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Arusha Backpackers Hotel
Ranked #69 of 195 Specialty Lodging in Arusha
Reviewed April 14, 2014

The hostel is located on the main road through Arusha center, so it an get a bit noisy in the morning hours, especially because all of the rooms are facing the street. Rooms are very simple, the dorms are ok, but the bunk beds are not very stable, so when the person above you moves a lot, you move too. Bathrooms are quite ok, could use a bit more cleaning, but otherwise enough showers and spacious enough. There is an amazing rooftop terrace to chill, they offer free breakfast and for lunch and dinner you can always order something. The bar is opened the whole day and with the couches and view over the mountains it's a very nice place to chill. Excellent wifi all the time.
Around the hostel not much to do, the town itself is quite dirty and except of the local handicraft market we didn't find much to do around. From the hostel it's a 5 minute walk to a big supermarket and an area where you can find "decent" coffee shops and ATM's.
We were lucky we found Albert in the hostel, he's working as a guide in Arusha and Moshi, so he took us around for 2 days, without him we would never see so much as we did, had an awesome local lunch and also a day trip to Moshi and Kilimanjaro National Par. If you look for someone to take you around, he's great, just ask in the hostel about him.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

I stayed at the Arusha backpackers after completing a climb to kilimanjaro, and it was exactly what i needed after a long exhausting 7 days in the mountain. I had a single room, it was very small with a strong fan which was very useful in the heat of february. The size of the room was not an issue for me , as i only used it to sleep and spent the rest of my time in the rooftop recovering from my climb. Staff is nice , however they will not not go out of their way and not vey knowledgable about the area, restaurants etc. terrace was comfortable, with average wifi and decent food. They offer laundry, and it is expensive . They probably know that post kilimanjaro everyone needs everything washed and taking advantage of it. Overall enjoyed my stay and met other travelers and it was good location to get around. Definitely recommend it .

Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

I slept in the room number 204. it is really narrow, there is no mosquito-net, the fan is really noisy and the room wasn't very clean, at night you can even see cockroaches walking around...

Moreover, I book with the reception a taxi at 2:45 am to go to the airport. The taxi never arrive and i received no help from reception. Their service is not reliable.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

Had to chuckle at the previous comments. Yes we sat at the bar and ordered food and guess what. Yes you guessed it, they got the order wrong. But we chilled guys and ate it anyway. and the food and bar area are really nice. Bit difficult finding parking if you riding a vehicle. Otherwise pleasant stay

Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Rooms and showers are all quite fine but the rooftop bar is just horrible. Service is bad, waiters don't understand orders.
Tried ordering food here about 6 times within 3 days. Out of these 6 there were always multiple things not availible, you always got it atleast 40 minutes late after ordering ( this includes just a mango juice). Tastes are bad.
The bar's a good place to meet people though, that's about it...

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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

It's clean and very basic - although it meets all the basic needs, I didn't find any reason to return here or recommend it to others, apart from the price.

The rooftop bar was quiet and the service terrible when we were there. Wifi wasn't working, food was really bad. Not the friendly backpackers experience I'm used to.

But the showers are hot and the sheets are clean, so for US$20 for a private room, it's a good option in this price bracket.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

One of my most favorite places to go when in Arusha. literally follows the description of a backpackers. (cheap, basic, and fun). The rooms are small, and there are only communal showers, but that is all you can ask for with such a reasonable price. The main selling point of this backpackers is the bar! It is by far one of the best i have been to.amazing African design, awsome views, and a real good layout for socializing.

The only problem with this place is that i have heard of a lot of theft from rooms, although this has never happened to me, it has happened on many occasions to other people while i am there, but they do clearly say to you that you shouldn't keep valuables in your room, so if you follow the rools of the hostel, you shouldn't have a problem.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Address: Sokoine Road, Arusha, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
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Ranked #69 of 195 Specialty Lodging in Arusha
Price Range: $14 - $20 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Arusha Backpackers Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 67
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