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“Clean and friendly in a central location - great value!”
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Econo Lodge
Ranked #58 of 98 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Reviewed 13 February 2014

The Econo Lodge in Dar es Salaam is a great budget choice in the city centre. It's just off Libya street, with a sign clearly posted leading down a short path to the hotel. The post office and Morogoro street are right around the corner, and you can grab a taxi or dalla dalla easily from right outside the hotel.

The hotel is clearly old, but has been well-maintained well and is scrupulously clean, with all the basics covered, including ample hot water in the showers and good water pressure - hooray! I asked for a room with A/C and was upgraded to a double room at no extra charge, so I can't speak to the size of the singles, but the beds were comfortable, the A/C worked wonderfully and the room was plain, but furnished with everything I could need, including a desk and a wardrobe. The hotel staff were lovely - very friendly and helpful with recommendations, and always remembered my room number after my initial check-in. I would definitely recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

The Econo Lodge was by far the best value I experienced in Tanzania. We had a triple room for the 3 guys traveling to Dar and Zanzibar together. The 5th floor room we had the first stay was extremely clean. The fourth floor room on our return to Dar lacked a little in the cleanliness of the bathroom, but was overall very pleasant. The rooms were extremely spacious and had a locking balcony. The staff was friendly and on duty aroun the clock, making us feel very safe. I wish the beds had two sheets on them instea of just a bottom sheet and a blanket, but for 50,000 shillings split 3 ways, this felt like luxury. The shower was decent and had hot water. There is a locking wardrobe for your things, and the front desk has a safe for valuables. It is very conveniently located walking distance from the ferry in a pretty decent part of town near the mosques. Good food is right around the corner from many different places. BBQ, schwarma, tea rooms, and even a few bars (the Florida bar is a must visit) and a casino a little further down. It all seemed a little sketchy at first, as it sits downa narrow, I'll repaired alley, but I didn't find any problems. The included breakfast was good. Not exceptional as food in Dar tends to be, but good. Overall, for traveling with friends on a budget, this can't be beat.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

I have used this hotel many times now and will continue to do so on my visits to dar, last visit was June 2012 - For the price of approx £20 per night for a double room you cannot complain - Room / Ensuite / Balcony / Aircon / Reception manned 24hrs

This is a budget hotel so do not expect 5* - If you want 5* you will need to go elsewhere and pay for it - Approx £150 per night in dar

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Thank ketparmar
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

This budget hotel is very reasonably priced, its quite central in downtown Dar and close to the ferries, and the rooms were generally clean and safe. In general all aspects are acceptable and functional for a budget hotel in a big city.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

We spent 2 nights at Econo Lodge on our arrival in Tanzania. The staff were very welcoming and helpful, and there was somebody at the reception even when we had to leave super early to catch a bus.
For 35000 Tsh, we got a huge double room, which was perfectly clean and had several fans. The included breakfast was quite good too, and there are many restaurants just around the corner for lunch and dinner. The harbour and city centre are walking distance, which makes it easy and cheap to get aound.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Kerstin2
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Reviewed 19 December 2013

We wanted a place that was easy to find from the ferry, cheap, secure, comfortable, and open all hours. Econolodge is all of those things.

OK, it's not the most charming hotel I have every stayed in, but that might be a tough ask for downtown Dar Es Salaam!

If you get a high up room, you should be far enough from the hustle and bustle and get some reasonable sleep.

Room Tip: I was a bit scared of getting stuck in the lift - they have power cuts here, you know!
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2013 via mobile

It's a budget pad that still has a balcony, hot water, and a meek breakfast...for Dar is say you won't find better. They could do with dropping the prices a little, but as a recently they have been repairing and painting so it looks as if some $ is going to spruce it up. Would be nice if people had acess to the rooftop for city top gazing.

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Address: Band & Libya Sts | City Center, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
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Ranked #58 of 98 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Price Range: £26 - £32 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Econo Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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