"Blue Pearl" sounds like a bar you wouldn't bring your girlfriend to, but it's a hotel just outside Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
The Blue Pearl hotel is a fairly nondescript hotel a few km outside Dar Es Salaam. It's located by a busy highway. Location wise, rather isolated from restaurants or anything else.
The hotel is rather dark but is comfortable enough. Rooms are large, sensibly tiled in terracotta coloured tiles, with airconditioning and cable TV. My room had a microwave, fridge and sink but no kettle. Rather gloomy and cheerless though.
Facility wise, there is a gym with malfunctioning or nonfunctioning treadmills and cycle machines, and a few exercise stations. There is a nice but small infinity pool at the rooftop - large enough to soak in but not big enough to actually swim.
There is a rather grubby restaurant that I wouldn't recommend unless you really have no choice - and given its location, if you don't want to take a taxi and sit in traffic, you don't have a choice.
The hotel has plenty of space but doesn't use it well. There are empty corridors, large open halls and unused space, all rather sprawling and a little gloomy. Overall, better to stay someplace else more central and vibrant unless you want to purposely isolate yourself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the blossoming Ubungo area in Dar es Salaam, the Blue Pearl Hotel & Apartments is the largest all apartment-suite style hotel in the country and offers a wide selection of luxurious suites, conference venue and fine dining. We offer the best of business, leisure and luxury in the area with excellent amenities including the only rooftop swimming pool in Dar es Salaam. All of our spacious suites include air-conditioning, large beds, Wi-Fi and continental breakfast served from 6am to 10am in the Famished Restaurant. Our proximity to the Dar es Salaam University Campus and Mlimani City Shopping Centre as well as inter-city bus and train stations makes us a premier destination for travellers, business people and conference groups. For Luxury and Value, visit The Blue Pearl Hotel & Apartments – The Largest Apartment Hotel and Premiere Conference Destination in the Region. ... more less
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