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“A basic hotel with too many cons”
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Mc-Ellys Hotel
Ranked #40 of 104 Arusha B&B and Inns
Ottawa, Ontario
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“A basic hotel with too many cons”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Pros: The room was more or less clean. The staff were friendly and helpful. Complimentary bottled water was provided. Breakfast buffet offered lots of choice (but the food is only average).

Cons: The location of this hotel is very noisy. Wifi was not reliable. (I could only get a signal when sitting on the toilet). No hot water to take a shower. Towels must be hanged to dry because they were hard and crusty.

We were supposed to stay a second night but I cancelled the booking to go elsewhere.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

The lift is excellent.
It was very noisy due to "Taxi" drivers trying to drum up business.
Bathroom was very basic, no hot water, toilet gave the impression it was about to leave the wall.
Lunch on our first day was delicious, cooked by a couple of women, so good in fact we thought we'd order the same for dinner, WRONG, some guy was cooking and it was tasteless.
There are so many other hotels, select them.
We didn't make this booking it was selected for us.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 30, 2013

At first glance McElly's Hotel is impressive with its five stories and its elevator. However, our room was small and basic. There was no art or decoration on the walls. The one nice touch was the mosquito screen around the bed with woven, decorative borders.

If one opens the window for some fresh air, the street noise can disrupt sleep. WiFi is free, a nice touch, but reliable only in the lobby.

Breakfast in the hotel restaurant was basic, with minimal choice and instant coffee. Dinner included deep-fried tilapia that was very oily, and tasted old. The rice contained gritty, sandy particles. I ate very little. To cap it off, the waitress made many mistakes in the simple bill.

In summary: a basic, serviceable hotel. Look elsewhere if you want good food.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nairobi
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Good hotel for an en-route...1 or 2 nights. Centrally located so as explore Arusha. The price you pay is what you get. KES. 3200 is quite cheap for any Kenyan. Wi-fi is free and available only at the lobby. Cable channels not as clear. Bed are very comfortable but the sheets need to be changed,their lifetime is over. Food is good, buffet breakfast available.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Berlin
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

not very centrally located, food in comparison to town rather expensive, breakfast very basic, restaurant and bar with neon lights and TV running not very comfortable. rooms are clean and ok, but you shouldnt expect too much.
its ok for a transfer between mountains and safari.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I thought this hotel was very good value and convenient for the night before and after our safari. AC, Wifi, good shower all at a good price. The morning breakfast wasn't too exciting but the service was good.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

During my trip to East Africa, I stayed in many hotels, inns and lodges and this sadly, was the bottom of the pile. It was live-able in for one night but, I was glad when the morning came. Got bitten by bugs which didn't really happen in other hotels. The bathroom was not great. If you have other options, take them!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Mc-Ellys Hotel
Address: Uhuru Road | PO Box 12077, Arusha, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #40 of 104 B&Bs / Inns in Arusha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Mc-Ellys Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 14
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