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Transit Motel Ukonga
Ranked #65 of 96 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Wilmington, NC
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Convenient to the airport, but just OK.”
Reviewed February 13, 2011

pros: proximity to the airport - i had an early flight so this was crucial. the driver was dozing but woke up to take me there. also the room was clean and comfortable. when it comes down to it, that's really all i need.

cons: room next to loud bar, burger at hotel bar was really bad, shower is just on the wall in the bathroom so the water sprays all over the sink and toilet and floor. also, the staff did not speak english very well. normally i wouldn't complain about this, but for a place that caters to international airport travellers specifically, it's pretty important. still, it was good enough to get by.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
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We would like to thank you for taking your time to write your experience on staying with us. Your reviews are important as they enable us to improve our services and facilities for your comfort.


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Reviewed September 10, 2010

Dar-es-Salaam airport is a good 30 minutes outside of Dar itself, and the traffic on the main road is dreadful, so a hotel in Dar is out of the question if, like us, you fly in late from Kili and fly out early from Dar. The Ukonga is a good option in that it's only a mile or so from the airport. The accommodation is only OK, but since you won't be in it very long that's not a problem, and it's reasonably priced for somewhere so convenient. We arrived at 10pm and left at 6am so didn't get a chance to try the bar/restaurant. We booked up OK over the internet and they also booked a taxi for us from the airport. Note that the staff don't speak English.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2009

We stayed here the last night of our stay in Tanzania. The traffic in Dar can be atrocious (and was, on our way to the hotel), so staying close to the airport for the morning flight out is a good idea.

The staff were very helpful - we needed some tape to repair a box we were shipping, and they went to the shops to buy some for us.

The food at the small bar/restaurant was ok - just simple stuff.

The bathroom had no windows, and the shower was just cold water...

The bed was pretty uncomfortable...

Now, all these things we were ok with, since it a VERY inexpensive hotel. But what we couldn't bear was that around 8pm some loud music began next door - sounded like a nightclub (and may well have been). Our window, though closed, still let all the noise in. Don't get me wrong, I like a little african conga dance music, but when its turned up to full and doesn't stop until we left at 5:15am, it is far too much. It was unbearable! We couldn't sleep at all.

Now you'd expect this to be a Saturday night, but this was a Thursday night, so I'm not sure how often it happens, but be warned...

That said, if you just want to party all night before you leave, and need a hotel to store your bags while you do, then this may be the perfect place for you! :-)

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Transit Motel Ukonga
Address: Plot 7 Pugu/Segerea rd, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Airport Transportation
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Ranked #65 of 96 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Transit Motel Ukonga is located few minutes drive (about 2km) from Dar Es Salaam's Mwl. J Nyerere International Airport. All rooms have private shower and toilet, TV set, telephone and air conditioner. ... more   less 
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