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.
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.
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.…
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.
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.