The African Tulip is a modern hotel in a quiet Arusha sidestreet providing comfortable accommodation and faciilities including a lounge, restaurant, bar and outdoor pool. It makes an ideal stopover at the start or end of a northern circuit safari. There are twin, double and triple rooms plus some larger suites, all air conditioned and en-suite. Each room has a TV, phone, Wi-Fi and minibar, and is decorated with African-inspired fabrics and artworks. Suites offer extra space and some have their own balcony.
The aptly-named Baobab Restaurant is built around a baobab tree, and is a light room with large windows. You can choose between local, Indian and international dishes. The large lounge is a great place to unwind and enjoy the company of other guests in a convivial ambeince. There's a separate bar where you can catch up with sporting fixtures via the wode screen TV. The outdoor pool, complete with elephant statues on the sundeck, is a great favouirte with guests, offering gentle exercise and the chance tio lie back and soak up some sun.
Open: The African Tulip is open all year.
Location: The hotel is on Serengeti Road in the centre of Arusha. It is 15kms (30minutes' drive) from Arusha airport and 51kms (45 minutes' drive) from Kilimanjaro airport.
Rooms: There are 29 guest rooms comprising 22 deluxe rooms, 5 suites and 1 family suite with 2 bedrooms. Rooms are arranged over 3 floors. They are decorated in African style, with local textiles and artworks. Amenities include flatscreen TV, Wi-Fi, IDD phone, safe, minibar and air conditioning. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with a bath and a shower. The suites are larger than the deluxe rooms and some have balconies. The family suite has 2 en-suite bedrooms and a large lounge.
Activities: Visit markets, shops and museums in Arusha. The hotel can be used as a stopover before or after a northern circuit safari.
Facilities: The Zanzibar Lounge serves hot and cold drinks and tapas snacks. The Serengeti Bar has a wide-screen TV and provides drinks and snacks indoors and by the pool. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and sunbathing area. Other facilities include a gift shop, a jewellery shop and a business centre. There is a same-day laundry service.
Dining: The Baobab Restaurant specalises in Tanzanian and Indian cuisine and also offers international fare. Meals are eaten at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There are triple deluxe rooms and a 2-bedroomed family suite.
Health: This is a low risk malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access, payable locally.