After travelling through Tanzania the Oyster Bay Hotel really was a treat, we only wish we could have stayed longer!! The service is genuinely warm and everything you need is there. The gardens and pool were very relaxing and the food great.
The only slight negative is the time it can take to get from the airport but that's really due to the traffic. It's worth it when you get there though!!
Whisked from the airport in our air conditioned car to the amazing Oyster Bay. Maretha and her staff made us feel so welcome and we instantly felt at home.
We had requested twin beds and our room/suite was beautifully presented with our twin beds, a sitting area and huge bathroom.
Amazingly we were offered a second room next door if we wished to use it so that we would not even have to share!!! Can you believe that? The one room was perfect but we were very impressed.
We had dinner our first evening and lunch and dinner the next day. Breakfast was served in our room.
The food is delicious, beautifully cooked and presented. Maretha had arranged to serve huge prawns, more like lobsters, at the request of some other guests, we were lucky to be there that day. We had a swim in the lovely pool in the beautiful gardens.
Maretha took us to the Oyster Bay shopping area behind the hotel and we exchanged our money there for Tanzanian shillings, We got a very good rate, much better than we saw at the airport.
There are also some great little shops there for quality gifts. We took a taxi, Maretha found her local honest driver, to the Slipway shopping centre and also to 'Wonder Workshops' which supports a group of disabled artisans making handmade products from scrap metal.
Reasonably priced and very funky we bought several small ones. Oyster Bay has some huge examples in their gardens.
Although this hotel's beachfront setting on the Msasini Peninsular to the north of the city centre may be upmarket by local standards, really it is nothing much to write home about.
What makes this place special is the fact that it is the only place in the area which attempts to recreate the intimacy and elegance of hosting which is found at the better safari camps out in the bush.
The ground floor public areas are spacious and elegantly decorated, opening out onto a pleasant back garden with pool.
The several rooms are arranged across three floors above, all with similar layout and distant ocean views.
The Oyster Bay Hotel is a natural choice in the Dar es Salaam for high-end safari travellers, although for people simply overnighting in town to connect with a flight, the premium price may not be worth paying.