After reading reviews of the hotel I was schedule to stay in while in Arusha, I had second thoughts. My tour operator had arranged for me to stay in the Impala Hotel. Reviews on TripAdvisor were lackluster. It seems it’s basically an Econo Lodge. Now, I’m not a diva but after roughing it for 8 days on the tallest mountain in Africa, I’m going to want a clean room, a good bed, and hot shower. I was told that the shower at Impala was akin to being licked by puppies.
After much careful research I finally settled on the African Tulip. It’s a boutique hotel in Arusha and it has received stellar reviews (and hopefully not all are from the owner’s friends and family – haha). I booked it tonight and will receive a credit for not stay at the Impala. Despite the increase in price and dent to my budget, I feel so much better knowing that I will be staying in comfort and that regardless of how Kilimanjaro turns out, I will be returning to Arusha to find a small amount of luxury waiting for me.
P.S. Got my MRI done yesterday. I go Thursday for the results.