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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Sep 10, 2019 Kevin28_13 Fairfax, Virginia

we stayed at the Zanzibar Serena for several nights and was very pleased with the hotel, service and food. It has a great feel to it and the view of the Indian Ocean is fantastic. check-in and check out was easy and quick
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Aug 23, 2019 Kieron K Huntington Beach, California

I think the Zanzibar Serena is the best little hotel in East Africa, a perfect tropical and exotic escape after your Tanzania safari. Right on the Indian Ocean, with a great swimming beach, the hotel has outstanding and courteous staff, lovely rooms with balconies and great food. The Masahani Bar has character and a great selection of cocktails… Read more
I think the Zanzibar Serena is the best little hotel in East Africa, a perfect tropical and exotic escape after your Tanzania safari. Right on the Indian Ocean, with a great swimming beach, the hotel has outstanding and courteous staff, lovely rooms with balconies and great food. The Masahani Bar has character and a great selection of cocktails and even good wines, often hard to find in Muslim cities. Special kudos to Mr. Ellieta Mbisse and his team, who made our stay so thoroughly enjoyable. Kieron Keady Huntington Beach CA USA Read less
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Aug 19, 2019 kareyrhoda Oyster Bay, New York

From the moment we arrived we were greeted we warmth and kindness. Mango juice and smiles came right away. Beautiful pool right by the ocean and the restaurant is looking over the ocean. The staffs knew our names right away, especially Jackson and Big Joe! So peaceful and relaxing! Hair dryers in the room were a welcome after our safari. Close to… Read more
From the moment we arrived we were greeted we warmth and kindness. Mango juice and smiles came right away. Beautiful pool right by the ocean and the restaurant is looking over the ocean. The staffs knew our names right away, especially Jackson and Big Joe! So peaceful and relaxing! Hair dryers in the room were a welcome after our safari. Close to restaurants and shops! Read less
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Aug 18, 2019 SabaAlbusaidi Muscat, Oman

This hotel is in the heart of stone town, close to everything. The view are outstanding right at the beach. The hotel has a homey cosy feeling to it & the staff were just amazing and so accommodating. I want to specifically mention the amazing staff: Restaurent: Mariam & Grace thank you for the amazing service Reception: Amina & Zena than you… Read more
This hotel is in the heart of stone town, close to everything. The view are outstanding right at the beach. The hotel has a homey cosy feeling to it & the staff were just amazing and so accommodating. I want to specifically mention the amazing staff: Restaurent: Mariam & Grace thank you for the amazing service Reception: Amina & Zena than you for your warm hospitality. The food here is also lovely! Read less
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Aug 15, 2019 urbanskript

Serena is one of best hotels in Stone Town and there’s a reason that’s the case, it’s location is unmatched. The service was also great but the buffet food was nothing to write home about, so if you’re looking to experience good food you’re better off going to restaurants in the area. Loved the pool and watching kids playing at the beach during… Read more
Serena is one of best hotels in Stone Town and there’s a reason that’s the case, it’s location is unmatched. The service was also great but the buffet food was nothing to write home about, so if you’re looking to experience good food you’re better off going to restaurants in the area. Loved the pool and watching kids playing at the beach during sunsets was quite special. Read less