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.
- 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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