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New Dodoma Hotel-Dodoma Rock Hotel
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Dodoma
Reviewed 9 September 2013

You get what you pay for - this place is cheap as chips, but quite horrible, unless you are a budget traveler who is just trying to find basic shelter. Very basic.

Rooms are worn out, basic hovels, with old, tired linen. Ceiling fan did work, and Mosquito net was not torn, however. Pillows were awful. Bathroom again very small, basically functional, with shower spilling all over tiny floor - death-trap

Room Tip: avoid the breakfast
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

Sadly for Asians, this hotel is the better option available in Dodoma. May be that is the reason they have not improved their quality over the years. Food at times will be really discouraging. They take lot of time to serve the food. Rooms are okay. Decent. But again, I have not seen any improvement in this place since past 4 years.

Room Tip: You accept it or not, you will get what they want to give you.
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Samuel S
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Reviewed 26 June 2013

The public areas of this hotel are lovely. There is a large open courtyard in the centre where you can eat or drink. There is a separate chinese restaurant but we didn't eat there. The rooms let it down a bit. The bathroom fittings are very old and the night we were there there wasn't any hot water for a shower. There is a pool but it wasn't very inviting and looked very shallow - more for show than for swimming I would say. The food was nice with a good choice but the service was very slow, even for Tanzania standards. We had a problem when checking out as we wanted to pay in TZ shillings and they wanted us to pay in Dollars which worked out to be more money when converted back to Pounds. They backed down only when we said we would pull up our email where they had quoted us in shillings. We would stay again if we were in Dodoma.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank oliveoil3
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

Hotel has a sort of faded character. Nice ambience and lay out with courtyard in the middle and restaurant opening on to it. Probably the best available in Dodoma but not much competition. Service friendly, large rooms, decent Internet but furniture, beds, carpets all past their sell by date. OK for a few nights but not for any length of stay

Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
Thank John M
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

This was the first thing the reception gentleman said to me when I got to the desk. Didn't even ask my name! I explained that I had a reservation for one night and that yes I would be leaving the next day!
Maybe I caught them at a busy time but I did find the reception staff a little brusque and almost that I was inconvenieincing them. Maybe a 1 night tourist is not as important as the business people types that were checking in at the same time.

The hotel itself is a little tired and could certainly do with a bit of a face life. The room had an ensuite shower room but with a drip in the ceiling coming from the room above and a grubby waste paper bin strategically placed to catch the drips!

The food in the courtyard was tasty and not too expensive. I didn't have the breakfast as I left very early in the morning.

A typical provincial hotel which needs to up its game a little.

Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
Thank Andrew3009
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

I first stayed here in the late 70's when it was still the Railway Hotel. Then it was enlarged to match Dodoma's new status by Architect William Feruzi who used Seronera Lodge in the Serengeti for inspiration. In a quirky way, this works as Dodoma still feels like what John Buchan would call a "one horse dorp".
The hotel has no grand aspirations and the management keep to a price level that Tanzaina's policy makers feel comfortable with so don't expect recent room renovations.
That said you can expect a tasty meal and there is even an in house Chinese restaurant when you are done chatting with the movers and shakers at the bar.

Room Tip: Choose a room on an upper floor away from the railway line and the street. The train arrives from Da...
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

Comfortable and clean rooms, great choice of food from the Indian restaurant, very friendly and helpful staff. The beautiful interior courtyard manages to be a hive of activity at the weekends but remain tranquil at the same time.

Stayed: April 2013, travelled on business
Thank Sam M
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Additional Information about New Dodoma Hotel-Dodoma Rock Hotel

Address: Station Road Plot No. 459 (opposite Dodoma Railway Station) | opposite Dodoma Railway Station, Dodoma, Tanzania
Region: Tanzania > Dodoma Region > Dodoma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Dodoma
Price Range: £39 - £51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — New Dodoma Hotel-Dodoma Rock Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The landmark New Dodoma Hotel is over one hundred years old and was originally built as a rest house for the Kaiser of Germany to inaugurate the National Railway Line. It stands as the most historic hotel in the region and still has all of the old world splendor which one would expect from such a historic monument. The hotel suites are built around a large botanical courtyard which features a decorative water fountain, tiki-bar and restaurant service. The botanical garden has been grown with great care to ensure an oasis like experience upon entering. Each hotel suite features large beds, hot water and air-conditioning as well as access to the hotel swimming pool, fitness center and relaxation areas. The New Dodoma Hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi for hotel patrons, 24-hour electricity backed by a generator, late night food service and concierge service to ensure that all of our clients’ needs are tended to. With all The Grandeur of the Ages with Modern Amenities and Excellent Service - The New Dodoma Hotel offers you the Best of the Nation’s Capital. ... more   less 
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