Zanzibar Serena Hotel




  • Zanzibar Serena Hotel is a restored 19th C mercantile building
  • 52 en-suite air-conditioned rooms with Zanzibari antiques & sea view balconies
  • Swimming pool with ocean views
  • Zanzibar Serena Hotel is in the heart of the old part of Stone Town

Zanzibar Serena Hotel, located in Stone Town, is an old Arab merchant's mansion now restored to its 19th century glory. The Zanzibar Serena (which used to be known as the Zanzibar Serena Inn) has a prime location in Stone Town, right on the seafront overlooking a sandy beach where fishermen ply their trade in traditional dhows. The interior echoes Zanzibar's rich Arab influence - the cool comfort of traditional Swahili architecture with intricately carved doors and dark wood furniture coupled with colourful mosaic flooring. The 51 en suite rooms and suites at Zanzibar Serena are air-conditioned and elegantly furnished with Zanzibari antiques and private sea view balconies or patios.

Facilities at Zanzibar Serena Hotel

Despite its old world location, the Zanzibar Serena has all the facilities that you would expect from a modern hotel. There is a sparkling pool and sun deck in the central courtyard, lounge, bar, coffee shop and choice of restaurants. The main Bahari Restaurant has views over the Indian Ocean and there's also an al fresco rooftop seafood restaurant serving freshly caught fish (for dinner only). The terrace is a great place to enjoy a casual lunch or snack. There's a small spa with massage and beauty treatments on offer as well as a boutique.

Zanzibar Serena Hotel is in the perfect place if you want to explore Stone Town with its winding streets, old palaces with intricately carved doors and colourful spice and fruit markets.

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Zanzibar Serena Review

The Zanzibar Serena Hotel is right on the ocean on edge of the old part of Stone Town so great location. Lovely airy public areas with good sized pool. Much more conventional than Jafferji House so it would appeal to broader cross section. The restaurant had windows overlooking the ocean so great views.

However the rooms were somewhat old fashioned. Entry level rooms are fine but with a small bathroom with shower over bath. Most have sea rooms. Six premier sea facing rooms are actually same size but have a wraparound balcony with full-on sea views so they could be worth the extra if sea views are important. Not sure I'd pay the extra for a suite...

Cedarberg : Kate Bergh


Dinner, bed and breakfast

Family Suitability

Family-friendly all ages

Malaria Rating

Low risk and/or seasonal malaria