Olerai Lodge

Olerai Lodge

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#2 of 51 small hotels in Arusha
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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Olerai Lodge, located in Arusha, is set to become the starting point for countless memorable safaris. Rooted in the heart of Arusha’s savanna and set among a patchwork of local farm fields, Olerai Lodge combines the sublime serenity of the African wilderness with the comforts of home.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Hiking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary welcome drink
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bicycle tours
Board games / puzzles
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Washing machine
Ironing service
Shoeshine
Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Dining area
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Radio
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Dishwasher
Oven
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Sofa bed
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
Good to know
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Dutch, Greek and 3 more
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Karen H wrote a review Jul 2023
18 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights to start our trip and loved it here! The room was beautiful, with fresh flowers on the bed and a Welcome Back message made from plants when we returned after the first day. There was WiFi in the room (not always the case in other lodges) and the food, especially the breakfast, was delicious. However the best part of all was the staff! They were the friendliest people and very helpful explaining things to us, as well as accommodating when asked for anything. They exceeded our expectations in every way!
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Date of stay: June 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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EvertjanManuels wrote a review Aug 2023
Amsterdam, The Netherlands38 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Little oasis near Arusha. We spent 2 nights at Olerai after spending 4 days in the parks. We did not leave the premises as it was so nice and relaxed. The rooms are huge and very nice. We had 2 adjacent rooms with a family door, very handy if you would have younger children. The food was really good with a great breakfast. Special mention to the staff who were extremely friendly especially the manager and the people behind the bar. We also liked the music they played which gave it a very relaxed atmosphere. And of course the bonfire in the evening, perfect as it gets chilly at night.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Great to relax after or before you go to the parks. 10min from Arusha airport and very close to...
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Phil_Gersende wrote a review Aug 2023
Verneuil Sur Seine, France52 contributions40 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing lodge located in a very peaceful area with the most welcoming staff ever. When you'll arrive there you'll feel so great. It's beautiful, well decorated. The staff is all so nice, cheerful and always looking to enhance your stay. They even went beyond for my girlfriend's birthday with a nice cake and they all came around the table to sing her a song. She was so happy and emotionally touched.

The food is also something to highlight, the chef at Olerai is incredible. Everything we got was tasting excellent and they make it all in-house, even the breads and morning muesli (which tasted divine!!!).

At night they make a fire where you can sit. We went there and enjoyed talks with the staff. We even learned some Swahili words. It's part of the reason while this place is so great, the whole experience is brilliant.

The only sad part is when you have to leave such a great place. You'd like to stay forever.

Thanks to everyone at Olerai, we loved staying with you and we only hope to be able to visit again in the future !
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Date of stay: May 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Doris20151024 wrote a review Feb 2020
Vancouver, Canada99 contributions47 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Olerai before and after our safari. Location is a good starting point, however, in rainy season the roads are absolutely terrible to get in and out without getting stuck. The setting is nice with a few animals like the dik-dik, monkeys, and birds. The staff is friendly and accommodating. The units are spacious and nice. Both times we had minimal amount of water. Couldn't take a shower either time and last time we didn't even have enough water to wash our faces. Staff brought bottled water to wash and buckets of water to flush the toilet. This made it for a not good ending. I would not recommend this place unless they do some major upgrades to improve.
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Date of stay: January 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Pradosh wrote a review Aug 2022
Mumbai, India47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Good parts:
1) The room is luxuriously furnished and spacious. The bathroom is big and well appointed, with lovely toiletries (coconut lime) and two separate basins. Hot water anytime
2) The resort is set on spacious grounds, and we spotted lots of monkeys there. Each room has a spacious sitout/balcony
3) There is a nice swimming pool (though we didn't use it)
4) Their cook is pretty good, as all our meals were quite tasty

Bad parts
1) Just horrible approach road. I think the roads inside Serengeti were better. The resort is away from the town and accessible only by a gravel road which is just terrible.
2) WiFi only works in the common areas. We were in Bougainvillea room (number 2) and we didn't get ANY wifi signal in our room
3) While hot water is great, but the shower is weak and extremely unsatisfying. After 5 days in the jungle, the first thing you want is a good strong shower. However, the pressure is weaker than some showers we had in jungle camps
4) Being so far from the city meant that we didn't even have 4G signal on Vodacom network (and a weak 2 bar signal on Airtel) . Again, after 5 days in the jungle, we got NONE of the basics of being back in civilization
5) They were reluctant to refill some buffet items. We went for dinner at 2000 (started at 1900) and the pilaf rice was almost out. We didn't feel like scraping the bowl for the small amount left, and the staff made no attempt to refill it. So net, didn't get to eat it

So in summary, the resort does some things great (furnishing the room) but misses on other significant things.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sieffre Scott Josif wrote a review Jan 2022
San Francisco, California156 contributions116 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
No air conditioning, no fans, and windows don't have screens! After a 24+ hours of traveling to Tanzania, it was difficult to rest and sleep in the stuffy rooms. Walls are also paper thin so you hear your neighbors. Not a great way to start our 7 day safari. On a positive note the staff is friendly and the food was pretty good! Location is awful.
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Date of stay: January 2022
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Michelle R wrote a review Oct 2022
18 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived very late at night and the staff was still very friendly and accommodating. We were welcomed with a beverage and they even offered to cook us dinner even though it was 11pm. The room was beautiful and very spacious. Breakfast was wonderful. Sad we couldn’t have stayed longer before moving onto the next place.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bharathi R wrote a review Jun 2023
9 contributions4 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The rooms were great and the stay/food was pleasant. They seemed short of staff since when we had issues with water heater in the room, it took them quite some time to fix it. However, the staff did their best to provide the service inspite of limitations.
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Date of stay: March 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Farooq wrote a review Aug 2023
Chicago, Illinois, United States9 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful lodge off the beaten path. Excellent service, they go above and beyond. Arnold was a great host and bartender. The lady who checked us in was always making sure we had everything we needed. The food was also excellent.

The grounds are beautiful as well and there are monkeys and dikdik around.

We stayed for one night before our safari and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Overall amazing hidden gem in Arusha.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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EG wrote a review Jan 2023
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loooved our stay here at Olerai Lodge! The entire lodge is decorated with chic African design, modern amenities, and top notch dining! BUT, this is all a bonus to what really makes this lodge one of our favorite places...the STAFF who are exceptional. So hospitable and welcoming to our family. We were there over Christmas break. Welcomed with refreshing beverage, luggage taken care of, swimming pool clean and refreshing with chaise loungers, food was exquisite-the chef delivers! Showers always with hot water, beds super comfortable, place for hanging clothes, clean and of course very safe. Yes it's a little bumpy road driving into lodge but once inside you realize it's worth the trip! No complaints. I am picky and used to Nth American cushy stuff. I am 100% confident in recommending this lodge! You will not be disappointed. Cannot wait to return one day!
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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PRICE RANGE
R 3,079 - R 4,105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
TanzaniaArusha RegionArusha
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Olerai Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Olerai Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Shanga & Shanga Foundation (3.7 km), Bush 2 Beach Safaris (2.1 km), and Moivaro Cultural Tourism Programme (4.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Olerai Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Olerai Lodge?
Top room amenities include blackout curtains, a dining area, and a dishwasher.
What food & drink options are available at Olerai Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Olerai Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Olerai Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Baobab Restaurant, Artisan Coffee and Pâtissier, and Tumbili Lodge.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Olerai Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Olerai Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Olerai Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Olerai Lodge?
Yes, laundry service and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Olerai Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Greek, Dutch, Afrikaans, Slovak, Slovenian, and Swahili.
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