This hotel seems to aspire to a kind of blank anonymous international chain-hotel feel, and it succeeds. This is fantastic in a country where most hotels I've stayed in for business (granted, at half the price or less) have some combination of cockroaches, sudden startling noise, holes in the mosquito net and weird posters featuring fruit or Jesus. The Arusha Crown Hotel is dignified and tidy, clean, whole and well-functioning. My room (nr. 201) has everything you need and everything works.
I booked here having read the other reviews, and asked (repeatedly) for a quiet room. The one I got overlooks the street, so there's enough traffic noise to warrant earplugs at night, but no enthusiastic roosters, motorbike repair shops or small-business turf wars. The three reported mosques don't really bother me.
The restaurant features attentive staff but indifferent food and no booze. Nice Africafe-standard breakfast (you know it's real good when they give you a cafetiere): but they also provide cocoa so you can mix your own instant 'mocha'.
The view is of Mount Meru to the right and, the only downside, the hangout of streetkids on the steps of the Stadium in front. This makes you contemplate the vagaries of income distribution and is quite sad, but not a flaw of the hotel as such. The afternoon street markets are only a block away if you need any useful household goods, vegetables and fruit, tailoring services or second-hand clothes.
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