Eileen’s Trees Inn is a very comfortable lodge in the town of Karatu Tanzania, just up the hill from the main road. Karatu is a convenient stop on the way to or from Ngorongoro Crater, and we stayed here on two different nights during our safari .
On arrival, we were met with refreshing glasses of juice, and wash cloths to wipe off the safari dust we had collected – a nice touch.
There are 8 rooms in one building separated from the main dining hall by a lovely walkway bordered by bougainvilleas and other trees and flowering bushes which give the setting a lush, private garden feel. (As of this writing a pool is still under construction).
The rooms, while basic, are large, with very comfortable beds (including netting), and serviceable bathrooms (great showers!)
The dining hall is nicely designed, and the food was very good both nights (including a number of African style dishes).
They offered a nice, hearty English style breakfast each morning (including omelettes made to order). They also have a nice bar and the service was very friendly.
Rather than a gift shop, the lodge allows local women to offer some of their wares (baskets, woven items, etc.) for sale. The lodge aims at the midrange traveler, and offers a great value for the money – I would highly recommend it.
The lodge is in spacious grounds with the rooms down the far end in units of 2.
The rooms are also spacious, clean, quiet and have big comfortable beds with mosquito nets. To get to the rooms one goes through nice gardens.
They have just completed a good sized swimming pool in the middle of the property and just past that is a nicely designed dining room above the reception.
There is plenty of secure car parking. The staff are very pleasant.
The big surprise for us was the excellent food. As there were very few other people staying at the time they didn't do a buffet as usual. For dinner we had 3 course meals starting with soup.
The main course was accompanied by bowls of very nicely cooked freshed vegetables and salad.
There was more than enough to eat but it wasn't just quantity but the quality
that delighted us.