Zanzibar Serena Inn

Location: Zanzibar, Pemba & the Islands | Tanzania

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

The gorgeous Zanzibar Serena Inn has been a reliable bet for luxury accommodation in Stone Town since it opened over ten years ago. This hotel has been beautifully converted from two historic buildings and the Serena Inn has a prime setting, great facilities and bags of exotic character.
Perfect forAnyone looking for a haven of peace from the hot, bustling streets of Stone Town.
In the knowHead to the seafront Forodhani Gardens at sunset to buy fresh seafood grilled to order on charcoal braziers.

Recommended for...

  • City Hotel
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Food & Wine
  • History & Heritage

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

In the historic centre of Zanzibar’s Stone Town, off the coast of Tanzania.

Rooms at the Zanzibar Serena Inn

The Serena Inn’s rooms have been designed to reflect the traditional style of Zanzibar – they have huge wooden four poster beds with billowing mosquito nets, and intricately carved wooded doors. Antique glass lamps and brass plates adorn the whitewashed stone walls, and blue and white colour scheme keeps everything looking cool and fresh. Many have spectacular sea views and the prime rooms and suites have private balconies with hammocks for watching the sailing boats drift by.

Food & Drink

The Serena Inn's Bahari restaurant has always been regarded as one of the best in Stone Town, serving up a mix of western and Zanzibari cuisine. Fresh fish abounds, with the island’s plethora of spices being put to good use in fragrant curries, rice dishes and stews. Eat indoors in the beautifully decorated dining room, or sit up on the terrace and enjoy the legendary Zanzibar sunsets. 


The Serena Inn has a generous-sized swimming pool, a seaside terrace, spa treatment rooms, coffee shop and a boutique.

Activities at the Zanzibar Serena Inn

Stone Town, Zanzibar’s ancient capital, is well worth a day or two of exploring and shopping along its narrow laneways. The old Sultan’s Palace , market and cathedral can be visited as part of a walking tour organized by the hotel. Further afield, the hotel can arrange visits to the spice plantations of the island’s interior or provide a dhow (traditional sailing boat) for a beach barbeque on one of Zanzibar’s outlying islands.

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