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Johari Rotana
Sokoine Drive
Dar es Salaam
T: +255 659 070 800
F: +255 659 070 899

A striking contemporary property with elegant design and outstanding facilities in a prime location in the Central Business District and on the Indian Ocean coast, Johari Rotana is a 5-star business hotel that promises guests an unforgettable luxury experience during their visit to Dar es Salaam. Part of the landmark MNF Square development, home to major retail brands and high-profile companies and close to the port and Zanzibar Ferry, financial district, commercial areas, beaches and other major attractions, it is a convenient and aspirational luxury hotel option for business and leisure travellers, as well as families visiting this vibrant city. Julius Nyerere International Airport is just 30 minutes from the property and the Central Railway is only a few minutes away.

Designed to meet the needs of discerning modern travelers, this 5-star hotel features 193 luxurious hotel rooms and suites and 60 serviced apartments with stylish furnishings, smart in-room technology and entertainment, and plenty of space to relax or work during your stay. Whether you are taking a quick trip to Dar es Salaam or planning a longer stay in the city, Johari Rotana offers several room types to suit your requirements.

For a dining experience with a difference, choose from our three bars and restaurants or the Cigar Lounge in Dar es Salaam, from Zafarani all-day dining restaurant, showcasing a vast buffet of Mediterranean, Indian Arabic and Swahili cuisine, to the Kibo Lobby Lounge for coffee and light meals and the lively Hamilton’s Gastropub where you can socialise, relax and be tempted by classic British and American dishes. The Cigar Lounge at Johari Rotana provides an elegant and exclusive experience for cigar enthusiasts seeking the perfect blend of relaxation and sophistication with premium cigars from around the world.

For some well-deserved ‘me time’, our Bodylines Fitness and Wellness Club is the place to rest and re-energise, offering a fully-equipped gym, Zen Spa, an outdoor pool, boxing ring, sauna and massage rooms. If you are planning a meeting, event or special occasion, including weddings, our dedicated 2,000 sqm facility, including the largest hotel ballroom in Tanzania that accommodates up to 900 people and six fully-equipped meeting rooms with the latest audio-visual equipment and modern décor, promises corporate and social gatherings in Dar es Salaam with style and finesse.

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Dynamic Dar es Salaam is the economic capital of Tanzania and its largest city. Strategically located in a protected bay off the Indian Ocean coast, the city, which was once a small fishing village, has undergone significant modernisation and in recent years, established itself as the leading commercial hub in the East African region. Today its bustling harbour is the main port in Tanzania. Most diplomatic missions, as well as non-governmental organisations, are based in Dar es Salaam having a strong presence in this bustling metropolis, which is also buzzing with restaurants, shops and office buildings.

Remnants of German colonial presence can still be seen in the landmarks and architecture around the city. Popular tourist attractions include the National Museum and the open-air Village Museum, providing insight into Tanzanian tribes and their history, as well as St. Joseph’s Cathedral, the White Father’s Mission House, the Botanical Gardens, the old State House and many colourful markets.

Tanzania is renowned for its stunning nature and wildlife and Bongoyo Island Marine Reserve, located 7km north of the city, is blessed with great snorkelling and diving sites, as well as beautiful beaches, secluded islands and many varieties of marine species. Dar es Salaam is also the gateway to Zanzibar, an archipelago of stunning islands in the Indian Ocean. The popular ferry service to Zanzibar Island is across the street from Johari Rotana.

Discover a world of luxury and elegance at Johari Rotana, with sophisticated and spacious accommodation options coupled with an unrivalled range of leisure, dining and business facilities for your comfort and convenience.

Hotel facilities include:

  • 193 hotel rooms and suites and 60 serviced apartments
  • Cigar Lounge with premium cigars and accesories
  • 3 exquisite dining venues, plus in-room dining
  • High-speed fibre optic internet access
  • Fully-equipped gymnasium
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sauna and massage rooms
  • The largest hotel ballroom in the country (2,000 sqm)
  • 6 fully-equipped meeting rooms
  • Laundry and dry-cleaning facilities
  • Parking spaces
  • 24-hour security
  • Doctor on call
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • City tours led by professional guides
  • Car and limousine rental, airport pick up against a fee

At Johari Rotana, we go the extra mile to make our guests with special needs extra comfortable. 

General Hotel Features:

  • Valet parking on request
  • Hotel entrance with a ramp
  • Spacious elevators to comfortably fit a wheelchair 
  • Toilets for special needs in all restaurants, meeting rooms, Almasi ball room and all other public areas
  • Extra wide corridors throughout the hotel

Accessible Areas:

  • Kibo Lobby Lounge, Zafarani All Day Dining Restaurant, Hamilton's Gastropub
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Zen Spa 
  • Gift shop access
  • Meeting rooms and Almasi ballroom

1. Where is Johari Rotana located?

Johari Rotana is located in the heart of the Dar es Salaam Central Business District, close to the port harbour and is opposite the Zanzibar Ferry.

2. What is the address of Johari Rotana?

The address for Johari Rotana is:

Sokoine Drive
Dar es Salaam

3. Which popular attractions are close to Johari Rotana?

Johari Rotana’s prime location is in close proximity to the below tourist attractions:
• Historical German colonial churches
• St. Joseph Cathedral
• Azania Front Lutheran Church
• National Museum
• House of Culture
• Village Museum
• Kivukoni Fish Market
• Askari Monument
• Botanical Gardens
• Mbudya Island
• Bongoyo Island
• Slipway Shopping Centre
• Coco Beach
• Tinga Tinga Art Market
• Zanzibar Ferry

4. How far is Johari Rotana from the centre of Dar es Salaam?

Johari Rotana is located in the Dar es Salaam CBD.

5. How far is Johari Rotana from the beach?

Johari Rotana's prime location is on the shore of the Indian Ocean.

6. How long has Johari Rotana been open?

Johari Rotana first started welcoming guests in November 2019.

7. What are some of the property amenities at Johari Rotana?

Johari Rotana is a 5-star luxury hotel offering the following amenities:
• 193 hotel rooms and suites
• 60 luxury serviced apartments
• 4 dining restaurants and bars
• Fully equipped modern gym
• Outdoor infinity swimming pool
• Spa with a steam room and sauna room
• 6 fully equipped meeting rooms and an 816 sqm ballroom
• Laundry and dry-cleaning services
• Accessible hotel rooms
• Free car parking

8. What are some of the room amenities at Johari Rotana?

Johari Rotana has a number of room amenities, such as:
• Fibre Optic WiFi internet connection
• Multi-channel satellite TVs
• IP Phones and voicemail
• Complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities
• In-room safe
• Mini-bar fridge
• Iron and ironing board
• Hairdryer
• Kitchenette (suites only)

9. What languages are spoken by staff at Johari Rotana?

Johari Rotana has a multilingual team that can speak several languages including English, Swahili, Chinese, and Russian.

10. What food and drink options are available at Johari Rotana?

Johari Rotana offers four distinct dining venues offering a range of cuisines. Hamilton’s Gastropub offers British and American dishes in a colonial-inspired pub setting. Noble House offers guests the chance to indulge in authentic Chinese cuisines. Zafarani All Day Dining restaurant offers Mediterranean, Indian, Arabic and Swahili dishes either as a buffet or a la carte. Kibo Lobby Lounge offers guests light meals, pastries, hot drinks and cocktails for guests to enjoy.

11. Is parking available at Johari Rotana?

Yes, Johari Rotana offers free parking for all hotel guests.

12. Are there opportunities to exercise at Johari Rotana?

Bodylines Fitness and Wellness Club offers a fully equipped gymnasium with state-of-the-art facilities along with a cardiovascular and free weight training area that is open 24 hours a day.

13. Are any cleaning services offered at Johari Rotana?

Johari Rotana offers dry cleaning and laundry services at an additional cost.

14. Does Johari Rotana offer any business services?

Johari Rotana offers a business centre inside the hotel lobby, as well as has 6 fully-equipped meeting rooms and offers fibre optic WiFi to allow guests to stay connected at all times.

15. Does Johari Rotana have a swimming pool?

Yes, Johari Rotana has an outdoor infinity pool on the 8th floor of the hotel.

16. Are there any spa facilities at Johari Rotana?

Zen Spa at Johari Rotana is available by appointment only and is equipped with massage rooms, steam rooms and sauna rooms.

17. What are the check-in and check-out times at Johari Rotana?

Check-in at Johari Rotana is from 02:00 pm, while check out is by 12:00 pm.

18. What is the phone number of Johari Rotana?

The telephone number for Johari Rotana is: +255 659 070 800. Feel free to contact our friendly and professional team with any questions you may have.

19. What is the email address of Johari Rotana?

The email addresses for Johari Rotana are: and Our friendly and professional team is here to answer any questions you may have.

20. How much does it cost to stay at Johari Rotana?

The room rates at Johari Rotana vary on a daily basis but average at around 200USD per night.

21. How can I get to Johari Rotana from the nearest airport?

Johari Rotana is a 30 minutes drive by car or taxi from Julius Nyerere International Airport.

22. Does Johari Rotana have an airport shuttle?

Yes, Johari Rotana does provide airport pickup at an additional fee.

23. Are children allowed at Johari Rotana?

Johari Rotana welcomes children of all ages but please take note that all children below 18 years need to be accompanied by an adult.

24. Are there any children's facilities at Johari Rotana?

Johari Rotana offers a Kid’s Club for children aged 4 - 12. A babysitting service is also available but should be booked 24 hours in advance. A baby sleeping cot can be requested at the time of booking.

25. Can you smoke inside Johari Rotana?

Johari Rotana has a non-smoking policy in the rooms, however, guests can smoke at the designated smoking areas at the Kibo Lobby Lounge terrace and Hamilton’s Gastropub outdoor sitting area.

26. Is Johari Rotana dog friendly?

Unfortunately, dogs and pets of any kind are not allowed at Johari Rotana.

27. Is there a dress code at Johari Rotana?

There is no formal dress code at Johari Rotana.

28. What type of room can I book at Johari Rotana?

Guests staying at Johari Rotana can book fully furnished hotel rooms and suites, all offering luxury amenities and views over Dar es Salaam or the harbour.

For longer stays, you have the option of booking a fully equipped serviced studio apartment or a one-bedroom serviced apartment with city or harbour views.

29. What kind of breakfast is served at Johari Rotana?

Johari Rotana offers a buffet of international cuisine for breakfast.

30. What are the Covid-19 procedures at Johari Rotana?

At Johari Rotana, the health and well-being of our guests and colleagues is an unwavering priority. For this reason, we have strengthened our already stringent health, safety, and cleaning procedures to give you peace of mind during your entire stay at our hotel in Dar es Salaam, including:
• Bedding and feather items are disinfected after each stay
• Aerosol room disinfection after each stay
• Hotel rooms are sealed upon cleaning completion to prevent entry until the guest's arrival
• Bed and bath linen are chemically and thermally cleaned
• Non-essential in-room amenities have been removed and replaced individually for each guest's stay
• Hand sanitiser and disinfection wipes are provided for guests'
• QR Code access to Guest Service Directory
• Contactless laundry collection and delivery
• Meeting rooms are sealed upon completion to prevent entry until attendees’ arrival
• 24 hour doctor-on-call service

31. What are the health and safety procedures at Johari Rotana?

At Johari Rotana, we are committed to sustaining the health and safety of our guests, colleagues, contractors, suppliers, and visitors; thus, we strive to provide a healthy and safe environment while complying with all applicable local and international regulations. As such, we have introduced the below:
• Contactless check-in and check-out through the Rotana App
• Contactless in-room dining and restaurant menus
• Luggage disinfection upon arrival
• Mandatory wearing of masks by colleagues
• Frequent disinfection of all public areas and high touchpoints
• Thermal screening and temperature checks
• Hand sanitisers are provided for guest use throughout the public areas and within elevators

32. What is the cancellation policy at Johari Rotana?

The cancellation and payment policy for Johari Rotana is as follows:
• 2:00 pm one day prior: A deposit equal to a 1-night room charge must be received by 14:00Hrs (hotel local time) one day prior to arrival. A payment link will be sent and should be made to secure the booking. In case of non-payment, this booking will be released, and rates and inventory will be subject to availability.
• Guaranteed by credit card: If amended/cancelled after 14:00Hrs (hotel local time) one day prior to arrival or in case of no-show, 100% of the first night’s room charge will be charged to the credit card provided at the time of booking.
• Pre-Payment - Non-refundable: 100% of the entire stay will be charged at the time of booking. A payment link will be sent and should be made within 24 hours to secure the booking. In the event of non-payment, the booking will be subject to availability, and rates subject to change.
• Guaranteed by Company: Free cancellation until 14:00Hrs (hotel local time) one day prior to arrival. In the event of late cancellation or no-show, 100% of the first night’s room charges will be charged to the company credit facility.

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