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Harbour View Suites
Ranked #18 of 96 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Reviewed September 10, 2012

Recently returned from a business trip to Dar es Salaam, where we stayed at the Harbour View Suites for 4 nights.
As i stated in the title the Value for money is good, however there are some issues that i had wile staying there.

But i will start off with the positives:
Rooms- Excellent, spacious and very clean/neat. these rooms are very comfy and everything was good in this instance.
Service/Staff- Everybody was very willing to help and i did not have any trouble with the staff, they are always friendly.
Location- Good location in the city centre and close to harbour. Alot of security guards on every street corner.
Casino-There is a casino on the ground floor, nice place to have a beer and watch some sport.

Negatives inlcude:
Bathroom- the water pressure in my room was not very good, also had to wait for 15-20min for hot water and then the water is either ice cold or scolding hot. My colleague did not have the same problem in his room though...
Breakfast- This to me was the worst part of the Hotel, their breakfast is nothing to write home about. Lack of choice and not very good. Cofee lady also had attitude when asked to refill coffee. On the basis of the breakfast's quality we did not even take the chance to eat lunch or dinner here, there are alot of other places in the vicinity...walk around. The breakfast is not all doom and gloom if you are not really fussy about breakfast, but it is well below any normal Hotel ive been to.

All in all its not a bad Hotel, but could be so much better. Like i said value for money....

Room Tip: Try getting corner units, they are larger then the other ones. There is a limited view of the Harbo...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Good location, near to ferry port if you are heading to or from Zanzibar (5 min walk max). Shopping mall below with cash machine and supermarket if you need to stock up. Has pool and gym. Restaurant pretty nice, not too expensive. Rooms large, modern and clean. Booked a taxi to the airport on the way home for $25 which is a pretty good deal, they have their own driver and car.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

The value for money is decent, maybe a little pricey, however if you're planning to go somewhere by ferry this is an accommodation for you, as it's a 5 minutes walk from the Ferry Terminal!
The rooms are clean, the service professional, the only downside is the restaurant that offers a great harbour view, but average/low quality of served breakfast and a very limited and pricey lunch menu.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

This was my second short stay at the Harbour View Suites - this time in an executive king suite which was huge. It was the largest room I had stayed in so far. It had a modern contemporary feel to it with a Large flat screen tv. The tv channels didn't work for some reason. My room had a large balcony overlooking the sea which was great. There are rooms which overlook a building site so you need to be aware of those. It was a pretty average stay.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

Was only at the hotel for at short stopover and arrived fairly late in the evening after a long flight from Europe, but thought I would share some observations anyway.

The hotel is at the top floors of the building (floor 9-12, I think) and it is rather poorly indicated that you need to go to the 11th floor for the reception. People in the lobby were however nice to help indicate where to go.

Staff was very friendly and spoke fairly good English. The room was spacious with a huge TV and a rather large balcony giving a view of the harbour and a neighbouring construction site. Apart from the size of the room and the balcony, the place was however rather average and you should not choose the hotel if you expect great luxury.

The wifi worked well and was fairly quick.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

We are in room 1002 and want to share our feelings with other travellers. We are in Tanzania and we can't have the same demands as in other more western hotels. So let's make a comparison with another hotel in Dar where I was, e.g. Sea Cliff.
Room, Both were noisy. Room at Sea Cliff was close to an engine room, not very nice. Harbor View room was located on street side but also opposite the mosque. . Prepare yourself for blasting noise at 5.00 pm when it calls the believers to do their prayers. I assure you the sound can awake deaf people. The room was also opposite the elevator. Tanzanians love to chitchat and do it loud. Win for Sea Cliff.
Room decoration. Much nicer at Sea Cliff. My room here was a bit more spacious but no atmosphere, old cabinets, No shower curtain. Win for Sea Cliff
Speaking about showers. But hotels do suffer from water problems. So showers or hot showers aren't always available.
Location. Harbor View is downtown where Sea cliff as the name suggest is at the sea on a cliff. Personal choice but I prefer Sea Cliff. The wonderful view at breakfast, in the open air, on the ocean beats Harbor with miles.
Looks. Again personal, but entrance, lay out, gardens, Sea Cliff is the big winner.
Then we have the restaurants. Again I believe Boodles at Harbor is not really to be recommended, where Sea Cliff was certainly at an okay level.
So all in all what is my verdict for Harbor View. I rated Sea Cliff 4 stars. I tend to 2 stars for Harbor View. However, knowing they do have much beteer rooms on the other side I will give them the benefit of the doubt ad rate 3 stars but that's it

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the back side away from the Mosque.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

The rooms in this hotel are quite good and reasonably modern by African standards. Generally this hotel was good, had a good, but pretty basic breakfast selection, and a nice pub and restaurant serving pretty good selection of meals. A huge benefit is that the hotel is high up in the building a almost noise free. The only view I got of the harbor was from the breakfast area on the top floor. Rates are also pretty reasonable for way you get by African standards. I did not notice any hookers on the pub, which again was pleasantly surprising.

Stayed: August 2011, traveled on business
Thank Rob_DM
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Address: Samora Avenue | PO Box 9163, Dar es Salaam 9163, Tanzania
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Location: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Casino Hotel in Dar es Salaam
#15 Luxury Hotel in Dar es Salaam
Price Range: $91 - $190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Harbour View Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Excellent Hotel Accommodation, Serviced Offices, Meeting and conference facilities, Boardrooms, Business Center, Restaurant and Bar, Fitness Center with swimming pool, all within one hotel. That's what we call The Business Comfort Zone. Centrally situated and 200m from the ferry port to Zanzibar we are also an excellent location for tourists visiting Dar es Salaam. ... more   less 
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