We are staying here now and having read previous reviews I wanted to take the time to give a positive score because the hotel and staff certainly deserve it. The grounds are lovely (hope to post photos at a later date when they can be uploaded). The pool is beautiful, the views are lovely and the service is friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. We are in room/cottage 2, which has a perfect view, the room is a well appointed.
Our only slight notes (and they are slight and don't warrant a demotion to a four star rating by any means) is that the bed is very hard and either we don't know how to work the AC or there isn't any but the breezes are fine and there are doors and windows everywhere.
The staff is approachable, friendly and seems to take an interest in providing good service. The care that went into our drinks and asking thoughtful questions when we chat are really appreciated. It seems like they have a genuine interest in the guests and that goes a long way to making a hotel memorable.
As an aside we have booked our safari through ATR who I think either owns or manages this hotel. Our guide (esyiah), travel agent (Jay) and car from ATR are excellent. We were torn between ATR and another well known holiday agent. Having seen the other at the same park today, I think ATR offers an equal or better product. ATRs service has been fantastic. Highly recommend using them and staying at this hotel if looking for a spot near the Crater and not wanting to super splurge for the very impressive looking &Beyond property).
Overall great local five star hotel.
- Also Known As:
- Bashay Rift Lodge Tanzania/Karatu