We stayed here for a night before & after our safari, we found the place good enough for a night with the basic amenities at Onsea House. The cottages here are single detached units. Comfortable with hot & cold showers, mosquito nets, flat screen tv, etc.
We preferred the stay at their other property though, the Machweo, which had nicer facilities, bigger bathroom & shower, and felt relatively newer.
Breakfast was good and sufficient with home made breads, made to order eggs,etc. They don't rush you to check out after breakfast. The staff was friendly. We arrived a bit tired at the end of our safari and in time for dinner. The dinner service took almost forever, about 2.5- 3.0 hours. It started with a 30 minute wait for the bread basket & drinks to come. Followed with a small plate of appetizer, a cup of soup and the main course. We can understand the wait if this was a degustation dinner, but it certainly was not & everyone in the restaurant were just having the same pre fixe meal. (A little boy on the next table literally fell asleep on the table & his dad had to carry him out of the dining area.)
We were too exhausted to wait & have dessert so we skipped this part.
Overall though, if they can improve the lunch & dinner service, it is a nice place to start & end your safari.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage is voted the best luxury bed and breakfast in Arusha and recommended by several experts as only boutique hotel and hip hideaway in the Arusha/Kilimanjaro region. Enjoy greater comfort and better food than any other guesthouse or restaurant, with more personalized service than in a hotel and more privacy than a lodge resort. Onsea House can be your home base for safaris across northern Tanzania. Machweo Wellness Retreat & Fine Dining offers the guests since September 2011 in total 9 extra spacious rooms, a second swimming pool with sauna and steam bath and a beautiful patio terrace to enjoy a tasty lunch or a candlelight dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage Hotel Arusha
- Onsea House Country Inn And Guest Cottage
- Country Inn Arusha
- Arusha Country Inn