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YWCA
Maktaba Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania   |  
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Ranked #31 of 44 Dar es Salaam B&B and Inns
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

It’s definitely the worst place I have ever stayed! Because it’s hard to find middle-price accommodation in Dar, we decided to take the cheaper version. The twin room was awful – very-very dirty, door didn't close properly, totally broken mosquito nets, practically no windows. Toilets in the hallway - well holes in the women toilet and shower - dirty. We didn't have electricity nor water. There was a generator behind the hostel, so there were some light in the hallways. The sound from the generator was so loud - awful! You didn't ever hear your thoughts. We wanted to change the room - they told everything is full. Then we wanted money back - not possible. Finally they changed the room, that was on the side, well still horrible noise, but bearable. Before midnight they turned the generator off. Electricity and water wasn't back in the morning. We left right after we woke up. Terrible!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

This place is full of mosquitos, the mosquito nets are old and full of holes. I made the mistake of staying there and caught malaria. I was not the only one, during that week I heard of two others also being being infected. The staff were unsympathetic and unhelpful to the point where I couldn't even get get directions to the local clinic for testing. Poor show.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The main gripe I have with this YWCA is the sheer number of mosquitoes. I'm pretty sure I've got several different cancers developing due to the amount of Raid I used whilst there. The netting on the windows does not keep them out, the mosquito nets are too short and the ceiling fans barely keep them at bay. By the end of my 2nd night staying there I had in excess of 50 separate bites.
However, it was ridiculously cheap. The 'family dorms', which consist of 2 beds in a room, with one electric fan mounted on the wall, cost about £6 per night. The breakfast was edible, with lots of coffee.
Some of the staff were very friendly, and generally willing to help.
The hostel is pretty central, but that's not necessarily a good thing in Dar.
If you're on a major budget stay here.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

I thought the location was really good (for what I needed to do) as right at the bus stop, easy to get to ferry, ATM's close by and some great street food all around. If you are travelling alone it is good also as even if there are no single rooms they may let you stay in a twin room and contact you if another solo traveller arrives and you are both happy to share to split the cost (YMCA would not do this). Basic rooms but clean and if you are just looking for somewhere cheap to stay in a good location and feel secure it is a good place. Also if you want clothes made, the lady on the very top floor in the sewing room does a good job, as well as the lady on street level directly under the hostel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

I have stayed at this place several times when traveling through Dar es Salaam. I always called before arriving to make sure they kept me a room, since it is often full.
The rooms are very basic but if it's just for sleeping, they are perfect. De sheets are clean, mosquitenets are provided and since the rooms are all on the first floor, the noise from the street stays out.
I always payed the fixed price of 10.000 tsh (5€) per night. Breakfast is included but it starts only around 6 in the morning and I usually am out sooner.. so don't know about that..
Right in front of the YWCA you have the bus stand with buses taking you to Ubongo bus terminal. (from there all busses to Arusha, Morogoro, Dodoma, Mwanza etc leave!) Also it is walking distance from the ferries to Zanzibar and Pemba. So whether you arrive or leave from Dar, this is the ideal place for a transit.
For food I usually went to YMCA across the street and it serves simple but good and cheap meals.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I stayed heref or a night when I was stuck in Dar because of bus/ferry troubles. The room was really cheap (21 USD for a triple), but the bathroom was a little grimy and the mosquito nets aren't big enough. There is a curfew. The staff was nice enough, but not super helpful. If you have other choices, maybe pick one of those....

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

We stayed here on transit from Nairobi to Zanzibar and slightly regretted it.

The staff was welcoming enough but looked at us a little strangely when we said we had a room together, so we ended up signing in as a married couple.

We had been told there were only family rooms left so went for that option, only to find 2 single beds in a very, very narrow room (from the looks of it, all the rooms on that floor had been divided in half at some point to double the capacity). The dividing walls were just plasterboard, with several holes meaning there was minimal privacy. The graffiti actually made the room more welcoming!

The beds were clean and comfortable though, and there were mosquito nets that - whilst not particularly well fitting (prepare for a face-full of net) - did the job.

The bathrooms were basic to say the least - no toilet roll and no locks. We didn't bother with a shower because they looked a bit grim but they looked like they would have done the job.

Lonely Planet says the hostel is 'clean' but that doesn't seem to have stopped the rats; one of whom was spotted on the way back to the toilet in the early hours.

Rooms are noisy - especially those at the front of the building owing to there being no glass in the windows between the room and the road. Having said that, there was a party down the corridor from us going on until at least 4am but we didn't notice until we left the room for the bathroom.

If you're in need of a roof over your head, this is a cheap option that does that but not much more.

The one up-side: the hostel is well located for walking through down-town Dar of an evening.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Maktaba Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
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Ranked #31 of 44 B&Bs / Inns in Dar es Salaam

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