This beautifully situated hotel, on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, stands in twelve acres of mature, well laid out gardens. It has a fine variety of exotic trees and flowering shrubs. From the gardens there are magnificent views to be had of Kilimanjaro, with its larger peaks of ice-capped Kibo and rocky Mawenzi. The oldest peak on the mountain, Shira, is much smaller and heavily eroded. Its remains are best viewed when climbing via the Machame or Shira/Lemosho routes.
The hotel takes its name from the surrounding area. "Marangu" means "full of water" in the local Chagga language, and the lush green surroundings demonstrate the truth of this.
The central hotel building was once a farm house, built in the early 1900s, and is of a charming, old world style. This is a family-run business, with the consequent attention to detail one expects.
Guest accommodation is provided in cottages around the grounds. The cottages are of varied style, and each has its own character. Several cottages have central verandas, which are popular with small groups travelling together. All rooms have private bathrooms with bath and shower.
The hotel is renowned for its well-prepared menu, using vegetables from its own gardens and home baked bread. A range of wines is always available.