Arusha is a popular tourist town in Northern Tanzania. It is located just below Mount Meru and 1.5-2 hours South-West of Kilimanjaro National Park, which makes it a popular base town for trekkers.
Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge and Tarangire National Park are also not very far from the town.
The city has over 420,000 inhabitants, and is rather multicultural as far East African towns go!
In this article we have provided a brief snapshot on the best hotels in Arusha.
We have separated our reviews into three categories – cheap and cheerful, more comfort, and premium / luxury. There is a hotel or guest house here for everyones’s budget.
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Best Hotels In Arusha
Kibo Palace Hotel
Fantastic hotel, located in the centre of Arusha. Includes great rooms, poolside bar, fitness centre, spa, awesome restaurant and all-area Wifi access. Known for great service.
Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $150 to $200, excluding hotel tax.
Ideal for: Travellers looking for a central location that provides the best quality and service for an affordable price.
Main selling factor: Position and amenities, which are all 5-Star quality.
The Arusha Hotel
By far the best hotel in Arusha. Includes all the amenities that you would expect from a 5-Star hotel. It’s claim to fame is being the oldest hotel in the region – founded in 1894!
Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $180 for a superior room to $230 for a executive deluxe and $350 upwards for a suite, excluding hotel tax.
Ideal for: The discerning traveller!
Main selling factor: Real old school colonial feel. Fantastic service and brilliant amenities. Can’t knock this hotel, but it comes at a price.
Other Luxury Options
- Mount Meru Hotel: Everything you would expect from a top hotel. ~$150-$200 a night
- The African Tulip: Super nice hotel. If budget is not a problem then book here. ~$150-$200 a night
- Kili Villa Guest House: Our favourite guest house in the region. Proper luxury but it comes at a price. $550 a night
- Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp Hotel: A good hour away from Arusha on Lake Manyara. Really great safari spot. $180 a night
Total peace, harmony and authenticity is found at Christina House. A short drive outside of Arusha, the guest house offers 10 lovely rooms and great service for an unbeatable price. If you can secure a booking, then book immediately.
Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $45 for a single to $65 for a double and $100 for a triple. Note: Hotel tax is not included in the room price
Ideal for: The discerning traveller looking for an authentically quaint African experience, at a bargain!
Main selling factor: Small and quiet. Beautiful jungle scenery around the guesthouse. Great local cuisine
A little way outside of Arusha, Planet Lodge offers great accommodation lodges set in a beautiful garden. Fantastic bar, swimming pool and restaurant. Service is excellent!
Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $80 for a single to $120 for a double. Note: Hotel tax is not included in the room price
Ideal for: Great for families and couples alike.
Main selling factor: Swimming pool and large gardens are a treat. Service is excellent and lodges very comfortable.
Western standard quality at a very affordable price. You can expect all the bells and whistles that come with a good 4-Star hotel. Rooms are very modern and amenities varied (spa, fitness centre, good restaurant, Wifi in the rooms). Located centrally.
Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $135 for a standard room to $160 for a superior room and $200 for a deluxe.
Ideal for: Travellers accustomed to Western comforts, or for people who want to be based centrally
Main selling factor: Spa and gym. Wifi in all rooms. Modern rooms. Very central.
4Js Hotel & Tours
Central hotel popular with business and leisure travellers. Rooms are clean and modern and the service adequate. You could do a lot worse for the price.
Costs: Room prices with breakfast included range from $45 for a standard twin / double to $55 for a deluxe double. Note: Hotel tax is not included in the room price
Ideal for: Travellers looking for some comfort but at a cheap price.
Main selling factor: Clean, modern rooms. 5km from Arusha city centre. Wifi in all rooms
Other Budget Options
- Korona House Bed & Breakfast: Simple B&B a little way outside of Arusha. ~$35-$40 a night
- Natron Palace Hotel: Functional and central, but don’t expect any charm. ~$40-$50 a night
- Hotel Aquiline: Not the prettiest of hotels, but clean, friendly and central. ~$30-$40 a night
Still have questions about where to stay in Arusha and which hotels are best, leave a comment below and we will respond within 24hours. If you would like to provide a review on one of the hotels above or indeed suggest a hotel that you think should be included here, please also leave a comment.