This review is from a non-a/c traveller perspective, and a comparison of another hotel close by.
Ok, I'm going to compare Safari Inn to Econo Lodge, which is right around the corner and about the same price...which is better? You decide for yourself.
Comfort Hotel is also a block away and is nice, cheaper than both by a little but doesn't include breakfast--so it's not getting compared here though I like it.
Price: to start Safari is pricy for a single or double but still a little cheaper than Econo Lodge.
Breakfast: breakfast at Safari consists of bread, coffee, and juice and you can opt to buy an egg for cheap 500TSH...the breakfast all an all is better and the serving staff are heaps friendlier. This is a huge bonus. Econo consists of the same but no juice and no option to buy anything...and probably has some of the most unfriendly disposition staff working in the kitchen/serving.
The reception staff: well, none are to rave about. All in all the reception staff at Econo Lodge are friendlier and more helpful...at Safari Inn upon a cold welcome to check in there's usually someone who vehemently rips your bag out of your hands despite your refusal to carry it up the flights of stairs. You refuse because you know he will want a tip then loiters in your room waiting. Always a bit awkward, but for non traveller tourists this may be a bonus. All a matter of perspective. The young woman who works the front desk at Safari Inn is probably the most unfriendly Tanzanian I've met...been here four months now. She always seems super put off anytime you ask for anything even when you speak with her in Kiswahili.
Rooms: Econo Lodge has the huge benefit because the majority of rooms have a balcony, and if yours doesn't look at another. Safari Inn rooms are about the same size maybe a little smaller, and generally have less ventilation which is important because Dar is hot! All places have fans in non-a/c rooms and a/c options. Safari at least provide a clean top sheet on the beds whereas Econo only has this ratty blanket that appears to have not been washed in ages.
Both are suitable. Both are overpriced, but this is Dar Es Salaam.
- Also Known As:
- Safari Hotel Dar Es Salaam