I had an amazing 3 days and 2 nights at this hotel! I've been working an internship at a resort in Zanzibar for the past few months and decided I needed to get away from the island for a short while. Since I work for a Hilton at home, I was curious to see how the systems work in East Africa - considering what I've noticed over the past few months is that even the simplest of chores can be turned to incredible obstacles, due to a lack of resources or reliable contractors.
I'd read through the mixed reviews of this property before I had gone there, and was not sure what I should have expected. There was also a lack of reviews mentioning HHonors benefits, which is very important for Gold and Diamond members.
Good news for those elite status members! When I arrived and started to check in, a manager walked up to welcome me to the hotel and was happy to notify me of my complimentary upgrade to an executive suite. I was definitely excited, as I had not even expected an upgrade to begin with! Once I walked in to the room, I was thinking "Wow, this is a nice studio suite!" After a few more steps, I'd noticed the huge bathroom and that there was another room through a door on my right. I walked into the other room to discover 3 couches, another tv, a table and chairs, and another huge bathroom! I was completely stunned by how nice the room was, especially since I received it through a complimentary upgrade - simply for being loyal to Hilton!
As for the rest of the hotel, it is only 3 years old, but looks more like 3 weeks. The amount of granite throughout the property is an amazing touch, and they certainly keep it very clean and shiny.
The pool was great, with numerous, comfortable sun-furniture around it. There is also a bar that is next to the pool which is always adequately staffed and very quick. The food served at the pool is of great quality, consisting mostly of pizza and sandwiches/burgers/etc.
If you're looking for a more varied menu, you can find a huge menu filled with amazing food in the restaurant. The breakfast is also served in the hotel, which was quite an extensive buffet with different foods each day! Surprisingly, most of the foods were vegetarian friendly, as well.
If you don't want to have the buffet in the restaurant, they offer breakfast-order cards in the rooms. Simply choose your desired foods and the time you'd like the meal to be delivered and hang on the outside of your door like a do-not-disturb sign.
Regarding room service, I have never had a better experience. I ate in my room more often than anywhere else, just because it was so convenient and a great price. Oddly, the dishes that are offered in both the restaurant and for room service are usually different prices - with the room service option being the cheaper of the two. For example, fish & chips in the restaurant costs 24,000tsh, but only 18,000tsh in your room. I suppose, it depends on what atmosphere you're looking for.
Overall, I am 100% satisfied with my short experience here. So satisfied that I will be returning in a couple of weeks to stay again before I head back to the US. There are plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained, the food was amazing, and everything was always kept very clean. I'm not sure what more I could ask for!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Highlights •Located 4.3 Miles from the City Center •Oceanfront property with bay views •Swimming pool and jetty •Three onsite restaurants •5 Meeting Rooms .What to do around here Select the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Dar es Salaam and be close to shops, restaurants and boating. Our hotel offers beautiful bay views and tropical, lush gardens. Enjoy staying in the most affluent area of Dar es Salaam when choosing our hotel. We are within walking distance of restaurants, shops and clubs. Spend a day on the beach. Go snorkeling, fishing and diving. Tee off at the Gymkhana Golf Course, only three miles away from the hotel. Take a 20-minute flight to Mikumi Wildlife Reserve. Visit the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club and go sailing. Visit the Slipway Arts and Crafts Center only two minutes away from the hotel. This popular recreation area offers bookshops, open-air restaurants and pubs. Be sure to visit the Village Museum, Sea Cliff Village and Shoppers Plaza. ... more less
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