Our impressions of the stay:
The pool was dirty, and the little pool to the side was worse. While we were there, someone pulled out a joint to smoke - not particularly hidden from the rest of the people who were there. They were stopped, but not by a hotel employee. The corridors were smelly, the rooms we were given were small, the air conditioning didn't work particularly well, the bathroom was small as well, but there was an iPod docking station in the room! Surely it would be better to get the basics working properly first! We asked for some toilet roll, which we never received.
The only positive points were the food and the drink: there was an Indian buffet on the night we stayed, and the food was excellent. Great variety, excellent flavours, good waiting staff and a very helpful chef. Before dinner, we'd had drinks at the bar, and I was served a perfect martini (apart from the glace cherry instead of an olive, but hey, I can forgive that!). All the drinks we ordered, including the wine, were very good.
This property has a really unloved, uncared for feel about it. The hotel has been around for many years, and has a lot of interesting history. It's very sad to see the shambles it has become.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An iconic hotel in the heart of Arusha boasting 86 elegant and sophisticated rooms. Facilities include restaurant, bar, lounge, gardens, gym, swimming pool, wireless internet throughout hotel, 24 hour room service, conferencing and business centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Hotel Arusha