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Kilimanjaro Backpackers
Ranked #39 of 70 Speciality Lodging in Moshi
Reviewed 26 March 2014

I stayed here withy parents and boyfriend before hiking Kili. The staff were very friendly, the location is right in the middle of town and the breakfast was simple but great. Our room was big and bright but my parents was much smaller and darker, it was still fine though. Unfortunately the roof too bar is no longer serving drinks but we bought some drinks at the supermarket and took them up there. The view of Kili in the morning and afternoon was great. All in all a good experience that I would recommend.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed 22 February 2014

After 2 months traveling Africa, I would have never expected to find such a decent place for the price.

$18 got us a double room with a shared bathroom. The windows have screens, bars and drapes and the bed, a mosquito net. Our bedroom also had a small but mighty fan.

The bathrooms aren't the cleanest but they're not horrible.

Cool hang-out area that overlooks the street, good (and free) wifi, free (albeit meager) breakfast and super friendly staff.

Great location - right in the center of Moshi Town.

Biggest downfall was what they wanted to charge to do laundry (too expensive) compounded by the fact that there isn't really an alternative to do it yourself. (When I asked a staff member for a bucket, I was told "either you use our laundry service or you don't"...however, about an hour later, another staff member let me use a bucket, and the clothes lines out the back)

It was no frills, nothing fancy but the price and friendly staff earned Kili Backpackers it's "very good" rating.

Suggestions: give the bathrooms a paint job and put wireless boosters throughout the building so the wifi signal is accessible anywhere in the building.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

It's fine if you literally just need a place to sleep, but every other aspect of this place is way below par compared to many other hostels we have stayed at. There is mold all over in the bathroom and they never really seem to clean it, but then again maybe it just gets really dirty really fast because there is only 1 toilet and 1 shower for the whole bottom floor, with maybe 20 people or more. The lounge area is super uncomfortable, rooms and beds are are ok, still kinda dingy. Floors are generally dirty. The 'breakfast' is just coffee and toast, nothing else is offered, even if you want to pay for it. There is free wifi so that is a plus, but it seems most hotels and hostels do. The staff is friendly... Not sure on security, seems ok. Laundry services are expensive, but I think most places are the same. Rooms are small, bug nets have holes. I burnt myself trying to get hot water because their pots are all broken. Overall it wasn't great and we aren't staying here after our hike, there are much better options that we saw around town for the same or just a tiny bit more.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

For the price its 'good' rather than average, but 'very good' is going a bit far. Moshi is a dire place full of touts and little else. But as a place to sleep ahead or after a climb or safari the hostel is fine. The rooms are like shoeboxes, if it is empty its much better to get the dorm as it will be cheaper and its a fair size, otherwise you might be sleeping with your backpack!

The best part was the bar on the roof but apparently this has now gone so I expect it is no longer a great place to meet people and merely just a place to sleep and move on, which you will do quickly in Moshi. Perfect for people on their way to Nairobi from Dar and want a place to stay in between.

Staff were very friendly

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

This place ranks somewhere between average and very good (why, is there no 'good' option Tripadvisor!). It is not as good as it's sister hostel in Arusha, it has no bar restaurant, it is not as clean and they need more toilets and showers.

That said, it's $6US per night! with free breakfast and free decent wifi. It's in a good location, with several good food options nearby (Taj Mahal for Zanzibar pizza and Pamojo for nice local food). It is also a good place to meet other travellers and the reception staff are nice and friendly.

Stayed: September 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

Had a really good time here, although the rooms are very basic. (Just a bed in a room) the layout and 'African feel' of the hotel makes a really good stay. The only problem is that nowadays they have got rid of the bar on the roof, so you have to leave the hotel to have a drink. But you are still able to sit on the roof.

Overall if you are looking for somewhere cheap to stay, with average facilities it is the perfect place for you.

Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Great budget stop off if you are in Moshi for a night or two. Included breakfast was good (pancakes, bread, jam and an array of teas), rooms small but clean. Could maybe do with an additional toilet. Staff very friendly, especially bow tie wearing receptionists.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Address: Mawenzi Road, Moshi, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Kilimanjaro Region > Moshi
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Ranked #39 of 70 Speciality Lodging in Moshi
Price Range: £10 - £13 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Kilimanjaro Backpackers 2*
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