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When I first arrived, I thought "this place is a dump." Rooms were small and messy, and there is very little common space. It is also quite a ways out of town, requiring $10 taxis at night to get home. That said, the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and they helped us book a great and cheap 4-day safari with Arunga Expeditions. After the safari, my friend and I decided to book a hotel in town - only $35 for a private ensuite double room in a central location was a much better deal.
The Greenhouse Hostel is in the house of the NGO The Green Living Planet. We had a great time in there and we really can recommend it. In January 2015 the road to the Hostel was under construction. Therefore the description how to get to the hostel was not accurate. Nevertheless, if you call them, an employee can pick you up at the closest point to the hostel (which is around 100 m away from the hostel).
Great location if you know your way around and happy to get the Dala Dala. It's really close to the old shop rite which has good cafés and restaurants. Bridge is out at the moment so have to take the long way around on the Dala Dala. Staff are all awesome and lovely. Food is great and it's incredible value for money especially for Arusha. Would happily stay here again
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 18-24
- (1 review)
The entire team that worked there was incredibly nice. The place was very comfortable, and they even cooked us breakfast and dinner!
I chose the Greenhouse because I thought I was helping a nonprofit that works for the community. However, while there I met someone claiming to be the owner. So this is not really a nonprofit. Anyway, the rooms are clean. The staff are friendly. The main problem with the Greenhouse is location. The location is very bad, far from city center. The road is unpaved and when it rains gets really muddy. They do have a bus stop closeby, but at night, you will need a taxi. Not a bad but location is bad.
Perfect place!!! The stuff helped us with everything...the first chance we get, we come back!
Special thanks for a GREAT stay. The property is a little off the beaten path and could be difficult to find, but otherwise was excellent. Staff were extremely friendly, good wifi, fun guests from around the world. We stayed two nights, Dec 22-23 and 25-26, on either side of a Serengeti safari, and would definitely return.
The staff was incredibly sweet & friendly, however when we first arrived nobody was there and it was a bit awkward. The location is certainly far off the beaten track, but the inclusion of all meals made up for it. Taxis had a hard time finding the place though, so be sure to carry a copy of the directions with you. Overall, the facilities were nice and our room had good WiFi, but there was no fan and no breeze so it was sweltering hot at night...but then again, it is Tanzania in the summer.
Great hostel, clean, friendly staff. Close to bar. A 10 minutes dala dala ride to the city center. Convenient for any budget travelers looking for accommodation before climbing Kili or Meru.
Amazing people, I would reccomend to anybody, Ben is a big heart to help people so much, like public schools, community services, recycling, keep the world more green, and orphanage. The staffs is amazing. You feel like home. If you want to do some volunteer work. This is a perfect place
I can't speak highly enough of this place. The staff were absolutely incredible and went out of there way to help with everything you needed (taking us on trips, finding the best deals, helping with reservations). It is also unbelievable that you could get three meals a day for free (if you are in). Some maybe put off by the location, but it was really nice NOT staying in the centre as was more chilled and has a roof top with a great view of Mt Meru. There is no point staying any where else.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)
I stayed at The Greenhouse twice, just prior to a safari and immediately after. Benson arranged the safari which was absolutely fantastic- he is completely connected to the community in Arusha and able to arrange any activity you may want to do including volunteering with his non-profit. The staff and Benson's mother and sister were helpful and able to provide anything you may need. The wifi works, the food is really good (and included in the price), and there is hot water for showers!
This hostel is like a home. They give you also Food and the atmosphere is awesome. You can easyly hang out with the People in their living room. They would take good care of you. Awesome place.
Great value hostel with really friendly, helpful staff. Slightly outside the centre of Arusha but you can catch a dala dala (minibus) easily. They come every few minutes and cost 400 shillings (less than 25 cent!). Overall 9/10.
I can't rave enough about how amazing this place is. I echo all the previous comments about Benson and the rest of the team, but would like to add that their generosity extends beyond the formal agreement. Benson took a couple of us out to a really nice bar with a band, and then let me leave my luggage behind when I went to hike Mt Meru.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 31-40
- (1 review)
Great place with great atmosphere, plus free dinner! Probably the best deal you will find in all Tanzania plus Wifi and cheap drinks. Also the place has a great family feel to it in the evening, guests hanging out with the owner and his family The only negative was we tried to walk there....it's a little far from the main road so take one of the shared mini buses which is also a great experience. Thank you Benson and Ayubu!
Everyone is friendly and it's a nice, clean place to stay. It isn't "downtown" but still in a pleasant area which gives a more "real" Tanzanian experience. I walked into down (~40 minutes) and it was nice to see everything along the way. There are also buses and motorcycle taxis which can take you into town cheaply. All meals were included and cooked in house which gives you more of a local experience. Mosquito netting for each bed was good (but I think unnecessary) and a good hot shower.
From the owners to the security to the staff.. they were like ohana..ohana means family! Location was good for where i was going... Proper showers, clean toilets, MEALS!, and WI-FI!!!It was like my african home away from home...miss it all, miss you all... asante sana sana