We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Southern Sun Dar es Salaam

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
1 room
Check In Check Out
Please enter your travel dates to continue
Check Availability
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 6 more sites!
Professional photos
Southern Sun Dar es Salaam
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"]},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

616 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
There are newer reviews for Southern Sun Dar es Salaam
See the most recent reviews
Showing 563: English reviews
Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 8 February 2015

Excellent friendly hotel with great professional staff. I return again and again to the same hotel in Dar es Salaam for the fantastic service and good food and feel part of the family. They also have a good gym and excellent fast internet which is a great necessity for communicating and getting all the mails done.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank William G
AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Hi WilliamG Thanks very much for writing your review, AND for your loyalty! My team at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam really do enjoy their jobs as your host ! We are all looking forward to your return and many more after that! Best Wishes Adam

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 6 February 2015

The Southern Sun is highly recommended: service is very good, breakfasts are excellent and the hotel has a warm and welcoming feel. Positives: Great bar and food at very reasonable prices. Internet connection is very good Friendly and efficient staff Rooms are average size, but very comfortable Great breakfast Negatives: Bathrooms would benefit from modernisation

 Report
Helpful?
Thank eloisehawking
AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Dear eloisehawking Thank you for kind review of Southern Sun Dar es Salaam! We are all delighted that you enjoyed your time with us! See you soon I hope Karibu Adam

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 4 February 2015

This is a great hotel that is nearby to the centre of town and not far from the airport. Service at the restuarant is slightly slow but overall it is a great business hotel with all the necessities. The rooms are adequte and have everything you need, however soom rooms do not have fridges in them. The staff are very...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank LisaHarvey136
AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Hi Lisa Thanks for your feedback, I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam! Hope to see you again soon Regards Adam

Washington DC
Reviewed 30 January 2015

I stayed in the Southern Sun for five nights on business. It is very well located in the down town area with easy access to the business district. While the gym, breakfast selection, pool and bedrooms are smaller than many business hotels, the plus side is the nice calm, peaceful and homely atmosphere. It is not at all corporate in...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank JoannaWashingtonDC
AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Dear Joanna Thanks very much for your comments about your recent stay at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam! I suppose your comments prove the adage that says size does not count! I am glad our personalized service suited your style of travel and I know that both Chef and Denzil who run the restaurant will be thrilled with your endorsement...

Reviewed 27 January 2015 via mobile

I stayed here for a week on business and it is a nice hotel. The rooms are comfortable and the staff are very courteous. There is a pretty nice pool and two restaurants. They also have a free happy hour on Wednesday nights for hotel guests. If you want something a bit smaller and more low key than the Hyatt...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank imb89
AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Hi IMB89 Thanks for the feedback, I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us! Indeed we try to set ourselves apart from the competition with friendly and personalized service and I am glad it worked in your case. Sorry about the smokers, I wish we were able to ban smoking in the building, one day perhaps... Best...

Tel Aviv, Israel
Reviewed 26 January 2015

I had excelente experience in Southern Sun Dar es Salaam .The service ,the hospitality and the food were in every high standard .The management likewise the entire staff are giving warm welcome .It is really enjoyable hotel.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank jacobl397
AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Hey Jacob! Thanks SO much for your review! I am so happy you enjoyed your stay, with Southern Sun Dar es Salaam! We also loved having and being able to serve you! Cheers and Keep Well Adam

Bologna, Italy
Reviewed 19 January 2015

Nice building, skilled personnel. This are the only two positive aspects of my staying. Unfortunately the rooms conditions are very poor. The AC is not working properly and the only system to avoid having wet walls, carpet, tiles and beed sheets and blanket is to keep it at maximum speed with low temperature and, consequently, to FREEZE !!! My first...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank FrancescoLanzoni
AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Dear Francesoco Lanzoni Thanks for your review, and the time you have taken to comment on our hotel. I am sorry you did not enjoy your stay and that you found our air conditioning too cold. We set our system at 24c but as you know the outside temps and humidity are very high making it difficult to keep the...

Arnhem, The Netherlands
Reviewed 12 January 2015 via mobile

I stayed a night here in January on my own. Check in is easy. Rooms are really clean and convenient. Good tea and coffee tray. Restaurant is pleasant and food good. Service all round fantastic. This is a great place to stay if you need to be in the middle of town. Recommendable.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank sarstz71
AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Dear SARSTZ71 Thanks for your feedback, I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us, and hope to see you again soon Best Wishes Adam

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 11 January 2015

The hotel itself is pleasant in a nice part of town. I actually saw peacocks on the road outside where I walked to a restaurant someone recommended - High Spirits. However, the building is dated and needs a facelift sooner rather than later. The pool is not very big and you would imagine in the hot Dar weather, many more...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Varun C
AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Dear Cheemra Thanks for taking your time to review Southern Sun Dar es Salaam! I am glad you enjoyed your stay here and pleased that you appreciated our weekly networking party! BUT I am so sorry about my service staff. We really do have a lovely team working with us, who take their jobs as hospitality specialists very seriously, I...

Montevideo
Reviewed 30 December 2014

Not a single complaint after 15 days. It was a hard work period and really needed a good place to rest, relax and recover. Everybody very kind and always happy to serve you. I needed the conference room with my team, to discuss over a few slides; not a problem, we got it on the spot. The internet is the...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Pablo R
AdamGMSouthernSunDSM, General Manager at Southern Sun Dar es Salaam, responded to this review

Dear Pablo! Happy New Year! And thanks so much for taking the time to review Southern Sun Dar es Salaam! I am delighted that my team made you feel so much at home. That is our mission here, to ensure that the Hotel part of a visit to Dar es Salaam does not add in any way to the stress...

138 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (87)
Viewed
Room/Suite (24)
Viewed
Bathroom (8)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (16)
Viewed
View from Room (9)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (2)
Viewed
Dining (8)
Viewed
Other (20)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (51)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (10)
Viewed
Room/Suite (5)
Viewed
Dining (20)
Viewed
Business Centre/Function Rooms (2)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (2)
Viewed
Other (12)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Dar es Salaam hotels
0.6 km away
Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro
1.7 km away
Protea Hotel by Marriott Dar es Salaam Courtyard
15.1 km away
Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam
Ramada Resort Dar es Salaam
#5 of 99 in Dar es Salaam
238 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.8 km away
New Africa Hotel
New Africa Hotel
#15 of 99 in Dar es Salaam
392 reviews
6.7 km away
DoubleTree by Hilton Dar es Salaam-Oysterbay
1.3 km away
Tanzanite Executive Suites
Tanzanite Executive Suites
#8 of 99 in Dar es Salaam
625 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
  • Paid Wifi
Services
  • Room Service
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Airport Transportation
  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Conference Facilities
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Southern Sun Dar-Es-Salaam offers the best of all worlds with excellent facilities and within walking distance of the city centre. It is situated in a quiet part of town, close to the sea, next door to the Botanical Gardens and numerous diplomatic missions. The Hotel was recently awarded Silver status by the Heritage Environmental rating program in recognition of our commitment to reducing the Hotels environmental impact. A free Wi-Fi service is offered throughout the building. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Southern Sun Dar es Salaam

Address: 1 Garden Avenue | PO Box 80022, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Formerly Holiday Inn)
Region: Tanzania > Dar Es Salaam Region > Dar es Salaam
Price Range: $274 - $383 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Southern Sun Dar es Salaam 4*
Number of rooms: 152
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Booking.com, Orbitz, Cancelon, Travelocity, Priceline, Odigeo, Cheap Tickets and Agoda so you can book your Southern Sun Dar es Salaam reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Southern Sun Dar Es Salaam Hotel Dar Es Salaam
Holiday Inn Dar Es Salaam
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Dar es Salaam
#2 Luxury Hotel in Dar es Salaam
#3 Business Hotel in Dar es Salaam
#5 Romantic Hotel in Dar es Salaam
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Southern Sun Dar es Salaam staff and other travellers.
7 questions
Ask a question
Bangkok
Springs, South Africa
Springs, South Africa
Bangkok

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from Southern Sun Dar es Salaam staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Second floor rooms are very quiet”
 of 5 bubbles rabaria2016, 14 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The hotel is about a 15 minute walk to the seafront, or a 5 minute taxi ride.”
 of 5 bubbles djnow, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Bar / pool area is a little noisy. If you are a light sleeper, ask for a room on the other side.”
 of 5 bubbles Eclipsegroupie, 3 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Be sure you do not stay on the pool side if you want to avoid the noise”
 of 5 bubbles PDM77059, 5 Sep 2016 | Read review
“rooms facing the poolside has spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and The Botanic Gardens..”
 of 5 bubbles nikkimalik, 24 Aug 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay