6 Best Hotels in Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha Coffee Lodge

$$$$ | Serengeti Rd., Arusha, Tanzania

Just 5 km (3 miles) from town, and five minutes from Arusha Airport, the lodge is a great option for pre- or post-safari layovers. Situated in the middle of Tanzania's largest coffee plantation, the rooms are split-level and sprinkled among the coffee bushes, furnished in the Victorian style, with big balconies and your own coffee percolator to try out the local produce. There's a fine-dining restaurant as well as an outside garden buffet for lunches. Stop by the Traders Walk, a mini experience of five different retail and food outlets that showcase Tanzanian specialities.

Pros

  • Beautiful setting
  • Easy access to the airport
  • Large comfortable rooms

Cons

  • Near the highway so you can hear traffic
  • Many non–hotel guests at the restaurants
  • Some room views are directly into neighbors patios
Serengeti Rd., Arusha, Tanzania
255-754-250--630
hotel Details
30 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Four Points by Sheraton: The Arusha Hotel

$ | Main Rd., Arusha, Tanzania

Bang in the middle of town, opposite the clock tower, this historic hotel was built in 1894. It retains a colonial feel, with spacious and elegantly decorated rooms and lovely gardens running down to the Themi River. A popular meeting point for all the well-to-do's and business elite of Arusha, the expansive poolside area and lobby are often buzzing with people. Guests can store luggage if they arrive overloaded before their safari. 

Pros

  • Close to banks and shops
  • Spacious rooms
  • Lovely historic feel to the Hatari bar area

Cons

  • Food can be hit or miss
  • Location means traffic can take a while to get to airport
  • Large conference hotel which can get very crowded with business meetings and socializing
Main Rd., Arusha, Tanzania
255-27-297--7777
hotel Details
86 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Moivaro Lodge

$ | Moivaro Rd., Arusha, Tanzania

There are stunning views of Mt. Meru from the grounds of this coffee plantation, which is located outside of Arusha city making it a quiet and peaceful stopover. The rooms might not look like much from the outside but that belies a rather quaint and comfortable interior. You can go birding or walk within the estate, enjoy a relaxing massage, or relax poolside. Half-board and full-board options are available.

Pros

  • Expansive, peaceful gardens
  • Rooms have ceiling fans and mosquito netting
  • Large swimming pool to cool off

Cons

  • Bathrooms need refurbishment but are clean
  • Food is standard fare
  • Some rooms and lounge spaces are a little dark
Moivaro Rd., Arusha, Tanzania
255-754-324--193
hotel Details
40 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Ngare Sero Mountain Lodge Conservancy

$ | Off A23, east of Arusha, Arusha, Tanzania Fodor's Choice

Located on the outskirts of a forest, a 1905 farmhouse is now home to this intimate, family-run mountain lodge with converted cottages filled with handmade furniture and public lounging areas that invite you to stay for days. There are numerous activities provided by the lodge—boating on a pristine lake where you can spot some 200 different bird species, nature walks, horse riding, village tours, and an ever changing variety of outside dining areas nestled between lush lawns and jungle growth. The outdoor spa is one of a kind and not to be missed. Believe us when we say that this is a place you'll want to spend more than just a day pre- or post-safari.

Pros

  • Spectacular scenery with an exquisite lake and multiple activities like music events
  • A peaceful retreat
  • Main lounge area and pool hideaway are lovely and inviting

Cons

  • Outside rooms don’t receive much natural light
  • Far from town but for some that is a worthwhile aspect
  • Tricky to find without a driver
Off A23, east of Arusha, Arusha, Tanzania
255-764-305--435
hotel Details
14 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Onsea House and Machweo Retreat

$$ | Onsea Moivaro Rd., Arusha, Tanzania Fodor's Choice

On a small, winding dirt road just off the main highway heading toward Moshi sits conjoined properties with some of the most spectacular views in the area, overlooking Arusha and Mt. Merua. Manicured lawns and sloping pathways lead to private spacious suites, delicately decorated with a four-poster bed, en suite bathrooms, and white cotton sheets. Food is of a high standard; lunches have some of the best curries around. Machweo suites are closer to the main dining area, shared swimming pool and spa, with some cottages that have shared common areas and others that are stand-alone. Onsea is actually out the main gate and down a small set of steps, completely self-contained with its own swimming pool, dining area, and African colonial–style rooms.

Pros

  • Spectacular location
  • Beautiful outdoor deck and pool
  • Excellent food

Cons

  • The guest cottage is not as luxurious as the other options in Onsea
  • You are amid village life so you might be woken early by chickens and cattle
  • Many stairs, so not ideal for people with mobility issues
Onsea Moivaro Rd., Arusha, Tanzania
255-689-103--552
hotel Details
16 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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The African Tulip

$ | 4 Serengeti Rd., Arusha, Tanzania

If you are in need of a short stay with some modern hotel amenities before heading off into the savanna, the safari-themed Tulip is a good option outside the bustle of Arusha. Geared mostly for safari travelers and businesspeople, it has all that you would expect from a midrange hotel but without the crowds. The menu features good South Indian food. Relax with a cold Kilimanjaro beer in the charming Zanzibar Lounge amid the dark, rich carved wood and share your travel stories.

Pros

  • An intimate hotel outside of the main city
  • Great family room options
  • Service is stellar

Cons

  • No elevator
  • Communal lounge areas is fairly small if there is a large group booked in
  • Not all rooms have balconies
4 Serengeti Rd., Arusha, Tanzania
255-699-799--871-mobile
hotel Details
29 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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