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“Really lovely hotel and staff”
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The African Tulip
Ranked #1 of 42 Hotels in Arusha
Certificate of Excellence
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Really lovely hotel and staff”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

This was the best hotel of our 3 week tour of East Africa. We were given a free upgrade as it was our honeymoon and the room was absolutely beautiful. Everywhere was spotlessly clean. The restaurant was lovely, the staff very friendly and helpful and the food was amazing. Our experience here couldn't have been any better. I couldn't recommend this place more highly!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Aliso Viejo, California, United States
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

I stayed here for 2 nights and this place was great. Here are my notes:

- Really nice hotel with great room
- Good food
- Friendly staff and really helpful management
- Great location, you can walk around Arusha from this place, its very close to the center of town


I stayed here just after climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and before I left for Zanzibar and a safari. I had extra stuff that I didn't need after my climb and they let me keep a bag there for almost 2 weeks even though I wasn't staying there after my Safari. Very nice of them.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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London
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

A beautiful boutique hotel. I was visiting Arusha on a business trip, a woman on my own. I felt very comfortable here. The hotel is decorated throughout with African artifacts and artwork. Good choices on the menu, however the Indian cuisine was my preferred selection.Very comfortable rooms very clean and in a brilliant location. The general manager Anuj made me feel very welcome, the staff throughout were very helpful and friendly. Small pool to relax around on my day off, all contributed to a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

I liked this place so much twice that I came back after my safari!

While most of Arusha is chaotic, the African Tulip is on a very quiet, peaceful road where you don't hear any of the traffic (even though you are still in the heart of the city). There are nice gardens on the side (where you can have your meals) and a beatiful, yet small, swimming pool in the back.

The service and staff were great. I was greeted by the general manager who made sure I was well looked after. The staff in the restaurants and housekeeping were also friendly and attentive.

I had breakfast and dinner at the hotel which were both delicious. Breakfast was included in the rate while dinner wasn't. Dinner was mzungu (tourist) prices but worth it, especailly after a long day of driving.

The rooms have satellite television and high speed wifi. In fact, the internet worked well everywhere, even outside at the pool.

I would definitely recommend the African Tulip!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Frankfurt
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

As per the other reviews here, this hotel is a sister business to the Roy Safari company next door (who i had booked my safari with) and so we stayed here for two nights at the start of our trip

The hotel itself is great: small boutique style hotel that has been open for 3 or 4 years and looks in good condition, 5 minute walk to the centre of town good quality rooms, an upmarket feel throughout the common areas and a fantastic pool and bar area at the back which makes you feel more like you are in Tuscany than Tanzania.

Restaurant quality was just ok, though the staff and management are very attentive.

Wifi available, but at $10 per day

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lyon, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2012

The African Tulip Hotel in Arusha is quite simply excellent. The rooms are large and comfortable.The restaurant is very good. The service is smiling, friendly and altogether excellent. And the location is quiet, but close to the center of town. What more can one say?

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Nairobi, Kenya
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Spend 4 nights here whilst in Arusha on business. Emailed manager to confirm reservation and airport pickup. Manager Anuj is very helpful and attentive. Staff and service is very good. Pool is small but very nice and clean. Rooms were very clean, large and spacious.

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Property: The African Tulip
Address: 4 Serengeti Road, Arusha 1517, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The African Tulip 3*
Number of rooms: 29
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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