Had a great stay here before and after Safari! Eddy was an amazing host and made us feel like home. The breakfast and dinner were both delicious and the whole place felt like a lovely oasis to spend some relaxing time before and after our trips through the national park.
An exceptional place to stay. We discovered it in 2020, and returned because it was so nice. The staff treats guests like family, the ambiance is lovely- with a beautiful private property, a large common area and Eddie, the manager, is an awesome cook! He prepares healthy dinners with local fresh food, and Joseph serves fresh fruits, granola, etc., with eggs for breakfast. The place is super clean, too. I highly recommend this place!
We stayed at the Researchers Rest at the beginning of October and it was and excellent place to kick off our Tanzanian journey. Eddie and Joseph were great hosts and went out of their way to ensure our comfort. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the sitting area with it's view of the garden, very comfortable. Both breakfast and dinner was some of the best food we had in Tanzania. We would stay here again!
Probably our favorite place we've ever stayed. A quiet gem of a place in the hustle and bustle of Arusha, it was perfect for us post-trek and post-safari. Beautiful grounds, clean and welcoming, with a wonderful and friendly staff, Researcher's Rest is truly a special place to rest, relax and recover. And the food is amazing. Thank you Jospeh and Eddie for your kindness, care and going the extra mile for us!
Researcher’s rest had beautiful grounds, a beautiful colonial style building, good food and a kind/attentive staff. We had a room with the en-suite bathroom. The hot water and electricity are also on 24/7. I would definitely stay here again in Arusha.
Researcher’s rest was our final nights stay with a Peak Planet Kilimanjaro Trek/ 4 day Safari combo package. After spending 4 days on Safari in the bush, this place was just what we needed. This bed and breakfast style accommodation was expertly run, the house manager Eddie made sure of that. The room was clean, the hot shower was definitely appreciated, and the dinner that was served was incredibly tasty. We happened to be lucky enough to meet up with a couple of our Kili Climb group members here, and enjoyed our delicious food, good wine, and some deep belly laughs. Eddie drove us to the airport the following morning, and after asking us about our trip and experience in Tanzania, we were able to learn about the rich and storied history of this establishment on the drive to the airport. We would recommend this accommodation to anyone who is looking for a high quality, intimate and catered experience. You definitely get more than a good deal staying at Researcher’s Rest.…
I spent a single night at the Researchers Rest before doing a one-day safari at the Arusha National Park. The room was great and the food amazing. After a long flight from the US it provided exactly what I needed - a nice place to relax, shower, sleep and prepare for my trip. The food was amazing. Freshly prepared with plenty of fruits, grains and meat. Another couple staying with their family had some dietary restrictions and I saw the care that the cooks took to ensure they got what they needed. They made an individual lasagna for a vegetarian. The common area is where I spent most of the afternoon enjoying the view of the yard and talking with other guests. My room was booked as part of a package deal through Peak Planet.
We had a brief, one-night stay at Researcher's Rest at the end of our Tanzanian safari. Our safari driver had a difficult time finding this place. It is in a very nice neighborhood but far north from the city center over some bumpy and not sign-posted roads. Also, there is no sign outside the establishment, so we had to keep asking various neighbors as to its entrance. Be warned that getting there might be another adventure! The interior is an old colonial home with a large library and simple but nice rooms. We had a delicious dinner and breakfast there. The atmosphere was low key and quiet compared to our other stays in Africa. Eddie handled all of our meals, payment, and even drove us to the airport. He then waited with our luggage when we went to the ATM! He is a true professional. I suggest this place if you are staying a night or two before or after a safari. But if you are going to spend more time around Arusha, it may be more convenient to find somewhere closer to the center and near main roads. But for the value, you can't beat Researcher's Rest!…
My first stay at Researcher's was in 2013 when I climbed Kilimanjaro.Since then I have come back many times, and each time it gets better. That's because the steady staff, familiar faces and rich history of the place blend with dense foliage, which creates a bird-filled, wonderful oasis in bustling Arusha. At the end of a bumpy, rocky road, you turn into this guest house made from a gracious home built by two English women. Their love is throughout the brick and mortar. Eddie, the chef and manager, is a superb cook, and deserves a five star rating for his quality food and caring manner. Joseph, Helen and the rest of the staff (including ancient George, the Rhodesian Ridgeback) all make coming back here regularly one of the great pleasures of coming to Tanzania.
This is a wonderful gem in Arusha. The food, hosts, Ed and Joesph are truly amazing and kind.The history here makes me just so in awe of what it was like years ago, I wish I could have been a fly on the wall when the home was full of researchers and hear their conversations. This is not to be missed. I'm of the mindset that if I'm in Africa, I want to experience Africa, why stay in a hotel chain. This home has a heart and history and we loved it.
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