We spent two nights here resting up before our safari and had the best time. The hotel was designed in the days when form was just as important as function. The rooms are very spacious, and soundproof. The public areas and restaurants are cool and quiet ...high ceilings, fantastic light fittings, curved walls, timber floor to ceiling windows to landscaped gardens.... all very spacious and elegant but not overdone. We enjoyed the "business" atmosphere of the hotel, situated in the downtown CBD and the fact that locals came for Sunday Buffet, weddings, conferences etc. Great place to watch the world go by! Not touristy at all.
We ate in the upmarket restaurant option both nights as the food and service were so exceptional. We would have liked to spend more time in the bar but it was a bit noisy with radio music and unfriendly staff who seemed grumpy with one another. This space could have a really cool vibe given its great architecture, old photos and view to the gardens. It just needs some imaginative management and it would be a great meeting place.The staff at reception also displayed an unwillingness to smile and I felt this coldness let down what is otherwise a fabulous hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An oasis of luxury at the very heart of Dar es Salaam, the elegant and cosmopolitan Dar esSalaam Serena enjoys an exceptionally high-profile clientele and regularly plays host to bothregional and international events. Stylish yet relaxed, the hotel is one of the capital city’smost popular rendezvous and makes the ideal venue for both corporate and social events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- mövenpick Dar Es Salaam
- Dar Es Salaam mövenpick