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“nice comfy hostel with great staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Greenhouse

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The Greenhouse
Ranked #13 of 150 Specialty Lodging in Arusha
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“nice comfy hostel with great staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014

A small hostel that makes you feel like home! Very comfortable beds in a quiet room, the staff is great and the food excellent! Its a bit out of town but just follow the directions you get when you book.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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MForonda, Manager at The Greenhouse, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to write a review about The Greenhouse. We are glad that you enjoyed the food so much. We’re a small family run hostel and aim to provide that ‘home away from home’ feel to all our guests. We are around 4km from the city centre but it can be reached easily by car or dala (local buses) which can be accessed from just outside the property and we can also offer transfer services from the city centre or airports. Do come back and stay with us again if you are ever in Arusha! Best wishes. The Greenhouse Team.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2014

Both me and my gf really enjoyed our stay with Benson and his sister at the Greenhouse. Its a very homely place and excellent value, wouldn't mind another stay!

Do expect:
Good WiFi for Tanzania
Nice hangout with Benson and long stay volunteers
Great bed and mozzie net
Very very hot shower
Decent food, some nights better than others

Don't expect:
Central location, takes 20min with daladala

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Had high hopes for the place after returning from a dusty safari. Sadly several aspects did not live up to me and my gf's expectations.

We were put in the large hut room 5. The bathroom was separated from the bed by a simple mud wall with no doors which spread a moldy smell in the room. The mosquito net had large holes which let through all sort of insects and my gf got several bites. The food was quite bland (maybe we were unlucky that night? The safari food tasted better) and the staff was very inflexible with the breakfast time (latest 0930 which kind of ruined our idea to sleep in). WiFi was super slow but perhaps not directly their fault.

On the positive side the shower was great, bed was nice and we got a late checkout around noon, pool seemed very nice.

Location out of town, cost around 6$ one way. Unless you're going for the pool then I recommended one of the top ranked guesthouses in town instead.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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MForonda, Manager at The Greenhouse, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Thanks for sharing your experience about your stay at The Greenhouse. We’re so happy that you and your girlfriend had a great time and you are always welcome to come back again if you are ever in Arusha. We are always trying to make improvements to our services and we’re glad you enjoyed our wi-fi, hot showers, rooms and food.

In 2013, the government started to turn the road that leads directly from the town centre to our property into tarmac. This is half complete but with any luck once the rest of the road has been changed to tarmac shortly, this will half the journey it takes to get into town via dala. Fingers crossed! Best wishes. The Greenhouse Team.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014

I loved staying at the greenhouse! It covers the essentials (safe, clean, wifi, accessible by public transport, affordable, ability to do laundry) plus they provide all of your meals. But what keeps me coming back (I've stayed three times) is the hospitality of the staff. They are so welcoming and always greet you with a friendly smile. It's also great to support a worthy cause. Why stay anywhere else?

  • Stayed January 2014
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Property: The Greenhouse
Address: PO Box 14888, Arusha, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 150 Specialty Lodging in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Greenhouse offers 5 rooms, camping garden for about 4tents accommodating up to 25 to 30 people - 1 big dorm with 8 beds en-suite, 2 rooms with 4 beds and 2 rooms with 2 beds one en-suite and one with shared bathroom facilities including hot showers and western toilets. The lounge area is comfortable and homely with a TV, DVD player, stereo system and Wi-Fi and the outdoor terrace offers additional seating areas. All meals are included. Car hiring, Bicycle hiring and motorcycle hiring too. ... more   less 
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