Zanzibar Serena Hotel

Zanzibar, Tanzania

The hotel

The Zanzibar Serena Hotel has been styled to represent the epitome of Swahili style, ethnic elegance and Arabic opulence. A hotel highlight is The Terrace Restaurant, on the hotel's rooftop, as it provides a breathtaking back-drop to a rich and varied choice of cuisine - perfect for a relaxing dinner. Idyllically situated on the seafront of ancient Stone Town, and surrounded by an exotic mix of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, and bazaars, your cultural senses have now been activated and you’ll be delighted by the many local excursions available that will help you to discover more about the people, history and wildlife of Zanzibar.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

Where is it

The Serena boasts the most enviable address in Stone Town, close to all the local sightseeing including museums and markets and a walking tour is an absolute must. Other day tours depart from Stone Town so it is worth spending a couple of nights here before your beach stay. The resort is located within the UNESCO World Heritage section of Stone Town overlooking the ocean. Transfer time from Zanzibar Airport: 15 minutes.

Hotel information

51 rooms with Swahili style décor, high ceilings, white walls and shuttered windows. Traditional carved furniture, antiquities, modern amenities and 4-poster beds adorn most rooms. Standard Rooms with mosquito netting and 1 king-sized bed or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Half Board option: includes buffet breakfast and dinner. 

Full Board option:available at a supplement and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Prime Rooms with balcony, sea views and 4-poster beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Executive Suites (available on Full Board) with balcony, panoramic ocean views, seating area and 4-poster beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Choice of restaurants; Baharia Restaurant (all-day dining), Terrace Restaurant (sea food menu), The Pool Terrace (snacks), the Masahani Bar and the Mdele Coffee Shop. Mangapwani Beach facility. Swimming pool. Complimentary WiFi. 24-hour room service*. Babysitting service*. Laundry service*.

* Denotes local charge. 

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Traveller rating

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Oct 23, 2020 947laylaa Birmingham, United Kingdom

This hotel is in a good location, hotel is clean, food is good and the service was excellent. It has the beach front view for sunset photos and relaxation. I would recommend this to all. Staff are dry and helpful.
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Oct 18, 2020 Emily993 London, United Kingdom

A great place to stay in Stone Town. The staff were very attentive and looked after us well. We enjoyed the pool area and breakfast was good. Great location, only 5 minutes walk into the heart of Stone Town!
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Oct 15, 2020 Gloria27Traveler

This is one of the only hotel in town with direct access to the beach. It is extremely well situated as entire Stone Town is reachable by foot. The restaurant is a high standard one. While a bit expensive, it is worth the money in terms of savor and quality. I loved the wooden interior style. Staff are very welcoming and professional.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic location and service

Mar 17, 2020 diamondbacksnake Edmonton, Canada

The Serena is located right on the best beach in Stonetown, and it is a very pleasant hotel. Although the physical building is a bit old, the staff's service was fantastic. The breakfast restaurant is literally on the beach, which cannot be replicated. The only issue was that there are no elevators. Thankyou especially to Souleiman, Anthony,… Read more
The Serena is located right on the best beach in Stonetown, and it is a very pleasant hotel. Although the physical building is a bit old, the staff's service was fantastic. The breakfast restaurant is literally on the beach, which cannot be replicated. The only issue was that there are no elevators. Thankyou especially to Souleiman, Anthony, Ahmada, and Rither for their help and service during our stay. Read less
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Mar 16, 2020 mfp001

Hotel lobby, pool, and rooms were all excellent. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, and the location is right on the waterfront and only a few minutes walk away from the Old Fort and central areas of Stone Town.