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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very colonial lovely hotel

Nov 16, 2019 SunseekerGloucester Gloucester

This is a real gem in Stone Town. A beautiful location overlooking the sea and lovely beach. It has been stunningly restored and is a very comfortable hotel. The pool is wonderful and the rooms very well done. The staff are very attentive and what is nice is you can put all extras on your room bill and tips and settle up at the end of your stay.… Read more
This is a real gem in Stone Town. A beautiful location overlooking the sea and lovely beach. It has been stunningly restored and is a very comfortable hotel. The pool is wonderful and the rooms very well done. The staff are very attentive and what is nice is you can put all extras on your room bill and tips and settle up at the end of your stay. Super place to stay in Stone Town and close to all the local sights. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not sure I'd stay here again

Nov 15, 2019 David J San Francisco, California

We stayed in a Prime room. For the price, the room & bathroom are very small. It does have a large L shaped balcony and a nice view. I don't think the room is worth the price. The breakfast was very good. The WiFi was good. As a gay couple we were concerned about how we would be received in a conservative Muslim area. The people at the… Read more
We stayed in a Prime room. For the price, the room & bathroom are very small. It does have a large L shaped balcony and a nice view. I don't think the room is worth the price. The breakfast was very good. The WiFi was good. As a gay couple we were concerned about how we would be received in a conservative Muslim area. The people at the hotel could not have been more helpful & friendly. Service was good, but room too small for the price Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Relaxing time in Zanzibar

Nov 9, 2019 sukerina415 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

I came back after 15 months and this time staying in the heart of Stone town. I love Serena hotel in all aspects; location, amenities, cleanliness, staff friendliness, beautiful beach view, convenient for tours within the stone town. Everything is perfect. Except one thing, food isn’t as perfect as it should be. Poor Variety specially breakfast.… Read more
I came back after 15 months and this time staying in the heart of Stone town. I love Serena hotel in all aspects; location, amenities, cleanliness, staff friendliness, beautiful beach view, convenient for tours within the stone town. Everything is perfect. Except one thing, food isn’t as perfect as it should be. Poor Variety specially breakfast. They can do better. Otherwise I’m in love with the place and Zanzibar in general. ❤️ Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous hotel

Nov 9, 2019 Ed B Salisbury, United Kingdom

We loved our stay here for our 30th wedding anniversary. The staff were super helpful and friendly - and even produced a cake on the big day! The location is top-notch, over looking the sea from our room, while the interior gives one a real feeling of old Zanzibar-style luxury. The restaurant on the upper terrace is highly recommended too - best… Read more
We loved our stay here for our 30th wedding anniversary. The staff were super helpful and friendly - and even produced a cake on the big day! The location is top-notch, over looking the sea from our room, while the interior gives one a real feeling of old Zanzibar-style luxury. The restaurant on the upper terrace is highly recommended too - best food and view in Stonetown. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful!

Oct 9, 2019 JoF1666 Dulwich Hill, Australia

This is a beautiful hotel! Our room was gorgeous with lovely views of the water. We loved the fabulous seafood restaurants, the bar, the gorgeous pool and how helpful and amazing the staff were. It’s also close to town and so easy to get around. It was a wonderful place to relax after a tough couple of weeks camping. I would thoroughly recommend… Read more
This is a beautiful hotel! Our room was gorgeous with lovely views of the water. We loved the fabulous seafood restaurants, the bar, the gorgeous pool and how helpful and amazing the staff were. It’s also close to town and so easy to get around. It was a wonderful place to relax after a tough couple of weeks camping. I would thoroughly recommend it. Read less