The Kempinski has to be easily the best hotel in Dar Es Salaam. Wonderful cool, and modern room with great glass bathroom featuring stand alone showers and big bathtubs. There are full sized windows along one wall, and hard wood floors keeping the rooms nice and cool in the tropical weather of Tanzania.
The pool is a fantastic time to spend a few hours overlooking the harbor. The bar on level 9 is actually very appealing, with big glass windows overlooking the water, and great free snacks with your drinks.
The hotel is located very close to the boat dock for ferries to Zanzibar. Only a 5 minute walk at the most.
The breakfast at the hotel restaurant is very good, but the dinner buffet is very average. A better choice for dinner in the hotel is actually the Asian restaurant on the second floor.
You will pay through the nose booking a car through the hotel. If possible organise it with your travel agent in advance, or if you are leaving just get one of the doormen to get the cab for you and pay the driver directly.More