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“Fine place to rest your head in Arusha”
Review of Arusha Crown Hotel

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Arusha Crown Hotel
Ranked #20 of 41 Hotels in Arusha
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“Fine place to rest your head in Arusha”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

I stayed at the Arusha Crown a total of three times (one night each) while in Tanzania. It was a great base of operations for me. The rooms are solid, good beds, hot showers, modern amenities. I found it comparable to a Best Western type hotel in the US. I was annoyed by the morning call to prayer but the Hotel has nothing to do with that. Breakfast comprised fresh fruits, breads, eggs, sausages (hot dogs) and drinks. Hearty enough to begin my safari.

The staff was very friendly and accommodating. When the hotel didn't have enough shillings to exchange money, they sent someone to a bureau de change for me. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to others.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2012

I stayed here one night before going on a safari. It's a fairly new hotel, only 4 years old. It's right across from the stadium and surrounded by hardware stores. The rooms were nice for an average hotel. No air conditioning, but a fan seemed to be sufficient.

As other reviewers mentioned, the mosque nearby is quite loud. The windows on even the 4th floor windows seemed quite thin. You can even hear people down below talking. If not for the loudness of the rooms, I would probably rate it higher. Otherwise, it had good cable television and a nice lobby restaurant.

Two large grocery stores are across the street and a block to the right if you need to shop for your safari.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Nyeri, Kenya
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2012

Located in a busy section of town, it wasnt really my kind of place but I checked in out of conveniency because the others werent accepting VISA cards. The first time I was disappointed because I was charged non- resident fee which should'nt be the case for any East African resident but the second time I visited (I liked the place despite the discrimination) they had suddely done away with the system.
Crown has superb rooms and one of the best buffet breakfast you can ever find in Arusha. The service is exemplary. I love this place!

Room Tip: Choose the much quiter rooms facing east if you intend to wake up late
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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Slovakia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2012

This hotel surprised us. In a positive way.
We liked the location - in downtown, from which you can easily walk wherever is in Arusha something tourist important or just to walk around. You don’t need to take taxi every time you want to go to buy something or just to see the city around. From the first point of view downtown and hotel location could seem dirtier and not safe comparing the parts of Arusha, which are outside the city centre and where many hotels are located; we were scary at the beginning, but then we realized that this is true city life and it just seems to be not safe.
The hotel is very modern. If you take the corner rooms (take these if I can advise and you won’t be unsatisfied), which are very spacious, light and airy, you will get the highest hotel standard room for the very good and lowest price, if I comparing hotels outside the city centre, often with lower standards and more expensive. The room was often clean, no smells inside, A/C, all time hot water, free mineral water in the room and free internet on the reception’s lap-top (just ask), with the hotel flip-flops on the entrance to the shower (As I wrote this hotel gives you standards for which you will pay, in the other parts of Arusha – e.g. road from Kilimanjaro airport, twice a more. We were checked one best known hotel from trip advisor’s reviews and we decided not to change Arusha Crown hotel.). Just don’t be scared by the location and people living there, they are not danger to you even they stare at you as you are not use to at home and even they contacting you by offering you a safari. Breakfasts were OK, tastier then e.g. in Nairobi, no complains at all.
I especially liked the pre-conversation with this hotel when I booked the room. They always replied promptly to my emails and did not ask for any advanced payment.
If I went to Arusha for safari again, I would definitely choose this hotel for what it offers.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Arusha, Tanzania
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Reviewed December 20, 2011

Everyone moves a bit slow but this is Africa :) You pay a fair price for the services provided. Worth checking out.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
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2 Thank TanzanianSafaris
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Dar es Salaam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2011

This hotel seems to aspire to a kind of blank anonymous international chain-hotel feel, and it succeeds. This is fantastic in a country where most hotels I've stayed in for business (granted, at half the price or less) have some combination of cockroaches, sudden startling noise, holes in the mosquito net and weird posters featuring fruit or Jesus. The Arusha Crown Hotel is dignified and tidy, clean, whole and well-functioning. My room (nr. 201) has everything you need and everything works.
I booked here having read the other reviews, and asked (repeatedly) for a quiet room. The one I got overlooks the street, so there's enough traffic noise to warrant earplugs at night, but no enthusiastic roosters, motorbike repair shops or small-business turf wars. The three reported mosques don't really bother me.
The restaurant features attentive staff but indifferent food and no booze. Nice Africafe-standard breakfast (you know it's real good when they give you a cafetiere): but they also provide cocoa so you can mix your own instant 'mocha'.
The view is of Mount Meru to the right and, the only downside, the hangout of streetkids on the steps of the Stadium in front. This makes you contemplate the vagaries of income distribution and is quite sad, but not a flaw of the hotel as such. The afternoon street markets are only a block away if you need any useful household goods, vegetables and fruit, tailoring services or second-hand clothes.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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Guatape, Colombia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2011

We stayed here on our way from Amboseli to Dar es Salaam. Manager was very helpful with our arrangements. He arranged early breakfast at 5am for us to catch our 5.50am bus. Ordered us a taxi and arranged escort to nearby ATM on out arrival night. Dinner was great. Room is a bit simple but sufficient. Free stable wifi throughout the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Property: Arusha Crown Hotel
Address: Makongoro Road, P. O. Box 854, Arusha, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #20 of 41 Hotels in Arusha
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Hotel Class:4 star — Arusha Crown Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 38
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