At a Glance
- convenient for restaurants and shopping
- hotel arranges island trips
- located in a large, busy shopping center
- night noise from restaurants may be disturbing
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The Souk Review
Located in the Slipway, a shopping and leisure complex in a converted boatyard, the Souk is a great place for an overnight or base for exploration from Dar. The rooms are simple, but comfortable—they are a respite from the craziness of Dar in calming shades of blue and white. Most of the rooms have views of the Msasani Bay, which is a nice touch. The complex has a bookstore, supermarket, a playground for the kids, four restaurants, and numerous curio shops including a great craft market that sells everything from Tinga Tinga paintings and jewelry to leather sandals and beaded creations. Transportation can be arranged to and from the airport, and there are regular tours of Bongoyo island, Tanzania's first marine reserve, as well as fishing trips and cruises to Mafia, Pemba, and Zanzibar islands.