Zanzibar Serena Hotel
The Serena Hotel in Zanzibar was stunning and looked after us very well.... It's a hotel I would recommend to anybody who wants to explore Stone Town from an excellent location.
Idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town, and flanked by an exotic mix of sultan's palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbours, and bright bazaars, the Zanzibar Serena Hotel 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.
After the heat and dust of Stone Town, the rooms in the Zanzibar Serena Hotel are havens of cool and shade. With high ceilings, shuttered windows and cool white walls, they are constructed in the traditional Swahili manner, whereby the size is dictated by the length of the mangrove poles that make up their ceilings. Adorned with arched niches, antique plates and brass lamps; and featuring traditionally carved furniture with basket weave and ceramic inlay, the rooms are predominantly royal blue and white. Four-poster, net draped beds dominate, offset by delicate side tables, vanity units and louvre doors giving onto balconies, some of which feature massive free-standing hammocks.
The hotel offers 39 Standard Rooms, as well as Prime Rooms and Suites. All rooms and suites are equipped with 24-hour room service, air-conditioning, WIFI and in-room modem hook-up, direct-dial phone, voice-mail, complementary newspaper, in-room satellite TV, mini bar, private safe, 240V/3 pin (square) sockets and shaver sockets, tea and coffee-making facilities, hair driers, mosquito nets, bathrobe and slippers and umbrellas.
The Baharia Restaurant
Lapped by the waves of the Indian Ocean, the Baharia Restaurant offers all-day international and Swahili cuisine. Weekly Swahili banquets are also held around the pool.
The Terrace Restaurant
On the roof of the hotel is the exclusive open-air Terrace Restaurant, which looks out over the bay and features a supreme selection of freshly-caught sea food.
The Masahani Bar
Presented in traditional Swahili style, the Masahani Bar also offers performances by traditional Taarab orchestras.
The Pool Terrace
Indoor and outdoor seating overlooks the pool terrace where a wide range of drinks and snacks are served all day long.
The Mdele Coffee Shop
Adjacent to the pool, the Mdele Coffee Shop offers traditional Swahili coffee, fresh-baked pastries and a wide range of international beverages and snacks.
The Mangapwani Beach Barbeque
A short drive from the hotel, the Serena's exclusive beach hideaway offers a superb Swahili seafood lunch buffet.
The hotel offers a 24-hour room service, which features an extensive menu offering everything from the classic club sandwich to a delicately-spiced curry.