We booked to stay at the Bay Leaf for two nights at the beginning and end of our safari in the Serengeti. From the moment we sent the first email enquiring about the hotel we received an immediate reply. The quick responses to all our emails continued in a very professional and friendly manner.
Arriving at the hotel just in time for lunch we dined outside on the patio which is a real sun-trap especially nice as the weather in Arusha was pretty cool during July. The food is lovely with the Chef preparing a special Indian starter for my partner as he just loves Indian cuisine. The Bay Leaf also has a good wine list at very reasonable prices.
The rooms are chic and stylish with each room design carefully thought-out. They are spacious with large double beds, all mod-cons and more than adequate bathrooms. We stayed in the Open suite with its own private balcony on our first night and to our delight on our return we were upgraded to the Sydney suite which was just wonderful. Dinner that evening was fantastic and we made the most of the late checkout allowing us to have a very relaxing breakfast.
The food has great flavours and is very tasty, all the staff are friendly and Mayur is an extremely helpful and welcoming manager. Even looked after a few of our belongings which did not want to take on safari with us. The little departure gift we received was a very nice touch. We would highly recommend staying and dining at the Bay Leaf. We hope to return very soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set against a backdrop of the majestic Mount Meru, The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel is nestled in the tranquil leafy ‘corridor’ area of Arusha, Tanzania. Exquisitely decorated rooms with finely appointed bathrooms ensure comfort with style. Gourmet breakfasts are served in immaculate lush gardens and The Bay Leaf boasts a Fine Dining Restaurant, where one can sample a fusion of international & local cuisine. The Bay Leaf is ideally situated; walking distance to banks & all the main attractions that Arusha has to offer. Massage & extensive beauty treatments will be offered from December 2009 after the completion of the Spa. The Bay Leaf aims to be the best small luxury hotel in Arusha, with unmatched personalized service, and attention to detail. Personalized service tailored to individual needs will certainly please both the discerning traveler and dining connoisseur alike. ... more less
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