I did not choose this hotel. My flight on Ethiopian Airlines was canceled and the airline put me up for 1 night here. The room (or suite is a better term) was huge, including sitting area, storage, kitchen area, and bathroom. It was clean and with good security. However, two lights were burned out and in order to use the outlets (say, to charge your cell phone) the bell hop showed me how you have to stick something sharp and metal into one hole of the outlet while plugging your device into the other!!!! (I basically had him plug in all my adapters because I was not about to stick metal objects into the outlets myself). The internet was a good speed, but cut out about 9:30pm and didn't come back on until the next morning. There is a pool on the room (I didn't use it) and a gym on floor 13. I tried to use the tread mills, but every time I increased the speed to something over 9km/hr (which isn't very fast), the emergency stop switches would fall out because the machine vibrated so much. There are only elevators up to the 10th floor, so if you are handicapped or have lots of luggage, make sure your room is at or below floor 10. The restaurant, which featured Indian and Chinese cuisine, was terrible, but the airline covered all meals at the hotel, so I was kind of restricted. Plus, this is not a neighborhood with lots of options within walking distance. Half of the menu wasn't available, and the standard Indian dish I ordered came in the wrong color (green instead of red) and the only "spice" that was used was salt. The veggie fried rice I had for lunch used canned veggies and was very bland (except for all the salt). However, they deliver the food to your room for no extra charge (you are expected to give a small tip to the delivery person). With so many amazing Indian restaurants in Dar, I am surprised this one survives. The front desk staff were very friendly and professional. They gave me a late checkout with no extra charge, since my flight left much later in the day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the blossoming Ubungo area in Dar es Salaam, the Blue Pearl Hotel & Apartments is the largest all apartment-suite style hotel in the country and offers a wide selection of luxurious suites, conference venue and fine dining. We offer the best of business, leisure and luxury in the area with excellent amenities including the only rooftop swimming pool in Dar es Salaam. All of our spacious suites include air-conditioning, large beds, Wi-Fi and continental breakfast served from 6am to 10am in the Famished Restaurant. Our proximity to the Dar es Salaam University Campus and Mlimani City Shopping Centre as well as inter-city bus and train stations makes us a premier destination for travellers, business people and conference groups. For Luxury and Value, visit The Blue Pearl Hotel & Apartments – The Largest Apartment Hotel and Premiere Conference Destination in the Region. ... more less
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