Tanzania is renowned for being the gateway to the Serengeti and annually, thousands flock through its borders in order to (hopefully) glimpse the migrating herds of wildebeest across its famed plains and see one of the few truly natural hunting grounds where predator and prey are free to roam, graze and hunt uninhibited. What visitors to Tanzania are simply astounded by (something National Geographic does not always highlight) are the other fantastic locations and the warmth and inviting nature of the Tanzanian people.
Situated at the foothills of Mount Meru in the city of Arusha, Tanzania, the ABA-Arusha budgets Hotel located next to Arusha Declarations tower.
The Hotel is nestled against one of the most majestic backdrops ever imagined, the picturesque Mount Meru, sister peak to Africas highest summit, Mount Kilimanjaro. Keeper of myths and legends for centuries, this magnificent mountain is a photographers Mecca.
Despite Arusha proximity to the Equator, the climate is surprisingly pleasant with an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius. Situated 1400m above sea level on the Southern slopes of Mount Meru , even the humidity is kept at bay, not only making the ABA-Arusha budget hotels a tranquil getaway in the middle of some of natures most spectacular scenery, but a place where you can really put your feet up and find your grounding again.
Apart from offering activities including town touring Hotel offers guests modern, cheap and comfortable accommodation with friendly service, internet facilities , 24 hour security, transfers, Laundries service, Safe deposit , Luggage rooms, and a restaurant which serve varieties of foods including drinks from the professional staff
The Hotel offers the discerning traveler an array of budget choices when it comes to accommodation.
We have 23room self contain spacious well verandah which pronounce a serenity view of the Mount Meru, the Arusha town, and the Declarations tower which is main icon of Arusha.
In room facilities include specious queen or twin beds, direct dial telephones, air-roofing fan, selected satellite television, pay-per-view movies, international plug points, Mosquito nets, tea and coffee making facilities as well as a variety of magazines for your perusal.
With option of King Twins and the single rooms both are well organized, neat clean with enough private tranquility and the Elegance to our stayers.
most discerning guests taste buds:
Main Restaurant20 seater:Breakfast, lunch and dinner (buffet)
Top Roof Restaurant50 seater:Lunch and dinner (international cuisine)
Second Floor Bar & Restaurant
An open and well ventilated construction just at the Second floor area . You will be inspired by the African design detail we have taken to put in place - The seats and tables, the balcony to provide the view of both Mountain and the streets, Come over and have that exquisite experience.
This Restaurant is also frequented by walk in guest who come to sample delicious meals which are picked from the Ala\' carte Menu. Our chef and cooks derive great pleasure from cooking a wide range of sumptuous English, Indian and local dishes.You can also take the opportunity to sample our juicy fresh vegetable salads. A variety of fresh fruit juices are also available at affordable prices
Roof Top Bar & Restaurant
To cup up your experience of the Arusha region and the streets in particular, visit our Summit Restaurant. The Restaurant is exclusively for hotel residents.
Here you can capture cinematographic views of the peak of Mount Meru most mornings and evenings without any obstruction - given that our hotel is amongst of the tallest buildings in Arusha town. This facility also caters for large groups on a buffet menu.
For residents here is also the place where breakfast Buffet is normally served. The English breakfast served is augmented by a collection of Fresh fruit and fruit juices.
Relax before or after a delectable meal at the Bar and Cognac Lounge and take in Africas marvels as you gaze across the roof tops and, enjoy cocktails from the Bar Terrace or toast in the scenery view of the city and the mountains.
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Staff were very friendly on arrival. Allowed me to inspect the room to be sure I was happy before I signed in. The room was clean and easily big enough for a couple to share.
The bathroom faced out on to the street and had windows from ceiling to about a foot from the floor, which was a little off putting, but I found later that this is the only room with this problem. Curtains drawn fixes that problem. Check on Hot water for shower upon arrival as they run on a generator and it takes about half an hour to heat up.
Alfred, the manager was very friendly and helpful, assisting in travel plans for shuttle from Arusha to Nairobi. Took the time to chat. Shuttle and trucks for safaris will pick you up at your front door.
Breakfast is included although it is fruit, and eggs on toast, juice and tea/coffee which seems to be the staple for hotels in Tanz.
Restaurant is not really there yet. Only a few choices although the Swahili Chicken was delicious as was the spanish omelette in the morning.
Central Markets are a two minute walk away.
Laundry facilities are available at reception.
Rooms serviced daily.
Definitely would recommend for those on a mid range budget. Price was reasonable. Best to book one night then ring direct to confirm and discuss cost. Prices are usually cheaper when negotiated person to person. Prices online are not what you pay in person. Much cheaper.
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