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Doha, Qatar
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43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2015

Overall we were rather disappointed by Octagon Lodge. Putting a married couple in a room with separate beds is silly and the lack of a resolution left a bad taste. The management was acting as if they were interested in ensuring a satisfactory outcome, but really, they weren't. It became clear when the manager took a phone call in the... More 

2 Thank juele
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 July 2015

This is to bring to your attention our very disappointing experience during our stay at the Octagon Lodge,Karatu,Tanzania(near Ngorongoro) . We were booked there with two of my friend’s family on the nights of 4th & 5th July. Although we paid equal amounts per family,yet myself & my family was provided a room( Room no.12) much inferior to the ones... More 

1 Thank Sudip M
Malmo, Sweden
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2015

We were so happy we got to experience this hotel. It's so cozy and the staff is absolutely amazing. They were by far the most humble people we met. We warmly recommend this place. Their garden is fairytaleish. So cozy. // Vicky and Daniel, Sweden

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51 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2015

After a game drive at Lake Manyara we climbed the ridge of the Rift Valley and zigzagged off the main road in Karafu to the quiet, secluded grounds of the Octagon Lodge. We were the only lodgers on the night we were there, so had the staff to ourselves. Our rooms were lovely with the enveloping mosquito nets around the... More 

Thank Marcey G
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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95 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2014

After taking a cultural tour in Mto wa Mbu, Octagon Lodge in Karatu was a great welcome. The place is homely. We were the only guests at the entire compound. It was nice going around to enjoy the mature gardens and taking pictures. The staff were nice, friendly and attended to our needs. We had a spacious room with three... More 

Thank Kbblandi
Nairobi, Kenya
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25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2014

We stayed there for two nights as we had come to Ngorongoro and the place was amazing. The staff were very friendly and the bar was the most exciting place to be. Everyone giving stories of what they had seen on their safari. Definitely the place to stay if you're on your way to Ngorongoro or Serengeti.

Thank Winnie M
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2014

There is something funny going on on the review page for Octagon Lodge. I posted an honest review of my husband and my stay there 11 of November 2011. There were only 7 reviews prior to mine. Now I find that my review, among other less favourable reviews, have vanished and more worrying, instead of 7 previous reviews there is... More 

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Octagon L, Marketing Support at Octagon Lodge, responded to this review

We thank you for your review which has doubts regarding the integrity of the page. We are also baffled with the same as we don’t have any control over it neither do we have any influence on its outcome. Personally, we have had cases where our responses are not posted though we are given reasons. For your review to appear... More 

Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We went there during rainy season and had the entire place to ourselves. If felt a bit odd to have 8-10 people working just to serve us but we had a great time. We got a really big room with 4 big beds, even though it was just the two of us. There was warm water but to call it... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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34 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2014

From making reservations to travel arrangements to accommodations to finally arrival & stay Octagon Lodge is the best in Tanzania. Sublime service, beautiful individual cabins-grounds, outstanding food, superb tours;we were treated like family. We stayed in September 2013 for four nights and highly recommend.

Thank Yvette Camille ... B
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 January 2014

A friend and I stayed here for three nights in December 2013. We arrived on the later side into Arusha after a delayed flight, but the lodge representative was right there to meet us and drive us to Karatu. The staff at the lodge had dinner waiting for us when we arrived, and we loved our room - it was... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Situated between the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and majestic Lake Manyara. Octagon Lodge is a perfect base for safari travellers on holidays in Northern Tanzania. Day trips may be arranged to Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Octagon Lodge

Address: Karatu, Tanzania, Karatu, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Karatu
Price Range: ₹ 9,780 - ₹ 14,705 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Octagon Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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“All cottages are similar.”
 of 5 bubbles daviderR6243FX, 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
“They all look similar”
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“Room nos.13,14 & 15”
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“If you want a big bed, you should specify that, otherwise you get the spinster sister room.”
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“If traveling with a family try asking for cabins close together.”
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