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Harbour View Suites Dar Es Salaam

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Harbour View Suites Dar Es Salaam

I stayed at Harbour View Suites on 2 separate occasions on a recent trip to Tanzania and can't recommend them highly enough!

They offer excellent value for the buck. I paid only $84 for a studio (after 30% discount on presentation of a tourist guide). The rooms are spotlessly clean, huge (almost 1 1/2 to 2 times the size of a normal hotel room) and are furnished with very comfortable beds, stylish leather couches, satellite TV, and full kitchenette (microwave, toaster, coffee/tea making facilities, utensils, refrigerator, etc). One one occasion the room I was provided had floor to ceiling windows and on the second occasion a window that stretched the whole width of the room thereby offering a beautiful landscape view.

Access to the hotel is through a special elevator and entry to the room is only through a credit card sized "card key". Also, all the rooms have an electronic safe. Therefore, from a security perspective, I felt perfectly safe.

The hotel is located on the 9th, 10th and 11th floor of the The Harbour View (a.ka. JM) Mall. In the Mall is a laundry, money changing center, bank, internet center, pizzaria/cafe, supermarket and casino......all very, very convenient and useful services.

Also, where Samora Avenue crosses Ohio Street (5 minutes walking distance from the hotel), you can find a food center/court where you can get Indian, Chinese, Thai, Stellers (burgers),etc., food.

The hotel arranged for airport pick-up and drop off and their charge for it ($20 one way) is slightly cheaper than if you had to independently take a taxi on your own. Also I used their car service for a round trip ($20) to the Mwenga Center to pick up wood carvings, tinga tinga paintings, etc). The car service cost for the shopping trip included a one hour waiting charge. Very reasonable!

The staff are very well trained and are courteous, efficient, polite and provide great service with an every friendly smile.

The hotel is located on Samora Avenue which is in the city-center and a mere 20 minute drive from the airport. For comparison purposes, The New Africa Hotel and the Movenpick Hotel are 10 minutes walking distance from Harbour View Suites.

The only area that the hotel needs improvement is their breakfast services ($7.50). The breakfast is continental-style but can easily be enhanced by providing "hot" food such as eggs/omlettes and bacon.

The hotel which has about 50 rooms has plans to add another 40 rooms and they are constructing a conference center, gym, and swimming pool. Harbour View Suites is comparable to 4 star hotel but offers 5 star value because of its extremely competitive price. You don't have to take my word for it - all the tourist guides (Lonely Planet, Bradt and Rough Guide) rate it as an outstanding value.

Karl, you should check it out on your next trip. You won't stop recommending it enough!

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1. Re: Harbour View Suites Dar Es Salaam

how did you book the room rates?

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Through their web site. In their on-line booking form, I stated that I was looking for the 30% discount as I would be carrying a copy of the Lonely Planet Guide. In their confirmation reply, they confirmed the rate with the discount.

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Thanks I will try that

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Dravid reference the room rates for harbour view hotel,I have just had confirmation that the cheapest they will do is usd 128 after they make a discount on their rack rates of 20% and not 30 on production of the lonely planet guide book.

I hope to get something around usd 70.

Do you know anything about the swiss cottage garden hotel??

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I checked out the Harbor View Suites web site and I can no longer locate the 30% discount. Further they have increased their rates. I guess my recommendation made them quite popular, ha ha.

I have heard of Swiss from one of the tourist guies but have not stayed there.

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6. Re: Harbour View Suites Dar Es Salaam

The Peacock hotel is in the $70 price range. Located in the city center and a long walking distance from Samora Street.

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7. Re: Harbour View Suites Dar Es Salaam

Heard bad reports for the peacock from this network,so not tempted at all.Anyway thanks for the reply

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