good night's sleep on arrival
Posted Mar 31, 2015
Despite a problem with our understanding that we would have a full-sized bed rather than a cot in our room for our teenager, the problem was eventually resolved to our satisfaction. The late evening front desk staff spoke almost no English, but our driver from the airport was able to translate a bit of the issue, though I'm sure he couldn't comprehend the problem. We were all exhausted from our flight from Canada, so it was a bit of a downer having to deal with the issue for 30 min upon our arrival. On reflection, the hotel was technically correct regarding giving us a cot, but I had sent the hotel 2 emails prior to our arrival that we wanted a regular bed for our tall, very grown up teen. They'd written back that would be fine. The hotel has character - lovely wooden floors, plants, a sense of place, comfortable beds and an attractive restaurant - a nice intro to Tanzania. We ordered room service that night - expensive, particularly a bunch of saran wrapped very stale chips and some unappetizing soup. But that's from the perspective of exhausted travellers who were dying for a beer n simple sandwich at 11pm. Most importantly, we all had a very comfortable first night in Tanzania and the lounge area was a very nice spot to meet with our safari company rep the following morning to discuss our safari beginning that day.