Zanzibar Serena Hotel


Stone Town, Zanzibar

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Zanzibar Serena Hotel

Elegance and style in the heart of Stone Town yet also overlooking the Indian Ocean. The Zanzibar Serena Hotel is one of the top hotels in Stone Town, and the perfect choice if you’d like to be close to the busy streets, but know you have a refined place to escape to. It is large, it is part of a chain, but despite this, we really like it.

It’s a shame to come to Zanzibar and not make some time to look around the historic centre of Stone Town. With its old palaces and colonial buildings set amongst rambling narrow streets on the edge of the Indian Ocean, it has a unique character and fascinating history.

The Zanzibar Serena Hotel is in the midst of this seemingly chaotic bubble of island life, and yet it is a peaceful haven to escape to. The juxtaposition is striking, and often very welcome.

Serena Hotels are a very large chain, but that doesn’t mean that this place is just another big hotel. It definitely manages to be more than that. Certainly there is an edge of standardisation and commercialism, but at the same time the service is friendly and professional, the food is excellent, and the ambience is in essence elegantly refined. It’s hard to pick fault with very much here.

All the rooms have views to the ocean (the prime rooms and suites having the best views), and the main area down by the pool is a lovely place to sit by the ocean and watch the dhow-dotted seascape before you. Being in the west of the island, sunsets here are fabulous too.

Times to Go

Zanzibar is quite close to the equator and so the temperature doesn’t fluctuate very much during the year (between about 24° and 28°c).  You’ll find that April and May bring the long rains, and short rains generally come in about mid-November (though shouldn’t stop you doing anything for long).

Zanzibar Serena Hotel highlights

  • One of Stone Town’s best hotels
  • In Stone Town yet also on the Indian Ocean
  • Luxury and style in two historic seafront buildings
  • Lovely swimming pool
  • Watch sailing dhows go by
  • A little piece of calm in the Stone town bustle

Zanzibar Serena Hotel location

Zanzibar Serena Hotel


  • 51 rooms
  • Open all year round
  • Children of all ages welcome


  • Swimming pool
  • Watersports at Mangapwani Beach Club (extra)
  • WIFI
  • Air-conditioning
  • Choice of restaurants
  • Children’s menu and babysitting
  • 24 hour room service
  • Health and beauty treatments (extra)
  • Gift shop


  • Explore Stone Town on your own
  • Guided tours of Stone Town (optional)
  • Dhow trips (optional)
  • Spice tour (optional)
  • Watersports (optional)
  • And many other optional Zanzibar tours (please ask us)

Zanzibar Serena Hotel rooms

The Zanzibar Serena Hotel has 51 rooms; 41 standard, 6 prime and 4 suites.

They have high ceilings to keep them cool, shuttered windows and white walls. Traditionally-carved dark wooden furniture, brass lamps, and your own balcony – some of which have large hammocks – add to the picture. 

Then there are the modern elements such as air-conditioning, wifi, TV, minibar, hot drinks maker, safe, hair dryer and bathrobe that are all expected these days at top end hotels.

Twiga the giraffe likes this because…

“Serena Hotels offer subsidised medical care to the local community, and operate an outreach programme to the area’s hospitals and orphanages. They have their own tree nursery, and supply plants to the local community. In addition they work with some local schools, providing educational material and giving environmental training sessions to the students

And don’t forget … for every booking we get, Tanzania Specialists plants trees in deforested areas of Africa through The Travel Forest, and we back The Tribes Foundation’s conservation and social projects.

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Amanda Marks

Managing Director
Self confessed Africa-lover, but keen on all new travel experiences, Amanda is passionate about getting to know different cultures.


Tracy Edwards

Travel Consultant
Tracy was been born and spent her youth in South Africa, the draw of the animals, the people and wilds of Africa have always run through her veins.


Sinead Bailey

Travel Consultant
Sinead caught the travel bug following a year out after university. She has worked in the travel industry ever since, and visited many countries including South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia.


Christine MacDougall

Travel Consultant
The African dust is firmly planted in Chris’s heart. Born in Tanzania she spent much of her childhood in and around Ruaha. Travel and safari was part of life and through into adulthood fun and travel has never left her.