Reviews of Southern Sun Dar
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
One night stop-over in Dar
We stayed at the Southern Sun for one night after flying into Dar, before flying out to the Selous the next day. Definitely a good call to stay overnight in Dar - we enjoyed our arrival in the bush far more than those who had been spat straight out from an international flight.
Good, clean hotel room and excellent cocktails and food in the bar and restaurant.
An added bonus after supper on returning to our room was a bottle of sparkling wine as we were on our honeymoon.
Hotel - very welcome
After a long journey to Johannesburg, complete with 5 hour layover - and the loss of my luggage, this hotel was much appreciated !!
And Immanuel at Kearsley Safaris on the Mezzanine - was a star - he got my luggage back for me
Southern Sun one night review
All fine, and wasn't bumped from this hotel as I was last year which was a relief...Read more about the whole trip
Southern Sun Dar review
I had thought the Southern Sun was "the best place to stay" in Dar -- turns out there is a Hyatt or Kempinsky that is 5 star -- had I known, I would gladly have paid more to stay there. That said, Southern Sun was fine -- bar was friendly and well stocked, the staff polite and attentive and the chicken makhani in the restaurant terrific. Water pressure in shower was strong and bed was comfortable. All in all, good.
However, Kearsleys ground transport were awful, useless and incompetent. They were NOT outside arrivals when I emerged from the terminal at Dar. Repeat: were NOT. The contact number provided just beeped. I was not happy -- as taxi hustlers realized my ride wasn't there, I was literally surrounded. I decided to wait a little longer outside -- and, sure enough, 30 minutes later, the driver showed up -- there was NO apology for being late. The driver had NO idea about my flight time the next morning to Siwandu. He asked ME. I told him 0830 -- then he asked what time I wanted to get picked up. Obviously not knowing Dar, I asked him for his suggestion -- he said 0700. The next morning I was WOKEN UP at 0600 by the front desk saying my driver was here to take me to the airport! I responded saying see him lobby 0700. At 0700 in the lobby he was nowhere to be found. I walked outside to the parking lot looking for a car and waiting driver -- found him: ASLEEP. When he dropped me off at the domestic terminal I expected some hand holding, some guidance: NOTHING. I got out and he drove away. At that point, I was seriously thinking: IS THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE IN TANZANIA WITH THESE EXPERT AFRICA PEOPLE GOING TO BE LIKE THIS???
Expert Africa comments
We were sorry to hear of the difficulties this traveller experienced in Dar es Salaam. We take issues like this very seriously - and have followed up with the company we use for transfers. They were incredibly apologetic about the issues this traveller faced and as a result have changed their transfer supervisor - they have assured us that issues like this will not happen again. We're sorry that this traveller had this experience on his first day.
Southern Sun Dar: Good hotel
Comfortable rooms, food OK. Nothing special to say, as we only stayed one night between two flights.Read more about the whole trip
An airport stop
An airport hotel. Welcome good.
Restaurant. Overcharged on service and then said they could not refuended. Had to call Hotel Manager to to sort it out.
Breakfast from 4.30 meant that we could have something to eat before we left at 6.00 for the airport.
Adequate normal dull but just fine
You can only have an average experience inan average place but that's what we expected and paid for so it was just fineRead more about the whole trip
Very comfortable stay in Southern Sun
Nice business style hotel, comfortable room, helpful staff.Read more about the whole trip
Southern Sun Dar review
It is a shame there are no good hotels closer to the airport. However once we fought our way through the traffic to reach it the Holiday Inn was excellent for an overnight stop.
Room was spacious and comfortable, shower excellent, food very good (and reasonably priced) and staff friendly and helpful. Very helpful to have the transfer company in the hotel to arrange pick up for the next morning.
Would not hesitate to stay here again.
Southern Sun Dar review
We arrived in Dar domestic airport at rush hour after a delay in our flights from Zanzibar. A 20 min journey into the city took over an hour and half. If there is a suitable hotel nearer the airport which avoids the Mandela/Nyrere road junction it should be considered for transit passengers.
The actual hotel was fine. But for some reason they initially insisted that there were no inter connecting rooms and we could not be put in rooms next to one another. But after several minutes the manager overhead my protests and sorted it out.