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Palm Beach Hotel
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Reviewed September 12, 2009

We only had one night in Dar, on our way home from Zanzibar, and we booked this place based on the review in the Lonely Planet guide (by the way, that guide book gets things wrong way too many times!).

The hotel is clean, newly renovated to seem more like a Marriott (with a bit more style), and it is fine for a night. The evening staff weren't falling over themselves to be helpful.

It is a taxi ride away from the downtown action; a taxi will cost about $5-10.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2009

My Father, Wife and I shared a triple for a couple of nights and a few weeks later my wife and I came back to Dar and spent another 3 nights in this hotel.

On our first stay we were disapointed with the triple rooms functuality and decor and we where not sure if we would return, but luckuly we did, because the double room was very nice and comfy.

On our first stay we were disapointed, because the rooms did not hace mosquito nets! In addition on the first night we did not notice that the window had been left open, so we were conserned of mosquito bites. The TV in the triple room didn't have any channels on it and the room was just not worth paying 150 US/night.The lack of nets was actually the main issue we considered staying somewhere else on our next visit to Dar.

Referring to older reviews etc... On both times the rooms were very clean and spacious. The AC has functioned. The showers have had hot water and the hotel has a good generator in case of the frequent power cuts.

On our second visit the double room was nicely decorated and had the feel of a 4-5 star hotel room. The TV had a lot of channels even HBO. In the evenings the staff sprayed mosquite repellent into the room, so no net was required. It was luxury after having to use nets in all of the other hotels and it actually works! We did not notice to have had any mosquitos in our room during our stay here.

Front office staff were always polite and ready to assist us. The check in/out process went very smoothly.

The hotel has a restaurant that seems to be quite popular. We ate dinner there once and the food was ok. They also have some live music on the weekends.

The breakfast is above average on local standards and it was inluded in our room price 120 USD/night. There is a buffet with the usual yogurts, cereal, pastries, sweets, white and wholemeal toast, a sortment of jams and marmelades, some fruits, 2-3 different fresh juice, coffee and milk. The warm station includes:bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage etc. There is also a cook from whom one can order omelets, pankaces or eggs. The breakfast service in general was good. The only somewhat annoying thing was that the glasses and juice was finished constantly and we needed to wait almost everytime we wanted to drink something cold.

The location was perfect for our needs. We like to spend time at the Msasani Peninsula area, so the hotel is located around half way between the city centre and the peninsula area. To town it is just easy to take a dalla dalla right in front of the hotel. Almost all of the dallas go to Posta from here and it will only cost 200Ts. From the centre we walked back to the hotel on many ocasions, because it was faster on peak hours and it was perfectly safe during the late afternoon when the sun was still up. (There is also a dalla dalla to Masaki which would have taken us to the Peninsula, but we did not have the time to check it out.)

There is also a small Casino in connection to the hotel, but it is behind soundproof glass doors and hardly noticable to the hotel guests. It looked ok.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 6, 2008

Having reviewed the Palm Beach Hotel early last year I feel to mention a few, mostly positive, changes which have taken place since. The first thing that has changed are the room rates. With an increase in operating costs and what seem to be contious good occupancy rates one cant really blame the management for that decision.
The booking was done through the e-mail listed on their website and it was responded to within 5 minutes - excellent service, rarely seen in hotels across the region.
The rooms seem to have undergone the first sort of renovation/upgrade since the overall renovation of the hotel some few years ago. The rooms now feature plants, local handicraft and other decorations. The biggest improvement in my view is that the curtains have now been changed and are much thicker and actualy help in keeping the early morning light out of the room. On the downside the air-con system didnt really seem to work, like a previous reviewer already noted, the temperature indicating on the remote does not seem to corespond with the temperature the air-con manages to achieve. While I didnt make it for breakfast, it seems they have put in some serious effort to upgrade the catering side of the hotel, the restaurant and beergarden had a much more organised and modern feel to it, the quality of the food, service and choice of menu is remarkable. The Palm Beach continues to offer value for money in a town where this is quite hard to find.

  • Stayed: October 2008
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Reviewed August 6, 2008

Small adequate, mid-range/budget, hotel in Dar. Rooms basic but functional with aircon. The aircon worked but there was little correlation between shown temperature and actual room temperature. One of our rooms had a musty smell which had gone by the morning. The hotel is clean and the showers powerful and hot. TV with various channels – the kids were happy.

Family of five stayed for one night (2 rooms) en route from Zanzibar to the airport for the flight home in early Aug '08.

Breakfast started at 6:30am officially but they managed to get us a basic breakfast at 5:50am for no extra charge – so full marks there for customer service.

There is a pleasant outside covered bar/restaurant area which is adjacent to what appears to be a major road junction in Dar. The traffic was not obtrusive except when people got irate and leaned on their horns. Food wise the starters were large and of reasonable/above average quality. Unfortunately the main courses didn't live up to the expectations set by the starters.

We have no idea of and are unable to comment upon the location of this hotel in Dar – only that it is a TSH8,000 ride from the port and a TSH18,000 ride to the airport. The hotel will quote you US$25 (~TSH28,000) for a cab to the airport. We haggled with the guy who took us from the port to the hotel.

Couple of PCs (running Linux) in reception area which give free, albeit very slow, internet access. Sufficient for a leisurely online check-in. There is wifi in the rooms which I eventually got to work which seemed faster.

Summary: adequate budget one night stop-over hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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2  Thank drc225
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Reviewed July 7, 2006

I stayed at this hotel in Dar for four nights as part of a conference in June 2006. The hotel is run and managed by a Scottish family and has been totally renovated in the past couple of years. I really enjoyed my stay in the Palm Beach. The rooms were very spacious, clean and comfortable. The bathrooms were impeccable. The food was really good and the free internet service was an added bonus. I would recommend the Palm Beach as a base for exploring Dar.

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