This is not a European or North Amercia standards hotel. That said, the rooms are spacious (has a kitchenette) and the bathrooms well appointed. Also the roof top swimming pool comes with a fantastic view of the entire city of Dar. As a result of the management being Pakistani and muslim, the Indian food is good and there is a marked absence of pork. Onthe flip side there is a plentiful bar complete with OK prices. If you want to eat food other than Indian beware - the chef has not perfected (by any stretch of the imagination) any other kind of food. You are best to stick to chicken or vegetarian dishes. The fish is overcooked, unfortunately, and always deep fried (a shame). Don't even get me going on the beef - avoid at all costs (of course that goes for the continent of Africa in general, not just this hotel).
Bring ear plugs, as there are several churches behind the hotel, and they like to sing at the top of their lungs with the additonal aid of loud speakers, cranked to the max! That said, it can be quite nice, once in a while.
The hotel it attached to a mall so there is an opportunity to exchange money at one of the three banks in the mall(I had not problems at all). Also there is a vodacom shop to obtain a sim card and usage cell phone credits (another bonus). As a white woman travelling solo, I did not feel safe venturing outside the hotel. That said, I had a driver provided to me during my stay, and I felt safe with him. Some of the white men staying at the hotel did not feel threatened walking outside during the daylight. There is a (European style) groceriy store (ShopRite) and mall just 10 minutes away where you can get just about anything you need. While you cannot cook full meals in the hotel room (no burner) you can stock up on water, juices, fruits and veggies. I often made salads to take for lunch as everything is deep fried in the cafeterias. No problems walking through this mall on my own.
Although the internet was not free 14,000 TSh a week (about $9.00 u.s.) it was fairly reliable in the lobby and to a lesser extent in the room.
- 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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