I can’t recommend Adia’s place enough – staying here really made my trip. It feels like you’re in ‘real’ Arusha, staying in a family home, but with all the mod-cons. We had a wonderful time.
The owners Adia and her English husband Steve are very welcoming and friendly.
They are very helpful, giving advice on how to get around Arusha, where to go, restaurants, and they can set up reasonably priced safari trips.
We went to Serengeti and Ngorongoro on a trip organised by Adia, and it was one of the best experiences of my life.
Adia was happy to call the operators and hotels with all our questions, so we were clear on what we were getting.
They also helped us book a hotel on the beach near Tanga, and a minivan to get there.
The guesthouse is part of Adia and Steve’s house. It’s a walled compound with a 24 hour watchman in the gate-house, there are also guard-dogs, so it’s really safe.
Inside there is a lovely lawn garden with lots of plants Adia showed us around the guesthouse compound.
There are 4 guestrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, and there are also 2 independent cottages, with kitchen, living room and bathroom, which are ideal if you are a few people, or want to stay for longer and cook for your selves. There is also plenty of parking inside the compound, if you have your own vehicle.
I stayed in one of the guest-rooms. My room had satellite TV, wireless internet, en-suite bathroom with hot shower, comfortable double bed, a chair, shelves and hanging space for clothes and a mosquito net fitted above the bed.
The sheets are changed regularly and everything is spotlessly clean. The rooms and bathrooms are a good size – ideal for a couple.
The best part about staying at Adia’s Place is Adia and her food! Adia makes breakfast for guests in the main house every morning, with loads of different fresh tropical fruit, toast, a selection of jams and honeys, lovely teas, and a different cooked breakfast every day, all delicious.
Adia can also provide wonderful evening meals if you like, with her amazing bean stew, coconut rice, fish and meat, and tasty salads with the wonderful fresh local vegetables.
The guesthouse is on the edge of Arusha, in a small village. You get great views of Mount Meru from the village, and there is a shopping centre a very short car ride away on Njiro Road with nice restaurants, cinema and nice shops, including a supermarket selling lots of ‘western’ food you might want.
In the village itself, there are small convenience shops and a pub, and it is nice to stroll around.
There is a dala-dala (minibus) stop a short 10 minute walk from the guesthouse, which you can use to get into the centre of Arusha easily. Adia also dropped us off sometimes in her 4x4, which made things very convenient