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Lake Duluti Serena Hotel
previously known as Mountain Village Serena
, is located in the Arusha
area in the northern
region of Tanzania
It offers reasonable mid-range accommodation in a pleasant semi-rural setting, around 10km to the east of town, with views over Lake Duluti itself.
The lodge is reasonably convenient for Kilimanjaro International Airport and caters specifically for late arrivals, with a light evening meal.
The plot is accessed along a dirt road, around 1km south of the main Arusha-Moshi highway. The main building is a kinf of mock English manor house, quite pleasant in its way and containing very comfortable if rather bland lounge and dining areas. The main lawn is a lovely place to pass a few hours. Guest accommodation is in around 40 guest rooms, circular in design and arranged together in six semi-circles, many with decent views.
Food service here is said to be particularly good, although our personal experience is limited to a few bits and pieces from the afternoon tea buffet.
The owner, Serena Hotels, is a large multi-national organisation with strong ties with East Africa. It is closely linked with the Aga Khan Foundation and is very proud of its environmental and philanthropic principles. It is also a very reliable commercial operator, running a major logistical operation amongst an extensive chain of hotels throughout the parks in this area.
Serena lodges tend to services the upper end of the packaged safari market and occasionally feature in tailor-made trips.
This lodge is most commonly combined with others from the same stable, including ...
Ngorongoro : Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Serengeti Central : Serengeti Serena Lodge
Zanzibar : Zanzibar Serena Inn
The lodge offers guided walking in the local area, mountain biking and canoeing down at Lake Duluti itself.
However the lodge does have a rather commercial feel, a little bit bland and characterless. It is also of a rather large size with around 40 guest rooms. We have always found that the rooms themselves are particularly unattractive. These were inherited from the previous owner around 2002 and we are surprised that Serena have not got around to replacing them. It is worth noting that guests need to pay to access the lake itself, although the charge is modest. But to be clear that it is not part of the property in any way.PricesSeasonsTrips