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Zanzibar Serena Inn

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kelele Square, Stone Town, Tanzania
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Ranked #8 of 29 hotels in Stone Town
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If youre willing to pay for it, its an amazing experience. The whole complex is completely relaxing and has an amazing view along the beach. The rooms are picture perfect and the historic buildings beautiful. Breakfast buffet also amazing.

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Los Angeles, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
18 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really liked the buildings, the architecutre, history and the ambiance. Stayed 3 nights, end of a 5-week, 6 country trip to Africa. Food was good to very good and the staff was helpful and accommodating. The travel company had not booked any tours and I was told to make arrangements with the hotel. The travel coordinator in the hotel lobby... More

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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Spent the last night on Zanzibar at the Serena Inn. The hotel is nice enough, but not quit a give star resort. Nothing wrong about the place but a bit expensive compered to other hotels in Stone Town. The location is very good, just on the beach on the outskirts of the old town of Stone Town. There is unfortunatley... More

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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84 reviews 84 reviews
15 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This Oceanside property which is 10 minutes (15,000tz shillings) away from the airport, is in the heart of Stone Town on a beach which gets a lot of local traffic before dusk. It is a very nice hotel, especially by Tanzanian standards and its location on the beach is excellent. We booked the hotel through an agent because the web... More

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31 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights and were really glad that we had booked this place. It was so nice to be able to go back to a lovely hotel with a really nice pool overlooking the ocean after the hustle and bustle of Stone Town. The restaurant does a really good breakfast and good (though quite expensive) dinner but... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Situated right by the beach and ideal for watching the sunset. Our room was on the small side but comfortable and with a wrap around balcony with sea and swimming pool views. The food was very good. Booked for us by 'Real Africa'

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Benahavis, Spain
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32 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This is a pretty good hotel, efficiently run and very well situated close to the old (dilapidated) Stone Town. The hotel also provides a shuttle to go to the Mangwapani Beach, about 25 minutes away in the north-western part of the island. This was the last stop in our "Serena Royal Safari" and it turned out to be a major... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

The entrance is really nice but I didn't like the bar location. The cocktails were just average,nothing really special esp with what they call 'special cocktails'. The view by the pool is good too and you should get take out cups!

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Knutsford, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Stone Town is dusty and noisy, busy and rather "in your face" with people trying to extract money from you at every turn - so to be able to retreat to the complete calm of this gorgeous hotel was a daily pleasure. We enjoyed the restaurants; good food if a little expensive - the pool; shade from the blazing sun... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

The entrance to the hotel and patio area are lovely. Best for sundowners. More than that don't waste your time and a significant amount of money here. I can positively recommend Emerson Spice or even The Dhow Palace. Both of these offer better value and a truer Zanabari experience.

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Also Known As:
Zanzibar Serena Hotel Stone Town
Zanzibar Serena Stone Town
Zanzibar Serena Inn Stone Town
Address: Kelele Square, Stone Town, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Zanzibar > Stone Town
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Stone Town
#5 Luxury Hotel in Stone Town
#6 Romantic Hotel in Stone Town
#9 Family Hotel in Stone Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Zanzibar Serena Inn 5*
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