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About Zanzibar Serena hotel

A stunning oceanfront setting. Interiors adorned in Arabic and Swahili opulence. Warm,  gracious hospitality and alluring culinary journeys. Zanzibar Serena Hotel in Stone Town offers all of this and more.

The hotel is tucked into the Zanzibar seafront, amidst the exotic sultan’s palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbors and bright bazaars of Stone Town. Comprised of two historic buildings designed in traditional Swahili style, this lavish retreat captures the elegance of a grander era since passed.

An ambience of relaxed sophistication has been created in each of the 51 rooms and suites, with wood-framed louver doors opening onto private balconies with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views. Cool, white walls, high-ceilings and crisp royal blues and whites give a sense of Zanzibar coastal serenity and charm.

The rooftop Terrace Seafood Restaurant offers fresh-caught seafood and extraordinary views of the bay, the perfect place to unwind after a day’s venture into Spice Town. Weekly authentic Swahili banquets can be enjoyed by the pool at Baharia Restaurant, whilst Masahani Bar offers signature cocktails and live performances by traditional Taarab bands.

Amenities and Services


Stylish Stone Town Accommodation

A union of coastal elegance and classic Swahili design and décor, the 51 room and suites at Zanzibar Serena Hotel reflect the grace, beauty and heritage of this ancient seaside city.

All accommodations, from our Standard Rooms to the spectacular Presidential Suite, are created to be a quiet haven and an escape from bustling modern life and the heat of Stone Town. High ceilings, shuttered windows and cool white walls create a sense of airiness. Arched niches, antique plates and brass lamps and traditionally carved basket weave furniture with ceramic inlays infuse each room with a sense of Swahili charm. Wood louver doors give way to private balconies with uninterrupted Indian Ocean views.


Swahili Restaurant

With stunning ocean views and an emphasis on using the finest local ingredients and fresh-caught seafood, the restaurants and bars at Zanzibar Serena Hotel specialise in exquisite cuisine served in extraordinary settings. From a rooftop restaurant with breathtaking bay views, to weekly Swahili banquets by the pool, to cocktails and live Taarab music, enjoy an array of tastes unlike any other.

Sample dishes inspired by the enchanting island our resort calls home. Savour a rich medley of flavours, complemented by a magnificent oceanfront setting that inspires the senses. Whether you are in the mood for drinks at sunset or lunch by the sea, you will enjoy the finest dining experiences in Stone Town.


  • Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.


  • Free! Free public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).

Property surroundings

Closest landmarks

  • Old Fort of Zanzibar Museum - 0.4 km
  • House of Wonders Museum - 0.5 km
  • The Zanzibar Curio Shop - 0.5 km
  • House of Wonders Museum - 0.5 km
  • Sultan's Palace, Zanzibar Museum - 0.6 km
  • Peace Memorial Museum Museum - 0.7 km
  • Old Dispensary Museum - 0.9 km
  • Hamamni Persian Baths Monument - 1km
  • Cinema Afrique Theatre - 1.1 km
  • Chumbe Island Coral Park CHICOP - 12.7 km

Restaurants and markets

  • Forodhani Gardens Market - 0.5 km

Closest airports

  • Abeid Amani Karume International Airport - 6.8 km
  • Julius Nyerere International Airport - 80.1 km

Room types

Standard Double Room

1 extra-large double bed

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    Most popular facilities


    • Terrace
    • Garden

    Pool and wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Outdoor pool


    • Pets are not allowed.

    Food & Drink

    • Special diet menus (on request)
    • Bar
    • Restaurant

    Reception services

    • Concierge service
    • Luggage storage
    • Currency exchange
    • 24-hour front desk

    Entertainment and family services

    • Babysitting/child services(Additional charge)

    Cleaning services

    • Laundry

    Business facilities

    • Meeting/banquet facilities


    • Shuttle service (additional charge)
    • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
    • Designated smoking area
    • Air conditioning
    • Non-smoking throughout
    • Shops (on site)
    • Gift shop
    • Safety deposit box
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Room service

    Languages spoken

    • Swahili
    • English