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The Best Hotels in Arusha Tanzania (2018)

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Arusha. Industrial, dusty and full of volunteers. The best hotels in Arusha are pretty good to be fair but the town leaves a lot to be desired. That being said, there are enough bars, restaurants and coffee shops to make up for the dusty streets.

Located next to the impressive Mt Meru and just two hours drive from Kilimanjaro, the best hotels in Arusha are perfectly situated for climbers. Also, many safari’s depart from Arusha which makes the hotels an obvious choice. Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara are all within easy reach.

Having spent many years working as an overland tour leader in Africa, rest assured I know the best hotels in Arusha like the back of my hand.

The Best Hotels in Arusha Tanzania

In case you might be short on time, here are the categories and my picks for best hotels in Arusha.

Quick Answers: Best Hotels in Arusha Tanzania

Overall Best Hotel in Arusha Tanzania – Palace Hotel

Best Luxury Hotel in Arusha Tanzania – Sheraton Points by Sheraton Arusha

Best Hotel for Couples in Arusha Tanzania – Tulia Hotel & Spa

Best Cheap Hotel in Arusha Tanzania – Equator Hotel

Best Hotel for Families in Arusha Tanzania – Kibo Palace Hotel


Overall Best Hotel in Arusha

Palace Hotel 

As you can see in the photo, the rooms at Palace Hotel are pretty impressive. If Sheraton was not so new to town, I might have picked this as my favourite luxury hotel in Arusha. Whatever you need, Palace Hotel has it in spades and this goes for the restaurant too. With a large dining area, super friendly staff and a prime location – Palace Hotel is my pick for the best hotel in Arusha.

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Best Luxury Hotel in Arusha

 

Best hotels in Arusha

Sheraton Points by Sheraton Arusha

Sheraton Points by Sheraton is a super obvious choice for the best luxury hotel in Arusha. Featuring African styled decor, an excellent restaurant and an equally impressive bar; the hotel facilities are on point. It also has the perfect location, massage services and very professional staff. There are more expensive hotels in Arusha, believe it or not, but Sheraton seems like a better option in terms of price versus value.

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Best Hotel for Couples in Arusha

Tulia Hotel & Spa

The rooms at Tulia Hotel & Spa are spacious and nicely furnished. With a large swimming pool, there is also plenty of space to spend time alone. Meanwhile, the restaurant is open everyday which saves you going into town and the dining area is particularly nice. You will also find a Spa in the hotel giving you the option of taking a massage every day. Simply yet modern and sophisticated, Tulia Hotel & Spa is my pick for couples.

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 Best Cheap Hotel in Arusha

Cheap Hotel in Arusha

Equator Hotel

Equator Hotel features the same location as the luxury hotels in Arusha. While the interior is certainly not as extravagant, the price is very good value. At the same time, the rooms are very clean and the hotel is pretty decent in terms of furnishings. Each room has a balcony, free Wi-Fi and a nice seating area. While there are certainly higher end places to stay in Arusha, this is my pick for the best value hotel in town.

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Best Hotel for Families in Arusha

 

Best Hotel for families in Arusha

Kibo Palace Hotel

 

When it comes to the facilities, the swimming pool and spacious outdoor area make this the best hotel for families in Arusha. The restaurant is a la carte, the food is awesome and the facilities for adults are also there including a fitness centre, sauna, massage parlour and a vibrant bar.

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Stay Safe & Have a Great Time in Arusha !

And there you have it – the best hotels in Arusha for 2018! Did I miss anywhere? Let me know in the comments!


Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means that if you book your hotel, I might earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Please know that I value the trust of my readers and will never endorse something I do not personally support. Namaste 😉

Derek Cullen is an experienced overland tour leader in Africa. He is best known for cycling across Africa and writing about travel in Africa for many online media publications. If you would like advice or information for your trip to Africa, you can speak with him directly through the LiveChat box!

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