Situated in one of Tanzania’s largest working coffee plantations, this boutique lodge envelops its guests in an atmosphere that blends local history with the anticipation of the upcoming safari. And it feels like an oasis of calm in the bustle of the downtown Arusha.
On one hand, the Arusha Coffee Lodge is just a small luxury hotel, on the other, it is a luxury hotel with a lot of character. As soon as we stepped into the open-air lobby veranda we could sense that homely atmosphere of an old colonial plantation house. The incredibly warm reception added to the appeal.
Our welcome drink was, of course, based on coffee—and the coffee theme is an important part of the hotel experience, adding a flavour—pun intended—to the luxury and comfort of the lodge.
For example, the interior design draws from the coffee production process, even if not obviously. The inspiration lies in the combinations of textures, materials and palettes. The seemingly burned wood meets raw brick, while the iron of fireplaces is set against frothy rugs and misty mosquito nets. It’s as if the place was painted with fire and sun.
A perfect stopover
Twenty chalets serve as guest suites. They are free-standing and built on wooden platforms with generous space that extends to wide porches. Fairly unassuming from the outside, they prompt ohs-and-ahs inside—it’s hard to find a fault in the design of the interiors. The split-level bedroom is eminently comfortable and welcoming, taking cues from traditions of a colonial home.
The rooms have all the mod cons, and beyond them, the lodge is well set up with various facilities that include a pretty swimming pool and an outdoor restaurant surrounded by ancient trees. The plantation fields are only a few steps away from the guest rooms and a guided tour is one of the activities the guests are offered. Perhaps most importantly for anybody arriving here after a week or so of safari, the lodge has a spa. A very welcome thing indeed.
For us, this place was not the last but the first step in a safari expedition that followed our arrival from Nairobi. Arusha Coffee Lodge’s convenient location made it a perfect starting point from which we headed to Tanzania’s northern safari parks.
Boutique Hotel, Colonial, Local Flavour, Lodge, Quiet, Relaxing, Safari, Spa, Wildlife,
Number of rooms & suites: 20
Rate per night: From €215
*The rate is only approximate and is based on our own independent research, at the time of writing. We cannot guarantee the rate in any way.
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