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“Very pleased with the Kibo!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Kibo Palace Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Old Moshi Road | P O Box 2523, Arusha, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #8 of 32 Hotels in Arusha
Nashua, New Hampshire
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“Very pleased with the Kibo!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2008

We stayed here for one night as a stopover before heading back to the JRO airport.

It is kind of on the outskirts of the bustling city of Arusha. There is not much within walking distance except a couple of small restaurants (a pizza place and fast food chinese) and a small grocery store.

This is clearly a business hotel. It is very nice with a beautiful lobby, a bar, restaurant and pool.

The hotel was very quiet and we did not hear any street noise from our room.

The room was very nice! The room was large with air conditioning and a TV (but the reception was poor and there was only BBC and one Tanzanian channel). The bed was decently comfortable (not too hard as is common in Africa), with good blankets and pillows. The bathroom was really nice, large and super clean with a great hot shower!

There was plenty of storage space.

They was internet for $8.75 for 24 hours but it was very slow.
There is a currency exchange in the lobby. The staff was helpful, professional, friendly and spoke perfect English.

We drove to the JRO airport at 8am on a weekday and the drive took about one hour.

This was a wonderful place to stay and we would definitely recommend this hotel!

  • Liked — Western style conveniences
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2008

Great standard, especially the suites (really 5 star); Very clean. Bathrobes, slippers in the room etc. All the luxury.

  • Stayed August 2008
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2008

We stayed here for 2 nights after safari and in honesty needed a bit of western comfort, which the Kibo palace offers.

Corporate-style hotel, with all the modern comforts this offers, however lacks African character. Although corporate is wasnt too big (although building work for a new spa area is still ongoing but not too obtrusive).

The room was spotless & comfortable (had a executive room), which overlooked the front of the hotel & one of Arusha's main roads. This was quite noisy as it isnt double-glazed, but quite interesting to watch this city working. Air conditioning in the room.

Food good quality but expensive by most standards. The rest of the hotel & pool immaculate.

Walking around Arusha, is seems one of the newest & nicest hotels and in a better area. Armed guards on the hotel gate!!

We wanted to stay in arusha as we had been recommended it as a place of culture & interest. However, we felt quite harrassed by street touts and there isnt that much to see or do. In hindsight it would have been good to have hired a guide and then we wouldnt have been hassled or follwed quite so much. 1 night maximum for arusha.

  • Liked — comfortable, clean, western style
  • Disliked — stightly abrupt staff
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2008

I attended the Sullivan Summit conference in Arusha and chose to stay at the Kibo Palace Hotel. To say the least, it was LOVELY!

The property is very impressive, it is still under construction, with additional rooms, health club and additional conference rooms which they say should be finalised by August.

The rooms are spacious, friendly staff. It is simply classic in comparison to any other nearby hotel! I loved my stay.

  • Liked — Spacious rooms
  • Disliked — The bar was too small, it should be resized
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2008

I stayed at the Kibo Palace for 1 week whilst attending a conference in Arusha, it is one of the nicer hotels in the area, it's rooms are clean and tidy, and staff are freindly and attentive.

That said, this is Africa, and when you visit here, you must not forget the way of life and modern convenience you may have become used to, may not be quite the same as home.

The rooms are big, and the pool is lovely and warm, it is a short walk to the clock tower, and there are a few good restaurants nearby.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2008

Kibo Palace Hotel is almost brand new and very impressive upon arrival. The rooms are large and well fitted out. There's a great pool area and the restaurant is pretty good too. My only complaint is regarding noise.... Unfortunately building work is not yet complete at the hotel and guests are subjected to non-stop banging and construction noise until 6.30pm at night. In addition, the day I was there, a noisy children's birthday party was held in the garden & pool area which was highly intrusive for hotel guests.

  • Liked — Pool
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2007

Really impressed with this little piece of heaven with an ideal location just five minutes walk from town centre. Rooms were really modern and clean and there were a wide range of services available to us. Fantasic outdoor swimming pool as well as the restaurant which offered a variety of food to cater for all needs.

Stayed August 2007
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Address: Old Moshi Road | P O Box 2523, Arusha, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Arusha
#5 Business Hotel in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kibo Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 65
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
KIBO PALACE HOTEL: Named after the highest peak of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro, Kibo Palace Hotel is one of Arusha's most exciting and innovative luxury hotels. The contemporary and African decor gives this gem in the heart of Arusha a great attitude. The hotel is located 45 minutes drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) and a 15-minute walk from Arusha city center and the Arusha International Conference Center. The hotel hosts professionals, the business community and international organizations to a Corporate Networking Cocktail every last Thursday of the month offering them a platform to exchange ideas and enhance businesses and also encourage personal growth for the professionals through inviting great speakers to these event. Kibo Palace Hotel offers a range of diverse facilities for both business travelers and leisure stays. These include:- 77 tastefully designed luxurious guestrooms and suites. All rooms are equipped with modern amenities to make the stay comfortable.- Fully-equipped conference and meeting facilities which can accommodate up to 150 people, well-appointed with the necessary modern equipment – Wireless Internet, Video Conferencing Facilities, LCD Projectors, State-of-the-Art Audio Visual Equipment and secretarial services.- The Kilimanjaro Restaurant will satisfy the most discerning gastronomic connoisseur with a splash of African, Continental, Asian or Oriental cuisine.- The Lounge Bar at Kibo Palace Hotel is a pleasant and sophisticated meeting place, ideal for an aperitif or an after-dinner drink. The guests can relax and sip wines, champagnes and classic cocktails prepared by expert barmen. The hotel has a happy hour and live entertainment every Wednesday and Friday evening from 05.00 p.m. to 08.00 p.m.- The Pool Bar is located near the swimming pool with a view of our lush gardens as a sundowner serving a variety of fresh juices and snacks. Recreational facilities include- Outdoor swimming pool set in landscaped gardens.- Health & fitness center with state of the art gymnasium, sauna, steam bath and massage parlour.- Arusha Gymkhana’s 9-hole golf course and 7 tennis courts are situated 3 minutes drive from the hotel. Other services: Forex bureau open from 07.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., Airport transfers and car hire, VIP airport transfers in luxury vehicles, Gemstones boutique, Event Management, Safari bookings, Wireless internet complimentary for all in-house guests. The beautifully landscaped lush garden around the hotel’s pool area is one of the most prominent venues in town for staging wedding and outdoor functions. We offer a variety of facilities and rooms, specially adapted bathrooms and wider access for wheelchairs, as well as other facilities including parking for physically challenged persons. Kibo Palace Hotel, with its diverse facilities and friendly service, is a preferred destination for international travelers, holidaymakers as well as local businessmen and families. The multinational management team of the hotel is continually strives to provide excellent service maintaining an international standard for all its facilities on offer; all these combine to deliver an unforgettable personal experience. ... more   less 
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