This was my ninth or tenth time to Dar es Salaam and I usually go for safe bet business hotels in the upper range since the city is not known for outstanding hospitality. The only problems with this sort of hotels is the fact that they are generic and expensive.
A few weeks ago a friend of mine had told me about a place I did not even know existed: Hotel Slipway. It seems it has re-opened rather recently under a new management. The rates looked very interesting so I gave it a try.
The hotel is located on a Peninsula, about 10km from 'Bongo' down town. While the surroundings have a bit of an industrial feel (there seems to be sort of a boat yard that could do with a facelift) the hotel itself is nicely set close to the ocean and offers great sunset views (there actually is a very decent restaurant right by the sea; at high tide you can wet your toes in the water over a really nice meal).
The hotel's amenities are not five-star, but everything works and staff are friendly and helpful. Rooms are a bit small but this is compensated by the fact that you can step out and find yourself in a busy public space with shops, banks, a hairdresser, plenty of souvenir shops and a couple of restaurants. The place is distinctly different from the business hotels I used to frequent - and certainly more African. On Sundays there is an invasion of people from all walks of life all coming for that very special sunset and for a popular kids' playground. It gives the area a feel of carnival and it can become a bit noisy in the early evening hours. The flip side is a truly interesting kaleidoscope of people all having a great time out, and if you happen to be there you better join the crowd.
All in all I was very pleased with the experience, certainly as far as value for money goes. As I was checking out I overheard the receptionist tell several arriving guests: 'Sorry, we are fully booked', so they must be doing something right. I recommend Hotel Slipway and I will certainly be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Slipway is ideally located just 7km from the Dar es Salaam city centre on the posh Msasani peninsula, right on the Indian Ocean overlooking Msasani Bay. It offers best value for money accommodation in this upmarket neighbourhood. The hotel is integrated into the Slipway complex, which provides a wide range of amenities including various dining options and everything a traveler needs. Within its vicinity are a selection of popular shopping, dining and nightlife destinations. ... more less
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