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YMCA Dar es Salaam

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India Street and Upanga Road | Opposite of Holiday Inn Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So the bed broke in the middle of the night. And the water wasn't working (we're talking about toilets, sinks and showers here people). The girl at the desk was less then helpful, and was only good for taking our money. We wouldn't have paid if they didn't take the money upfront - we didn't get a bed to sleep... More

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Mainz, Germany
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

This accomadation is very cheap - to cheap! I woke up in the middle of the night realising that their where bed bugs. This is a horrible place! Unsafe and very dirty! It is next to a main road without propper windows - which means that it is impossible to have more than three hours of sleep anyway. Don´t go... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The area around this YMCA might not be the safest, but it´s close to everything. The basic rooms were pretty dirty the last time I visited in 2008, and well, -- today the mosquito-nets are so filthy,your hands turn brown when you touch them. I really wish they would do something about that! But the desk-front lady, "Mama" is very,... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The YMCA is located in the centre of town, and provides the very basic accommodation especially backpackers might be looking for. It's appears to be a dark and dodgy place, but once inside the actual compound it isn't too bad. It has a diner with a few standard dishes -ask what they have, never trust the menu, like anywhere else... More

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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

I only gave this place three stars because we arrived at 1am without a booking and with no money and they let us stay using our passports as money. This is a place for convenience only. I would recommend other places in Dar es Salaam - this was one of three places that we stayed when we were in Dar... More

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Bergen, Norway
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

The room we stayed in had a fan, but it only worked sometimes. The beds were dirty, the toilet didnt flush, the floor in the "bath room" was always wet and the electrisity went out at least once a day. The locking system also felt really unsafe. Wouldn´t be hard to break through that. Also the door to our room... More

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Temple City, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

I'm backpacking through East Africa with a couple of friends and we decided to give YMCA a try for a night after our train from Dar to Zambia was delayed for a day. We called them and asked for the price for a triple and they said 27,000 Shillings total for the room but when we got there, they asked... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

The Y is cheap and central, but you can find better rooms for the same price in Dar, with private bathrooms and professional staff. I booked groups here for nine months and had to stop, as the staff never kept reservations, even when I paid in advance. If you are lucky enough to stop by and get a room, great.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
26 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

The good: -Very clean -Friendly staff -Free breakfast -restaurant/cafeteria on-site -Internet on-site -Beer served! until late! ... which you pretty much can't find anywhere nearby in Dar -In a safe, walkable area The not good: -Not much sound protection in the rooms - and lots of construction going on outside the rooms

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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

It is cheap. It is very central. It is opposite the Holiday Inn where you can use their internet and get a good breakfast. The hostel itself is poor. The staff were generally rude, particularly the woman on the counter. I stayed here for about 10 nights over the course of a ocuple of months and it never improved. Their... More

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Address: India Street and Upanga Road | Opposite of Holiday Inn Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
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Ranked #21 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Dar es Salaam
Number of rooms: 28

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