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The African Tulip
Ranked #1 of 41 Hotels in Arusha
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Alexandria, VA
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224 reviews
53 hotel reviews
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“A True Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

If traveling to Arusha consider the African Tulip before any other place. The small, exceedingly attractive boutique hotel with considerable character has only 29 rooms, but this also means that it is easy to meet the extraordinarily competent and professional staff. There is a sense of pride among the staff, and it is exhibited in so many helpful and thoughtful ways. Mr. Sharma, the manager, could not have been more helpful or gracious. He made me feel welcome and at home. The hotel’s restaurant serves a wide variety of excellent food, including several Indian vegetarian dishes, at reasonable prices. Even if you are not staying at the hotel, a visit to the restaurant is still in order. Please be sure to say hello to Christopher, one of the most professional, courteous, and friendly waiters I’ve ever had.

The African Tulip is on Serengeti Road, about 100 yards from Old Moshe Road.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled on business
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Ahmedabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

I stayed in this hotel two years back. Its very neat and clean. I am a vegetarian and the chef cooked specially some very good Indian Punjabi food. The rooms are very nice and spacious. The staff is also very courteous. Great stay in a far and secluded place like this.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

Our tour companies, Africa 2000 Tours and Infinite Horizon, were the ones that suggested this hotel for our stay before and after our Meru hike and we were totally pleased. The service was outstanding and the rooms were extremely clean. We were pleasantly surprised on the large size of the rooms, including the upgraded mini-suite that we were given after our hike. The staff in all parts of the hotel were friendly and willing to help us with anything. The dining room offers some wonderful breakfast and dinner options. Internet is available in the business center near the lobby. We were able to have laundry done very quickly before we headed out to our safari. Would certainly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

I stayed at the African Tulip Hotel with a group of eleven people. The hotel accommodations were wonderful. We felt like we were in colonial Africa with staff ready to meet our every need. Hotel management was visible and ready to help when needed. Check-in was easy, rooms comfortable, bathrooms large and well equipped. We didn't use the pool but it was lovely. Laundry was quickly done and returned to our rooms. The dining room food was great with a emphasis on Indian cuisine. Dining room staff were professional and pleasant to be around. Overall, a great hotel. I can't wait to return.

Room Tip: Both rooms were fine. The neighborhood can get noisy with construction during the day but overall t...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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London, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

We stayed at the African Tulip for 2 nights on either side of our safari. The hotel was recommended and booked for us by Roy Safaris (I have written a review on this company too).

On arrival, we were greeted by friendly welcoming staff, headed by the General Manager, Mr Anuj Sharma. As we registered, Mr Sharma told us we had been upgraded to the family suite, which turned out to be really spacious with a lounge area which had coffee/tea making facilities and 2 bedrooms, which were immaculately clean.

We used the hotel restaurant that evening and the food was really excellent - we mostly chose Indian from the menu. The restaurant manager, Anil was always at hand to ask for anything, or make any requests for special dietary requirements. The staff in the Bar were fantastic,

On our return from safari, we received the same hospitality, were given the same family suite and the staff were pleased to see us back!

As we had been away for almost a week, we were all craving for a really spicy curry. This was not a problem said Anil, and got the chef to come and talk to us about our requirement. I described the type of curry we wanted and which ingredients he should use. A couple of hours later, our wish was completed. The chef even paid us a visit at the table to ensure we were happy with the food.

A couple of examples of the exceptional service they provide. On two seperate occasions, we had forgotten to pick up some valuables as we left the dining/pool area. On both occasions, the staff rushed to us and handed over the forgotten items.

Overall, I would recommend this hotel to anyone, but if your are starting/ending your safari in Arusha - consider the African Tulip and I am confident you will not be disappointed. The service and the staff are exceptional. The only negative is they charge $10 for WiFI per day, but on a positive side, there is a computer room, which has free access to the internet.

Room Tip: For a family of 4, ask for the family suite
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

Stayed at this hotel for 4 nights in July 2014. Room assigned was clean, large & bright. Bathroom also clean & large. Very pleasant & helpful staff. Indian dishes in dining room excellent & service very good. Staff seemed to be interested in one being happy. Wifi is free if one uses the internet room next to the desk. I had some difficulties with wifi but staff did everything to assist me. It worked very well. Would certainly recommend the hotel. Friends who have been there also loved it.

Room Tip: I have no knowledge about best room. Mine looked out into garden & swimming pool and was quiet...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

We landed at KJO in Arusha on a Wednesday evening. Our safari company arranged for transportation from the airport to the African Tulip Hotel. It was dark at 8pm, so it was nice to have the prior arrangement. Upon arrival to the hotel, the front desk staff and owner Mr. Sharma were there to greet us and ensure we had a good stay.
The dining room is super, the breakfast buffet was great with many options! The outdoor patio area also has a pool and snack bar. The staff was so accommodating on our second night by arranging fire pits for us. Dinner is not a buffet, but self selected, and still preferred over eating out in the city.
The Heritage Cultural Center was a 20 minute drive away and a nice sight. The hotel has 4 computers in the lobby with 24 hr internet service. Staying at The African Tulip Hotel was a good layover before embarking on the safari.

Room Tip: Corner suites are spacious, good for families traveling. For couples, a room on the side is nice too...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Property: The African Tulip
Address: 4 Serengeti Road, Arusha 1517, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre 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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