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“Staff Seems to Despise Customers, Great Location” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Safari Inn
Ranked #39 of 103 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Boulder,CO
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34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Staff Seems to Despise Customers, Great Location”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Probably as good as it gets in terms of location to the ferry terminal to go to Zanzibar (10minute walk), but the people at reception seem to loathe life and anything that would be considered working to help a customer. One computer with internet access(free), no wifi. Located right around the corner from a locally famous and delicious BBQ joint. Can't remember the name, but you leave the inn turn right, then left, it is on the right hand corner, outdoor seating. Private rooms are decently priced. The best value this establishment offers is location to other things. Hot water showers and ceiling fans that have never been dusted, musty mosquito nets.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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safariinntanzania, Webmaster at Safari Inn, responded to this review, 26 March 2015
Dear Guest,

Thanks for your kind words about our great location. I’m terribly sorry if we came across as disinterested or hostile in any way. And I apologize for any housekeeping lapses or other issues. We’ve made many changes and improvements since your stay and look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. We’ll do better for you next time.

Sincerely,
Hotel Manager
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

It's cheap and near the port. Don't expect too much.

Wi-Fi would be nice, but you can use the laptop at reception.
Good option for one night if you plan for the next day to go on a safari or to Zanzibar.

10min walk from port, the staff is OK and the taxi cost they provide is quite high.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Warsaw, Poland
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

We asked in the reception to organise a taxi for us and it turned out to be a setup! The taxi was fake and needless to say we were robbed. I'm 100% sure that hotel had a hand in this, since the "taxi driver" showed us a piece of paper with our information that we wrote down earlier and left in the reception. Do not deal with this hotel, they are not to be trusted.

As if a scary location and cockroaches in the room weren't enough...

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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safariinntanzania, Webmaster at Safari Inn, responded to this review, 26 March 2015
Dear Guest,

Thanks for your frank comments. I’m terribly sorry that you experienced an unpleasant incident while staying with us. I can tell you with certainty that we were not involved. We have, however, made many changes to the hotel and our staffing since your stay and can promise a better experience if you stay with us again. We’re always working to get better and better.

Sincerely,
Hotel Manager
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

This hotel is a really good stopover option. Comfortable bed. Hot water. Well priced food and drink on site. Rates are fair with a decent breakfast included and an option to upgrade that breakfast for not much extra.

WiFi would be nice, but no complaints otherwise.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

I don't think you will find any other similar accommodation (a double with a fan) at 35 000 TZS in Dar es Salaam, but the overall lack of cleanliness was an issue. Hairs on the sheets, blood stain on the sheets, and even though I am living in Africa, these very basic things should even be avoided at the most budget places. But we always come prepared so we just slept in our sleeping bags.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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safariinntanzania, Webmaster at Safari Inn, responded to this review, 26 March 2015
Dear Guest,

Thanks for being repeat guests. I’m glad that you focus on the good and stay with us when in the area. I sincerely apologize if we failed to meet your expectations in any way, and I hope you’ll continue to trust and depend on us. Since the time of this stay, we’ve made many changes and improvements so we can serve you better next time.

Sincerely,
Hotel Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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323 reviews
115 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

This was the cheapest place we could find online. We paid 35,000 and 30,000 for a airport pickup as we arrived late at night. We only stayed for one night but the room was fine, it had a mosquito net, fan and a powerful hot shower. It was only a 15 minute walk to the port for Zanzibar. The area felt safe in the day but it seemed a different story at night. If you want to just stay for one night then i would recommend this place.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank frydayuk1
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Sudbury, Canada
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

I haven't read a lot of reviews of this place but I can guarantee from the rating that some of these people have never been to a hostel in africa before and expected way too much.

Amazingly friendly staff, 24 hour security, a little place to buy cold water and chocolate bars in front, reliable taxi drivers, hot shower, clean room, aircon, Barclays bank and a convenience store down the street!!.. what more could you want?

The only con I would say is the lack of restaurants around this area. By night you'd only really want to go to Chefs Pride down the road.. which is decent but not cooked fresh.

I stayed here 2 nights before zanzibar and couldn't wait to get back for my one night stay after zanzibar. Stayed in both 209 and 109 and I felt the 209 was more clean but they were both still simple and great for cheap. Love it!!

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Safari Inn
Address: Band Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
Amenities:
Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 103 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 40
Also Known As:
Safari Hotel Dar Es Salaam

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