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Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage
Ranked #2 of 101 Arusha B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Kauai
2 reviews
“Home away from home”
Reviewed October 12, 2009

Last year we went to Onsea House in Arusha. We arrived late from Kauai, Hawaii, and our luggage did not arrive with us. In spite of the late hour we were greeted at Onsea House by smiling faces and a wonderful meal. Our rooms were palatial, bright and extremely clean and comfortable. We stayed one night. The next day we headed out on game viewing safaris.

In the morning we were greeted by a sumptuous breakfast. The owner, Kurt, upon hearing that all of our gear was in limbo, loaned us a pair of good binoculars to use on our safaris.

The safaris were wonderful and then we returned for 2 more days to Onsea House. It was like coming home. When you go there, make sure to have a massage. The food was world class, and the people kind, generous and helpful.

It has taken a year of nagging guilt to write this. There is so much to say about the goodness of this place that we blanked out. We want to go back. We wish they could visit us that we might return a small part of the hospitality.

If you go to Arusha, stay at Onsea house.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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210 reviews
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Reviewed September 28, 2009

We have just had our seond stay at Onsea. Yet again a truley great stay - homely feel but touches that make it first class. Dirk the owner is very helpful - he arranged our whole safaris for us including my husbands climb up kilimanjaro with Team Kilimanjaro who are highly reccommended. When my husband and his friend returned from their climb covered in 7 days of Kilimanjaro dirt, Dirk served them champagne on the terrace rather han usher them to their rooms for a clean up - an example of his excellent hospitality and a great way of greeting guests and making them feel at home. The rooms by the pool are definitely more discreet and quieter. Food superb - including fresh "bean to cup" espresso coffee and home made croissants in the morning. Dirk and Axel have it spot on with Onsea.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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newcastle
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2009

We stayed at Onsea for three nights at the start of our honeymoon and then returned after our safari for a further night before heading off to Zanzibar. All I can say is that I wish we could have stayed for longer. The place was fantastic. Dirk was extremely helpful from first contact and helped us to arrange our safari and entire honeymoon. He was extremely patient to our ever changing dates and requirements and provided us with a honeymoon we will never forget.

We stayed for our first three nights in the room overlooking the swimming pool. Simply gorgeous, the pool is secluded and it feels as though you are staying in your own luxury villa- so quiet and peaceful- rooms are gorgeous with lovely toiletries and fab shower!

The food was gorgeous- lots of lovely wine to accompany every meal and special surprises before dinner each night- can't pick my favourite dish but the fantasically simple pasta with corgette and parmesan for lunch has to be up there!

Axel was great company and has amazing talent! should we ever be lucky enough to be in Tanzania again we'll definately be back!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Brighton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 31, 2009

We arrived at Onsea House following a gruelling week on Kilimanjaro. We were exhausted and absolutely filthy. We were greeted on arrival with hot face towels and drinks and nobody protested about our gruesome appearances! Our room was beautifully decorated. The bathroom was spacious and there was a good selection of luxury toiletries. The food at Onsea House was amazing and wine was served with each course. The chef, Axel, clearly loves food and wants his guests to enjoy each dish. All the staff were friendly and nothing was too much trouble, including finding someone in the village to repair my husband's sandal. We have stayed in many hotels and guest houses and few get everything as right as Onsea House!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2009

We booked one night here as our last night of a three week trip. All the glowing reviews of the food were true. The room was beautiful, and we felt like we were visiting family. I'd highly recommend this if you're staying in Arusha. it is off the beaten path, but worth it.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Basel, Switzerland
1 review
Reviewed July 31, 2009

Onsea House is a delightful place to stay!
Beautiful gardens with lush greenery.
The rooms are cosy and clean and the bathrooms are impeccable.
The food and wines are only topped by the beautiful sunsets on the terrace.

Dear Dirk and Axel, many thanks to you and the team for your excellent service!

Claerhout-Maes Family
Basel, Switzerland

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Breda, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2009

It was a very warm welcome in Tanzania for us! The ambiance of the place and hospitality of Dirk & Axel are great. We enjoyed this place very much and you definately have to wine & dine here, because the quality is outstanding.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage
Address: Baraa Road | Moivaro, Moshono Village, Arusha 1259, Tanzania (Formerly Onsea House & Machweo Retreat)
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Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 101 B&Bs / Inns in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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