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Rainbow Hotel
Ranked #36 of 97 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Reviewed 12 April 2012

I just stayed at the Rainbow Hotel this last Easter weekend and i would recommend them highly. Very friendly staff, very clean, spacious room. Located very close to the ferry for Zanzibar just a short walk.......

Room Tip: The ocean view has been blocked by a new structure being constructed right next to the hotel so any...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 February 2012

Missed our connection back to Europe one night (how stupid is that?) and had to find accommodation in Dar after midnight with a 4 yr old and pregnant wife. Cab driver took us there. Small rooms but clean. Reasonably priced in the very heart of Dar. Staff was super helpful. Special thx to Iqbal (the director) and a guy called Matthias, who was in charge of admin and communications. At the beginning of our trip we stayed at the golden tulip, and honestly, service was better at the Rainbow.

  • Stayed: March 2011
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2  Thank Blaetch
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

The above hotel is 3* American Standard.The Management seems to have Tried their best of what they have,don't forget you will get the same kind of services in America.If you expect 4*Service and Ambiance you need (Not go Here).The Kilimanjaro Hotel is for You.Guest room have good shower's and We had good-Hot water.And in the suite that we had the next time we came back, We even had a Tub and the Ocean view at no extra charge.Only Thing the Elevators are from China and had a fine-tuning twice with power-Failure but help was faster than what I have Had in Miami,USA.The closest hotel to the Ferry.As for the Airport that is for the Local Ministry to look after, and it needs to improve the Access to Downtown' s Financial Area.Good food at the restaurant.And a good small Reception Area with TV and space to sit. Very reasonable priced.

Room Tip: Ask for Higher rooms for a better view but yes there is another hotel right next door being built an...
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank almoe07
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

This Hotel located within the City Centre is a reasonably comfortable place for the room rate. Negotiate the quoted rate as owners would rather not waste room revenue. The breakfast is great though gets boring if you are staying for a longer period. The staff are very helpful. The Hotel boasts of ocean view but soon that will be history as a new building next door will obscure that view. The Internet works most of the time. Try going to the terrace for a grand view of the City. Be very careful with your prized possession but that is true throughout Dar. The Mirch Masala Restaurant is not a bad place, the Indian and Chinese food is ok but avoid the burgers as I found them rather soggy. Avoid lower floors as it can get very noisy.

Room Tip: The Hotel has three self contained suites on the 10th floor. Take a peek if you can get a marginall...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

I stayed here in November 2011 in a double room with a baby. I found the staff very helpful and the accomodation clean and adequate. The bathroom consisted of a standard toilet, standard sink with drawers and shelves for storing personal items, and a stand up shower. Within minutes of turning on the hot water switch, you were provided very hot water with good pressure. The rooms did have a TV, but limited channels per the Tanzanian cable system. WiFI was available but slow. Again, standard for the country. The individual air conditioning unit kept the room cool, although quite noisy. However, seeing as there was construction going on next door, the A/C unit actually drowned out the construction noise.

I stayed for three days and came to greet many of the other residents. This hotel is frequented by return guests who I found to be businessmen both Tanzanian and foreign. It is true that theft occurs at this location... as it does in MOST hotels in Dar es Salaam. Although the Rainbow Hotel post multiple signs and advisements about leaving money and personal belongings in the rooms, some residents do not heed the warnings and find themselves the victim of theft. This would happen in any Dar es Salaam hotel.

Overall the food was ok, but the location of the hotel allowed for you to wander (in the daytime) and find all kinds of food options within a stone's throw away. Several banks, atms, diners, forex, and souvenir shops were close by. Taxi's and dalla dalla's were in abundance and as long as I was traveling on foot during the day and kept a level head, I felt safe wandering alone.

Room Tip: Although originally built with a complete view of the ocean, the property next door was sold and ano...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 December 2011

This was our worst experience in Tanzania! The room was a cubicle, with no space for any luggage, the receptionist was asleep when we arrived, and they told us that there was no bottle water to buy or in the rooms, with scorching temperatures. The Tanzanite Executive Suites is around the corner from this hotel, and CHEAPER! Please, look up other hotels, and I would not recommend this place to anyone! The food was also terrible!

Room Tip: Don't book a room here!!! Go to the Tanzanite Executive Suites around the corner - they are 1000...
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

The Rainbow Hotel is best described as "no frills but wonderfully functional". The rooms are basic but comfortable, the internet is consistent and of a good speed, the showers are strong and the staff were efficient despite being brusque.

What truly recommends this hotel is its location: it's in the centre; near the ferry, close to ATMs, Bureau de Changes and a supermarket and - I discovered - very close to Mamboz which is a great little nyama choma just down the road (see glowing restaurant reviews).

If you're on a budget and looking for a short stay, this is a great value hotel.

Room Tip: The higher floors are the ones with the views of the harbour, those lower are now obscured by the bu...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Rainbow Hotel

Address: Plot No. 1900/59 Morogoro Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 97 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Price Range: £17 - £52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rainbow Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rainbow hotel is located in the heart of Dar-es-salaam city centre. Zanzibar Ferry terminal is only 5 minutes walk from the Hotel. There are lots of shops, restaurants, shopping malls, banks just as you step out of the hotel. The hotel has 75 rooms comprising of :16 singles, 24 standard doubles, 16 deluxe doubles and 16 twin rooms. We also have 3 apartments ( 1x 1 bedroom & 2 x 2 bedrooms). All bedrooms are ensuite and come with air conditioning, cable tv and free internet (Wi-Fi). We have a multi-cuisine restaurant which sits upto 90 people. There is also a Conference centre located on the top floor of the hotel. ... more   less 
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