Posted Jul 3, 2013 on Orbitz
I stayed overnight, in transit through Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. The Blue Pearl was the only hotel where I could (easily) find a room, perhaps due to the Obama visit in Dar. The hotel is big and set up for large meetings/conferences. On this occasion it felt deserted; I saw maybe a dozen other guests. The room was large and comfortable and clean, but nothing special. Food was African standard. Staff were friendly and helpful. Location is a bit out of the way -- several kms from downtown Dar, and not near the coast (at least not that I could tell). A utilitarian place to spend a night, but nothing to get excited about. Megachurch under construction right next door starts blaring Swahili sermons over very good loudspeakers at 6am, and hotel walls are too thin to permit any sort of sleep after that.