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Reviewed 15 September 2021

Located in central Arusha this classy African chic hotel is a lovely respite before or after a Safari. Located right next door and affiliated with Roy Safaris.
The common rooms of the hotel are spacious and beautifully decorated in an elegant African colonial motif.
Rooms are equally spacious and decorated. The bed is 2 twins put together to make a king. The room is also furnished with a desk area and a comfortable window seat. The bathroom is also spacious but a bit dated. The shower/tub combo has an awkward shower head with low water pressure. Amenities include a water cooler - a very nice touch - a coffee and tea service with hot water out of the water cooler, a safe and a good wifi connection.
Meals are served in their Baobab Restaurant. The menu offers a limited selection of international classics - beef filet, chicken dishes, pork chops and pasta dishes - as well as a good selection of Indian dishes. Over all the food quality is above average but not outstanding.
Service is friendly and eager to please, though with occupancy way down because of the pandemic they hover around the table and ask a little too often how the meal is.

Date of stay: September 2021
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Thank debndon
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Yustina Mallya, Guest Services / Front Office at The African Tulip, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2021

Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking time to share your African Elegance experience of the African Tulip which highlights several areas that offers room for improvement and change. It is nice to know that you enjoyed the african themed decor within the hotel as well as some of our amenities like the good wifi connection and the water cooler. We warmly look forward to hosting you next time you visit Tanzania.

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Reviewed 15 September 2021 via mobile

Very nice hotel with lovely landscaping, & a welcoming lobby & sitting areas. There’s a small but interesting gift shop & a beautiful pool with outside seating. Our room was large & overlooked the back gardens & pool. The restaurant was good, with many options & the staff were friendly & helpful.

Date of stay: September 2021
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank Barbara D
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Yustina Mallya, Guest Services / Front Office at The African Tulip, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2021

Dear Barbara,
We are happy to hear of your experience with us including our friendly and helpful staff. We look forward to serving you next time you are in Arusha.

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Reviewed 13 September 2021

We spent 2 nights at the African Tulip while awaiting our safari. Gorgeous room, very clean with a lovely balcony. We had breakfast and dinner there daily and the food was very good. I am a vegetarian and they accommodated me nicely. Excellent location to walk downtown--we enjoyed the Boma Museum and taking in the authentic vibe of Arusha. The "fly catchers" trying to sell you things is a bit annoying, but people just trying to make a living. Only complaint was that the pool at the Tulip was not skimmed and cleaned very well---we were not even comfortable dipping our feet into it on the pool's edge. Mentioned it to staff but nothing changed. Staff spoke English beautifully which made communication easy!

Room tip: Probably one of the nicest, most authentic hotels in Arusha for pre/post safari
Date of stay: September 2021
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Yustina Mallya, Guest Services / Front Office at The African Tulip, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2021

Dear Guest
We are grateful for taking time to share your African Tulip experience. Thank you for highlighting the swimming pool issue and we apologize for the disappointment. We are also happy to know that the meals were accommodating to you. You are warmly welcomed next time you visit Arusha.

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Reviewed 13 September 2021

The staff at African Tulip were very helpful. We felt at home and they made the event very special to us. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience that you gave us!! We look forward to coming back

Date of stay: August 2021
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Yustina Mallya, Guest Services / Front Office at The African Tulip, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2021

Dear Leonorah,
It is a pleasure to know that you had a wonderful experience with us. We are grateful for sharing your review and we warmly welcome you back.

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Reviewed 12 September 2021

I would highly recommend staying here if needing a hotel pre/post safari. We really enjoyed our first stay so much so that it would make it tough to even consider somewhere different on a return safari trip.

Upon arriving in Arusha from Zanzibar we stayed at The African Tulip for two nights. Our thoughts were to not be rushed, have a travel day from Zanzibar (although short travel of course) then a day to spend in Arusha a bit to see what it is like and then be in position to start our safari driving to Tarangire early the next morning.

I would totally stay at The African Tulip again. I felt all the staff were very friendly - from the front desk to the restaurant and even housekeeping we would pass in the hallways. The outdoor space is so lovely to sit in during the afternoon it's very peaceful/tranquil. I feel like it helped us transition into nature mode a bit to get ready for what was to follow in the coming days.

The rooms and common areas all felt very clean. The beds were very comfortable and I loved having the water jug dispenser in the room for cold water anytime we wanted, or if needing tea/coffee it also conveniently dispensed hot water.

We also used the hotel as a day room when we returned from safari given our flight landed in Arusha around 12:30pm and we were not departing Kilimanjaro until around 11:30pm that night. It was great to come back share our safari stories with the individuals that sent us off on our way for it all to begin.

I will also mention that it is very conveniently located next door to Roy Safaris office if you happen to be doing your safari with them :-)

Room tip: upper floor near middle of hotel as this looks out over the pool
Date of stay: August 2021
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Thank Rachel D
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Yustina Mallya, Guest Services / Front Office at The African Tulip, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2021

Dear Guest,
Thank you for your kind gesture of sharing your African Tulip experience. We are happy to know that you appreciated our friendly staff and noted on the cleanliness aspect. it is also great to hear you enjoyed the water dispenser in your room. You are warmly welcomed anytime you are in Arusha.

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