After looking at a couple of places to stay in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, we zeroed on The Harbour View Suites for its proximity to the city and easy access to travel from the port to Zanzibar. Direct communication and reservation queries to the hotel administration were flawless and responses good. There was no deposit required and we were offered pick up from the airport for an approximate fee of US $25 which proved to be a good deal and a hustle free ride to the hotel (apart from the terrible traffic log). The chauffeur was waiting for us and he was very friendly.
Check in was swift and we were assisted to our rooms by very friendly staff. I speak Swahili so this assisted with communication and other settling in matters. The room on the 12th floor was very clean, although navigating from the Reception to rooms proved confusing at first, but was ok as days went by. We did not have a room with a balcony, however we were able to see the harbour and Kigamboni Ferry, which was pleasant. Sleep was great and hot showers available in the morning. I visited the gym that evening which was not great but adequate for normal exercises. This is situated next to the dining room, terrace and swimming pool. Great views of the harbour from here. The music part is a bit mis-leading as there is no live band there playing New Orleans Jazz! Breakfast and lunch was great and staff very friendly and chatty. Downstairs, there are taxis for hire and shops..pharmacy, exchange bureau and a supermarket. Its a 6-10 minute walk to the port to get a ferry to Zanzibar, so no need for a taxi at all. There is also easy access to WIFi and local sim cards can be purchased downstairs. Walking around the city is a breeze through Samora Ave and other. The Hotel is safe, which is a comfort for first travellers. In all, we had a great time and stayed again at this place after our visit from Zanzibar. We were allowed to leave our luggage here till our return from Zanzibar too. Leaving 2 hours earlier before reporting time at the airport is advisable due to traffic contestation. "Better early then late !!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Harbour View Hotel Dar Es Salaam