I stayed in the 'backpacker's dormitory', which consisted of two sets of bunk beds and is the cheapest option on site. AC was great, the bathroom was passable and conveniently located, the beds were comfortable. I arrived with two other backpackers, which meant that the three of us basically had the room to ourselves. The WiFi was intermittent but free and, when it worked, fast. The location is great - we walked to the beach, walked through the neighborhoods, found interesting shops and delicious international and local food, just around the corner from a grocery shop.
But I met up with friends of a friend who were surprised I was staying at such a disreputable place. It turns out Q Bar is known for ex-pats finding prostitutes at the downstairs bar and taking advantage of the cheap room rates. Sure enough, we saw some sketchy people downstairs, but the dormitory room is on the back side of the building and we felt little residual effect of the goings on downstairs and elsewhere in the building.
Rumor has it EconoLodge downtown has decent private rooms available for almost the same price, but I would still rather be in this location than in city centre. When my two friends, a couple, visited Dar again they stayed at Q Bar once more, and I would do likewise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small hotel on the Msasani Peninsular. Only 10 km from the city centre, a ten minute walk to Coco Beach and right behind the famous Tinga Tinga market. There is now an inside and outside area for the bar and restaurant. You can choose to sit under the stars or if it is too hot you can cool off in the Air-conditioned lounge. We have a Live band on Thursday's and a DJ on Saturday's. The bar is busy and has a good vibe, the restaurant is well known for the BBQ, Sea Food Platters, Steak Flambe and Fajita's. There are also several restaurants and shops within walking distance. The atmosphere is laid back and a great place to meet other travelers and people living in Dar es Salaam. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- q-Bar And Guest House
- q-Bar & Guest House Hotel Dar Es Salaam
- q Bar Hotel