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“A real home”
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Christina House
Ranked #9 of 104 Arusha B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 reviews
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“A real home”
Reviewed September 13, 2011

My hubby and I, together with a couple friend, did a road trip from Nairobi, Kenya, to Arusha, Tanzania, for Easter 2011. The journey was four hours long and the queues at the border were quite long, so it is with much appreciation that we found what we found at Christina House, an absolutely welcoming proprietor and fully relaxing place!

We had booked our rooms beforehand and were given what we can officially call the best rate per value that we have ever enjoyed in a hotel. All our communication with Christina Kaaya (the proprietor) was via emails and facebook messages, and it was refreshing to see an African lady of her generation having embraced technology to the level of replies in less that 12 hours!

So anyway, upon getting to Christina House we were received with hugs and fresh home-made juice, and really relaxing rooms. They are round-shaped and with excellent finishings. The building hosting the rooms is also worth architectural note. There is a recurring wooden theme in the entire guest house that gives the place African and specifically Tanzanian authenticity. The place is also unquestionably clean. There are well-tended gardens to relax in, and a superb r&r place at some raised gazebo-like place overlooking the gardens.

The staff are warm and friendly (but aren't all Tanzanians?) and have many stories to share during those mellow after dinner hours. Christina House is also secure what with a gun-carrying army/police guy doing the rounds at night. Despite being right next to the highway, the place is also surprisingly quiet.

The thing of highest note about Christina House has to be the food, and that is why I have saved it for last. Even if you will not reside at the guest house, it is worth popping in for a meal. Christina and her team whip up wholesome, genuinely Tanzanian meals that are plain yummy. It was excellent for us as we were looking for something away from fries and other 'unhealthies' which tend to be the common food during festivities. The food was truly an experience.

So yes, we would recommend the place.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

I actually lived in Arusha with Christina for 2 months, and she is absolutely wonderful. Her lodge is clean, relaxing, and in a great location, but the service there is what really makes a difference. Christina is an exceptionally gracious host and will go above and beyond to make all of her guests feel comfortable and safe. The food is delicious, and she caters to any specific requests. She knows the area and knows a lot of people and can give great tips on what to do in Arusha. She became like a mom to me during my stay. I love this lady! STAY HERE!!!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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Florence, Italy
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

I recommend this place: it's not so far from the downtown but it is from the noises of Arusha!
The owner, Mama Christina, will receive you like a special guest, cooking traditional Tanzanian meals! The rooms are clean, wide and confortable. The service is great, women working there are very nice. Nice place to stay!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

This lovely bed and breakfast was so charming.
The garden is lovely, the place is nice and quiet at night.
Christina is a great host, she will make sure you have a nice stay.
The staff is also very helpful.
I enjoyed the terrace area most, where I could relax in the evenings.
I have to recommend this place over the horrible hotel complexes in central Arusha.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Moshi, Tanzania
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Reviewed July 31, 2011

I stayed in the hotel for two days and was two of the best night's sleep i've had since i've been in Africa. The bed was incredibly comfortable and the room spotlessly clean. The staff on hand were really welcoming and provided some great meals for me. The price was relatively cheap also for what was included. I will be staying there again for sure the next time i visit Arusha for my work.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Christina House
Address: Chama, Kwapole near Tengeru along Arusha-Moshi road | about 3km to Nelson Mandela Institute of Science and Technology, Arusha +255, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 104 B&Bs / Inns in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Christina house is the Mini African styled lodge which serves normally local food, other cuisines are served on request. Christina House is in the northern circuit of Tanzania in Arusha which is the tourist town. Christina House arrange safaris to the national parks and mountain climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and Meru. At Christina House we have the program of cultural tourism where by we make sure our costumers experience the difference and we keep them within the community. Staying at Christina House you will be helping the women and children because 10 percent of the income goes to the non-profit organization (women hope of Tanzania). ... more   less 
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