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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
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Abidjan
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91 reviews 91 reviews
58 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

One of the best welcomes I have had in many trips. I arrived in the dead of night and they were nice - drinks and all. The rooms are nice too. I love that there is a botanical garden and I could wake up and just look at it ... However, Staff appear to end all conversations with "no problem"... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well located in down town business distrct but still peacefull. Excellent helpful staff and food and beverage manager and staff go the extra mile to ensure an enjoyable and relaxed stay well appointed rooms with good high speed wifi Useful meeting place in quite part of business district and near government offices Selfdrive parking can be an issue

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

With limited options in this busy Capital City and anarchy traffic we needed a good location close by to the airport. The hotel is by far one of the better options available in the city, not only for its convenient CBD location but also keeps par with general international hotel standards and offers the business traveler all the typical amenities.... More 

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

Dear Aqeel S Many thanks for taking your time to review Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, I do appreciate your very kind comments! Agreed our traffic here in Dar is awesomely bad, and that does make our central location just that more convenient. There is a beach about 100m away from the hotel, and its a great walk to see... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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163 reviews 163 reviews
36 hotel reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Probably the best business hotel in Dar, alongside the Serena. The location is perfect; close to the business district but just off it to avoid the worst of the traffic. The grounds are amazing, very lush and open. It's a great building, beautifully decorated with East African and Zanzibar artefacts. The restaurant is a major plus as well. Breakfasts are... More 

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

Hi T Africa2000 Thanks for your very kind review of Southern Sun Dar es Salaam! I do think we have the best location of all CBD hotels next to the Historic Gardens! Food is as important as excellent wifi so I do like to think my team tries very hard to make both experiences seamless and in the case of... More 

Helsinki, Finland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed there in the beginning of May for two days. Unfortunately it was raining and flooding heavily during those days so I didn't probably get the best impression of the hotel being locked inside while in the hotel. The location of the hotel is great, close enough to the airport and close to the city center but still on a... More 

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

Dear JarnoS I am sorry for the floods ! They were awful but normal for this time of the year. Anyway thanks for taking the time to reflect on your stay with Southern Sun Dar es Salaam! Our rooms will shortly be undergoing a refurbishment to bring them back to they way they were 15 years ago! Denzil and Chef... More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed at the Southern Sun from 3-15th May, 2015. Had informed the front desk about my future reservation on the 19th of May as I had to come back to Dar for a conference. I made sure the same was done in person because I knew the hotel would fill up pretty soon near to the conference. Was given a... More 

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

Dear Grewalaman Gosh I am so sorry, about this, and I am very disappointed that we did not handle your complaint better. Bottom line is that one of my team members made a mistake and forgot to confirm your booking in our system. (we had plenty of rooms). We are working with the receptionist concerned to understand what went wrong... More 

London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having been a Regular Guest of The Southern Sun in Dar es Salaam, for some seven years, while working in both Tanzania and Mozambique, I have consistenly been impressed with everything about this great Hotel, from the efficiency of the Reservations Team, and their unerring flexibility...I'm constantly changing my Scgedules! To the Warm Welcome from the smiling Doormen..'Welcome Home!' Not... More 

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

Hey LoungeIover! Magic review thanks very much! At Southern Sun Dar we have an in house saying 'Karibu Nyumbani' literally welcoming you to our home - and under pins our operating philosophy to try and make all our guests stay here in Dar stress free and as comfortable as we can possibly make it We look forward to another return... More 

Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently had the joy of staying at the Southern Sun Dar-Es-Salaam. I found the location to be excellent, the staff friendly and helpful and the rooms clean and functional. It ticked all the boxes for me as a business traveler. It was a joy when I found out the hotel is 10 minutes from the ferry port and the... More 

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

Dear FrancoiseL Thanks very much for taking your time to post here on Trip Adviser. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and found the location of Southern Sun Dar es Salaam convenient for most embassies and the Zanzibar Ferry terminal! See you again soon I hope Best Wishes Adam More 

Jersey, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been here often. The rooms are a but small by US standards but awesome by UK standards. The hotel is first class in every way, the manager Mr Fuller is super friendly and extremely competent. A genius really for keeping this hotel the best in DAR es salaam. The best thing is the service and the food. The staff... More 

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

Dear JDSC96 Thanks for your very kind compliments and for taking the time to post here on Trip Advisor I am delighted that you continue to enjoy your stays at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam and look forward to your return Best Wishes Adam More 

Kigoma Tanzania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing service, staff are warm and welcoming from the moment you step out of your vehicle right the way through your stay. Rooms are fantastic, food is wonderful, cocktails delightful and alcoholic.!

Review collected in partnership with Tsogo Sun Hotels

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

Hi 382Lucyn! Very kind of you to post such nice comments about your recent stay at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam! Thank you! Our People, The Food and Wine are the three critical elements that help make a great stay and I am glad the recede worked for you, Best Wishes and Karibu Tena Adam More 

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