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Hotel South Beach Resort Dar Es Salaam
Ranked #31 of 96 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
South Houston, Texas
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94 reviews
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“Great place, if you are in a witness protection program.”
Reviewed 24 December 2012

We stayed there in mid Occt, 2012. It took 1 1/2 hrs to get there from the airport. Thirty minutes to the ferry, thirty minutes of waiting (well over an hour on the return-total of two hours to the airport) then thirty minutes to the hotel. after asking around, we found a sign for the hotel, then drove down a road so rough that we could not go much faster than idle speed. The room was mediocre, and the a/c unit poured water onto us when we entered and left the room, as well as making us walk through water. There were only two other couples staying there. The curry was good, but the food was otherwise lackluster. The internet was spotty, and the credit card machine did not work. There was no place to shop, buy souvenirs, or sightsee. The a/c was barely adequate.

If you want to sit on the beach and drink, this place is ok. Apparently, the locals pay a fee to walk through and use the beach, on the weekends, at which time it is packed.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

We were 50 of usand the hospitality was just amazing. Everything was pre organised for us. Food was delicious.. . we had a great time at south beach!!! The conference facility was also great. The staff also are very friendly...

  • Stayed December 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2012

My friend and I stayed here for 6 nights Oct/Nov. It gets very busy there at the weekends but on the plus side, it was really tranquil and peaceful during the week days. In addition, we found the staff to be really friendly and attentive to our needs.
The pool area is really nice with the option of sitting in the shade or not. A beach towel is provided at reception.
The rooms are good with a very decent-sized balcony with terrific views of the Indian Ocean. There is daily cleaning of the rooms with bottles of water provided also.
We ate in the resort most evenings and there is a good choice of food on the menu - vegetarians are also well cathered for as staff made every effort that we were aware of the vegetarian options, particularly for breakfast. There are a number of bars in the resort including the Whisky Shack where the ideal option is to order your beer/cocktail etc. and take it to the seating that is contained within the resort but is actually on the beach - this is just heavenly at sunset! If you follow football, they also had a special outdoor area showing the big games.
Just beware that if you are going to the airport or to Zanzibar, make sure you give yourself 4 hours to get to the airport and 3 hours to get to the ferry to Zanzibar. This is because traffic is chaotic at rush-hour.
Overall, a really relaxing fun-filled stay with very kind staff!

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the 1st or 2nd floor over-looking the Indian Ocean.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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SBR_FO_Manager, Front Office Manager at Hotel South Beach Resort Dar Es Salaam, responded to this review, 10 April 2013
Dear Guest
Thank you for taking time to respond, we really appreciate your feedback to us and thank you for choosing our hotel as your leisure partner, we hope your time spent with us was memorable. We will surly share your feedback with the staff in that they continue to keep up the good work. Regarding the duration to the Zanzibar ferry or to the airport we along with the other hotels all over the city are trying to address the traffic problems, hopefully the government will be addressing this issue pro-actively.
Thanking you once again
You’re sincerely,
Roshan Tauro
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

Tanzania and Dar is really growing as a tourist paradise: They´ve got the best safari, the traditional African culture, but also THE beach!
South Beach Resort is a great pick for a mid-price experience of the latter.

Ok rooms, ok food (a little pricy perhaps...) and a GREAT beach! And that is what we are looking for...
In just 30 min you will be down town Dar es Salaam if you are looking for a market place, or different food.

I spend a week at South Beach with my wife and kids (5, 3 and 1y old) and we had a great time!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

Our family visited for one night in July 2012.

The food was hit or miss - some really good, some really not.

The rooms were small, but that didn't matter so much. The problem was that there was no electricity at night and the staff never turned on the generator, so that the air conditioning wouldn't work and it became unbearably hot with no A/C. The worst thing for our family is that there are NO MOSQUITO NETS, which we have never experienced in 5 years of traveling in East Africa. The bathroom also had a funny smell.

The pool is really nice and the beach is also very nice with not too many hawkers or rocks or seaweed (although staff could do more to clean up the bottle tops, plastic, trash, etc from the beach right in front of the hotel). But there is no shade provided on the beach.

The playground is pretty dangerous for little kids.

The staff was very attentive and friendly.

I think for a younger, local crowd it would be a fun place to party. But for an expat family, it was not a great fit.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Lisa W
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

I cannot believe the other reviews about this hotel. I live in Ugandan and am not high maintenance, but this hotel is not 3.5 stars in any world. This hotel was significantly cheaper than others in the area--now I know why. I arrived on a Sunday night amidst a huge party with a few hundred people, loud music and people drinking & dancing. The party was over at 8pm and everyone left--literally only 2 people were actually staying at the hotel. So it's a weekend party scene for locals. The hotel is very remote--they charge $50 to get there from Dar and it takes about 1 hour. (Verse $30 charged by another hotel to pick me up.) Once there, you are kind of stuck. There were no taxis, other activities, etc. I definitely felt a little trapped. I got half board and the food was just OK--not worth the prices but the only place to eat--so you don't really have an option. Everything costs extra--swimming in the pool, extra drinking water, drinks, etc. The room was OK, but the bathroom was gross. (See posted photos.) The water was always a yellow color. The power went out repeatedly and was out for up to a few hours at a time. I ended up leaving early because I wanted more out of my vacation--and they do not refund any cancellation at all. Once you arrive, you pay the full price. So you may try to avoid 100% pre-pay.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Management and staff alike are very accommodating, nothing was too much trouble. Good food, good music, good views, what more do you need!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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1 Thank James C
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Property: Hotel South Beach Resort Dar Es Salaam
Address: Kigamboni, Box 3034, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #31 of 96 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel South Beach Resort Dar Es Salaam 3*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the Kigamboni area or better known as South Beach, features an exclusive location on the Indian Ocean front. It is located comfortably away from the hustle and bustle of the city, 8 kms from the Kigamboni ferry.Thirty-six (36) well furnished, air conditioned rooms with one double bed and one single bed in each room. Every room also offers a private balcony overlooking the Indian Ocean.South Beach Resort is the perfect location and environment to cater to all your functions from Birthday Parties, corporate day-out parties, corporate team building events and entire company family day out events up to 4000 people! Our premises facilitates and supports the company's goals, whether it is to bring departments closer together, or to provide excellent entertainment and catering to the entire staff and their loved ones. our state of the art conference centre equipped with all the essential technology, stationary and comfort is the best in South Beach which can accommodate up to four (4) different conferences at once or open up into one large hall for up to 400 people. The conference hall can also be converted and decorated to host amazing, memorable wedding parties! ... more   less 
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