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Blue Pearl Hotel
Ranked #70 of 96 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Reviewed December 8, 2012

Was visiting Dar on business for a couple of weeks and was put up here thinking it was closer to where I had to visit. The rooms are spacious but needs renovation in the near future. Midway between airport and city center. Ground floor has some shops and a conference center. You have to pay separately for wi-fi which was slow. Single bhk apartment around 120 USD. Definiely overpriced. Nothing much to see around the Ubungo plaza area either. If all the other hotels are booked near the city center, the go for this hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Recently spent five days here for a conference for work and found the hotel to be very subpar in many regards. I will agree that the price is not bad at $95 per night for a single, and the room furniture decor is also nice. Beyond that things start to go downhill.

1. The wifi is beyond terrible. Even if you get a signal, it only works about 25% of the time. Speeds are slow. In the rooms, many colleagues could not get it to work at all. In mine, I had to sit next to the door as it wouldn't work in the bedroom area.

2. The food is awful. I ate all my meals here between the conference lunches and room service for dinner. Nothing was of high quality although it was affordable. Conference coffee breaks served food like fish sandwiches, meatballs, pastries, and potato chips. A very strange combo and not tasty at all. With nothing else close, you're pretty much forced to eat the food here.

3. The air conditioning in the rooms only works for about 10-12 hours a day and at random times. Sometimes I would wake sweating other times freezing. You couldn't control when it went off and it was never the same time day to day.

4. The hotel is generally run down. Although rooms are not bad, hallways, elevators, conference space, etc looks likes it's from the 80s with no improvements. Elevators have concrete floors. Conference space was hot and dingy.

5. Some staff were friendly but the majority just seemed untrained in hospitality.

6. Check out the bar and the stores. They are laughable.
Overall this hotel is dumpy and not worth the cheap price. Stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank TTapp
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Blue Pearl is in middle of Ubongo area, and is "closer" for business to airport than other down town hotels. Rooms nice and big, great value for money but try stay lower down as week I spent there power can be problem so higher the floor more stairs to climb. Hotel has nice Indian restaurant downstairs, breakfast however leaves much to be desired so we caught taxis/cabs to go to Sea Cliff for breakfast - dinner inside and outside the "shisanyama" or BBQ is worth while. Take malaria tabs etc as plenty Mosquitos here, and always bargain for exchange rates and taxi fare but never take the motorbike taxis!

Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Has per its location, this hotel is very convenient for person who wants to travel fast and exit fast from the cround and traffic jam of Dar Es Salam.
The hotel and mainly the room in 12th and 13th floor and very nice including kitchen. There is no moskitose as per it is high.
There is a indian restaurant and giving nice food. Also at the ground floor there is many bank and ATM
The staff is always very nice

Room Tip: at the top is better (12 and 13th floor)
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

Did not enjoy our stay at the Blue Pearl on our recent trip to Tanzania and Ethiopia. The staff was not helpful and the manager overcharged us for a trip to the airport. The rooms were spacious and relatively clean. We found it difficult and expensive to get around and there was nothing within walking distance.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

firstly before you read, some of the reviews on here gave me the wrong impression and I was pleasantly surprised so please read on!!

The Hotel is situated on the main dual carriageway Morogoro Road, just down from the biggest Bus station that connects Dar es Salaam to most of East Africa, so the traffic is constant day and night. Ubungo junction is the busiest I have seen in Africa. There is currently alot of construction on the road to provide a rapid transit system to remove (hopefully) the amount of Dala Dala buses. (local buses). There is major traffic jams, but the taxi drivers are pretty good at avoiding and the don't last too long. I was working at the nearby Nation Institute of Transport, so this was ideal for me.
The hotel has large conference facilities, and are regularly used, wedding at the weekends are common, it is busy with a wide variety of people using the hotel.

The foyer is of an asian theme, it is well maintained and well decorated with a bar, snack bar (don't bother) and internal Restaurant, where the breakfast is served, the receptionist speak english and had no problems on that count, ask for a high floor 12, 13, I was on 13 there are guards on the lifts (very modern) and especially on the 13 floor where the gym is. There is an infinity pool on the roof, which has views of the surrounding area (fantastic)

The room I had was an apartment, with a dinner/kitchenette/lounge leading to a bedroom with the bathroom and storage cupboards. There is air con, saterlite TV (limited channels) and a desk. The plugs are british standard and the current is compatable. There is a fridge, microwave and toaster, coffee and tea facility and they leave a bottle of water for you everyday.

The hotel staff and the security guards were good, learn the swahili greeting and they are more than happy to help you learn more. When you reach the ground floor, as you emerge there is a small shopping mall, the barlcay bank shut down while I was there, so the ATM on site doesn;t except VISA. There is a small shop to the left of the lift where you can get cold drink, booze, bread (weekdays only) crisps, sweets etc. (there is a pertol gargae across the road called Engen, better supermarket and a decent takeway)

If you are planning to use mobiles, expecially data, buy a local sim and buy a package from milimini city (biggest shopping centre in DAR) it only cost 12,00shilling (£3.50) for a 500 mb deal, but be warned the download rate is not of EU standards, i.e. messenger messages no problem, skype call , you will have problems, but I managed a couple of times but gave up.

I ate just outside of the hotel in the bistro, the tandoori chicken is to die for, the beer is good, aply named kilimanjaro and serengety and a local spirit called konjagi. The breakfast is good, usually baked beans, beef sausge (hotdog style) potatoes, freshy made omelletes, no bacon. The juice is fresh on a daily basis, passion fruit, melon juice and mango juice I found really good, there is something for everybody.

The taxis outside are good, barter, if you not been before, they will try there luck at first. I used 3 guys called Baracka, ben and Conrad who were excellent, they will offer their mobile number if you wanted to call them when your out, which was a godsend for me.

The only downside for me was on Sundays (my day off) the church to the rear belt out the bells and the choir (extremley good) start singing, if you wanting a lie in then, unless your a heavy sleeper, is not going to happen. The call to pray from the local mosque starts at 5am but is distant, you'll get used to it very quick, but the church is right at the base of the hotel

I would have no problems in recommending this hotel to the seansoned traveller.

Room Tip: 12th or 13th floor if you can
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

I recently spent a week at the hotel and I was pleasantly surprised by the accommodation standards and service levels. The hotel is well situated close to the town (especially when traffic is a nightmare) and boosts a 13 story building, complete with a fantastic pool on the top floor! The rooms are clean, liveable and tastefully furnished. The food is nice as well, especially the Indian crusine prepared by a professional Indian chef - try the Gosh Khadai...

Room Tip: The higher the room, the cooler the breeze in hot Tanzania!
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Thank Sunjay L
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Address: Morogoro Road, Ubungo Plaza | P.O. Box 4868, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #70 of 96 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Price Range: $39 - $139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Blue Pearl Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the blossoming Ubungo area in Dar es Salaam, the Blue Pearl Hotel & Apartments is the largest all apartment-suite style hotel in the country and offers a wide selection of luxurious suites, conference venue and fine dining. We offer the best of business, leisure and luxury in the area with excellent amenities including the only rooftop swimming pool in Dar es Salaam. All of our spacious suites include air-conditioning, large beds, Wi-Fi and continental breakfast served from 6am to 10am in the Famished Restaurant. Our proximity to the Dar es Salaam University Campus and Mlimani City Shopping Centre as well as inter-city bus and train stations makes us a premier destination for travellers, business people and conference groups. For Luxury and Value, visit The Blue Pearl Hotel & Apartments – The Largest Apartment Hotel and Premiere Conference Destination in the Region. ... more   less 
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