Bay Leaf in one word - wonderful. We stayed here for one night in transit between Ngorongoro and Amboseli. The manger and staff where very professional, yet friendly. The food was unforgettable!! I tried a vegetarian dish and appetizer at dinner - both were scrumptous. Breakfast was prepared for whenever you left in the morning and was also tasty.
I stayed in a standard room that was just off the main dining area - which made for a noisy night, but the bed was sooo comfortable and room/bathroom was beautiful. I was able to see a couple of their other rooms as well; next time I'll pay to stay in a suite - gorgeous, huge, airy, and just decadent.
Overall, I would totally recommend staying here as a pit stop between Ngorongoro Crater and Amboseli. They don't have a pool, but the outside patio and mini-garden is lovely and the food and staff are awesome. Definitely a 4 experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set against a backdrop of the majestic Mount Meru, The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel is nestled in the tranquil leafy ‘corridor’ area of Arusha, Tanzania. Exquisitely decorated rooms with finely appointed bathrooms ensure comfort with style. Gourmet breakfasts are served in immaculate lush gardens and The Bay Leaf boasts a Fine Dining Restaurant, where one can sample a fusion of international & local cuisine. The Bay Leaf is ideally situated; walking distance to banks & all the main attractions that Arusha has to offer. Massage & extensive beauty treatments will be offered from December 2009 after the completion of the Spa. The Bay Leaf aims to be the best small luxury hotel in Arusha, with unmatched personalized service, and attention to detail. Personalized service tailored to individual needs will certainly please both the discerning traveler and dining connoisseur alike. ... more less