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Harbour View Suites
Ranked #20 of 101 Hotels in Dar es Salaam
Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Georges Noel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2013

When traveling to Dar es Salaam, l always stay at the Harbour View Suite since many years because of its very convenient location. The rooms are exceptionally large, also the bathrooms. I always appreciate how quite and well isolated the rooms are, giving you the total tranquility you expect for a good rest although some refurbishing needs to be done. The corner rooms, which have a jacuzzi tub, are the best and give a great view over the harbour. A nice swimming pool adjacent to a very well equipped fitness-room situated on the 9th floor are available at no charge to the hotel guests. There a very nice New Orleans style bar with sometimes good jazz music but, strange enough, the place does not seem to attract many customers. Unfortunately the restaurant has lost the quality it used to have a few years ago when to food was really excellent, offering very good Cajun style dishes and a larger range of international cuisine. Nowadays it is very Indian oriented and the few Western dishes on the menu are of poor quality; the steak l ate was cheap meat, tenderized and quite small, served with badly fried chips and a tiny heap of what was supposed to be a mixed salad. Quality and variety of food offered for breakfast has also dropped, cheap and not very well prepared warm dishes have replaced the more than decent assortment that the hotel used to offer before. Very poor, not to say almost inexistent, assortment of cold cuts and cheese, croissants that you better ignore and not very good fruit juices. A self-serve coffee automat would be most welcome rather than having to wait sometimes much too long to have it served by the waiters. All in all, sleep there, eventually have breakfast but there are several better place at walking distance where much better food can be found.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

All in all a great hotel, room was very spacious as was the bathroom.
All facilities and amenities were great, except for A/C which did not work. Did report it that evening, but was too late to fix.

Food and Drink prices were cheap, but quality of food and variety of Buffet can definitely be improved.

Nice swimming pool and well equipped gym.
Overall a good stay - will return and recommend.

Room Tip: Executive King Suites - very spacious and comfy
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2013

PROS
The location of the hotel was best for me as the building has some supermarkets, ATMs, communication shops, fast food outlets etc. The rooms were bigger
CONS
The AC made a the rooms noisier
The breakfast was timely and okay EXCEPT tea/coffee server by the waiters which took loooong time. Let tea/coffee also be self service

OVERALL: GOOD

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2013

Great place for a business traveller to stay. The rooms are a large and spacious, however the beddings seem to be dated. The shower area is clean and has a nice spacious feel to it. The shower pressure is good. The towels are clean and feel fresh. The Wi-Fi in the room works. I took a look at the pool and it seems to be well maintained.

Basically, this is a no fuss hotel that has all that is required for a business traveller to stay in, plus the added benefits of the location and friendly staff.

I highly recommend this hotel and will make it a point of staying here when I am in Dar.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Copenhagen
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

The hotel has a very central location with supermarkets and ATMs nearby. It has large and extremely comfortable modern rooms. There was a lot of construction work going on and a lot of noise but the management did their best to move us to a different equally good room and to reduce the noise. The restaurant is good but probably the best part about the restaurant is the fabulous view of the harbour.

We had arranged a pick up service, but the driver never arrived.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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South Bend, Indiana
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013

First stay at this place, and really pleased. Two nights in 2 BR suite, 1 in studio. As often the case, rates posted at hotel on site not the same as those available via booking online, so either book online or check out the rates before you pay. In my case, just mentioning the rate I found was sufficient to save the $40 difference. The $120/night is from somewhat to much lower than the international hotels in town (e.g. Holiday Inn, Serena, Southern Sun), but the standard is definitely closer to those hotels than the larger 'tanzania brand' places (Nikko towers, etc)

Positives:
--Large modern rooms, great for working in. Both rooms had desks, coffee table & sitting area, and the suite two couches and an additional coffee table. High-quality in ceiling AC unit, powerful water pressure and water heater.
--In room coffee/tea kettle; fridge; hot-plate; microwave
--Convenient location (near the ZNZ ferry terminal), especially if you will be spending time in town and don't want to deal with the soul-crushing commuting traffic. Also close to a number of ATMs, cell network shops, and such--so easy to get "set up and settled in" to Dar with this as home base.
--Really nice pool, restaurant setting
--Studio room had patio overlooking Mchafukoge, parts of Kariakoo.
--Great, helpful staff

Negatives:
--The staff wanting to clean the room as early as 8am (which is sort of a net positive and easy to fix with the do not disturb sign anyway)
--Like other reviewers, lot's of construction going on in city center. Not disturbing noise wise, but the the view may change in the future. A few-story government build is between the restaurant view and the harbor, though, so this isn't likely to change at least.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Boulder, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013

I recently stayed at Harbour View for two nights for business. The staff is friendly and rooms big, with desks and free wifi but could use some sprucing up showing a lot of wear and tear. Shower was only able to be used as handheld, so a bit of a disappointment. Annoyingly also housekeeping arrived at 8am to clean the room both days, really 8am to clean the room? I was about to head out to a meeting shortly after, but they should have the housekeeping staff wait at least until 9 or 10am to show up.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Harbour View Suites
Address: Samora Avenue | PO Box 9163, Dar es Salaam 9163, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Casino Hotel in Dar es Salaam
#10 Best Value Hotel in Dar es Salaam
#17 Luxury Hotel in Dar es Salaam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Harbour View Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Excellent Hotel Accommodation, Serviced Offices, Meeting and conference facilities, Boardrooms, Business Center, Restaurant and Bar, Fitness Center with swimming pool, all within one hotel. That's what we call The Business Comfort Zone. Centrally situated and 200m from the ferry port to Zanzibar we are also an excellent location for tourists visiting Dar es Salaam. ... more   less 
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