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“Best backpackers in Tanzaniza?” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Arusha Backpackers Hotel

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Arusha Backpackers Hotel
Ranked #39 of 140 Speciality Lodging in Arusha
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Best backpackers in Tanzaniza?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2013

Quite possibly. This place is an absolute bargain, dorms are $8US per night including breakfast. They have Earl Grey tea! Plus fresh fruit, weird donut type things and either fried cassava or crepes. They also have free wifi in the bar upstairs and it sometimes works in the rooms to. The menu in the bar is limited to sandwiches and burgers which are pretty good if you are in need of that type of thing. At weekends electricity and sometimes wifi is a problem as the grid is overloaded but I guess if you want electricity all the time stay at home :) The staff are friendly enough but not that helpful don't expect any travel advice or help with finding things, but what the staff don't seem to know the other travellers do.

Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

Stayed here one night. They didn't have any rooms with private bathroom. Toilet / shower area are for both male and female. Small but clean rooms. Ordered some food from the rooftop restaurant which was very nice.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

Simple and clean rooms. Shared bathroom with hot water shower (difficult to find in hostels around Tanzania). Free wifi at the roof bar where you can eat something or just relax.

The worst: the antipathy of the girls at reception.

Room Tip: There 1 or 2 rooms without window.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

Room is small and dingy.

showers not well maintained and not so comfortable.

towels and sheets were dirty.

hot water not assured, even during designated time of day!

Restaurant on top floor is very good and not pricy.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

I admit that throughout our travels, we have been spoiled by how great some of the hostels have been for such low costs. The Arusha Backpackers is great for the price you pay - $8 for a dormitory, $12 for a single, and $22 for a double room. The staff is very friendly and we were welcomed immediately and quickly situated when we arrived. The first night my boyfriend and I each got separate singles since there were no doubles available. The rooms are small and simple - slightly claustrophobic if you don't have a window - but also very clean and did the trick. I slept great. Breakfast is simple with toast, fried plantains, fried cinnamon bread, and bananas with coffee, tea, and hibiscus juice and is included in the room price. There is also a restaurant and bar upstairs with free and working wifi which was great since we have been either paying high prices for or not having Internet for the past couple of weeks. The only downside to the hostels would be that the toilets are dirty - but they are cleaned every day and the rest of the bathroom area is clean. Perfect and inexpensive way to kill some time in Arusha.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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KAMPALA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2013

i enjoyed all the time i was at the hotel because the staff from the reception to the restaurant and cleaners all were welcoming and friends.
i recommend all travellers to Arusha to stay at the hotel because its even affordable

Room Tip: the one facing the Road side
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2013

It's cheap, which is generally what people are looking for in budget accommodation, right? The bar/restaurant staff are great. The cook is a really good guy. He took me too his local barber for a trim (it had been awhile), and wasn't happy at all when they tried to rip me off. I ended up paying about $2 for the haircut, shave, and wash.

The food off the menu is pretty good. The free breakfast, as mentioned, is pretty damn bad. But you can order eggs if you want. The beer is cold and reasonably priced. The wifi works well in most areas.

  • Stayed May 2013
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Arusha Backpackers Hotel
Address: Sokoine Road | P. O. Box 15368, Arusha, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Arusha Region > Arusha
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Ranked #39 of 140 Speciality Lodging in Arusha
Number of rooms: 67

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