Best hotels and hostels in Dar es Salaam

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    Southern Sun

    With its Afro-Islamic decor, popular restaurant and professional service, the Southern Sun punches way above its weight. Rooms are furnished with plush, comfortable beds and all mod-cons, while the generous buffet breakfast can be enjoyed on a terrace overlooking the Botanical Gardens. Modest rate reductions are available on weekends.

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    Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam

    'The Kilimanjaro' has been a Dar landmark since its opening in the mid-1960s and has hosted a stream of pop stars and dignitaries. In 2006 a huge refurbishment transformed its tired decor into a sleek, marble-clad haven of luxury with ultramodern rooms, two stylish restaurants, a harbour-view bar and rooftop infinity pool.

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    Alexander's Hotel

    With its Le Corbusier–style modernist lines, spacious rooftop terrace and shady courtyard, family-run Alexander's is a true boutique hotel. Its 17 stylish rooms have comfortable beds, plump pillows and bright kikoi throws, and all front a shaded pool. Breakfast is served in the art- and book-filled dining room, while sundowners and dinners are enjoyed on the upstairs terrace.

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    Ras Kutani

    Set between the sea and a small lagoon on a wonderful stretch of beach, this lovely, barefoot luxury resort has spacious natural-style bungalows with beach-facing verandahs. On a rise away from the main lodge are several suites, each with their own plunge pool. Birdwatching, forest walks, canoeing in the lagoon and snorkelling can be arranged.

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    Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel

    Serena has an unbeatable location in enormous gardens overlooking the golf course of the Gymkhana Club, and a lovely, large swimming pool. Rooms offer all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a five-star hotel.

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    Mediterraneo Hotel

    With its clubby weekend vibe and spacious garden rooms the Mediterraneo is a great family-friendly option. Rooms have wrought-iron beds and colour-washed walls, while the popular open-sided restaurant serves Italian food overlooking Kawe Beach. Its all-night beach party on the third Saturday of the month is either to be awaited or avoided, depending on your mindset. Significant discounts for online bookings.

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    Friendly Gecko Guesthouse

    If you want to stay in Dar a couple of days and connect with an interesting project, consider checking into Friendly Gecko Guesthouse, 20km north of the city centre off New Bagamoyo Rd. The guesthouse has a mixture of simple rooms in a large, private house with a garden and kitchen, and all profits go to support affiliated community programs.

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    Hotel Slipway

    Integrated into the seafront Slipway shopping complex, this apart-hotel offers good-value accommodation. Rooms and apartments are bright and breezy, with handcrafted wooden furniture, bright Indian bed throws, sea-facing balconies and, in the apartments, well-equipped kitchenettes. On your doorstep you also have three standout restaurants, including the popular Waterfront.

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    White Sands Hotel

    This large resort has rooms in two-storey rondavels lined up along the waterfront, all with TV, minifridge and sea views. In addition, there are 28 self-catering apartments – some directly overlooking the beach, others just behind overlooking a well-tended lawn. There’s also a gym and a business centre, and the restaurant serves popular weekend buffets.

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    Triniti Guesthouse

    Triniti offers informal lodge-like accommodation in detached wooden bungalows set in a mature garden. While rooms are small, they are painted spotlessly white and are decorated with local artworks and colourful furnishings. Breakfast is a communal affair with homebaked doughnuts, fruit and eggs to order. On Friday night the bar hosts a live band and DJ.

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    Protea Hotel Oyster Bay

    Part of the South African Protea chain, this hotel is styled something like a motel, with accommodation units (all with kitchenettes) arranged around an internal garden and pool. Rooms have rather bland, modern decor but are well furnished and service is friendly and professional. There's also a gym and conference facilities, making it popular with the business crowd.

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    Harbour View Suites

    Well-equipped, centrally located business traveller apartments with views over the city or the harbour. Some rooms have mosquito nets, and all have modern furnishings and a kitchenette. There’s a business centre, a fitness centre, a restaurant and a blues bar. Very popular and often full. Underneath is JM Mall shopping centre, with an ATM and supermarket.

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    Taste of Mexico

    This place offers simple, spacious rooms in an attractive, Mediterranean-style building. There's also a breezy rooftop bar and restaurant featuring Mexican dishes. The property is signposted and is one block in from Old Bagamoyo Rd (the turn-off is three blocks north of Bima Rd and about 2km north of Mikocheni B cemetery).

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    Kunduchi Beach Hotel & Resort

    This renovated former government hotel is set on a large stretch of white sand, with a long row of attractive beach-facing rooms and expansive landscaped grounds. All the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies, and there's a restaurant.

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    Sea Cliff Hotel

    Sea Cliff has an excellent setting overlooking the ocean at the northern tip of Msasani Peninsula. The extensive facilities include a fitness centre, a beauty salon, a casino and restaurants. The best feature, however, is the large cliff-top garden and pool. When booking, it's worth enquiring about special deals.

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    Coral Beach Hotel

    A quiet hotel (part of the Best Western chain) with front-row views of the sunset over Oyster Bay. Rooms, in new and old wings, are large and comfortable, with louvred shutters and coral print throws. Many in the old wing don't have views, so check when you're booking.

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    Protea Hotel Dar es Salaam Amani Beach

    Peaceful Amani Beach has 10 roomy, well-spaced cottages set on a low cliff directly above the beach and backed by extensive flowering gardens. There’s also a beachside swimming pool, as well as good birding and beach walks. Horse riding can also be arranged.

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    Baobab Village Apartments

    Straightforward one-bedroom furnished, serviced apartments with kitchen, located about 1.5km north of the Slipway and just east of Chole Rd. Minimum stay is usually five nights.

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    Slipway Studio Apartments

    Straightforward self-catering apartments adjoining the Slipway shopping complex.

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    Kipepeo Beach & Village

    Laid-back Kipepeo, 8km south of the ferry dock, has raised chalets with balconies just back from the beach. Closer to the water, but behind a fence and a bit of a walk to the nearest bathroom, are thatched beach huts without windows, and a camping area. It's a sand-in-the-toes kind of place and has a beachside restaurant-bar.