The Rainbow Hotel is located in the business district of Dar es Salaam, just minutes from the ferry port to Zanzibar. This hotel is of new construction and began operations in 2010. It has 75 rooms comprised of single, double, triple, and 3 suites. The hotel is within daytime walking distance to local shops, dining, supermarket, banks/ATMS, and foreign exchange bureaus. Local taxi and daladala service is one block away and reception can arrange for taxi service at the door during nighttime hours.
All guest rooms boast a telephone, TV, individual air conditioning unit, en-suite bathroom with western toilet, sink with personal storage and a stand-up hot water shower. The rooms have key card entry with a safe inside the closet for securing personal items. Each room also contains a desk, chair, and table lamp for extra lighting.
On the first floor, guests may enjoy a complimentary buffet breakfast of western and local foods. For lunch and dinner options, the restaurant serves mostly Indian cuisine with a few local Tanzanian dishes as well. On the 11th floor terrace, guests may enjoy soda, juice, and assorted cocktails as well as select foods such as barbecue. Currently, sea views can be enjoyed. However, new construction next door may soon hinder ocean views but does not negate the service on the rooftop terrace. Please note that although breakfast service begins at 7:00 a.m., should guests require an early departure, an earlier abbreviated breakfast may be provided if addressed with reception ahead of time. Rainbow Hotel is best suited for the budget traveler.