The African Tulip is a boutique hotel with pure African styling, very clean and recently constructed and has been favourably compared to the Nairobi Hilton. The small grounds are surrounded by high walls for privacy and security, and contain a swimming pool (which can be on the chilly side) next to a reasonably sized bar and patio area. The hotel is located off a side street, so the hustle and bustle of the main road is left behind.
The d?®cor inside is very stylish and contemporary, with a bar area next to the restaurant with a baobab tree inside. The restaurant menu is includes French, Indian and Tanzanian cuisine, often served as a buffet; if there is not something to your liking, you can always order from the a la carte menu. The service is friendly but can be slow with some language barriers and miscommunications.
There are no elevators in the building so if mobility is an issue, make a special request for a ground floor room. The rooms are of a good size, and are well appointed. Some rooms have balconies, and large bathrooms with both a bathtub and a shower. Unfortunately some of the rooms overlook the grounds of a safari company next door, which often run a generator through the night, and the prevailing winds can carry the diesel fumes in through the windows.
The African Tulip offers 29 outstanding rooms over 3 floors accessed by a beautiful staircase inlaid with coconut wood (although 3 ground-floor rooms are available). The room designs reflect the warmth and expanse of the majestic natural wonders surrounding the safari capital of Arusha. It is therefore appropriate that these rooms are both extremely spacious but also inviting. A safari theme runs through every room although the design of each is unique. A common thread, however, is the use of colourful local fabrics, finely produced craftwork and contemporary Tanzanian art. Comfort is assured with the best British-made mattresses, fine bedding and luxurious bathrooms. You will also find all the modern amenities expected from an urban boutique hotel. These include wide-screen Philips televisions, laptop-sized safes, air-conditioning, the latest door entry systems and high-speed Wi-Fi. Room service, a telephone and hairdryer are standard in all rooms.
Our 9 Suites are stunningly decorated with a Safari-theme and are generously sized. Bathrooms are finished to the highest specification and each room has a mini-bar. Many rooms have pleasant views of the locality and some have balconies with seating. The Family suite has two separate bedrooms with bathrooms and a large, communal lounge area.
Our stylish and spacious honeymoon suite is beautifully decorated and is the perfect place to end a memorable day. Our Honeymoon package includes a chilled bottle of sparkling wine, a delicious platter of tropical fruits plus a beautiful arrangement of fresh flowers. Please contact our team for further information.
Our 20 deluxe rooms are all decorated with a Safari-theme although the interior of each room is unique. There is a comfortable seating area and a desk in each room. Our deluxe rooms are decorated to the highest standards and have all the features listed above.
`The Baobab' Restaurant
Our elegant and inviting Baobab Restaurant offers a range of cuisine in a stunning setting. The restaurant's colour scheme reflects the warm, red tone of the nation's soil. A water feature creates a sense of relaxation and our attentive staff will ensure you receive friendly but also efficient service. The Baobab Restaurant, named after one of Africa's greatest deciduous trees, has a talented team of chef that always use the freshest and finest ingredients. Our 'Fusions of the East' menu has a range of South Indian cuisine while our Continental menu contains a range of tempting dishes. Finally, for an authentic taste of Tanzania, try 'The African Pot' for a fabulous choice of local dishes. An All-day menu is also available at the poolside or in our garden. The Baobab Restaurant always offers a range of enticing vegetarian dishes for our guests.
The Serengeti Bar and Pool
Visit our pool to swim or just relax beside the water. Changing facilities are available. The Serengeti Bar at the poolside has a wide-screen TV, serves a range of drinks and has snacks available during the day.
`The Zanzibar' Lounge
The Zanzibar Lounge, with its intricately carved panels and traditional furniture, transports you to the exotic streets of Stone Town. The bar's sophisticated but relaxing feel is designed to appeal to the safari tourist, Tanzanian locals and ex-patriot residents. The Zanzibar Lounge Bar Menu includes a range of snacks and freshly-made cake for afternoon tea.
Conference Centre and Business Centre
Our conference room can seat up to 35 people in a 'theatre-style' arrangment. It has all standard facilities, a break out room, natural daylight and air-conditioning. Our experienced staff can provide tailored catering facilities and any other requirements to make your event a success. Our Business Centre is equipped with a range of office technology. This includes PCs with high-speed internet, printers, a photocopier and other services upon request.