• Swimming pool

Zanzibar Serena Inn

Beautifully converted 18th century house

The Zanzibar Serena Inn is situated in a fantastic location in the heart of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

A converted 18th century house, the rooms are decorated in traditional Swahili style and have spacious balconies, some of which have comfy hammocks overlooking the sea.

Spend the day exploring the colourful spice markets, winding streets and old palaces of Stone Town before returning to the Serena Inn for a cooling drink beside the inviting swimming pool. Not to be missed is a visit to the Mangapwani Beach Club – a gorgeous stretch of pristine white sand where you'll enjoy a delicious seafood barbecue.

A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Serena Inn has been styled to represent the epitome of Swahili style and elegance combined with Arabic opulence.

Hayes & Jarvis Rating

Guide Price

 £1,689  per person
Hotel Category
Trusted
Location Type
Beach
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 818 Reviews
Beach

Hotel highlights

  • Close to the winding streets, markets and palaces of Stone Town
  • Open-air seafood restaurant with ocean views
  • Beautifully converted 18th century house
  • Access to Mangapwani Beach Club

Hotel Features

General Information

  • Check-in Time:
    12:00
  • Check-out Time:
    10:00
  • 51 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx. 15 minutes from Zanzibar Airport

Main Facilities

  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board
  • Half Board
  • Bed & Breakfast

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Family Rooms

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Zanzibar Serena Inn

  • Beach
  • approx. 15 minutes from Zanzibar Airport.
818 Reviews 88% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 470
  • Very Good 239
  • Average 69
  • Poor 28
  • Terrible 12

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Nov 09, 2019

Relaxing time in Zanzibar

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. They can do better. Otherwise I’m in love with the place and Zanzibar in general. ❤️
Nov 09, 2019

Fabulous hotel

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 food and view in Stonetown.
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Zanzibar Serena Inn

Facilities

a large pool of water

Swimming Pool

The Serena Inn has a stunning swimming pool which is supervised by a qualified lifeguard. Small children need to be accompanied by a parent.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided across the hotel and grounds

Zanzibar Serena Inn

Room Types

Bedroom

Standard Room

Standard Rooms are decorated in traditional Swahili style and have one king or two twin beds, mosquito nets and a balcony among other amenities. In addition, complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the room and your bathrooms feature a walk-in shower and double basin.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
a bedroom with a bed and a chair in a room

Prime View Room

Prime View Rooms are spacious and decorated in traditional Swahili style, featuring its own balcony, hammock and sea view. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the room and bathrooms feature a walk-in shower and double basin.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Swimming pool

Executive Suite

The luxurious and spacious Executive Suites offer guests a four-poster bed, spacious bathroom, relaxing sitting room, sea views, its own cocktail area, and a double hammock. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the suite and bathrooms feature a walk-in shower and double basin.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
a large pool of water in front of a building

Presidential Suite

The Presidential Suite offers guests stunning views of the Indian Ocean while relaxing on the L-shaped terrace. Other features include a reception area, spacious bedroom with king-size bed, fully stocked mini-bar, satellite TV and 24-hour room service. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the suite and bathrooms feature a walk-in shower and double basin.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Honeymoon Suite

Honeymoon Suite

Honeymoon Suites offer guests the ultimate luxury to enjoy their stay. Features include a private sitting room, spacious balcony which looks out onto the Indian Ocean, double hammock and a romantic en suite bathroom. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided in the room.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Satellite/Cable TV
  • Sea View
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Zanzibar Serena Inn

Food & Drink

drink

The Masahani Bar

Decorated in traditional Swahili style, the Masahani Bar offers guests a chance to enjoy performances from the traditional live Taarab music while enjoying a beverage from an array of signature cocktails, wines and beers.

a large pool of water

The Baharia Restaurant

Located near the shores of the Indian Ocean, The Baharia Restaurant offers all-day international and local cuisine. Weekly sumptuous Swahili banquets are also held around the pool.

a plate of food

The Terrace Restaurant

Located on the roof of the Inn is the exclusive open-air Terrace Restaurant. The restaurant offers beautiful views overlooking the bay and a wide selection of freshly caught seafood for lunch and dinner.

a body of water

The Mangapwani Beach Barbeque

Located just a short drive away from the Serena Inn is the resort's exclusive beach hideaway where guests can enjoy a Swahili seafood lunch buffet.

Swimming pool

The Pool Terrace

The Pool Terrace offers guests indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the pool where a wide range of drinks and snacks are served all day long.

a close up of a coffee cup

The Ndele Coffee Shop

Located near the pool, the Ndele Coffee Shop offers traditional Swahili coffee, fresh-baked pastries and a wide range of beverages and snacks.

Board Basis Options

Bed & Breakfast
Half Board

Breakfast and dinner can be taken on half board.

Full Board

Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed on the full board package.

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