers and buses both to the mountain and airport are well organised. In short, you should absolutely trust the hotel with the organisation of your mountain expedition.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marangu Hotel is set on 12 acres of beautiful garden and has been open since 1932. We have been organising climbs of Kilimanjaro, on all routes, for over 80 years. The original farm buildings (now offices and reception) were built in 1907 as part of a coffee farm before being converted in 1932. Guest accommodation is provided in cottages around the gardens, and meals are prepared with vegetables from our own gardens and home baked bread. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Marangu Hotel Moshi, Tanzania - Kilimanjaro