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“The perfect place to stay in Arusha!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Greenhouse
Ranked #15 of 148 Specialty Lodging in Arusha
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The perfect place to stay in Arusha!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

Stayed for almost 3 weeks at the greenhouse in December. Didn't want to leave and am already planning the trip back. It's a lovely family run hostel that really is home away from home. Owner and staff are wonderful people. Full of advice and chat. Food was delicious, thank you Annah! Beds are a great size. Rooms are lovely.Benson will help you with anything , from organising safari, to dropping you to a bank, to helping you organise building materials while volunteering. Pub across the road is an added bonus!! It's v Cheap and great locals to chat with . Overall the hostel is excellent value and the perfect size to meet volunteers and travelers. You would be mad not to stop here while in Arusha. Oh, there's free wifi too!!!

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Oslo, Norway
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2014

The staff was so friendly and welcoming. They picked us up in town and dinner was prepared when we arrived. All the meals are included, fast wi-fi. Clean and nice rooms! We can definitely recomend this place. Makes you feel like home :)

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chemnitz, Germany
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

A friend and I, we enjoyed the nice atmosphere and great service at the Greenhouse for 5 nights. Rooms have been very clean, food was good (breakfast, lunch and dinner is included) and the staff was super-friendly.
The Owner arranged pick-ups, a Budget-Safari, made phone-calls for us and we even went out together one saturday night, which was awesome. The only disadvantage is the location 4-5 km away from the touristic center of the Town (about 11-15 minutes by car). But the very resonable prize of the Hostel, inexpensive public transport and taxi more than compensated for it. We really felt at home :).

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Micha954
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Stuttgart, Germany
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

The hostel has everything you need, including hot water, reliable power supply (they have a generator), fast wifi, nice staff. They also provide all your meals and it's included in the price - absolutely fantastic value for money! The rooms are simple but clean and there's a comfortable living room.
Only thing we weren't sure about is the location - it's outside of the city in an area where I wouldn't feel safe walking around at night. They can organize a cab for you though.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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MForonda, Manager at The Greenhouse, responded to this review, March 22, 2014
Thanks for writing a review about The Greenhouse. We’re so pleased you enjoyed our facilities, rooms and meals and found your stay to be great value for money!

Regarding the local area, it is very safe to walk around the surrounding areas of the hostel in the daytime, it is a very friendly neighbourhood, mainly inhabited by locals so you can get a real feel for the local culture and people.

We do not however, advise guests to walk around the local area of the hostel or anywhere in the city centre after dark as unfortunately safety can be an issue at night time and this applies to most areas in Tanzania. The security and safety of our guests are our highest priority and we therefore do not suggest taking any unnecessary risks. Cheap, reliable taxis can easily be arranged from the hostel for evening transfers for getting around town or the airport.
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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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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Hong Kong, China
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22 hotel reviews
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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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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Los Angeles, California
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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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jlee91307
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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 #15 of 148 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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