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The Researchers Rest

A104 Kiryani Road, Arusha Tanzania
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#13 of 306 Speciality lodging in Arusha
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The Researchers Rest was built in 1991 to house the various researchers when they would come in from the Bush. At the time the house was built in a quiet coffee farm, but over the years the city has grown around the property, which still maintains a beautiful garden with a handful of coffee trees. The five bedroom property has three in-suite rooms and two rooms that have shared facilities. The sitting room provides an extensive library and the walls are decorated with photographs taken by the many world renowned photographers and researchers that still stay at the Researchers Rest. But one can’t argue that the most memorable aspect of a stay is the incredible fresh dishes prepared by Eddie, who has 25 years of experience.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Secured parking
Wine / champagne
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Swahili
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kek604 wrote a review 5 Oct
Marshall, Michigan692 contributions199 helpful votes
We were booked in this formerly private home-turned-inn. Food was very good. Rooms and grounds were very well kept. Laundry service was prompt. Security was excellent. Library with books. And other guests were wonderfully engaging.
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Date of stay: August 2021
JuliaHubbel wrote a review Sep 2021
Eugene, Oregon774 contributions353 helpful votes
Eddie is the best cook you could ask for, which is an additoinal treat in this gated property served by a dedicated staff. The rooms are spacious and the grounds just fabulous. When I got there two brand new puppies had joined the staff, and George the aging Ridgeback is spending his last days in the sun. It's a gracious and well-maintained place, and did I say Eddie is the best cook ever? Ask for the staff to take you to Shanga to buy lovely things made by disabled folks. They are happy to serve, the staff are all engaged with the running of the place, and their commitment shows. THE place to stay, rest, research or just enjoy the yard in Arusha, heading in or out on safari.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Room Tip: There is no best room here. All are wonderful.
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jreynolds2014 wrote a review Sep 2021
Dallas, Texas78 contributions39 helpful votes
We arrived in the evening at the Kilimanjaro airport (from Rwanda on RwandAir) and were picked up by the Researchers Rest lodging’ manager Eddie. He was phenomenal. An hour drive to the house/hotel in Usariver, halfway between Arusha and the big airport. This is an old house that was owned by a Dutch woman, built to specifications for cultural and scientific researchers (wildlife, anthropological, cultural) to stay at while coming and going for their research studies. Beautiful living and dining spaces. The facility is behind a large locked gate. It has 5 rooms a--simple but large and provided everything we needed. However, the best thing was Eddie: He was a marvel—a great cook as well as conversationalist. He actually did the cooking. We paid a small sum to have dinner there because we arrived in the evening. There is nowhere to walk to get food outside of the lodging there. Breakfast was part of the cost of the room.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Room Tip: I think the rooms are pretty much the same.
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Eric S wrote a review Sep 2021
4 contributions6 helpful votes
This hidden gem was the starting and ending point for our safari. Comfortable rooms and nice deco. The food though is fantastic. But when you hear the history of this place, it really brings it all together. The place is run by the staff where they have ownership and are assisted by some very kind expats who help with the transition when the owner passed away many years ago. So when you stay here you are not only getting a nice stay, but actually the profits go to support local families.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Olivia B wrote a review Aug 2021
17 contributions34 helpful votes
It’s a cute, secure oasis in the crazy busy city of Arusha. It’s in a gated property with great security on windows and doors. The rooms are comfortable with an extra place to sprawl out luggage and places to put clothes if you’re there long enough to unpack. Each room comes with a bathroom, however it’s the room next to your bedroom. Your bathroom and room comes with safe water to drink and brush your teeth with. WiFi was solid when it was up and not going out as it happened in Tanzania. THE FOOD WAS BOMB. I had good food right along for 10+ days in Tanzania but the food here was next level. Best dessert I had the entire time. Everything was homemade and so good. We had dinner and breakfast there and both was amazing and impressive.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
US$55 - US$112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
TanzaniaArusha RegionArusha
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Researchers Rest
Which popular attractions are close to The Researchers Rest?
Nearby attractions include Shanga & Shanga Foundation (3.9 km), The Tanzanite Experience (3.3 km), and Cultural Heritage Centre (3.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Researchers Rest?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Researchers Rest?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Researchers Rest?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Researchers Rest?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chinese Whispers, Georges Tavern, and Khan's BBQ.
Does The Researchers Rest have airport transportation?
Yes, The Researchers Rest offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Researchers Rest?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Swahili.