Arusha Backpackers Hostel




Matejo, Arusha, Tanzania
+255 250 4474 +255 786 377 795
*255 27 2754062
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Below standard backpacker
I stayed at Arusha Backpacker for two weeks, first room I had was so small I could not close the door without standing on the bed first, also no power from the socket on the wall, after a little discussion I got a move to one of the larger room with power. Positive points, cheap room, good location if no car, good security inside. sheets do get changed daily. Negatives. very noisy, built over a truck garage so have the sound of the air hose all evening and early morning, on the minibus taxi stop so horns and shouting from 4:30 a.m., trucks from the industrial area stop to warm up below window before entering main road on the other side of the hostel, all concrete building is not only very cold, but loud too -- so cold in fact i slept in my clothes inside my sleeping bag under the one blanket they supply -- still cold. unable to walk out at night so stuck with the high priced food on the open rooftop bar. but the worst bit was the toilet block -- no words can describe the dirt. far better options in arusha. look around.
Ok but noisy
I lived in and around Arusha for four months. Arusha backpackers is really modern. Nice showers! Clean. But the single rooms are really small and most of them are near the main road (near shoprite), causing a lot of noise. Bring some ear plugs. The advantage is the roof terrace with the restaurant/bar and free internet for guests.
  I lived in Tanzania for six months in a small Maasai village called Longido (about eighty kilometers from Arusha -- well worth a visit for climbing Mount Longido, meeting and interacting with the Maasai people, boma visits, jewelry purchases, and a true sense of traditional Tanzanian life). Some of my friends introduced me to the Arusha Backpackers (previously known as the Da Costa) and I stayed there every weekend I lived in Tanzania! It is a superb hostel the staff are beyond compare when it comes to customer service and will do everything they can to help you. There is an excellent rooftop bar where meals are served and you can have an early evening Tusker watching the sunset over Mount Meru whilst watching the hustle and bustle of Arusha town life. It is well situated for the main bus station and taxis are always available outside. There is also a safari company based on the ground floor in the reception area of the hostel -- see Alex for a very good safari deal. I have done two safaris with other local firms and know that Alex offers very competitive prices. The rooms are simple and a bit dull but they are clean and comfortable. The shared bathroom facilities are fine -- they do quite often suffer with water shortage problems but showers are usually working. It is true that the hostel is on a noisy main road and yes, bring earplugs! For the room rate charged there is no better value for money hostel in Arusha!
Rachel Jones
  I arrived in Arusha by bus from Dar Es Salaam without an advanced hotel booking. The Hotel Da Costa was the first decent looking hotel I came across walking away from the bus station. It is centrally located and convenient for most things in town. It is not en-suite, but the rooms, corridors, and showers are extremely clean and the showers are generally hot and powerful. Be warned though, after power cuts or intense use the showers retain their power but turn cold! The hotel is very secure and the staff are extremely helpful. They have a lockable room to keep your things when you are away on safari. The breakfasts are included in the price and are good. The evening meals and bar are not included, but are reasonably cheap and also good. I went to stay for one night on a temporary basis and stayed for seven nights. Now to the downside. It is next to a very noisy main street with poor sound insulation. You will need earplugs! That aside, you will not get better value accommodation in Arusha.
Malcolm Morris

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