We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Great service levels in a quiet location”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The African Tulip

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 8 more sites!
The African Tulip
Ranked #1 of 41 Hotels in Arusha
Certificate of Excellence
Bath, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
43 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great service levels in a quiet location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2011

This was my second stay at the hotel, the first being in November 2010. The hotel is immaculately clean and the staff very friendly. Being set 50m back off the road there is really no traffic noise. It is a small hotel and so has only one restaurant but the there is a good variety on the menu and the quality is competant.
This being Tanzania there is a 4% surcharge for using credit cards. The room rate needs to be paid in dollars and meals etc in local currency. My recommendation is either to transfer ahead of your stay or carry dollars in cash, traveller's cheques are a real no-no getting a 15% lower exchange rate through out the country! Have enough local cash to settle your bill. I plan to stay there again in March.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank SimonPortico
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

887 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    645
    218
    20
    4
    0
See reviews for
199
315
48
115
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (169)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
DC
Level Contributor
32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2011

Customer service in the hotel industry doesn't get any better than this. Great location, wonderful rooms, excellent restaurant and pool. The staff made our stay more comfortable and accommodating than I've seen anywhere in Africa. Located along a quiet side street, yet easy walking distance to downtown Arusha. Spacious rooms and an unbelievably helpful staff. I spent nearly a week in the African Tulip and there is no better place to stay in Arusha before or after starting your hike or safari.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank SuessBD
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ketchikan, Alaska
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2011

My husband and I and our son and brothers-in-law stayed at the African Tulip before and after our safari and after we went to Zanzibar. The management, the front desk staff, and the porters were all very friendly and helpful. Our room was upgraded with each visit, and we were extremely comfortable. The pool is very nice, everything is extremely clean, the food is good, and the beer is cold. But the very best thing about the African Tulip are the people who work there. Thumbs up!!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank akduck
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Fremantle, Australia
Level Contributor
15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2011

The hotel is located within walking distance of Arusha centre which was ideal for us. Staff were very welcoming, general decor was stylish and our room was spacious, very clean and cool. Breakfast was great. Though the set menu for dinner was rather limited (which we'd paid for) they did allow us to pick a main course from the a la carte menu.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Hubble21
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Charlotte, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2011

We only stayed for one night but enjoyed our time at the African Tulip. The staff was very friendly and worked hard to assist us as best they could. We had lunch and dinner at the hotel restaurant and the food/service was great! We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled on business
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank MissionsMinded
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ayutthaya, Thailand
Level Contributor
88 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2011

For those of us who like a swimming pool, the one at the African Tulip is small (about 3 meters sq).

However, the ambiance of the lobby, the beauty of the rooms, and the serenity of the restaurant is worth a one or two night stay at the end of a safari before flying out of Kilimanjaro airport.

  • Stayed January 2011
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Putachesnik
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
83 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2010

We stayed here in November for 1 night at the start of our safari. The hotel was picked by our safari operator, Swala Safaris, and we were very pleased.

After a long flight we were greeted with a refreshing fruit juice and we have never had a welcome like it. After a very slick check-in our bags were taken to our room by the porters. Our room was lovely and clean and the bed was lovely and firm, just the way we like it. The bathroom was very clean and spacious.

After a good nights sleep the buffet breakfast was great with lots of choice and very fresh, with eggs cooked any way you wanted them.

The service we received from them was first class and they were very accommodating and friendly. We didnt have time to use the pool but it looked like it was very clean.

Overall, a fantastic start to our safari, and would definitely recommend. It deserves its rating as the top hotel in Arusha.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank TonyJudge
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Arusha hotels
0.8 mi away
Mount Meru Hotel
Mount Meru Hotel
#4 of 41 in Arusha
4.0 of 5 bubbles 540 reviews
11.3 mi away
Rivertrees Country Inn
Rivertrees Country Inn
#2 of 41 in Arusha
4.5 of 5 bubbles 411 reviews
3.2 mi away
Planet Lodge
Planet Lodge
#3 of 41 in Arusha
4.0 of 5 bubbles 404 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 mi away
Kibo Palace Hotel
Kibo Palace Hotel
#6 of 41 in Arusha
4.0 of 5 bubbles 248 reviews
1.1 mi away
Venus Premier Hotel
Venus Premier Hotel
#7 of 41 in Arusha
4.5 of 5 bubbles 55 reviews
1.5 mi away
Mvuli Hotels Arusha
Mvuli Hotels Arusha
#8 of 41 in Arusha
4.0 of 5 bubbles 87 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to The African Tulip? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about The African Tulip

Property: The African Tulip
Address: 4 Serengeti Road, Arusha 1517, Tanzania
Phone Number:
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotels.com, Jovago.com, Odigeo, Expedia, TripOnline SA, Traveltool, S.L.U., Evoline ltd and HotelQuickly so you can book your The African Tulip reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
The African Tulip Hotel Arusha
African Tulip Arusha
African Tulip Hotel Arusha

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing