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Arusha Backpackers Hotel
Ranked #58 of 160 Specialty Lodging in Arusha
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“Decent value”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

For $20 it's decent value and does the job. The rooms are tiny and cell like but comfortable and the rooftop terrace is a decent social area (the food is pretty bad though). They have a generator for the power cuts and wifi which works just about ok. It's near the big shoprite and a few restuarants and bars which is also useful. You get a lot of hassle from touts outside.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

Solo traveler stayed at Arusha Backpackers and really enjoyed the atmosphere. Very nice staff and everyone was incredibly welcoming. The rooms were clean and the showers were hot (morning and night). Breakfast is nothing special, but it's free! The restaurant area is nice, although the food prices are high. Great location-- near bus station and also grocery store.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Rooms are very small and noisy.
Rooftop restaurant is the best of the whole backpackers hotel, free internet and chill place
Commun bathroom is ok.
Location is good, in the middle of the centre of arusha

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Williston Park, New York
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

But that is one of the only positive things I can say about this hostel. The rooms are very small and the blankets are crusty. The lighting in the rooms is awful and not all rooms have functioning power outlets. The front desk staff, while some were friendly, were unfamiliar with the area and unable to help us with finding food. Also, while not the fault of the hostel, this place is LOUD!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We stayed at the hotel for two nights before and one night after our safari. The room we got the first night was so tiny we had no place to put our luggage and it had no electricity in the sockets just the light and it was terribly noisy plus a man was sitting on the balcony in front of our window the whole night. When we told the receptionist that there is no electricity, she told us that she knows and that only a couple of rooms have electricity and they are all full. The next morning we met some girls who were leaving so we swapped the room with them. This room had electricity and you could even put your bags inside and still have a small space to walk but the window was facing the staircase so you could hear everyone walking up or down the stairs. and you couldn't close it because it was broken as was the window in the previous room. After our safari we came back to the hotel and we just wanted to take a shower and go to bed, but there was no water for 24h an all the toilets were full of c.... I wouldn't recommend this s... hole even to my worst enemy. Oh yeah, the breakfast was terrible. The only plus side to this hotel is that you meet a lot of other tourists. I would never stay here again. Even a tent is better.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

I stayed at Arusha Backpackers for 2 nights. Although it was very basic and the rooms were very small, everything was immaculately clean. The rooms had a fan but no mosquito nets. There was hot running water (which was very welcomed!!). The staff were very friendly and helpful in helping us arrange a safari. The rooms were very well priced and included a lovely breakfast. The roof top restaurant was a very lovely place to chill, however the internet connection was VERY poor. The food was cheap and was delicious. The only problem I had was that it was incredibly noisy at night. I got woke up both times I stayed by staff stood talking really loudly in the corridor at 6 in the morning. Would definitely stay here again though.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Kenya
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Hi we stayed here in march 2012 for one night. After camping and needing a good shower there was no power or water for the full 24hrs. You couldn't even use the toilet as they were full! I asked the staff for some water to wash my hands they couldn't even get me that! We requested to speak with the manager and waiting 10min and no show we had to leave paying the full amount. I would stay somewhere else. They don't care if your not happy because the receptions staff said 'we are the cheapest so we get the business'. The rooms are small but ok bedding. Very noisy.

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Arusha Backpackers Hotel
Address: Sokoine Road | P. O. Box 15368, Arusha, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
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Ranked #58 of 160 Specialty Lodging in Arusha
Number of rooms: 67

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