Our first was Lake Manyara Serena. When we pulled in our check in was FAST - they were waiting for us and issued keys very quickly plus provided lunch in the restaurant for our group even though we arrived after the lunch period was over.
We stayed in a room in a rondoval building (see picture above) that had four rooms, two up and two down. In the room was a king sized bed with mosquito netting, an outside terrace with views of Lake Manyara, a beautiful credenza made of native wood housing drawers, hangers and safe, a good sized bathroom with shower plus desk. The rooms aren't air conditioned but this hotel had floor fans that gave great circulation of air in the room. Being high, the air conditioning wasn't missed.
The grounds were very nice. The grounds overlooked Lake Manyara and the infinity pool had a breathaking view.
The restaurant had excellent food - you could order from a menu for lunch and dinner and there was a buffet with made to order eggs and pancakes. (Three meals a day are included - if you will be out on safari, you'll get a lunch box to take that had so much food we couldn't finish it all and pooled together our leftovers to give to the men who washed the safari van every night)
Staff were extremely helpful, especially showing us to our rooms and collecting luggage the next day.
In early evening, all Serena hotels offer some type of native entertainment. We had some native music and locals performing a great acrobatic show around the pool. All Serena hotels had gift shops were we were able to buy some native arts and crafts to bring home.
We loved the serene grounds and watched some interesting birds at night in the trees. Each Serena hotel had a different charm to it. We'll review all three on our blog,