L'Oasis was our home away from home for our multi-week visit to Tanzania. We stayed here on 3 separate instances between each of our adventures. Two nights upon our arrival in Arusha, then another night after climbing Kilimanjaro, then another night after our return from Camping in the Serengeti. We, honestly, dreamt of returning to the L'Oasis pool while we were hiking Kilimanjaro.
I can't say enough about the staff. They were excellent. Victor, Rose, Eric, Ellie, you name it, absolutely everyone was attentive and pleasant. This is Africa, so the occasional power outage or other minor inconvenience is to be expected, but the staff here always made us feel welcome and taken care of. Hakuna Matata!
The rooms (huts?) we stayed in were always clean and comfortable. We stayed just before the rainy season and the temperature was perfect for sleeping. Mosquito nets were clean and in good condition, but we actually didn't need them. The showers don't have amazing water pressure, but we DID have hot water, which we came to greatly appreciate after 6 nights on Kilimanjaro in freezing rain.
Other reviews have mentioned location as not very safe outside the walled in compound. Though this may be the case, we had zero issues. The hotel is very safe and secure. We always had a driver to take us anywhere we wanted to go (10,000tsh each way). There was a decent amount of neighborhood noise during our stay (construction, loudspeaker shouting, school children playing), but then again, we weren't looking to be completely isolated from the Africa we were visiting, so we didn't mind. Never a problem for sleep, though.
All in all, I would (and will) happily stay here again next time I get the opportunity to visit Arusha.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A cozy place with a friendly staff. Lovely garden. Great food. Perfect before and after your safari or Kili climb. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- l`Oasis Lodge And Annexe Hotel Arusha