Established 1894, this hotel is believed to be one of the oldest hotels in East Africa, she has undergone many transformations to emerge today as one of the leading hotels in the fast growing city of Arusha.
The Arusha Hotel set the precedence for hotel accommodation in the new and undeveloped town of Arusha, when first built back in 1894. It was a time of horse drawn buggies and classic cars, which took quite a beating on the unpaved roads and tracks. The hotel signified a pleasant resting place for those travelling from as far as the Cape or Cairo…and all corners of Old East Africa. Its status soon became synonymous with travellers, pioneers and adventurers looking for welcoming accommodation or a refreshment stop during long gruelling journeys into the outback.
This year marked a cornerstone in The Arusha Hotel’s history, when American banker, and personal friend of Teddy Roosevelt, Kenyon Painter, bought the property. He made extensive changes to it, sealing its reputation as Arusha’s first and foremost hotel. Its grand opening, in December 1927, saw the Prince of Wales as guest of honour and over the years, it became the chosen resting place for many a famous guest, including Baron Von Blixen (of Out of Africa fame) and John Wayne during the filming of Hatari.
A sparkling renaissance of its former self, The Arusha Hotel is a truly unique hotel. Having undergone an extensive and sympathetic restoration, the hotel has beautifully retained the historic and mystical charm made famous in the 1920’s
In very recent years, The Arusha Hotel has welcomed many high-profile guests including President Clinton, Hollywood icons Will & Jada Smith, actress Jessica Biel, pop star Shaggy and South Africa’s singing legend, Miriam Makeba.
Looking at old photographs of the hotel, which have been treasured and preserved, one can still recognise its original architecture, cleverly redesigned to suit the twentieth century. Throughout its long history, from protectorate East Africa – Tanganyika, to a proud and growing Republic of Tanzania, The Arusha Hotel has maintained a status and character that optimizes continuity and values, with a touch of nostalgia beautifully balanced with the needs of the modern world.
We enjoyed our stay greatly, our executive room was well appointed and comfortable, the restaurant, food and general facilities were of a very high standard, plus a lovely garden. What impressed us most of all was the friendly and efficient staff, from reception to the dining room, in fact in all areas of the hotel we found the staff professional and attentive making our stay a pleasant and happy experience – Mr Hogg, Scotland