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“Perfect start and end for our 8-day Tanzanian Safari”

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The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel
Ranked #24 of 100 Arusha B&B and Inns
Ottawa, Canada
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15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Perfect start and end for our 8-day Tanzanian Safari”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2013

Just returned from an 8-day safari to Tanzania. We stayed at the Bay Leaf for the first and last night of the safari, and couldn't have asked for a better place. Free wifi to check and arrange last-minute details, great food, and friendly staff.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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2 Thank GoofyNatOttawa
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Mayur M, General Manager at The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 26 June 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying at the bay leaf and for your kind recommendation.

We believe that it is delighted guests, such as yourself, who are our best ambassadors. I am glad that you have taken back such pleasant memories of the hotel, particularly the rooms, the food and service.

It is our constant endeavour to create a truly memorable experience for our guests and I hope that our distinctive product and service will tempt you to return and experience more.

Thank you.
Mayur Margamwar
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

This is a really nice place. Set back from the main road is this little oasis.

The warm welcome from the attentive and gracious managers and staff was a prelude to a wonderful experience.

The rooms are quite large with an enormous bed, little desk, flat screen TV, cupboards, fridge, good sized en-suite bathroom with rainwater shower, and bath robes. Even a 240V power converter plug is provided.

They have their own generator, although we did not need it, and lovely garden area out front to enjoy a drink or a meal. We had dinner here and the service was good and the meal quite acceptable and reasonably priced.

Masur the manager and his lovely wife are at all times eager to ensure your stay is memorable.

There is free wifi throughout which is a real plus.

Room Tip: Change money with the money changers in the city for the best rate.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Ozitravel77
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Mayur M, General Manager at The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 26 June 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying at the bay leaf and for your kind recommendation.

We believe that it is delighted guests, such as yourself, who are our best ambassadors. I am glad that you have taken back such pleasant memories of the hotel, particularly the rooms, the food and service.

It is our constant endeavour to create a truly memorable experience for our guests and I hope that our distinctive product and service will tempt you to return and experience more.

Thank you.
Mayur Margamwar
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2013

We chose this hotel at a starting point before our safari, and before our connecting flight to Zanzibar. I must say it was difficult to leave the hotel... because the quality of services, the food, and the kindness of staff was really above expectations.

There are only a small number of rooms, all are excellent, and located in a quiet area of town. They are decorated with taste and include a nice selection of boutique soaps and creams.

Then the staff is soo welcoming, and can help you with logistics and change in your plans. The manager is really nice and always ready to help you.

The best : the restaurant. Wow. The food and the cuisine are excellent, a fusion-type of approach mixing traditionnal indian food with european cuisine and spices from the East African Region. We enjoyed 2 excellent dinners there. I really recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mayur M, General Manager at The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 26 June 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for staying at the bay leaf and for your kind recommendation.

We believe that it is delighted guests, such as yourself, who are our best ambassadors. I am glad that you have taken back such pleasant memories of the hotel, particularly the rooms, the food and service.

It is our constant endeavour to create a truly memorable experience for our guests and I hope that our distinctive product and service will tempt you to return and experience more.

Thank you.
Mayur Margamwar
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2013

We climbed Kilimanjaro this past February. The Bay Leaf is the perfect place to come back to after a strenuous climb up Kilimanjaro. The rooms are beautifully appointed, the setting is peaceful, the food is delicious and the staff is incredible. They were so understanding and helpful and even helped us clean our gear after the climb.
If you do the climb or go out on safari, this is your home to come back to.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Ayal J
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Mayur M, General Manager at The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 26 June 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your reviews on Trip advisor with regards to your recent stay at the bay leaf boutique hotel.

I am most delighted to read your generous praise of the hotel and the team. It has always been our endeavour to make each of our guest feel special and to make sure that they have a most memorable stay with us.

Thank you so much for giving us an opportunity to serve you while you were with us. We look forward to welcome you back in not so distant future and please feel free to write to me for any assistance.

Thank you
Mayur Margamwar
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2013

If you are going to climb Kilimanjaro or go on a dusty safari, treat yourself to a stay at the Bay Leaf Hotel or at the very least lunch or dinner in the restaurant. We are so glad that we did because this newer hotel has really perfected almost every little detail.

After extensive research of places to stay in Arusha I knew that we needed a trifecta – a quiet location with reliable power and hot water. I didn’t expect a spotlessly clean hotel with great African art, free WiFi, excellent staff, beautiful gardens and a gourmet restaurant too. To top it off they have air conditioning in every room and breakfast is included (with selections which will please every palate). Don’t forget to ask for mango juice.

Those staying here after a Kili climb will appreciate the drain plug in the sink to do some hand washing before heading out on safari. Trust me, your clothes will dry overnight.

The only suggestion I have is to ask for a room in the front because the noise of the generator can be annoying in the late afternoon/early evening when Arusha’s notoriously unreliable power goes out. We had a very lovely private balcony which was pretty much unusable except for in the morning.

The rooms are all very different in size and layout (with at least one room having only a tub) so read the descriptions and ask questions to get the best room for your stay.

Room Tip: ask for a room in front as the generator can be noisy in the evening
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Traveller_Tessa
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Mayur M, Manager at The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 21 October 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for reviewing the bay leaf boutique hotel on TripAdvisor and for your feedback.

At the bay leaf, we take great pride in the services we offer and it is feedback from our guests, which assist us to strive for excellence.
Just for your information we have changed our old generator recently with the new commercial generator and it is noise free we have worked on your feedback and resolved it.
Please do give us another opportunity as I am confident you will have a brilliant stay with us with much more improved changes. Do let me know when you plan to visit us again, as I will be delighted to look after all aspects of your stay personally.

We do hope that we have the pleasure of welcoming you back at the bay leaf boutique hotel.

Thank you,
Mayur Margamwar
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California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2013

We stayed two nights at the start of our safari to recover from the long flight. We had a suite with sitting room, bedroom and large shower area. Suite was clean and well kept with AC. Comfortable bed. Wi-Fi included. Friendly staff. Breakfast, lunch and dinner at its restaurant was very good. Quiet neighborhood about a 15 minute walk to town center but expect to be accosted by all manner of tout.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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3 Thank Larry192
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2013

I recently stayed at the Bay Leaf Hotel when I was in Arusha on a work trip. The manager, Vikas, and his staff took amazing care of my colleague and I. My room was comfortable and tastefully decorated, and the food at the restaurant was excellent. We especially liked the creative choices for breakfast each morning. The customer service was also excellent. I will definitely stay at the Bay Leaf the next chance I get!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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2 Thank Chaggard
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Additional Information about The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel

Property: The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel
Address: 102 Vijana Road | PO Box 409, Arusha, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 100 B&Bs / Inns in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bay Leaf Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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