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. Guests will discover the essence of the island and cool bedroom interiors, ornate balconies and ocean views encourage a tranquil and warm sun-kissed welcome. Carefully constructed rooftop dining provides a breathtaking back-drop to a rich and varied choice of cuisine whilst beauty treatments and poolside bars allow you to relax and enjoy your holiday at your leisure. Idyllically situated on the sea-front 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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best spot for beach and Stone Town

Jul 6, 2019 687davidh Fairlight, Australia

The location is brilliant both for exploring Stone Town on foot, and both observing and participating in Zanzibar beach life. The pool is fine but you can just step down onto the public beach where the locals make the most of it, swimming jogging, taking their monkey for a walk, doing the local version of Zumba. We had a great time getting to… Read more
The location is brilliant both for exploring Stone Town on foot, and both observing and participating in Zanzibar beach life. The pool is fine but you can just step down onto the public beach where the locals make the most of it, swimming jogging, taking their monkey for a walk, doing the local version of Zumba. We had a great time getting to know the local kids and ending up with seaweed garlands in return for some Aussie Crawl swimming lessons. The buffet restaurant is good, again looking right onto the beach. Rooms are fine, good size, nice balconies, but a little aged / agricultural. That’s why not rating 5 - this isn’t a generic 5-star chain but the charm makes up for the difference in my opinion. Good mosquito nets and regular visits by staff to spray the magic stuff that kills them! Staff and service were terrific, super friendly. We would happily return. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating " I miss my terrace view of ocean"

Jul 4, 2019 burmawallah Gainesville, Florida

Great hotel in Stone town, an UNESCO building . Vegetation around pool very tropical and lush. Room 53 was so beautiful . We had fruit and wine upon arrival, there was a great armoire to store clothes , great shower AND the terrace looks right out on Indian ocean. Check out the hammock , perfect place for viewing magical sunsets. Staff all… Read more
Great hotel in Stone town, an UNESCO building . Vegetation around pool very tropical and lush. Room 53 was so beautiful . We had fruit and wine upon arrival, there was a great armoire to store clothes , great shower AND the terrace looks right out on Indian ocean. Check out the hammock , perfect place for viewing magical sunsets. Staff all charming and very helpful. Some nights we had amazing music by the bar. Great food in bar , recommend spice ice cream and samosas . Great location also a 5 minute walk to shops and eateries. Park hyatt next door has a gym and you can purchase a day pass . Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating We Loved our Stay

Jun 30, 2019 Apsaramaiden Los Angeles, California

Great room overlooking beachfront. We slept late and never got to breakfast but the bar was wonderful for late snacks and great staff. Super friendly, helped make reservations at restaurants. The building is so unique, you will have many beautiful pictures of the colors of Zanzibar.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect Luxury in Stone Town

Jun 28, 2019 Cooper_Flyod Wilmette, Illinois

Serena is a terrific property so well located in Stone Town. Better beach than the Hyatt and wonderfully charming colonial feel. We had three rooms (36 Ocean front, 35 next door and 38 across the hall from 35). All had nice balconies, especially 36. The rooms have AC and nice bathrooms. Not a huge bathroom, but modern and clean. The rooms… Read more
Serena is a terrific property so well located in Stone Town. Better beach than the Hyatt and wonderfully charming colonial feel. We had three rooms (36 Ocean front, 35 next door and 38 across the hall from 35). All had nice balconies, especially 36. The rooms have AC and nice bathrooms. Not a huge bathroom, but modern and clean. The rooms were very nice with wood details and other finishes that are very charming. Wood windows and shutters. Everything was super clean. We checked out the Hyatt next door and it was nice but but a bit sterile. The pool was awesome. Clean. Great open location. On the beach. Staff is super helpful and took care of everything. Breakfast was included in our rate and well worth it. Room service was good - we ordered wine every night at sunset. Quick but got our order confused once. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great place to get lost in...

Jun 21, 2019 Nicci G

Great location, super friendly staff, clean rooms, lovely place. 5 mins walk to little curio shops, a few bars and my fav food/restaurant ‘ Silk Route’ Indian with some elements of fusion with Chinese. A casual bar on the beach - sit and watch the world, great at sunset. Called Livingstone about 5 mins walk. The Owner Shoba, the manager ‘Dev’