Recently, I attended a conference in Dodoma, the capital of Tanzania and most of our activities centred around the New Dodoma Hotel. Strategically located across the street from the almost defunct train station, the exterior seems a bit shabby and you are faced with a myriad parked cars before you get to the entrance steps...but once past the front door, the hotel opens up into a very relaxed courtyard surrounded by rooms on two floors. In the courtyard there are lots of tables and chairs to enjoy sitting, drinking a beer and enjoying quiet conversations with colleagues. Adjacent are the meeting rooms, restaurants (the chinese restaurant is quite good), hair salon (men and women) and of course an old english bar.....
the decor is decidedly afro/colonial and could really do with a good clearout of junky chandeliers and adornments on the walls, but it all adds to the "charm" that is this hotel...
The food service was all buffet and started with a huge breakfast buffet, with eggs, sausage, fruit, juices, cereals and more...all the meals we had were more than adequate and quite unique in some of the dishes served...good food, no doubt about it.
The rooms are somewhat tired and need a good overhaul, but clean and comfortable and reliable. The staff are a mix of gracious enthusiasm to a sense of "why are you bothering me" which unfortunately detracts from this otherwise nice hotel to visit and stay in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The landmark New Dodoma Hotel is over one hundred years old and was originally built as a rest house for the Kaiser of Germany to inaugurate the National Railway Line. It stands as the most historic hotel in the region and still has all of the old world splendor which one would expect from such a historic monument. The hotel suites are built around a large botanical courtyard which features a decorative water fountain, tiki-bar and restaurant service. The botanical garden has been grown with great care to ensure an oasis like experience upon entering. Each hotel suite features large beds, hot water and air-conditioning as well as access to the hotel swimming pool, fitness center and relaxation areas. The New Dodoma Hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi for hotel patrons, 24-hour electricity backed by a generator, late night food service and concierge service to ensure that all of our clients’ needs are tended to. With all The Grandeur of the Ages with Modern Amenities and Excellent Service - The New Dodoma Hotel offers you the Best of the Nation’s Capital. ... more less
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