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two nights at lawns hotel in September 2023

Review of Lawns Hotel
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 Nov 2023
We had the opportunity to stay at the Lawns Hotel for two separate nights on September 23, 2023, and September 26, 2023. The ambiance of the place was just as tranquil as we initially expected, and its proximity to the center of Lushoto (just a few minutes' drive) struck a perfect balance between convenience and a sense of isolation.

The hotel itself offers cozy amenities that contributed to a comfortable and pleasant stay. However, beyond the positive aspects of the accommodations, we would like to highlight the exceptional hospitality extended to us by the owner, Alex. His warm welcome and attentive service were noteworthy.

During our stay, we encountered a situation where our taxi driver failed to show up to take us to the bus station at 5:30 in the morning. In this challenging moment, Alex went above and beyond to ensure our well-being. He personally took care of us and arranged an alternative transportation method to ensure we reached the bus station safely and on time. This level of commitment and hospitality from Alex was truly appreciated and left a lasting impression.

In reflecting on our experience at the Lawns Hotel, we are genuinely grateful for Alex's kindness and the exceptional service he provided during a challenging situation. It is instances like these that define the true character of a place and its owner. We sincerely appreciate the hospitality extended to us by Alex and the Lawns Hotel.
Date of stay: September 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 23 October 2023 via mobile

    3 nights away from the heat and bustle of the plains, Lushoto town is unspoilt and no hassle for tourists, wonderful setting as is this old hotel as break away from “ normality “. The rooms are clean and comfortable, good hot showers and nice seating areas. The food basic but tasty and a nice variation each night. The pool is a lovely place to relax after hiking . A nice bar area with good selection of drinks and reasonable speed Wi-Fi . The staff are all friendly and helpful. Would happily stay here again if in the area.

    Date of stay: October 2023
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
    Thank JudyOswestryUK
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    Krisha Nikitas, Owner at Lawns Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2023

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us your comments. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us and appreciate our hotel. We feel that the old hotel coupled with modern updates definitely makes it special!

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    Reviewed 26 September 2023

    We stayed in one of the rooms with own fire place. It was very nice, clean and comfortable. The service was good, the food was simple but good. The pool area is nice and relaxing. The owner is an Italian guy who grew up in Tanzania. You can book hiking trips right there at the hotel, which are well organized. In the evening you can relax in front of the fire place, which is cool. The staff is very friendly.

    Room tip: Don't leave the hotel at night.
    Date of stay: September 2023
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    Thank Paul D
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    Krisha Nikitas, Owner at Lawns Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2023

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Ale and I are always pleased when our guests are especially pleased with the staff as well as the property.

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    Reviewed 10 August 2023

    Nice hotel to relax. Good old style. Very helpful and kind personal and management. Nice pool and garden. The room was a little bit dark but very clean. Good selection for having, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Date of stay: July 2023
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    Krisha Nikitas, Owner at Lawns Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2023

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. As you mentioned, it is an old hotel with keeping the old style as much as we can. This unfortunately means the rooms were not built with allowing a lot of natural light. When the electricity is working, there are lights in the rooms. However with the numerous power cuts happening throughout Tanzania, this can be an issue. We have installed back up batteries that are connected to 1 light in each room for the times when the generator is not running, however we understand that this may not be bright enough and we will work on this.

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    Reviewed 22 July 2023

    This is a lovely place with outstanding breakfast and superfriendly staff.
    Rooms are nice and clean. You can have a fire in your room if you want.
    Pool is suberb (cold).
    Lushoto is nice for hiking and a beautiful nice place with friendly people

    Date of stay: July 2023
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    Thank cwacke291304
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    Krisha Nikitas, Owner at Lawns Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2023

    Thank you for your comments and for taking the time to leave us a review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your stay and yes, the pool is a little colder in the winter months!

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    Reviewed 5 July 2023

    We had an excellent stay. Good location, friendly and professional staff, tasty and fairly priced food. We had a super walk with Charles of Eco Tours. A big issue for all three nights was aggressively loud music from a small kiosk by the perimeter of the property. If you are in one of the rooms closest to the town it's not great. Very, very loud at times in the afternoon, and late into the night every night we stayed. A real shame - the management need to find a way to stop this spoiling the stay of the guests in these rooms.

    Room tip: Don't get a room near the road, eg 17
    Date of stay: July 2023
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    Krisha Nikitas, Owner at Lawns Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2023

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a comment. We have been in talks with the little kiosk mentioned and they have decreased their volume. We are also in continuous conversations with the environmental officer for Lushoto in order to have their support with the noise pollution that all of Lushoto faces.

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