Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam Review
You can book the Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam here. For my stay in Dar es Salaam I really wanted to try out the Hyatt Regency (also known as The Kilimanjaro) and while there are better value options in town (notably the Holiday Inn for 15k points) I booked one night. The property is located right between the local ferry across the Dar es Salaam creek and the Zanzibar Ferry. It features fantastic views across the harbor, though. I arrived at 11AM and my room was not yet ready. I asked nicely for an upgrade and was promised one and was sent to off to the Hyatt Regency Club to wait. The Club Lounge still had breakfast out, which is exactly what I wanted, plus some delicious coffee. About 1PM the lounge attendant gave me the keys to my room with Club access already coded - awesome! The room itself was stunning, with a huge bathroom including shower, bathtub and toilet and a super-comfy, huge king-size bed. It also featured a sofa/ottoman that for you to relax on and watch the busy harbor at work. It's been a while since I had such a great room. The internet was stable at about 1Mbit - certainly slower than at my visit to the DoubleTree in Zanzibar but my laptop had been stolen anyways. The Hyatt Regency Club featured desserts at 4PM and fantastic appetizers and drinks from 6PM - 8.30PM. The food served was some of the best I have ever found in a lounge - on par with my favorite so far, the Hyatt Regency in Hong Kong. The lounge has the same fantastic views as the rooftop lounge and my room. Also, this was the day of the inauguration of a new president in Tanzania, so several of his guests stayed there the night, including the presidents of Rwanda and Mozambique. I must have had 200 Secret Service agents around me that night, so I really felt safe! I found the staff to be extremely knowledgeable and friendly throughout my stay. I ventured out to the swimming pool, which was a great, relaxing outdoor area with even more friendly staff. The lobby bar has a tropical garden that is unfortunately full of mosquitoes and it is really expensive - think $25 for a burger. That is probably my only area of criticism for this hotel. The room, the staff, the food and the location were all fantastic! I also think 6,000 points and $75 is fantastic value. I was so impressed by this beautiful hotel that I booked another night right away! Please Hyatt, build more of such hotels everywhere and I will only ever stay at Hyatts! You can book the Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam here.