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“Good rooms but very poor restaurant”

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Safina Hotel & Apartments
Ranked #79 of 101 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Kampala, Uganda
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“Good rooms but very poor restaurant”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2012

The rooms are comfortable and the staff mostly willing & helpful. However during the two weeks I was there, the restaurant was consistently (always!!) out of stock of most things. They never had more than a couple of options, despite the lenghty menu. What they did have was well prepared, but very tedious having same food every day. This is where location is an issue - because the hotel is not in easy walking of many good options. Instead I started bringing in food from a supermarket to relieve the monotony!! It's a pity because if they could sort this it would be good. I spoke with manager at the time and they promised immediate improvement - but in the remaining 8 days the situation did not change.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2012

The level of services has been maintained including transport logistics to and from the Hotel. The location is excellent for working class and people requiring leisure (quite environment). It is close to the biggest shopping mall in Tanzania (Mlimani City) and expressway to the airport. Tour to Bagamoyo and Mikumi National Parks can be packaged. The environment is clean, quite, comfortable and extremely good.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2011

This hotel has a surprisingly high standard compared to other 'unknown' hotels in Dar that are not affiliated to an international network. Rooms are spotless and most have great bathrooms (better than the Doubletree). The hotel used to have problems with the water pump but now it seems to work well. Wireless internet is available in the lobby but not in all rooms. If you are on business in Dar and your appointments are near this hotel (e.g. Kijitonyama, Mwenge, Mikocheni) then this is an excellent choice.

However you need to know this:
1. You need to negotiate the rates. The rack rates are much too high given the hotel's location and the fact that the central facilities are very limited (no swimming pool etc.).
2. This is not the type of hotel that has a nice restaurant or bar with outside area. Unfortunately there is also no nice place nearby. So you will spend significant money on taxis in the evening (which need to be pre-arranged as there are none parked outside).
3. The location is quite far from the city cente - a taxi will cost at least TZS 10,000. In the mornings and afternoons the transport times can be substantial (up to 1 hr.). As such this is not the place to go if you have many appointments in town.

Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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Property: Safina Hotel & Apartments
Address: Makumbusho, Kijitonyama New Bagamoyo Road | PO Box 17445, Dar es Salaam 255, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #79 of 101 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Safina Hotel & Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Safina Hotel and Apartments in Dar ES Salaam Safina Hotel and Apartments is the ideal Hotel from which to explore and visit Dar Es Salaam, or to do business. We are a quality, bed and breakfast hotel in Dar Es Salaam, with extensive services for your convenience.Safina hotel is a recent building in Makumbusho, in the heart of Dar es Salaam, the most well known city in Tanzania. Safina Hotel is located in Kijitonyama. It is only minutes away from the most popular shopping and entertainment centers. Safina hotel is located almost equal distance between Dar Es Salaam Airport and city centre. This ultra-modern high-rise building with sky blue mirrored windows sitting in the heart of Kijitonyama area has become a centre of attraction to many for its modern look. ... more   less 
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