Zanzibar Serena Hotel

Kelele Square, Zanzibar, Tanzania
+255 242 233 051

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9.0

Excellent
based on 396 reviews
Zanzibar Serena Hotel - Zanzibar, Tanzania
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Distance to city center 0.8 mi
Location rating 9.6
Nearest Airport Zanzibar Kisauni
Distance to airport 4.8 mi

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$735+

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$168+

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captures in 2 reviews
feel and spirit in 2 reviews
friendly and welcoming in 6 reviews
frustration in 3 reviews
good breakfast in 9 reviews
good food in 10 reviews
humid climate in 3 reviews
location was so good in 30 reviews
right on the water in 9 reviews
staff is very friendly in 54 reviews
stone town in 9 reviews
view of the room in 17 reviews
walking on beach in 14 reviews
  • Good
    Oct 2019
    6.3

    Massage

    Incompetence in planning a birthday

  • Excellent
    Aug 2019
    10.0

    Perfect location, and an easy walk to main sites in Stone Town. Mollel at reception was very helpful in booking two nice excursions for me on a very short notice. Yousif Kabir at reception is also very nice and kind. Rabia, Amina at reception and another lady that I cannot recall her name unfortunately. The hotel terrace overlooking the Indian ocean is very nice. I could spend hours just sitting there. Restaurants are very good with excellent quality and taste of food. Excellent service too. Housekeeping is excellent too and very kind and helpful. If I visit Stone Town again, very likely I will stay at the same hotel.

    Nothing I can think of

  • Excellent
    Aug 2019
    10.0

    Serena Hotel was our first stop in Zanzibar on what has turned out to be one of the best trip of our lives. We spent two nights in stone town at the Serena Hotel. The hotel is really quite a heritage in stone town. Fantastically located, just a short walk from the old city. An excellent breakfast spread and really charming room which still has lots of classic touches that make it quite authentic. Tip: book a sun down dinner at the Emerson Spice which is a 10 min walk from the hotel! And book in advance to get the roof top/terrace!

    There was a wedding on our last night and whilst it was quite entertaining to watch, I do wish the hotel had informed us as we could not go to bed until after 11pm when the wedding ended.

  • Okay
    Jun 2019
    5.0

    The staff were very friendly and eager to help. However we were given some incorrecr information which completely derailed our plans for the final night.

    The room we stayed in was poorly located and didn't catch any breeze and so was stiflingly hot and the a/c was glacial. A ceiling fan might be a possible option to ensure the rooms can stay cool. The bathroom was ridiculously small and in need of some upgrades to the fittings, particularly the taps and the showerhead which were encrusted with lime from the water. The sad little shower curtain was not a great look either. The breakfast has been the worst breakfast I have had at a supposedly 5* hotel. Both the hot and cold options were severely limited and underwhelming. The food was not particularly tasty either.

  • Excellent
    Mar 2019
    9.6

    Wonderful staff, the views, the character of this hotel a

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About

Overview

For a thousand years, Zanzibar was one of the worlds crossroads of trade, with Persians, Arabs and Europeans attracted to its exotic exports. Stone Towns architecture is testimony to that cultural heritage. Masterfully restored, the Zanzibar Serena Hotel occupies two historic seafront buildings within the town, commanding majestic views of the Indian Ocean.The hotel offers the best in island hospitality. All bedrooms overlook the azure waters of the Indian ocean while the interiors echo Zanzibars rich Arabian heritage.Dining is a feast of variety, with local seafood reflecting many cultural influences. Transport is free to the private Mangapwani Beach with its exclusive beach and water sports activities. There are also excursions to the spice gardens and Jozani Forest.

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Features

Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pool
Pet friendly
Spa

9.0 Excellent

based on 396 reviews

9.6

Location

9.5

Service

5.8

Amenities

3.6

Comfort

Things to Know

  • Clean rooms
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Great view

Check in

2:00 PM

Check out

11:00 AM

Cancellation/prepayment

Policies vary by room type and provider.

Amenities

Complimentary breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Increased accessibility
Internet
Concierge service
Currency exchange on-site
Gift shop
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Room service
Outdoor pool
No smoking
Restaurant
Bar/Lounge
Air-conditioned
24hr front desk
Safe
Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
Free parking
Designated smoking area
Storage available
Terrace/Patio
Business center
Laundry facilities
Game room
Spa
Child pool
Hairdryer
Cable or satellite TV
Coffee shop
Babysitting/child services (surcharge)
Pets not allowed
Private beach
Laundry service
Hot tub
Express check out

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Location

Most Popular Landmarks

  • Stone Town Beach 306 yd
  • Old Fort 0.3 mi
  • Forodhani Gardens 0.3 mi
  • House of Wonders 0.3 mi
  • Stone Town 0.4 mi
  • Slave Chambers 0.5 mi

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Getting Around

Zanzibar Kisauni 4.8 mi
Dar Es Salaam 49.2 mi

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