This hotel is primarily used by Tanzanian and Indian business travellers. Run by Indians, it is like any cheap Indian business traveller hotel, which means decorations and furniture that Westerns would simply consider "poor taste" or kitsch at its best. The bright fluorescent tube illumination of the breakfast area, lobby etc. makes you feel like being in a warehouse. Expect a merely functional place without any atmosphere.
The hotel has two wings, called "the old wing" and "the new wing". Should you consider staying at Sleep Inn, always ask for the "New Wing" as the installations are newer and wireless internet is working (whereas in the old wing it isn't).
In Dar-es-Salaam in general, hotels are overpriced and so is the Sleep Inn Hotel. If you compare to hotels which are of backpacker standard at around half the Sleep Inn's rate (such as Econolodge or Jambo Inn), Sleep Inn is maybe cleaner and the furniture is newer (at least at the new wing) and you get wireless internet, but in terms of the rather rude staff and poor breakfast there is no major difference. I had the feeling that the staff thinks that if a Westerner stays at their hotel (and not at the Movenpick or other luxury hotels), he or she must be really poor (for Western standards) and therefore doesn't deserve to get a smile or nice treatment from them.
If you stay in the old wing (same room rate), I think there is no difference to backpacker category of hotels at all.
The hotel is not good at all for what you pay, but I haven't found any other option in Dar-es-Salaam so far which is not a dirty backpacker hostel or a much more expensive hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Sleep Hotel Dar Es Salaam
- Sleep Inn Dar Es Salaam
- Dar Es Salaam Sleep Inn