Tanzanite Executive Suites Dar es Salaam Review

Posted on November 10, 2015 by in Hotel Reviews

Tanzanite

You can book the Tanzanite Executive Suites here.

For my first night in Dar es Salaam, I selected this property for a quick overnight. I was to arrive in Dar es Salaam from Addis Ababa at 3AM and just needed a place to sleep for a few hours. The Tanzanite Suites is located just a few blocks off the Zanzibar Ferry in downtown Dar es Salaam.

I wasn’t sure about the taxi drama at the airport and arranged a driver who duly showed up with my name. I paid $25 for the short ride. The non-resident rate is fixed at $30 (of course!) and the residents pay about $15. Getting this lower rate may be tricky, though. Piece of mind in this dangerous city was worth $10 to me. The car was brand new, and since traffic does not really exist at night, I got there in 10 minutes.

There is something about well-rated TripAdvisor hotels and restaurants- they all feel so much alike even when they are not a chain. That’s exactly how this place felt at check-in. Everything achieved a high standard but with no warmth. Odd. Well it was 3AM after all and the rate was just $70.

My room was huge (but not actually a suite) and looked really modern. I felt transported back to my hotel in Beirut last year which also cost $70 🙂

Tanzanite

Tanzanite

Tanzanite

However, everything was too strong here. The shower pressure made me almost tip over, the toilet flush felt like a waterfall and the AC only had full-fan-mode that was like a hurricane. Low shower pressure and inefficient ACs are often complaints on TripAdvisor, but not here anymore!

Tanzanite

Tanzanite

Tanzanite

I bundled up and fell asleep right away (did I mention it was 3AM…) I woke up for breakfast, which was a mistake since this was an exceptionally sorry affair.

The WiFi worked but I was too sleepy to really test it – I think it worked just fine for me.

All in all, this is a great value property for your stay on the way to Zanzibar (if you are adventurous enough to take the ferry) but it’s not a great hotel.

You can book the Tanzanite Executive Suites here.

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