Lawn Hotel Lushoto is a delightful wooden hotel that sits on a hill overlooking the town of Lushoto. The location is really peaceful.
This is not a star establishment, it is a 110 year old hotel with a series of wooden and stone rooms.
I have been staying
here since 2000, and have seen the changes that have occurred. There are wooden
rooms which are cheaper and the renovated stone rooms that are wonderful.
The food is excellent. Usambara vegetables, South African wines, chilled Tanzanian beers and a collection of single malts that would put most London pubs to shame.
What I really like about this place is the fact that it is entirely run by women. With the exception of Tony the eccentric owner and the security man, the bar, kitchen, cleaning and maintenance are all run by local ladies. They are devoted to Tony, and the staff. It is all very sweet.
Be warned, Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world, and the Usambaras are also poor. This hotel is the best in town, but don't expect too much, but then the prices are also commensurate with the level of comfort.
This is a beautiful hotel, with a gorgeous garden and spaceous rooms. However, the rooms are different from each other (although rates are the same) so make sure to first see the different available rooms! The only minus of the rooms is that they don’t have mosquito nets.
The owner is, although a bit strange, a very amusing guy! We had great fun with him and he provided us of useful info about the area.
The food was amazing and the cooks and and staff (all women, bye the way!) were very happy to help and pleasant. There were game rooms, a small golf course around the grounds (not goofy-golf, proper golf), a nice big TV should you want to watch it, an internet terminal that was free to use (if you ask first), a fantastic porch for a sundowner with a view and a cozy snug little bar with a fireplace where the owner is happy to sit and share stories of Africa with you (or not, as you desire).
There is the local market and lots of hiking within minutes from the hotel. I liked it so much that I am planning on bringing my wife back here sometime next year.