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“NO HOT WATER. EVERTHING BROKEN. WAY OVERPRICED.”

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Lutheran Uhuru Hostel
Ranked #34 of 66 Specialty Lodging in Moshi
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“NO HOT WATER. EVERTHING BROKEN. WAY OVERPRICED.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2009

After climbing Kilimanjaro for 7 days, we paid $50 (a lot in Moshi) for a shower, sleep and a tiny bit of relaxation....no such luck. STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE!!!!

A quick balanced summary of the cons and pros ....

CONS

1. No hot water. After trying to turn on the switch for 2 hours, they finally agreed to let us move rooms. Four rooms later, we had hot water... for about 6 minutes.

2. Noise. Only sleep remedy here is a 2x4 to the noggin. Loud parties, a noisy parking lot in the center of the hotel, roosters, farting pigs, crows with fog-hornesque crowing, and bells, senseless bells, early....and more..

3. Broken toilet. No flushing. Might as well camp.

4. Broken fan. Would not switch on. Reception could care less.

5. Location. This place is out in the sticks. After negotiation, the cheapest taxi one way into town is still around $3, $6 return, despite what your guide book says. A bit annoying if you need to go into town more than once in a day.

6. Mosquito nets are too small to fit around the bed, leaving you in an exasperated sweaty mess as you try to untangle yourself around 4am after not sleeping. And somehow there are more mosquitos here than in the city (perhaps because you're in the countryside). The little pirahanas were lapping up my 60% deet spray like warm milk.

7. Price. I was quoted 50,000 Tanzanian shillings on the phone - approximately $42. When I arrived, the price had changed to $50.

8. Customer service. There is none. When the water was broken, and we were clearly 7 days unwashed, delirious from all the climbing, no one was willing to help until I started demanding my money back. For a Christian hotel, they do not treat you as they'd like to be treated.

PROS

1. Food. Tasty, reasonable portions and semi-reasonably priced. Based on the earlier review, I guess we got lucky.

SUMMARY

The previous night we stayed at Zebra Hotel, which was only $35 ($15 cheaper), and had hot water, decent plumbing, and the staff was pleasant. It's very new and very, very decent. Please save your money and go to a place that delivers on the price.

In short, DO NOT PAY EXTRA FOR AMENITIES THAT DON'T EXIST (ie fan, tv, mosquito net, plumbing, etc)

Hope you have better luck....

Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Summerland, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2009

We stayed in the northern block of rooms on the second level and these were more than adequate - clean and comfortable with a nice balcony looking towards Kili. The grounds of this hotel complex are large yet simple, but well tended. I have to say however, that the restaurant service was beyond belief! We waited so long for our lunch out in the garden restaurant that we thought the staff had gone to buy the chicken from the market! And this happened every time we ate there!! This wasn't for anything fancy - it was for a cheese sandwich - which, once it arrived was so totally unremarkable you had to wonder what they had been doing in the kitchen all that time! Overall, good hotel (if you don't need a beer after climbing Kili!) but don't go to the restaurant hungry!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2008

Fancy staying at a hostel full of missionaries, that doesn't serve alcohol!? Then this is the place for you! Seriously though, this is an excellent choice if you don't want a beer after a long, dusty day (the hostel is totally dry) and would instead prefer somewhere peaceful, clean and safe. That said, there are other places in Moshi which are peaceful, clean and safe as well as serving alcohol!

The grounds at the lutheran are well kept, the staff are reasonably friendly and the food (when it finally arrives) is above average. The rooms have reliable hot water in the morning, fresh linen and the pillows are the best in Tanzania.

If you're coming into moshi by public transport then don't stay here - it's too far out from the centre to walk (and not safe to walk to alone at night) , so it's only really practical if you have your own transport.

Oh, and did I mention they don't serve alcohol....?

  • Liked — Pillows
  • Disliked — No beer
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled solo
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Helena
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2008

I've traveled throughout East Africa, especially Tanzania, on several occasions. I've learned that I can trust Lutheran Uhuru Hotel to handle all my needs: ground transportation, safaris, Kilimanjaro climbing, accommodations & special requests. Plus, Uhuru Hotel's rates are very reasonable. I highly commend Uhuru Hotel to anyone traveling in Tanzania, especially people considering touring in the Moshi & Arusha areas, going on safari to any of the national parks, or climbing Kilimanjaro. Lutheran Uhuru Hotel has a good website: www.uhuruhotel.org

  • Liked — Very helpful staff & very nice facilities
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with friends
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nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2008

We stayed at Uhuru as part of a two-week "Vision Trip" with our church to Tanzania. Mr. Munisi, the general manager, does an excellent job! He is a high-energy, committed leader of his dedicated staff. The rooms are comfortable but not posh, and they are very clean. The laundry service is wonderful. Internet access is available at a very modest price. The gift shop has some of the best prices I found in the area. The restaurant has great food! Uhuru is the perfect blend of western comfort while also giving a true and culturally relevant African experience. It is the perfect "home-base" for your stay in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro!

  • Stayed July 2008
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2008

I have stayed at Uhuru several times as I have traveled alone or with a large group. I always find it a restful place with a very helpful staff. The rooms are very clean and the food is fresh and tasty. The staff can help you with everything from a ride into town to arranging a full safari or Kilimanjaro climb. On a clear day certain room at uhuru even have a great view of Mt. Kilimanjaro. You can't get that at some 5 star hotels!

  • Liked — Location, cleanliness, staff
  • Disliked — leaving
  • Stayed February 2008
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Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2008

My family and I loved staying at the the Lutheran Uhuru Conference Center! We did a number of things around Mount Kilimingaro and this was a great value in a nice part of Moshi.

The food was great - we ate one or somedays three meals a day there. The staff was very hospitable and could be counted on to complete all requests. We felt very safe in the gated compound and could enjoy all that was there during our free time. The Marribu Storks were fun to watch, they must feel safe there too.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Lutheran Uhuru Hostel
Address: Near Moshi-Arusha Road, Moshi, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Kilimanjaro Region > Moshi
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #34 of 66 Specialty Lodging in Moshi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 65
Also Known As:
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