Sleeping and Dining at the African Tulip, Arusha, Tanzania

Located in central Arusha next door to and affiliated with Roy Safaris, this classy African-chic hotel is a lovely respite before or after a safari.

The common rooms of the hotel are spacious and beautifully decorated in an elegant African colonial motif.

Rooms are equally spacious and well decorated. The bed is 2 twins put together to make a king and the room is 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 dispenser with both steaming hot and cold drinking water  – a very nice touch – a coffee and tea service, a safe and a good wifi connection.

Baobab Restaurant at the African Tulip

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.

For lunch we tried the chicken curry and the fish tikka with a side of naan which were all well done. For dinner we ordered the pork chops and a grilled chicken dish. The chicken was well cooked but the pork chop was an overcooked, poor cut of meat. The soups to start were a choice of minestrone or clear broth with vegetable or chicken, ok but not great.

Service is friendly and eager to please, though with occupancy way down because of the Covid-19 pandemic they hover around the table and ask a little too often how the meal is.

September 13-14, 2021

For links to all the posts in this series see the East Africa Safari page.

For a review of the tour company we used see Roy Safaris, Tanzania – Review.