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The Arusha Hotel, Oldest Hotel in Tanzania


The Arusha Hotel

The Arusha Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in East Africa established in the year 1894 by the first European settlers in Arusha Tanzania. The Hotel has an air of the bygone days of the early exploration and the décor, over the number of years has been maintained to give guests this feel. The property bought and renovated before opening in 1927 by Kenyon Painter began the present day Arusha Hotel. A couple of Hollywood personalities have stayed at the Hotel and the Hotel still remains popular with the upmarket African safari tours to Tanzania. Other recent guests to the Hotel during their stay in Africa, include; President Bill Clinton, Miriam Makeba, Jada and Will smith as well as Jessica Biel and Dance hall sensation Shaggy.

With a total of 86 Hotel rooms, The Arusha Hotel offers three accommodation ranges which include Suites, Executive Deluxe or Superior room categories.

A guest hotel room is equipped with a Tea/Coffee making electric unit, a mini bar, Flat Iron with an Ironing board, proper wardrobe, hair dryers, as well as a reading table and ample lighting.

The hotel rooms
  • Rooms are provided with air-conditioning units including temperature adjusters.
  • An electronic safe for the valuables is available in the room.
  • A flat screen plasma TV set with local and international channels provides the in-house entertainment.
  • Guest rooms are equipped with intercom, as well as direct dialling telephones as well as free
  • Wi-Fi and plug in sockets for electric charging.
  • Rooms are screened for mosquitoes and other bugs that may stray into the room.

The restaurants serve most of the international cuisine. The chefs will be happy to provide local dishes as well as Italian and Oriental dishes.  Meals are usually ‘a la carte and are ordered as per menu.

Drinks can be had from, or ordered as room service from the Hatari bar. A variety of cocktails and premium wines are available. The bar is well stocked and both local and imported brands of drinks are available.

Guests are also welcome to utilize the large swimming pool or the hot tub in the gardens. The spa at the property is also available for facials, massages and health programs treatment. The gym for aerobics and weights or fitness exercise is also available.

The business centre is available from 08:00am to cater for office assignments.

The Hotel offers airport transfers. The Transport desk is able to provide tourist information to those wishing to conduct safaris.

Conference facilities or other large functions are also available for groups of more than 300.