Tumaini Hostel
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Tumaini Hostel

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3.5
#3 of 3 hostels in Lushoto
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
24-hour security
Mosquito net
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Gracie G wrote a review Sept 2013
Cairo, Egypt
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here 5 nights in October 2012. Found this place by chance as we were on our way to stay in a Lodge further out of town but decided to pop into Tumaini Hostel for something to eat.

I managed to see the inside of other rooms over the course of 5 days and realised we had the best room (room 118). The other rooms seemed dated while ours was clean with a new bed with mosquito net. It was amazingly cheap for double room and private toilet/shower if I remember something like EUR 10 a day. Hot water was erratic but reception sorted it out immediately. Bring your own towels as I asked for clean towels and the manager literally walked into a room which had recently been vacated and picked a crumpled damp towel off someones bed and handed it to me! I handed it back and walked away. You can buy towels in the market.

If you love flowers and exotic plants ask for a room facing their inner courtyard, if you want large views ask for a room facing the hillside.

They don't want guests washing clothes in their room so we used their laundry service. Some of our clothes came back with bleach stains on them so be careful!

One of the nights a school group came up from Dar es Salaam so they were noisy but hey this is a hostel so what do you expect. Two nights we had an electricty blackout which is a problem for the whole of Lushoto. Candles were supplied, and they even lit up the corridor with many candles which was surreal. In the morning you will hear someone banging on a tin to let the children know school is beginning and then the noise of childrens laughter in the hills as they make their way to school. You will also hear the Muezzin's call to prayer as the mosque is nearby. At night the hills seems to come alive outside the balcony door with animals noises.

Staff in the restaurant was a bit of hit and miss from being ignored after saying hello to them to others who went out of their way to make our stay ideal. All in all I loved this hostel sitting on the balcony of the room watching people working the fields and the sound of laughter from the children. I also visited other hotels listed in the LP and they were either too far out of town or too run down for this reason I would say Tumaini really is the best place to stay in Lushoto.
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Date of stay: October 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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PicoPicaPinos wrote a review Mar 2016
Zwolle
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice and clean affordable place near the center of Lushoto. Recommendable for business stay or a quick stop in between.
Rooms have TV and shower an bed with mosquito net. One of the best restaurants in town, only the waiting time after ordering was long.
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Date of stay: March 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jonathan W wrote a review Feb 2016
Dresden, Germany
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We realy enjoyed our stay at the Tumaini Hotel.
The dubble bed rooms are quite big and clean. When we arrived all rooms were open and we were asked to simply pick one. All rooms have balkonys and a nice view. The bathrooms are pritty clean. All beds have Mosi-Nets and are comfortable to sleep in.
Plus the Hotel is located just next to the Busstation/Marked and very easy to reach, even after sunset when you have spend the evening in the local Bar ;-)
On the down side we found the Restaurant not attractive and there is little place to hang out with other people.
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Date of stay: February 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mithun P wrote a review Jan 2013
Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
1.0 of 5 bubbles
we had planned a 3 days Stay in Lushoto over the 2012 Christmas holdays.
At the end we cut short stay after the second day . the reason being a very bad hotel and arrogant staffs with poor service delivery.

This hotel (Tumaini hostel) may have seen better times but when we reached ,we were greeted with dirty rooms , bad service and arrogant language from the managers.
first to name the positive. Location of the hostel is good.

Even though we stayed only 2 nights we had to face a number of horrific experiences, which made us feel very uncomfortable and angry.

I would like to pen down a few from many.
- When we checked in, the manager took us to the rooms ,which was the costliest room .(Suit -as they call it )at the hotel. Tsh 50000 . per day charge. And straight away told us to check everything by ourselves and report him about any problems with any equipment or anything , otherwise we will be charged the cost of repair for any defects in their equipments in the room at the time of check out.We frantically started checking and found the following things

a) Shaky bed with damaged mosquito net.
b) Toilet door was not closing
c) Toilet with cracks on it
d) Water tap was not working
e) One light was not working
f) The balcony was dirty – the room was in the ground floor and apparently the so-called balcony was at ground level. It was dirty with soil ,leaves, ants and numerous pests. We were just surprised by the rationale at having a balcony at the ground level and charging the highest amount in the hotel.
g) Opened the shower and found that there is no water
h) One switch was making funny sound when we switched on and off
i) The towels provided were not clean- it seems that the towels were given to us from some other room!!!!!!

We first thought of leaving that hotel but later on decided to stay after realizing that all other hotels in Lushoto were full and I felt angry at tripadvisor as I had booked this after seeing the ratings at their website.

The manager told us to take the room first and he assured that he will sort out all the problems soon – which we expected that he will fulfill. We were three families and the other two families had similar experiences in other rooms.

The manager only managed to change the towels in our rooms and all other things left the same way as it was.
In the evening we went to the restaurant. We drink the tea and requested some milk for my two year old son. To my surprise- the lady there, politely refused even though she had milk at the flask .
The food at the night was okay except the behavior of the restaurant staff. She refused to give us one extra spoon and a bowl to feed the baby . It was difficult to speak to her as she was very un- pleasant with her body language and behaviour.
The next day morning before going to see the town and irentene view ,we asked them to clean the room and kept all towels for replacement. in the evening we recognized that all the towels hung up were wet and smelled disgustingly and we realized that apparently the cleaning staff had placed some used dirty towel from another room. on my question to the manager lady( the manager was changed and a lady was there as manager) she promised us to change all the towel but never did and then told us that there is no towel available. We then washed all the towels by ourselves .

The breakfast was also something to mention( our accommodation was of B & B). We were eight people and all of us received half egg omelet .even though surprised we ate it on the first day . But then we found that the other single residents were provided with full omelet. We suspect that the restaurant people doing it deliberately to a large number of visitors , so that they can use the other eggs for themselves in the name of the customer.
The water in the taps was in yellow color with some sediments in it . When we asked the manager she said this is because the bore well is not cleaned for some times. The flush was not working properly. For both the days we stayed there, we had to face water shortage . At around 9 pm in the night they will cut off the water and at around 6.00 am in the morning they will resume the water supply. Imagine If somebody want to go to toilet in the night !!. When we asked the manager she excused herself by saying “problem with water pump”.

Dear management of this hostel - How on earth you can run a hotel like this with such staffs and amenities??
After all these hell we decided to pack up after two days of stay and when we went to check out the manager lady told us that we have to compensate for a fused bulb in the room and the creepy switch ( which we shown to the manager at the time of check in). We refused to pay and after a lot of argument we asked them to call the management. This time both the so called managers were present and then they were not ready to give us any contact of the higher management authorities.

At the end we packed up from a hostile hostel and un- memorable stay in Lushoto

On our way back to home. our driver ( who is a resident at Lushoto) told us that , what we faced in Tumaini hostel is regular occurrences and people do not like to stay there. And it is no surprise to find vacant rooms at the hostel at the peak of the tourist seasons in Lushoto.

May god save this sinking ship.
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Date of stay: December 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: look for the rooms upstairs, the rooms there are somewhat better even though the staffs are the...
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Umesh N wrote a review Dec 2012
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We were a group of 3 families who had planned to go to Lushoto for the Christmas holidays. We had started scouting for hotels to stay in , almost a month ago but unsurprisingly all the seemingly good ones were fully booked. We chanced upon Tumaini hostel and after reading the favorable reviews on Trip advisor we thanked our stars when we were told that rooms were available . But that was the end of the good part as far as the hostel goes.
We had booked 3 'Suites' , with an option of changing to double rooms if they were available. The double rooms were not available as told by the manager Lillian although the hostel itself wore a deserted look, save 1 or 2 families and a few backpackers . We could not not do much on that front .If its not available its not avaialble . We had booked all three 'suites' available but the rooms were not much to talk of .The ones on the ground floor did not let in sufficient sunlight and the corner 'suite' was more like a cupboard and bang opposite a stinking wash area . The bathrooms were unclean with brown water flowing from the taps. The water heater took almost an hour to provide us half a bucket of hot water .
In one of the suites we needed an extra bed so they promptly put a mattress on the cold floor. Only after a long arguement were we given a bed .
From the other reviews we knew that the service in the restatuant was slow, so without taking any chances we pre-ordered our meal . The soup was good but the main course was a dissapointment .
Breakfast was included in the room rates and although it was not bad we found that we were systematically denied milk for our tea / coffee on more than one occassion although we did manage to lay our hands on some milk on a few occasions .We were served just half an egg to go with the bread. To our chagrin the other guests ( Europeans ) were served the full portion of the eggs and milk .We just couldnt fathom this discrimination when we had paid the highest amount for our rooms.
For dinner the next day we were denied extra soup bowls .

In one of our rooms a switch was not functioning properly and although this was reported earlier , when we were checking out, the hostel manager's assistant tried to blame it on us.
We had a bad time at the hostel and the major responsibility lay with the management of the hostel for the bad service and discriminatory policy ... What we are carrying back from Lushoto are some great pictures of the place itself and possibly 'Bed Bugs'.....

I would request Trip Advisor to forbid the use of their logo in the premises of this property.
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Date of stay: December 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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839Lies wrote a review Apr 2017
Ghent, Belgium
2.0 of 5 bubbles
There is a reason why the prices for this hostel are this low.
The location is great but the sanitary facilities and the staff were very poor.
We just came in after a big hike in the rain to discover there was no water in the shower. After asking for it they told us to fix it but this didn't happen. Without knocking the staff came in or room but still no water, without any apologie we needed to change room.

breakfast was very basic.

There was a lot of noise during the night, not really sound proof...

So if you need a really budget place to stay, this is it, but I advise you not for more than one day...
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Date of stay: April 2017
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nick P wrote a review Nov 2014
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here for one night after trekking in the usambara mountains. The rooms are clean and the beds are comfy with mosquito nets. The bathrooms are also clean and spacious. The hostel is in a good location right in the middle of lushoto, and it is a good place to meet other travellers because most tourists seem to stay here. The restaurant offers a good variety of food at reasonable prices and the free breakfast is fine. There was very fast wifi in the restaurant and also in my room. The service from Lucy when checking in was exceptional, and she spoke very good English. The hostel is directly on the main road through lushoto and there is only a small fence around the hostel - I was on the ground floor and never felt very safe because it would be very easy for someone to walk into the hostel. The locks on the doors were also quite temperamental and I was never sure if the door was securely locked. However this is still the best place to stay in Lushoto for a cheap price.
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Date of stay: October 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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PearlW wrote a review Jan 2012
London, United Kingdom
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We came to Lushoto wanting to get off the beaten track and enjoy something a bit different. Lushoto is a delightful small town in an exceptionally beautiful setting and is still mainly untouched by tourism. Up in the mountains it's good to get away from the searing heat and enjoy the cooler temperatures.

The Tumaini hostel is right in the centre of Lushoto.The accomodation is quite basic but comfortable. Squeaky clean room, hot shower, double bed with mosquito net, power points etc.We probably had the best room in the hotel with a sitting room and a wonderful balcony overlooking the fields at the back and filled with bird song. No need for an alarm, the noise from the mosque, the roosters and the cheeky crows arguing jostled to be the first to wake us up each morning. The service was a bit lackadaisical but the staff were friendly and any problems were easily sorted out. The restaurant at the front serves bland tourist food and there is an African restaurant at the back where the food is a bit tastier.

There are a few small organisations running guided tours and we chose the main group called the Friends of the Usumbaras as they were recommended to us by the CT in Pangani and also in the Rough Guide.

There's a choice of at least a dozen different trips, including multi-day tours with accomodation in local villages. We wanted something not too strenuous so we chose 3 single day treks which just lasted for a few hours. We did the famous walk to Irente View Point with picnic lunch at the farm, Mkuzu Waterfall and the Mgamba Rainforest and they were all absolutely fantastic. It's an enlightening experience walking with a guide who speaks excellent English and can tell you all about the local area and nature and point out loads of things you'd never spot without help. We saw chameleons, colobus monkeys, butterflies and birds and so much more. We also had loads of fun encounters with local people.

The Friends of the Usumbaras, developed in the 1990s by the villagers and officially backed by SNV and the Tanzanian Tourist Board, aim to promote the Usumbaras as a tourist attraction and use some of the funds to conserve nature and culture. They also support many projects to benefit the local communtities.

They are a lovely bunch of guys, enthusiastic and hard working, They also run an unofficial Tourist Information Office and can be contacted via their website www.usambaratravels.com. Highly recommended!!!
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Date of stay: January 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: choose a room at the back with a balcony
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nicolasgadiot wrote a review Jul 2017
Zagora, Morocco
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Rooms are clean and beds are very comfortable. Hot shower ! Staff is ok. Breakfast is included, which is very nice for the price of the night. Good triple room (simple beds). Breakfast is not breathtaking though. Nice garden
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Date of stay: July 2017
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Carlos M wrote a review Sept 2016
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was there for two days and i real enjoyed everything from Hospitality to well prepared foods.Thank you very much guys for making my first time visit to lushoto be memorable and enjoyable,keep it happening.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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barryg724 wrote a tip May 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Turn around and go to Kumaini lodge."
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Mithun P wrote a tip Jan 2013
Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania13 contributions14 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"look for the rooms upstairs, the rooms there are somewhat better even though the staffs are the same."
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aconscioustraveller wrote a tip Nov 2012
Brisbane, Australia50 contributions9 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose upstairs, we were downstairs and it was quite noisy at times."
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travelgirl298 wrote a tip Jul 2012
Australia18 contributions13 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"I paid extra for an ensuite with hot water, but the rooms with shared bathrooms had better HWS than i did. 2nd storey rooms are quiter."
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Susan B wrote a tip Jul 2012
Amsterdam, The Netherlands350 contributions59 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try to get a room at the back of the building, you will have a good view over the gardens!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tumaini Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Tumaini Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Usambara Mountains (0.5 km), Irente Biodiversity Reserve (3.0 km), and Lushoto Guide (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tumaini Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Tumaini Hostel?
Top room amenities include a view of a nearby landmark, a mosquito net, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Tumaini Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Tumaini Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mamma Mia pizza, Asante Cafe, and Tumaini Restaurant.
Is Tumaini Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 km away from the centre of Lushoto.
Are pets allowed at Tumaini Hostel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tumaini Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Swahili.
Does Tumaini Hostel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.
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