I have stayed here three times. It is a great hotel, a few downsides, but mostly great.
The pool is fantastic, with an awesome view. The bar service at the pool can be slow sometimes, especially if there are a lot of people, but be patient and nice to the servers and you get what you want. The pool area is very clean and orderly. The grounds of the hotel are very pretty too, lots of nice landscaping. No beach access but good ocean view.
The gym is very good, lots of great weights, machines, and cardo equipment in good condition and with an attendent. The gym is well air conditioned so it is very comfortable to work out in. Open 24 hours.
The restaurants are top notch. They are more expensive than area restautants, but that is to be expected of a hotel restautant. Again the view can't be beat.
The breakfast is the hotel's high point. Wonderful selection, eggs and combos to order that are included in the price. The servers don't always understand your English, but speak slowly and point at the menu and you will get what you want. They are very attentive if you are nice to them.
The rooms are nice, clean, beds comfortable. The A/C doesn't chill your room, but it is OK. The ocean front rooms are way cooler as they don't catch the afternoon sun. The city view rooms heat up faster and cool slower. Also, for some reason, the wifi works better on the ocean front rooms.
The area is awesome, with a great little shopping center next door with a grocery store. Buy your drinks at the supermarket next door, it is about 1/3 the price of the hotel drinks. You can put your stuff in the minibar fridge, but beware, the maids are used to seeing the minibar stacked a certain way and may charge you if you alter the items in there and you will have to argue the bill.
They also offer a grab and go breakfast of coffee tea and pastries in the lobby if you have to leave early. This is nice for early meetings.
The casino is pretty smoky, I didn't care for it.
If you have to go downtown to work, the drive can be a pain. Get a driver that knows shortcuts and you will be ok. But still at rush hour, plan at least 45 min to get anywhere down town and anytime to the airport is at least 1 hour, sometimes more.
You do have an ATM at the hotel too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Sea Cliff Hotel - a stunning 5* hotel jutting out majestically on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean with beautifully manicured gardens. It offers an oasis of calm just 5km from the hustle and bustle Dar es Salaam’s city centre and 22km from the airport, nearby all that the city has to offer. All 93 rooms are beautifully furnished and include seven executive rooms, five executive suites, and a magnificent presidential / honeymoon suite with panoramic views out to sea. All rooms have complimentary WiFi, satellite television, direct dial telephone, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities, digital safe and bathroom amenities as standard. 24-hour room service, laundry, dry cleaning, airport transfer and babysitting services also available. On site, there is also a fitness centre, outdoor pool with sun terrace, casino, hair & beauty salon, two restaurants, coffee shop, bar, members lounge, full service business centre, conference and banqueting facilities and service with a big smile. ... more less
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