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Zanzibar Serena Inn

Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town, the Zanzibar Serena Inn has 52 rooms and suites offering a cool retreat from the tropical heat and bustle of one of Africa's most ancient and enchanting towns.

At a Glance

  • Sit by the pool and watch the dhows sail past

  • Walking distance from central Stone Town

  • Great rooftop restaurant

  • Th only international standard hotel in Stone Town

  • Lovely decks outside the rooms to sit with a drink at watch the sunset

Adventure, Sailing & surfing, Culture, Family

Insider's View

Enjoy a pre-dinner drink on the terrace and watch the dhows sail back from a day's fishing.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

We recommend the prime rooms with their large balconies and great sea views.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

Perfectly placed to explore the cobbled streets and little shops in Stone Town

Anna Hearn

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Zanzibar Serena Inn or take a look at our itineraries to Zanzibar and the coast


The Zanzibar Serena Inn is flanked by an exotic mix of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbors, and bright bazaars. It is a haven of tranquillity and opulence amongst the bustle of one of Africa's most ancient and most enchanting towns. A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the inn has been styled to represent the epitome of Swahili style, ethnic elegance and Arabic opulence.

The Serena is the only hotel in Stone Town offering the level of facilities expected of an international hotel. The hotel comprises two historic seafront buildings which house the 52 individually styled air-conditioned rooms and suites. Rooms have a strong Arabian influence and have balconies with stunning views of the sea. The restaurant overlooks the waterfront and the spacious bar terrace is an ideal place from which to watch the sun set.

Stone Town itself has a strong Arabic influence which adds to the town’s exoticism and it is well worth spending a day wandering its narrow, winding side streets during a stay on Zanzibar.

The Serena Inn has a great pool overlooking the sea. It is a perfect for plunging into after a hot walk around Stone Town. You can sit and watch the local Dhow sailing boats sail past right in front of the hotel from your deck chair!


There are a range of rooms; 41 standard rooms, six prime rooms and four suites. Four-poster, net draped beds dominate, offset by delicate side tables, vanity units and louver doors giving onto balconies, some of which feature massive free-standing hammocks. Each room is adorned with arched niches, antique plates and brass lamps; and featuring traditionally carved furniture with basket weave and ceramic inlay.


Whilst there are no specific child care facilities, children are most welcome at The Zanzibar Serena Inn. Food and meal times can easily be adjusted to suit the younger guests. There are a wide range of family-friendly room options; children's dining; baby-sitting, and plenty of adventure, sports and educational entertainment for children of all ages.


The Zanzibar Serena Inn offers a wide selection of rooms and suites: all with AC, satellite TV and WiFi.

There are a variety of places to eat or drink; All-day Baharia Restaurant, Mdele Coffee Shop, Masahani Bar and Terrace Seafood Restaurant. The hotel has a lovely swimming pool and pool deck, plus treatment rooms and there is a business center, travel desk, taxi service, gift Shop, news-stand and travel requisites kiosk.


With immediate access to Stone Town, Zanzibar Serena Inn can offer spice tours and visits to the Sultan’s baths, slave caves and slave market. It is also possible to arrange diving on one of the world’s most renowned dive sites and guests can also arrange Dhow trips and idyllic island escapes as well as

Dolphin, turtle and humpback whale watching. Another highlight of staying here are the Swahili feasts with Taarab music.


The Zanzibar Serena Inn offers diversity and professionalism with full conference and business facilities. The Serena group also pride themselves in a fantastic wedding planning facility. They can arrange everything from the wedding to the honeymoon whether it be on a white sand beach beside the Indian Ocean or traditional safari style under canvas in the wilderness.

Location & Directions

Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania

The resort is in Stone Town, which is in the ‘Old Town' of Zanzibar City, which lies on the western side of the island. Idyllically situated on the sea-front, and flanked by an exotic mix of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbors, and bright bazaars.

When to go

Situated only 6° south of the equator, Zanzibar enjoys ideal vacation weather. Temperatures average between 24°C and 27°C throughout the year with 7-9 hours of sunshine per day.

There are 2 rainy seasons: Acute, brief showers, lasting about an hour in the morning occur for a couple of weeks during November. The rains last slightly longer in April and May, but even then it does not rain every day. These rains replenish the Island and are often referred to as the “Green Season”.

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Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Zanzibar Serena Inn or take a look at our itineraries to Zanzibar and the coast

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