Tanzania isn't cheap so if you want an affordable place to stay near Dar and don't mind being out of town then the Nelly’s inn is a decent and safe option. Nelly's Inn is located in Dar Es Salaam, close to Mwenge Carvers Market, Makumbusho Village, and Nyumba ya Sanaa.
Additional area points of interest include University of Dar Es Salaam and Kariakoo Market. Nelly's Inn features a restaurant and a bar/lounge.
Additional property amenities include tour/ticket assistance and a garden.
All guestrooms at Nelly's Inn feature air conditioning. Bathrooms feature showers. Flat-panel televisions have satellite channels.
The Nelly's, or Little Nelly's is a quiet guesthouse about 20 km or 12 miles north of Dar es Salaam in the community of Mbezi Beach.
Their slogan is quiet fun and they do live up to the quiet part. There are two main guest buildings, a small outdoor (but covered by a roof)restaurant, and an administrative office set around a leafy courtyard about 150 meters from the beach.
We booked a double room for three nights with airport pick-up. Our pick up was waiting for us at the airport as promised and the room we had was an ample sized room with a fair sized double bed (for most it would be perfectly fine.
For 50 US a night including breakfast, fruit, hot drink, juice, eggs, sausage (actually a hot dog) white bread and jam or honey, it's not a bad deal.The staff were all quite friendly and helpful
Ali the chef even walked with us to the beach and was happy to walk around the area with us for as far as we wanted to go.
This is a good idea as the beach at Mbezi has some issues with thieves and also it can be difficult to find your way back to the hotel without help.
The only real negatives are that it is a ways out of town and if you need to get into Dar on a regular basis this can be problematic especially during rush hour which starts at 4 and goes on past 7 in the evening.