Such a great experience staying here at the Greenhouse. Benson (informative/guide person) and Selena (hostel operator/chef) were both outstanding. The rooms have mosquito nets and WiFi, and breakfast/dinner included. Food was amazing and great to try local dishes. Benson was extremely helpful with local connections to book safaris (Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorogoro, Manyara), treks (Kilamanjaro), or other side trips (Zanzibar). I took a taxi back from the airport but he is also often helpful with pickup/drop offs from the airport if you have things booked beforehand. The area is not the best to navigate at night unless your airport taxi driver knows where the location is. MapsMe or google maps have their older location which is a few hundred meters from the current one. Just make sure you look out for the sign on the left side of the road! Transportation from hostel is pretty easy to get to Arusha city center by dala dala (400 shillings) and there you will find the ‘western’ shopping center and ATMs, etc. Overall very great experience and would recommend to anyone looking to experience local Tanzania. PS: consider leaving a little tip for the wonderful staff for their cooking and hospitality, they were VERY appreciative!…
The Greenhouse Hostel is a great place to stay in Arusha. It’s very easy to find and the connection to the city center is very good. It’s very familiar and Benson make every trip possible, no matter how spontaneous. I would book here again, for next travelings to Arusha. The staff is always there and very helpful, you can ask for help in every matter. The two cats, the dog and the turtle make the hostel as well to very cozy place, where you can relax and meet a lot people from all over the world.
I stayed with a friend at the Greenhouse Hostel in September 2019. The Location of the Hostel is perfect - not too far and not too close to town ;) The rooms had everything we needed and I really liked the chill-out-area. It was nice to chill there with a cold Savana or get ready for a cool partynight :)) Benson is amazing. He showed us some nice places (for food and drinks) and showed us the african way of life 😜 We even booked a Trip with him. We went to Tarangire Nationalpark, to Lake Eyasi and to Lake Natron and it was the best time of our holiday ☺️ Thanks for this trip! I definitely would do this again!
My annual stay at the greenhouse was pretty much perfect . 2 friends joined me this time . Ben picked them up at the airport and made them extremely welcome . He helped us with our projects and gave us all the contacts we needed . Organised a great day safari for us armed with ice cold beers ! The food was lovely at the greenhouse and there was always plenty, especially for breakfast . As always met some great people. Had a really comfortable huge room to myself so I was spoiled ! It’s fast becoming my second home . Make sure to stop off at the greenhouse even if you are just passing through Arusha for a night . Ideal place to recharge the batteries at an excellent price .
Stayed at Greenhouse pre and post safari in the private room. Pros - Lovely owner - Safe and gated property - Mosquito net provided - Hot water in a shared bathroom - Breakfast at your required time. Great if you're leaving early, usually a bit of an oily omelette and white bread - Dinner is included from 7pm to 8pm e.g. Green pea stew with rice and some fruit Cons - Outside of the city but you can easily get a bus on the main road for only 400 shillings - Not that helpful with Arusha tips such as lunch spots or transfers so plan ahead - Wifi will be turned off but can be asked to be turned on - There are dogs and cats on the property if you're allergic - Near to a mosque so you will be woken up early on a Saturday morning.