Accommodation in Tanzania
Where to stay: Tanzanian guesthouses and hotels
Tanzania’s guesthouses and hotels can be split into three sorts: those that welcome tourists, those that accept them, and those that refuse them altogether.
The latter are usually the cheapest, double as brothels, have minimum security, minimal advertizing and can safely be ignored.
Tanzanian room rates for the other two start at about Ts5000 per night; dorms are a rarity. Always take your time when choosing a hotel in Tanzania, particularly in the towns featured here where there are lots of options. Standards vary widely, but you’ll probably be surprised at how pleasant some of them can be, with mosquito nets and attached bathrooms and maybe even a telly.
Bear in mind that most hotels, as with the shuttle buses and other services, have two tariffs, one for locals and people living in Tanzania (commonly known as the ‘residents rate’) and a more expensive one for foreigners. If business is slow, it doesn’t take much effort to persuade some of the smaller hotels to charge you the residents rate, regardless of whether you live in Tanzania or not.