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“Good cheap place” 3 of 5 stars
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Kilimanjaro Backpackers
P.o. Box 8682, Moshi, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #8 of 14 hotels in Moshi
Moshi, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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“Good cheap place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

Had a really good time here, although the rooms are very basic. (Just a bed in a room) the layout and 'African feel' of the hotel makes a really good stay. The only problem is that nowadays they have got rid of the bar on the roof, so you have to leave the hotel to have a drink. But you are still able to sit on the roof.

Overall if you are looking for somewhere cheap to stay, with average facilities it is the perfect place for you.

Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

Great budget stop off if you are in Moshi for a night or two. Included breakfast was good (pancakes, bread, jam and an array of teas), rooms small but clean. Could maybe do with an additional toilet. Staff very friendly, especially bow tie wearing receptionists.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

Just down the road from the bus stop, on a main road. Very clean and tidy. US$ 6 for dorm, 10 for single, and 18 for double. I stayed in a single for several nights and although it was small, it had two power points that worked and were easily accessible, comfy bed with extra blanket, flip flops for walking around the hotel, towel, decent mosquito net, desk and chair and good lighting. The Wi-Fi works best the closer to reception and don't expect to use YouTube but it's good enough for emails, Facebook and travel websites. Communal toilet and shower which are separate and are always clean. Plenty of hot water, and spacious shower. Good security. Restaurant and bar not open after breakfast when I stayed there but good second storey area for people watching, Wi-Fi or socialising. Breakfast is included and is watermelon, plain pancakes, bread with butter and plum jam, juice and tea and coffee. Basic but and filling enough. Good, cheap place to stay in Moshi.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Great place to stay if you are after a few essentials prior to heading up Mt Kili. Rooms are clean an tidy and although bathroom is shared it is always clean. Wifi available also which is free to use an added bonus.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We arrived in Moshi after 10 days in safari. We found Kindoroko Hotel in Lonely Planet, but we wanted the cheaper accomodation, so they recommended to go to Kilimanjaro Backpackers. This hostel is not far from Kindoroko Hotel and much more cheaper. The bed was the best after sleeping in the tent for 10 nights :)
The double room was clean, with nets. Sharing toilet, shower were clean, there was hot water. In this hostel you can order laundry service.
There is the bar on the roof, but during our visit it was closed because of the low season. In the morning the breakfast was served in this bar.
The staff in reception was very friendly, especially Sekani :)

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Lonely Planet can be a curse!

Arriving in Moshi (from Tanga by bus) I had my sights set on Haria Hotel. Why? Because in my 2012 edition it quoted "worlds better than the more well-known and more expensive Kilimanjaro Backpackers". In fact KB does not even get a listing.

So imagine my horror on arriving at HH to discover they were fully booked! They had 24 dorm beds and they were all taken. I was wondering, am I in Tanzania in the rainy season or Rio for Mardi Gras???

So, pointedly avoiding KB (why buy a Lonely Planet if you aren't going to listen to what it says?) I started a mini-tour of Moshi's hostelries discovering that I could get an en-suite room for 22k TSh at AA Hill ... or board with a local Indian gentleman's house for 14k TSh (sharing the bathroom with his chickens!) ... a far cry from the 10k TSh that the dorm in HH would have cost!

Eventually beleagured by carting my heavy backpack in the afternoon sun I acquiesced to a street tout's suggestion to check out KB!

And boy was I glad I did! The place was well-kept and spotlessly clean! High quality mosquito nets with no holes, super-comfy bed, lock on the dorm door, free breakfast and wifi! And all for a lowly 9.6k TSh!

I couldn't believe I had all this glory to myself while the HH was packed out across the street!

There are also private rooms and the bar area has a view of Kilimanjaro peering out over a coca-cola hoarding!

The location is pretty good, about 3 blocks from the bus station and close to shops and a variety of restaurants.

Sometimes it pays to go against the curve, and I can only highly, highly recommend this place! Definitely one to check out if you are in Moshi!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We stayed at the Kilimanjaro Backpackers looking for a cheap accommodation. Not an easy task in Moshi. But this place, on the main road in trekking distance from the bus station, is at the lower end of the price scale.
We got a double room with a king size bed and a shared bathroom. Everything was clean, with intact mosquito nets.
There is a small communal area with travel books and a tellie, and a bar on the roof. Breakfast is also served on the roof - pancakes, fruits, coffee, tea. For lunch or dinner I suggest you step off the main streets and find a local joint. that's all the while cheaper than the Backpackers' restaurant.

There was no aircon or internet.

A word on tours: the Backpackers is happy to organize Kilimanjaro trips or visits to one of the other National Parks in the area. But you will also meet plenty of "guides" once you step out the door that will offer cheaper prices. It is on you to decide whether you believe the Backpackers' claim that they pay fair wages to their guides and staff or whether you look for cheap only... In case of the latter my preferred mode of action is to use local transport where available and organize as much as possible myself.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.o. Box 8682, Moshi, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Kilimanjaro Region > Moshi
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Ranked #8 of 14 hotels in Moshi
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Kilimanjaro Backpackers Hotel Moshi

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