We enjoyed chatting with Torsten, the owner and hearing his story. Sadly, we arrived rather late for dinner on our first evening, and there was a very large group already there. The dinner buffet was sadly depleted, not replenished, hot food not very hot, cold food not very cold (a little scary in Africa), and the staff seemed to be at the end of their "shift". Staff was ok that day, and a little warmer the next day. Cabins are very spacious, very clean, and have nice big showers. The grounds are beautiful, and the pool large, clean and well fitted out with loungers. Prices for drinks from the bar are reasonable. Our a la carte meals the next night were not any better.
It's over an hour's drive from Kili to this lodge, and it's also not anything like walking distance to anything else. For a nice getaway, it's ok. For the kind of traveler they are appealing to, I hope the food experience is better. From other reviewers, it seems that it may be a case of luck.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arumeru River Lodge is a great starting point for your Safari. Only 30 minutes from the airport and the city of Arusha it is tucked away behind an old coffee plantation - far away from the everday hazzles.In dreamlike tropical gardens our 29 rooms & suites offer a touch of African Elegance. Visit Arusha National Park or explore the nearby rainforest on one of our exciting half-day excursions that we organize here on the Lodge on short notice. Or, just relax at our large solar heated pool watching the Dikdik antelopes playing in the garden. Get spoiled by our Zansibarioan Chefs with African and international dishes in our Migration's Restaurant and enjoy a drink at the open fire place in our lounge.Our entire team will try their very best to give you a very warm and personal welcome to Tanzania.Karibu!Maren & Torsten(Ownwers & Managers) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arumeru River Hotel Arusha