The best thing about this acceptable but rather shabby lodge on the eastern edge of the crater is the spectacular sunset views from the bar lounge, the dining room, the gardens, swimming pool, and some of the guest rooms. Not all the rooms have great views, however, so try for a room on the top floor in the higher numbers. Some rooms in the lower level have no view at all. Rooms are big with simple but outdated furnishings and dim lighting—regard it as 1970s retro and
then it becomes fun. Hot water is only available at certain hours, so check with the desk when you arrive. The public areas where you meet up with your safari guides each morning are big and noisy until the safaris leave. If you're looking for peace and quiet, stay behind and just enjoy the views. Food is plentiful and varied, and the hotel has a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff. If you're a birder, you will particularly enjoy the lodge's forested grounds full of many different species. A bonus is the lodge's private ascent and descent road, which takes hours off traveling into the crater.