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Penguin Resort Hotel

Sakina | Near Sakina Super Market, just 65 mts from Main road, Arusha, Tanzania
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ( 6 members of our family including 2 children) spent 3 nights there, 2 nights at the beginning of our trip & 1 night following our safari before returning home. The rooms were quite large with very comfortable beds. The bathrooms were OK but the showers left a little to be desired & water heating system was rather antiquated... More

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Toronto, Canada
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26 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed here for one night after a weeklong camping safari because it was recommended by someone in our safari group and we wanted somewhere more central than our last stay in Arusha. We walked in with no reservation, which was no problem, but to us the price seems a little steep. The room is fine. The shower had very... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

A friend and I needed a relatively inexpensive place to stay for five nights in Arusha. The Penguin was good for hot water and free wifi, but that is about all. As women in our early twenties we definitely have to be more on guard than the average travelers. Having already been in Tanzania for two months we had already... More

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Calgary, Canada
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6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I stayed here for 4 nights, it is clean, quiet and modern. There is a large supermarket across the Main Street from the hotel. I always had hot water, wifi and TV. Good price. You can take a daladala into town easily from main road. The Hotel Manager can assist with anything you might need. I was alone and felt... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We needed a budget hotel in Arusha as we were visiting the Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks. The Penguin was absolutely fine. Clean and very comfortable beds and a bathroom with a shower that worked well. Staff were friendly and helpful. A note of caution regarding the exchange rates they were offering...be careful if they quote in dollars and then... More

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I stayed at the Penguin for 3 non-consecutive nights in July with 2 friends and everything was perfect. The place was calm and the chamber was clean and comfortable with a large bathroom. We had an access to the balcony (this one is really nice for relaxing a little after a safari or a trek and it provides good views).... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

On June I stayed one night from safari,It was me and and three friends from Germany who went together for 3 days camping safari, first when I checked my safari itinerary was asked myself this hotel is good OR bad? But my tour Operator who was booked a place on my behalf,told me the place was great and quite,clean and... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

We came to the hotel late at night because our bus from Dar es Salaam broke down. It's not easy to find the hotel, especially at night. We didn't have enough cash so they let us to pay the rest next day. It was really nice. The room was clean and comfotable. Hotel is quite far from the city center... More

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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

For a modest room rate, this hotel gives you clean, modern rooms that are not cramped. The hotel manager though is the real gem, he has worked throughout Tanzania and is very knowledgeable in anything a tourist could ask. He can arrange any type of safari or tour that you want and is very responsive to emails. Car pick-ups from... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

This was a really clean hotel with nice rooms and entertaining monkeys to watch on the roof tops. However - the long unlit alley to reach it and the functional dining and bar area means you are not going to want to stay here for more than one night unless you can afford taxis or want to have a very... More

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Address: Sakina | Near Sakina Super Market, just 65 mts from Main road, Arusha, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 31
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