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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am not sure it matters, but I don't know whether I stayed in the Onsea or Machweo property - I believe they are connected. Our tour group arrived very late (10:30pm) but were very quickly welcomed by the staff and made to feel at home. Even at that late hour we were provided a nice three course dinner. My... More 

Thank mjabdy
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I spent two nights at Onsea House resting up from a long flight from Los Angeles. We were greeted warmly by the staff and we were accommodated in a three-bedroom house overlooking gardens and Mount Meru. The privacy and comfort were exceptional. Cocktails on the main veranda and a 5-course gourmet dinner, from the best chef in... More 

Thank Susan S
Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very impressed with the architectural design. The landscaping is complimentary to the hardscape which is also designed to provide natural privacy. The visual experience is organic - the colors, the plants, the flowers, the greenery, the stones, and the overall landscape. From the lovely open restaurant in the back, you can see the majestic Mt. Meru to the right and... More 

Thank MayaguezanaPR
Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a hidden gem, nicely tucked away in the hills that surround the town of Arusha in northern Tanzania. It offers exquisite fine dinning experience with a remarkable view of the outskirts of Arusha. The panoramic view is nicely accompanied by calm surroundings and luxurious cottages sitting on top of the hill. Don't miss out the spa that... More 

Thank Teweli
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Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Treated like royalty. Fantastic food, wine selection and service! Awesome concept of wine paired with dinner and Chef Axel's recommendation. 4 Stunning courses each paired with a different wine. And washed down with a fantastic whisky from an amazing collection. Rooms are very comfortable and spacious. Wait staff were extremely knowledgeable and professional.

Thank Dimitri L
Tongeren, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

I came here last year, and decided to come back as start and endpoint for safari. The place became more quiet, road access is improving with the new highway. At this moment the best place to stay near Arusha when you have an international flight to take, as traffic jam can hold you up for three hours, when you stay... More 

Thank ludo001
Pangani, Tanzania
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

We were 4 friends staying before and after our safari at the Onsea House and really enjoyed our stay. The reception welcomed us warmly with different juices both of the days and took care of us so well. The beautiful gardens and lovely designed rooms and the very friendly and helpful staff make you feel you are visiting your family.... More 

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Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Ireland
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Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for one night at the end of a business trip. Booked at the last minute by email - after being greeted with juice I was in Machweo room 8, a small bungalow type room with kitchen and shower overlooking the valley. The finishing and detail is of a great standard, after a light lunch and a swim in... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

I had the benefit of staying a long weekend at Onsea House while visiting Arusha and it is truly a gem - tucked back off the main road, up a hillside, it has spectacular views across Arusha as well as of Mt Meru. The rooms are extremely up to date and modern (I think they recently renovated) - poured concrete... More 

Thank 1821RS
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

Stayed in Onsea prior to my safari and Machweo after. Lovely comfortable rooms, and great service (Pauline in reception was fantastic). Highlight was definitely the AMAZING food - breakfast is plentiful with great choices, dinner is 3 course with recommended wines accompanying. Would highly recommend staying here when in Arusha!

Thank LVB1973

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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 

Additional Information about Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage

Address: Baraa Road | Moivaro, Moshono Village, Arusha 1259, Tanzania (Formerly Onsea House & Machweo Retreat)
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Price Range: $315 - $436 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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Onsea House Country Inn & Guest Cottage Hotel Arusha
Onsea House Country Inn And Guest Cottage
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“Bungalows are spacious, modern, comfortable and private”
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“room 6 or 7 when you want to be very quiet”
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“Main building has beautiful rooms, but there are cottage suites if you have a bigger group or need adjoining rooms”
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“Rooms at lower levels will be quieter.”
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