Booked this hotel through an online "discount" website. Price shown and paid was quite high, even after the supposed "discount". I'm sure we could have paid less had we booked directly. Was also expecting a larger room, but we were given a very basic small room with queen sized bed. Bed was very hard. It was ok, but certainly not the space we expected compared to what we paid.
Hotel is very clean and comfortable. Staff will offer help with whatever you need (almost to the point of pestering....the manager kept hovering around us....but we understand he was just doing his job). Owners/management appear to be from India, so the food in the Baobab restaurant has an Indian influence, but the chef is from Belgium. There were power issues and the power went out several times. Apparently this is very normal, as power shortages due to water shortages (hydro electric system) is the accepted way of life here. The pool is very small and the water was cold, so we didn't swim.
No fault of the hotel, but just a general warning for anybody who may be thinking of exploring the surrounding area.....After many days of sitting in vehicles on safari and not being able to do much walking on our own, we were really looking forward to exploring the City of Arusha on foot and getting some dinner once we arrived at the hotel. When we arrived at 5:20 pm, we asked upon check-in about places to go and eat, and were told that since it gets dark by 6:00 pm we would not be permitted to go anywhere off the property due to our personal security. This was very disappointing, so we were forced to stay inside the hotel and eat at their restaurant which was buffet style....several options to choose from, but not really what we had in mind. We felt very cooped up, nothing for us to do in the evening except sit in our room. We booked the extra night in Arusha specifically so we could see some sights and experience some local food, but this ended up being not possible, so that part of our trip was very disappointing. Again, not the fault of the hotel, but just a heads up to future travellers that you cannot go outside after 6:00 pm. Since it gets dark so early, no matter what time of year it is, it makes for a verrryyy loooonnng evening. We were told by the manager that the only way to go out is with an armed guard, but at the time (November 2011) this service is not available at this hotel, but they are working on making this service available in the near future!
The next morning, we were able to hire a local guide and go to a few markets, but even then during the day, we were being followed and surrounded by strange people, some of which were clearly up to no good. Our guide said something to each of these people and usually they then left us alone. Not sure how we would have fared on our own.
African Tulip hotel is a clean and safe place to stay, with finishings comparable to any large major American or Euopean hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The African Tulip is Arusha's premier boutique hotel providing first-class western luxury with outstanding facilities, personalized service and warm hospitality in a convenient location. The 'Zanzibar lounge & bar' is an ideal meeting place; The Baobab restaurant serves an excellent range of cuisine; 'The Serengeti' Pool & Bar is a fantastic place to relax. Additional facilities include a business centre, conference room & gift shops. It truly is Chic. Unique. and Authentically African. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- African Tulip Arusha
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