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Southern Sun Dar es Salaam

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1 Garden Avenue | PO Box 80022, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Formerly Holiday Inn)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pretoria, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a well located hotel in central Dar es Salaam with above average service - and since I travel to Dar es Salaam every month, I can also say that it is a consistently good hotel. Nothing is too much trouble for staff and the food is very good. Excellent breakfast too. Wifi is as fast as it can... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My main reason for choosing Southern Sun is because it's in the city center and close to the office I have to visit. It's very quite and has beautiful surroundings. The rooms are spacious and clean, but sometimes smell a bit duff. Staff is very friendly and helpful. The breakfast buffet is good.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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79 reviews 79 reviews
18 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere was very cozy. The buffet had a nice variety of fruits, pastry, cold meats, smoked salmon, cheese and no matter how you liked your eggs done, they would do it in a jiffy. This really made our Easter very special.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hotel never dissapoints, it is well located, very well run and offers a good valuae for money package That teh hotel offers breakfast from 04h30 is great as one can get out of town before traffic gets crazy

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AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Hi Alan! So happy that we continue to delight!! Thanks for the feedback. I am glad that our early bird breakfast was useful, you are correct the best time to get around Dar nowadays is either very early or very late! We all look forward to welcoming you back to Southern Sun Dar es Salaam soon! Cheers Adam More 

West Linn, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's tough to find a quiet yet centrally located and beautiful hotel in Dar - but this is definitely one. The staff go out of their way to be helpful. The rooms are very nice and even have central a/c. There's a beautiful pool and garden area. This is a Western type of hotel.

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AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Hi JohnW Thanks for your lovely review! Southern Sun Dar es Salaam's location is unique in the CBD, even walking around is a pleasure here! I am glad that our team took care of you as well! Hope to see you back again soon Cheers Adam More 

Accra, Ghana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

From the arrival reception, Emmacrena received us with such friendliness and it didn't stop for the 10 days we stayed. Everyone was just super. .. from Leah, my chambermaid to Denzel, the restaurant manager, Ross, the beverage manager and William, the best conscientious chef I ever met in a hotel. Let's remember Angela, she was in charge of breakfast and... More 

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AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Hey Vincent! Your shout outs to Emmacrena, Leah, Denzil, Ross William Angela have not gone noticed, thanks they are all thrilled and will be delighted to go into our monthly draw for the team members our guests love most! We cant wait to have to back here at the Southern Sun Dar es Salaam! Cape Town might have her Mountain,... More 

Kitwe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The only place to stay in Dar very central to port/ town center and Peninsular. Traffic in Dar is crazy so leave everything an hour earlier just to be safe. The Bar is open to the public and can get quiet busy and no preference is given to Hotel guests. Pool area is just what you need after a hot... More 

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AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Hi Richard P Thanks very much for taking the time to review Southern Sun Dar es Salaam! I am glad you enjoyed our central location in the Gardens and delighted that you were able to quench your thirst on the verandah! We are lucky in that our Restaurant and Bar is popular with Dar citizens as well as our own... More 

New York City, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We had a very good overnight stay on our way from safaris in Tanzania to the Seychelles. We stayed in Dar Es Salaam to take advantage of the relatively new Air Seychelles flight to Mahe. This hotel provided a good, clean and quiet room and a good breakfast. It was consistent with international standards. The staff was helpful. In the... More 

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AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Hi Youngryman Thanks for the review and I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam. You must be one of the first to use the fantastic new Air Seychelles connection,well done. Sorry the Museum disappointed, we could have offered a more exciting cultural interlude, our neck of the woods is jammed packed with History... More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I had the best tuna steak I have ever had in my life at this restaurant. I recommend it to anyone and everyone! The service was excellent from front office to porters, I would certainly visit this again.

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AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Hi Busi Roberts Thanks for taking the time to review Southern Sun Dar es Salaam and our famous Baraza Restaurant. The Tuna Steak is one of our famous signature dishes (along with the Chicken Rotisserie)n The Tuna is sourced from local fishermen from sustainable seas, so not only do they taste great but you are supporting our local communities doing... More 

West Sussex
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74 reviews 74 reviews
26 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

If arriving at the airport, please be warned of the horrendous traffic going into Dar es Salaam city, but it is worth it when you arrive at this very welcoming hotel. We stay at other Southern Sun hotels and all seem to have this homely feel, with comfortable rooms, nice restaurants, very helpful staff and this one was particularly peaceful.... More 

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AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Hi Brighteyes! Many thanks for reviewing Southern Sun Dar es Salaam!! I wish we had a solution for the traffic nightmare that Dar has become, but am glad you found your 'home' at the end of the journey! Hope to welcome you back again soon Cheers Adam More 

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