Best places to stay in Arusha

Best Places To Stay In Arusha

Arusha is the beating heart of Tanzania's tourist industry as safaris begin here everyday. It is nestled on the foothills of Mount Meru and has a welcoming feel. It is great for a nights stop over before beginning your Tanzanian adventure.  There are loads of places to stay in Arusha, below are some of our favourites

Machweo Retreat

Machweo Retreat is the newest addition to Onsea House, its sister property.  Onsea House is one of Arusha’s best little properties and Machweo retreat is right next door, replicating the same level of quality in service and rooms.  The food here is exquisite and some of the best in east Africa.  Onsea House or Machweo Retreat are our first choice properties in Arusha, and if these are full then we recommend Rivertrees and if you are looking for something a little more upmarket and luxurious then the Arusha Coffee Lodge.

Onsea House

Onsea House is without doubt Arusha’s best value property.  The food here gets more thumbs up than anywhere else the country.  The location, rooms and service are excellent making the most appropriate one or two night stop in Arusha.  Onsea is owner run and because of this and the welcoming lodge layout, you feel very much at home.  There are other places to stay in Arusha but nowhere has received such repeatedly good feedback.  If you do want the luxuries of a top end lodge then look at the Arusha Coffee Lodge, but this is a great money saver.

Arusha Coffee Lodge

There are few luxury properties in and around Arusha, of all these the Arusha Coffee Lodge is the best.  Owned and run by Elewana, this property maintains great levels of quality and service.  Being located on a working coffee plantation allows a different sort of feel and air to your stay.  A stay in Arusha would normally be a one night stop, at most, two. If you are looking for something a bit cheaper then Onsea House or Machweo Retreat would be our first choice and if they are full then Rivertrees is the next best option.

Lake Duluti Lodge

There are a variety of accommodation options in Arusha and they cover the whole range of standards and quality, and of course price. Lake Duluti is at the higher end of the market and an ideal stop over before or after a luxury safari. It has amazing rooms, it is in a great location and with it comes a tremendous service. Along with the Arusha Coffee Lodge, these two properties would be our recommended high end Arusha accommodations.

Rivertrees Lodge

This is one of Arusha’s best small properties. It is rural and tranquil and offers an excellent level of service with lovely rooms.  The restaurant here is a favourite in the area and the lovely backdrop of Mt Meru make this a very peaceful setting.  Onsea House would be its closest match and if you are looking for something more upmarket and stylish then look at the Arusha Coffee Lodge.  Rivertrees is furthest away from the Arusha airport, however, it is a great choice if our favourite, Onsea House, is full.

Moivaro Coffee Estate

With quite a range of lodges and small hotels to choose from these days in and around Arusha, this lodge stands out as being a good choice. With good service and clean, airy rooms the lodge is well managed. It has a good sized pool for those who may have come off Kilimanjaro, otherwise ideal for a quick dip in the afternoon after arriving from anywhere else. A good option for those looking for a quiet and charming stoop over point on their way through. Excellent for families, but if you are looking for small intimate place, look elsewhere.

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