Explore dynamic Dar Es Salaam with the striking Johari Rotana as your base in the Tanzanian city
Once a sleepy fishing village, Dar Es Salaam has transformed into a vibrant metropolis. Straddling some of the most important sea routes, the city has established itself as Tanzania's commercial capital. Its bustling harbour welcomes goods from all over the world, facilitating trade in the region, while the city's traditional practices are still kept alive as dhows make their way through the Indian Ocean every morning, ready to reel in the day's catch.
Against this backdrop of old and new, Johari Rotana stands as a striking, contemporary property, offering state-of-the-art business and leisure facilities in Dar Es Salaam's Central Business District. The five-star hotel promises guests a memorable stay, with every detail carefully designed to deliver a remarkable experience in hospitality.
Part of the landmark MNF Square development, which is home to major retail brands and high-profile companies, the hotel is close to the port and Zanzibar Ferry, the financial district, commercial areas, beaches and other major attractions. Its location makes it a convenient luxury hotel option for business and leisure travellers, as well as families visiting the city. Julius Nyerere International Airport is just 30 minutes from the property and the Central Railway is only a few minutes away.
Johari Rotana features 193 luxurious hotel rooms and suites as well as 60 serviced apartments with stylish furnishings, smart in-room technology and entertainment. The well-appointed spaces offer plenty of room to relax or work during your stay. Choose from rooms with a city or sea view, or the sleek suites. And for something a little more opulent, the Sea View Royal Suite is ideal for the entire family, with 150 square metres spread across the living room, dining room, two bedrooms and a guest bathroom.
On the menu
For a dining experience with a difference, Johari Rotana offers four bars and restaurants in Dar Es Salaam. At Noble House, diners can expect authentic Chinese delicacies. All-day dining venue Zafarani features a wide array of dishes showcased by a talented team of chefs. The menu highlights Mediterranean, Indian Arabic and Swahili cuisine, allowing guests to sample flavours from all around the world at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Kibo Lobby Lounge is a great spot for coffee and cocktails while the lively Hamilton’s Gastropub gives guests the chance to socialise, relax and be tempted by classic British and American dishes.
Rest and relaxation
For some well-deserved me time, Bodylines Fitness and Wellness Club is the place to rest and recharge. It offers a fully-equipped gym, outdoor pool, boxing ring, sauna and massage rooms.
Premium meeting and event facilities at Johari Rotana will make every event a success. For business meetings and special occasions, the hotel offers 2,000 square metres of space. This includes six meeting rooms fully equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and modern décor as well as a grand ballroom, which, spread across 860 square metres, is the largest hotel ballroom in the country.
Discover the best of Dar Es Salaam during your stay
The coastal city of Dar Es Salaam has plenty to offer. There is a rich history to explore, from museums that provide an insight into Tanzanian tribes to the remnants of German colonial presence. The neighbourhood is dotted with plenty of shops and restaurants, which serve as perfect breaks while you tour the town, taking in the fascinating architecture that combines African, Arab, Indian and German influences. The botanical gardens, colourful craft markets and simple connections to nearby islands only enhance its vibrancy.
The Village Museum
The Village Museum is an open-air museum in Dar Es Salaam. It was established in 1967, and tasked with acquiring, researching and preserving the indigenous culture and architecture of Tanzania's ethnic groups. It is a fascinating representation of Tanzanian rural life.
Some of the houses constructed here no longer exist; a few others are still used by those living in rural areas but in modified versions. It's an immersive way to explore the whole country, under the same roof, within a matter of minutes. Discover the traditional details, artefacts, nature trails and more, while the villagers give you a glimpse into Tanzania's handicrafts, demonstrating skills such as pottery, weaving and carving.
Bongoyo Island Marine Reserve
Two-and-a-half kilometres north of the city lies Bongoyo Island Marine Reserve, which is home to beautiful beaches and secluded islands. Its natural landscapes mean that the area is blessed with great snorkelling and diving sites, while the waters are teeming with colourful marine species.
There are walking trails through the dense forest that lead to the remains of a German colonial building. Alternatively, relax on the beach and soak up the sun before taking in the stunning sunset from this serene spot.
To truly make the most of your time in Tanzania, ensure you take the ferry service across to the island of Zanzibar. Home to some of the finest beaches in the world, the beautiful island is ideal for those wanting to swim, snorkel or simply while away the hours.
History buffs will enjoy exploring the historic quarters of Stone Town, a UNESCO-designated site. It offers a fascinating mix of influences from Europe, India, Africa and Arabia, and across the maze of alleys, visitors can discover shops selling local goods and creative handicrafts.