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The Greenhouse
Ranked #14 of 180 Speciality Lodging in Arusha
Reviewed 14 April 2014

The Greenhouse is fantastic. It's run by a wonderful couple, Benson, a native Tanzanian, and Maricel, a Londoner who has relocated. I stayed at the Greenhouse for a couple months in 2013 while volunteering with Benson's nonprofit, Green Living Planet.

Benson and Maricel are awesome company. Maricel keeps the house very clean and there is always amazing African food cooking. The beds are comfy and come equipped with mosquito nets *few*! The house is pretty close to downtown Arusha and also near Terrat where Green Living Planet does a lot of there work.

It was an amazing experience and I plan on going back sometime soon!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

After 8 months traveling, Arusha was my first place in Africa, and like every foreigner that arrives in Africa i was concerned how it would be. But at The Greenhouse i found a place that`s make me feel home! The owner Benson is a great person, as all the other people who work here. Meals are included and the food is great. The hostel is pretty clean. Staff will help you to have a good time in Arusha. They also have a great social work at the community that people can volunteer! Definitely recommend the hostel!

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

I met them while I volunteered in Africa in 2012.
Maricel and I volunteered with the wonderful organization of Ben - The green living plant
Volunteer in this project has added value because you feel you give a tremendous contribution to Africa, contributing to remain even after you leave.
The project is an environmental project that combines work with the local population and gives volunteers an opportunity to recognize the humility and the Arusha from a new perspective.
Maricel and Ben are a lovely couple who loves Africa, living and breathing the culture and working hard to protect the environment and quality of life of community and tradition.
I'm sure they provide the warmth and love as well as a host at the hostel.
I highly recommend volunteering with them as much as possible during your stay in the city.
Have a wonderful trip!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank michal h
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Reviewed 1 April 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
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Reviewed 27 March 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
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Reviewed 24 March 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, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

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, travelled with friends
Thank MelE034
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MForonda, Manager at The Greenhouse, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 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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Additional Information about The Greenhouse

Address: PO Box 14888, Arusha, Tanzania
Region: 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 #14 of 180 Speciality Lodging in Arusha
Price Range: £10 - £21 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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