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Transit Motel Airport
Ranked #53 of 95 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Lakewood, Colorado
Level 6 Contributor
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

It's Tanzania, it's Africa, so when the water isn't warm, the lights go out, and the water doesn't work at all, consider it part of the experience. What I loved about the Transit Motel was that the staff tried very hard to get the water to warm up (it didn't) but they also made sure I got my wonderful breakfast (I had forgotten there was a free one), and when the power and water were both off, I went for a nap, during which all was restored. Their good humor, and willingness to work with me made it turn out just fine. I found the rooms very clean, although you MUST wear the flip flops in the shower or your floor will have dirty footprints everywhere. Also if you pull the drapes open next to the alley and you are in your altogether, don't be surprised if you startle some worker like I did, because there is NO privacy. Stay dressed or keep the drapes closed. The lights are dim but that's the price you pay.

Plenty of plugs, thank you very much, for recharging. It's a twelve minute walk to the airport if you're not carrying much. The bathroom light is very dim, too. So bring a flashlight.

Room Tip: Get the room FAR in the back corner. Quieter, the fan keeps it very cool IF the power is on.The show...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2013

We arrived on a Wednesday and were kept up past 1am because of loud music playing right outside our window. Although it is close to the airport - literally 5 minutes away - I don't know if it's worth it considering you don't get any sleep. The bed is pretty comfortable but the bathroom is a bit dingy - the shower head is rusted.

The restaurant at the motel is slow - it took about 1 hour for an avocado salad (which was cut up avocado with cucumber), spaghetti with tomatoes (this is literal, don't expect a marinara sauce), and spiced beef with mashed potatoes (which oddly came with freshly diced tomatoes).

The car they arrange for pick up and drop off is $5USD or 8000TZS. The wifi is pretty strong so that's a plus - maybe it's because they know you'll be up all night from the loud music so they minus well give you good wifi!

In summary, if you're looking for rest - don't stay here - at least not in room 4 (facing the street).

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lawrence, Kansas
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

We stayed here to rest before a 3:30 am flight. It was close to the airport and the taxi driver used by the hotel was good and punctual. But the food in the restaurant was terrible and in the room one bed was missing the top sheet and 3 of the 4 pillows did not have a pillow case. Front desk was indifferent

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2013

We stayes 1 day in this hotel and had been very satisfieed. Our plane left at 3.45 in the night and we were glad to find a hotel just close to the airport. the price and service are good and the rooms clean.
We can recommend this hotel for a short trip to Dar es salem.

Room Tip: clean room with aircondition, 2 minutes far from the airport with restaurant
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

Rather a dismal experience; we had no hot water, actually for most of the short few hours stay no water at all because there was a power cut. They have a generator but it was right outside our window so it was impossible to sleep. Room and restaurant just about adequate. Staff bolshie.
Taxi to the airport takes five minutes and $5; you could walk it with hand luggage it but that wouldn't be safe at night. Room has a/c but you are not trusted with the remote for it and it is too high on the wall to adjust. Free wifi was good.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Really fits its name: transit motel.
It is really basic. There isn't a great atmosphere or whatever... but it is really safe and secure. Good food. Rooms are basic but really clean. Showers were warm'ish'. And come on, it is really cheap and SO close to the airport. Amazing, we walked there with our backpacks, it was just 5 minutes. Really great for one night. Would do it again!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bremen, Germany
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 July 2013

Clean but no athmosphere. Good for spending a night if you have a flight early in the morning. Very close to the international terminal. You get what you pay.
It has a restaurant, but it is nothing special.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Transit Motel Airport
Address: 4 Block D Karakata Rd, Off J Nyerere Airport | P O Box 18083, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #53 of 95 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Transit Motel Airport 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Transit Motel Airport is located near Dar Es Salaam's J Nyerere Airport providing clean and affordable no frills accommodation. The Motel is ideal place for travelers arriving late during the night or those departing very early in the morning. We provide airport transfers to our guests upon request. Check-in can be done any time (yes! 24/7) And late check out can be arranged. Breakfast (included in the room rate) is available even for early departed guests. Free WiFi available to our guests ... more   less 
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