The Lake Duluti lodge is a calm garden within the busy area of Arusha. The location is on the other side of town near to the Kilimanjaro airport. Therefore it makes a great beginning and end to any safari into the Serengeti.
Rooms are actually suites that open up to the surrounding vegetation.
Very few bugs as mosquitoes hate coffee, and the lodge is right smack in the midst of a coffee plantation! King beds are very comfortable, complete with netting.
Baths are double sinks with an open shower and a great soaking tub.
Food and service is excellent, overseen by Nigel, the GM. Butlers provide wakeup calls with morning hot drinks, as well as serve meals.
We stayed at Duluti at the beginning and end of our safari, so we experience two dinners, breakfasts and lunch.
Soups are amazing, and the dinners are served outside on the deck under candlelight. Delightful wine included.
It feels like you are leaving close friends when you depart. Prices are quite reasonable, considering three meals and all drinks are included for two.
Stayed at the Lodge for only two days and one night. I wish it had been much longer! The lodge is the perfect place to relax.
The property is totally enclosed and nicely landscaped (the hotel is growing coffee so most of the grounds are covered with coffee plants).
There are paths for walking and an adequately-sized infinity pool. Each cabin is separated from the ones next door, so that even though there are huge windows, you're not totally exposed to your neighbors.
Our room was perfectly styled, as was the main common area, kind of a cross between restoration hardware and safari.
The room was also incredibly comfortable with a huge bed, small couch and an armchair. I could have spent hours lounging in the room with the windows open!
The bathroom was a nice soaking tub and a shower. The only downside to the room was the shower: using it floods the entire bathroom so be warned. All meals are served whenever you'd like them and everything is very fresh and delicious.
So you have great food, perfect accommodations and a relaxing atmosphere, but what really puts this Lodge over the top is the staff. Nigel and Jacob (and the cooks) really took care of us.
Meals were available whenever we were hungry, we were met at the door every time we arrived and walked out for our departures.
Jacob brought us drinks and snacks when we were at the pool or on the deck, and he even took us on a walk to the lake and had baths waiting for us when we returned from hiking kilimanjaro (this was an especially nice extra since we'd been on the mountain for a week without bathing!).
He was so friendly and welcoming. I don't think I've ever been so sad to leave a hotel before!
Bottom line: this hotel will exceed your expectations. Stay here!