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Hotel Review: Hotel Slipway in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

By Kach Umandap July 10th, 2017 Posted in Africa Travel Blog, Destination, Luxury Hotel Review, Travel Blog 4 Comments

Hotel Slipway in Slipway Road, Dar es Salaam is the best 4-star holiday retreat where you could spend your “me” time with your friends, partner, or family. With the perfect view of the posh Msasani Peninsula overlooking the Indian Ocean, especially during the sunset, one cannot deny the ideal location that this hotel sits. For an upmarket neighborhood, the hotel’s accommodation offers a reasonably priced value.

Photo by Booking.com

Being at the hotel made me steam off all negative vibes. I wasn’t feeling too good during the past month. But with the hotel’s exterior and interior walls painted in white, blue, and brown, it makes hotel guests feel at ease during their vacation. Other than that, the rooftop’s ceilings outside are painted with the animals like lion, elephant, giraffe, and a whole lot more – even fishes! It made the hotel stand out.

Photo by Hotel Slipway

This hotel is merged with the Slipway complex, an establishment which provides an array of amenities, shopping, nightlife, and dining. Hotel Slipway has 72 affordably-priced rooms that would let you spend a great time during your business travel or leisure.

Photo by Booking.com

The rooms were large and the ambiance was relaxing. If you are someone who likes to stay at a place in Dar es Salaam that is overlooking the ocean, then pick this hotel and feel like an executive. The hotel staffs were very cheerful and entertained me and Arione a lot. All hotel clients have free access to the WiFi, swimming pool, and the gym.

It’s your tranquil rest house away from home. Slip away from reality anytime and into this luxurious getaway just by the Msasani Bay!


Built in 2015, the Hotel Slipway offers multiple facilities and amenities, including an array of restaurants and entertainment. Being integrated with the Slipway Complex, this makes it easier for visitors to gain access to all the leisure!


There are 72 simple non-smoking rooms with walls painted in calm colors to give off a comforting ambiance to hotel guests. Each room promises a beautiful view from the balcony and a breezy atmosphere. Floors are either carpeted/tiled and amenities offered are of quality.

Photo by Booking.com

The staffs were hospitable enough to show us the different types of accommodation within the hotel. Here are the types of rooms from economy rooms to luxurious suites.

Economy – This room has a twin bed with premiere bedding. The balcony is furnished, the bathroom is stunning. Toiletries are provided for free. A flat screen TV waits for your entertainment. Lastly, a sight of the Indian Ocean is waiting for you!

Standard – The standard room has a double bed with premiere bedding. The double room features a balcony and a private entrance.

Executive – This room is perfect for businessmen or couples on a quick trip. It features a kettle, a balcony with a lovely view of the city. A king-sized bed and a comfortable double sofa bed.

Executive Seaview – This room has the same size as the executive room but this one will give you the picturesque view of the ocean – especially when the sun sets. It has a king-sized bed with a soft double sofa bed for every client’s convenience.

Photo by Hotel Slipway

Executive Suite – Have a gratifying view of the city when you lounge in posh and plush chairs, stationed in the balcony. The executive suite has a bedroom, living room, and a dining area. A flat screen TV is also available to entertain you with Premium channels. A private bathroom is also available with a deep soaking bathtub separated from the shower. Utensils are provided in this room, a microwave, and cookware, and a kettle.

Photo by Booking.com

Executive Suite, Seaview – The features and the offered amenities for this suite is the same as the Executive Suite. However, this would be a dream come true for people who would love to view the Sunset. Here, they can watch and sit conveniently in the soft chairs provided in the balcony.

AMENITIES which are also in most rooms are:

  • Air-condition
  • FREE breakfast
  • FREE toiletries
  • Flat screen Satellite TV with international channels
  • Wardrobe/Closet
  • Hairdryer
  • Desk
  • En-suite toilet and bathroom
  • Mini bar
  • Coffee and Tea facility
  • Electronic safe
  • Daily Housecleaning

OTHER AMENITIES which are available upon request are:

  • baby crib
  • Towel/Sheets


Photo by Booking.com

A hotel that perfectly sits at the center of shopping centers is a hotel that has lots of facilities to offer. I had an overview of the facilities that they had, some I even got to experience. As Hotel Slipway is integrated to the Slipway, a great shopping center, this would mean lots of opportunities to explore and malls to visit.  These are the lists of facilities I was able to check out.

Photo by Booking.com

Outdoor Pool. My favorite part of every hotel I visit. The outdoor pool offered a view to behold. Why? Because it also gives you access to a picturesque view of the Indian Ocean across it – while swimming! Other than that, you can also lie down in sun-lounging chairs while grabbing a drink. Simply call out to their staffs for assistance.

Photo by Hotel Slipway

Improve Cardio and Strength at the Gym. Packed with state of the art equipment, this hotel gives its client the chance to still live their active lifestyle. Equipment that would help them burn their fats, strengthen their muscles through weights, and improve their body condition.

De – stressing Massage at the Ocean Spa. Revive your strength and have your tendons relaxed through a classy massage at the spa. Experience the best rejuvenation through the types of massages they offer you: Hot Stone massage, Deep Tissue massage, and a whole lot more which you can find by clicking, here. However, guests ages 12 below are not allowed to enter the spa.

Paparazzi Night Club. This nightclub is popular with hotel clients and even guests from outside. This nightclub hosts the hottest club nights and features amazing local bands. Moreover, it also hosts Karaoke nights.

Exhilarating Water Sports Activities. Not only can you enjoy the view, but you can also dive into the water to experience activities such as snorkeling, diving, canoeing, and even fishing. Simply query friendly hotel staffs about it and they will attend to your concerns. Ask inquiries from either the concierge or the receptionist about the PADI Scuba Diving!

Free Parking on site.

Contact the concierge or request beforehand about the Airport Shuttle Service including the Boat Trip to Bongoyo Island and Beyond

Free Wifi in any part of the hotel.

A good Karaoke singing is also available.

Barbecue Facilities for your grilling night.

Multilingual Staffs are there at your aid.


Photo by Hotel Slipway

The Terrace – Underneath a sky blanketed with gazillions of stars, dine with gusto their delectable and creatively presented contemporary cuisine and seafood. Dubbed as “fine dining with a view”, this open-air restaurant gives a more intimate ambiance. Set just by the pool, each table for this restaurant is adorned with an egg-shaped candleholder to lighten up an evening for two.

Azuma – It’s Japan in Africa. This ample spaced Japanese restaurant offers varieties of alcoholic beverages to offer with friends. Delicious signature Japanese food like grilled prawns, tempura, bento boxes, and a whole lot more – dine with pleasure as you eat away sought after Japanese dishes!

Photo by Hotel Slipway

The Waterfront – “See food differently” when you enjoy a couple of seafood dishes while witnessing the breathtaking sunset. Other than seafood, a wide selection of pizza flavors is yours to choose. This restaurant allows children around and is frequented by many. Regular live performances are also played during weekends.


The Slipway Just outside Hotel Slipway’s doorstep is the Slipway, a famous shopping center within the area. Shop till you drop, get a haircut, meet clients at the coffee shops, and more as you leave your kids at the playground. Fairy Delights Ice Cream Shop is also around the area for your little one’s sweet tooth. Enjoy a leisurely break when you slip by the Slipway!

National Museum and House of Culture Have a glimpse into Tanzania’s past when you observe famous fossil finds like the Zinjanthropus (nutcracker man) plus other archaeological discoveries back in the days. The National Museum and House of Culture are 7.2 km away from the hotel!

Photo by Kunduchi Wet n’ Wild Water Park

Kunduchi Wet n’ Wild Water Park If you want an exhilarating experience while in Tanzania, then pay a visit to the Kunduchi Water Park. Here you can find various activities for kids and pools with amazing slides with adults. The Park is 11.3km away from the Hotel Slipway. So, take a ride to the Kunduchi Water Park with your kids and have a blast!

Photo by Wonder Workshop

Wonder Workshop Be amazed as you watch persons with disabilities showcase their talents. Witness them creating artistic statues made out of recycled materials. Handmade soaps, candles, greeting cards, and more are also available and priced affordably. Simply take a short ride away from the Hotel Slipway and visit a workshop filled with wonders!

Other Landmarks you can go to during your stay:

  • Village Museum
  • Kivukoni Fish Market
  • Kariakoo Market
  • Zanzibar Ferry Terminal
  • Kigamboni Ferry Terminal
  • Central Railway Station
  • Dar es Salaam Port

Ask the concierge about the boat trip to Bongoyo Island & beyond!

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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About Hotel Slipway

1. How much does accommodation cost at Hotel Slipway Dar Es Salaam?

Prices play around $120 – 260 USD per night, depending on the what type of accommodation you want. Check the latest room rates through the hotel’s website or online booking websites like Expedia, Tripadvisor, Hotelscombined, Agoda, Hotels.comBooking.com.

2. What is the check-in time and check-out time?

Check in is12 NN; check-out is 10 a.m.

3. Are children allowed?

Yes definitely. Children ages 6 and below can stay at the hotel in their parents’ room FOR FREE!

4. Can you smoke here?

NO. However, there is a designated smoking area, simply ask their multilingual staff!

5. Are pets allowed?

Pets are strictly NOT ALLOWED.

6. What amenities do they have?

Check out the amenities portion of this article.

7. Are there available promos to save money?

Definitely! Check the hotel’s website for any bed and breakfast promos.

8. What are the closest landmarks to Hotel Slipway Dar Es Salaam?

The hotel is closest to the Slipway Shopping Center, just right outside the hotel!

9. Are popular attractions nearby?

The nearest would be the Coco Beach, which is only a 6-minute drive. The Palm Beach is smaller compared to Coco Beach and it will be a little bit up more south, estimated 7-10 minutes of driving.

10. What is the nearest airport?

The nearest airport would be the Julius Nyerere International Airport, about 50 minutes of driving. Flight destinations are mostly to nearby African cities but some flights go to Amsterdam, Zürich, and Dubai.

Note: I stayed as a guest in The Hotel Slipway. However, all opinions are based on my personal experience.

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4 thoughts on “Hotel Review: Hotel Slipway in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

  1. The staff of the hotel are awesome. You feel at home. I highly recommend the hotel. Cant fault them. You should try the sea view rooms. Mwah

  2. We from south Africa, My wife and I recently celebrated our anniversary at slip way hotel and had an amazing experience. From the time we arrived until the time we left we received very good service from all staff, the shop assistants and especially, the managers. Lucinda who is the hotel manager went out of her way to ensure our experience is memorable and indeed it was. It was also evident that she did the same for all other visitors.
    We had a hard time leaving the hotel because we enjoyed our stay, the hospitality, the food, the rooms and of course the beautiful views. We will definately come back to slip way hotel and recommend it to all our friends and associates. Once again, thank you Lucinda.

    Kind Regards, Jacques and Anthea

  3. Ohhhh, I really miss this amazing experience at Slipway hotel with amazing friendly staff.

    I really enjoyed staying I double room & enjoyed swimming in there glorious swimming pool.

    Big thank you to Lucinda Nortjie for the awesome experience & will definitely recommend this hotel to many others plus visit again. Keep well.

    Bronson & Odille.

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Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.