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Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage
Ranked #4 of 140 Arusha B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 August 2008

An oasis in Arusha! Set in the foothills of Arusha, this place not only provides great rooms and service but amazing food. Dirk and Axel are the best hosts ever. I can't say enough great things about this place!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 April 2008

Onsea is a great place to stay, the accommodation is first class, very luxurious after a hard Safari.The food is excellent, Axel, you rock ! At Onsea you will get a real warm, family welcome. Beautiful surroundings, relaxing and chilled atmosphere. If you get a chance to stay at Onsea you should take it. You wont be disappointed.Thanks to Dirk & Axel for such a great stay.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 April 2008

My husband and I spent the first night of our honeymoon at Onsea, having spent 13 hours travelling there from Heathrow via Nairobi. We arrived exhausted and hungry. Within minutes, Axel had arranged breakfast on the terrace, with freshly squeezed juice, fresh bread, cheese and cooked meats. Nothing was too much trouble, it seemed. The pool on the lower terrace was very relaxing, though remember to take everything you need with you, as it's a bit of a trek back to the main house. Our room was perfectly clean, and well appointed. It was the end room off the main terrace, so inevitably there was some noise from other diners in the evening. Axel's cooking is a real treat - and unlike anything else we tasted in Africa. Onsea is a very pleasant place to stay (especially compared with other accommodation in the area) with stunning views towards the mountains. We spent a few happy hours walking in the local area, and met some very friendly people. Thanks to the Onsea family and Axel, this was a great and relaxing start to our African adventure.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 February 2008

When we booked our Northern Tanzania Safari with Green Footprint Adventures, Arusha, they reserved for us three nights in Onsea House. It is situated outside of Arusha. Arriving late in the evening from Brussels/Schiphol we felt immediately at home. Attentive service, excellent food – even a complete dinner at our arrival at 10.30 pm – lovely garden, nice swimming pool and only 5 rooms.
I can confirm all other critics from other guests who stayed here before us: probably the best and most personal guesthouse in Arusha with his outstanding Belgian chef Axel.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 January 2008

We stayed at Onsea House for 3 nights in January and enjoyed the setting. The grounds were nice and well-maintained and the pool was quite refreshing. Our room had a double bed and was located right off of the dining area which made it very loud at night with little privacy. Also, the room was quite hot through the night and would benefit from a ceiling fan. We found the staff to be attentive in general, though we did not get much help when we lacked hot water. Our principal disappointment had to do with the cuisine which was done in a French style with a seven course meal served nightly. We found this to be a bit pretentious for the setting and the quality of the food was variable as well and certainly could have included some more local tastes.

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2008

Onsea House was the best start to our honeymoon in Tanzania -- it was a shame we couldn't stay longer than one night! The hosts were responsive by email for booking and amazingly attentive when we arrived. Upon arrival, the 18 hours of flights/airports seemed to melt away, allowing us to relax before heading out for safari the next day.

Highly recommended! Morning consisted of amazing views of Mt. Meru, awakening to birds and a nice breakfast, and a wish to just spend one more day here!

  • Stayed: January 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 November 2007

Onsea House made a fabulous start to our honeymoon in June. It is in a gorgeous spot in the hills above Arusha, at the foot of Mount Meru and was the most genuinely welcoming place. Dirk the owner can't do enough for you, same as Axel the chef. The food is great here and the terrace with it's lush views is the perfect setting. We stayed before and after our safari in both the [spotless] room/suite off the main terrace. We booked directly (online) with them. Dirk had a taxi (Martin) collect us at Kilimanjaro airport and he arranged our safari for us (with ULTIMATE Safari) so we were collected from Onsea House after 2 lovely nights by Mohamed (our superb safari driver & guide) who took us to Lake Manyara, Serengeti etc and then back again to Onsea House for one more night of R&R before flying off to Zanzibar. We would HIGHLY recommend staying in Onsea House rather than in Arusha itself (15 mins in taxi). After a couple of hours in the town you will be VERY glad to go back to Onsea and not have to stay in the hotels which looked awful. Arusha is not an attractive place and can overwhelming if you haven't been in Africa before, especially the constant approaches from peddlars. We had intended going into Arusha to buy our safari from one of the many companies based there but would strongly recommend not doing that. Ultimate Safari (Mohamed the guide in particular) are fantastic & reasonable and Dirk books them at no extra charge. The market in Arusha is worth a stroll through for the experience, sights & sounds - of course you won't get through un-escorted for which you have to tip but don't let the boys bring you 'shopping' after. It's just a visit to their mates and a pressurised pain, not to mention a rip-off. The hosts at Onsea House are happy to give advice, safari tips etc on Tanzania. A great spot to start your African holiday.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage

Address: Baraa Road | Moivaro, Moshono Village, Arusha 1259, Tanzania (Formerly Onsea House & Machweo Retreat)
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Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 140 B&Bs / Inns in Arusha
Price Range: £164 - £237 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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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