We chose to stay at the Serena Inn as part of our honeymoon package as we wanted to explore Stone Town before heading off to our beach resort (The Residence). We felt it was important to see something of the history and culture of the island and the Serena Inn was a natural choice owing to its sea front location (slightly safer potentially than the smaller boutique hotels right in the labyrinthine streets) in the heart of old Stone Town. It is also a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and we had stayed at several of these before so we were comfortable we knew what we were getting. We were picked up at the airport by a hotel transport (very nice people mover) and it took no more than 15 minutes to reach the hotel. Check in was easy - they even anticipated who we were before we had to say our names and our room was very comfortable (not massive, but with everything you need), completed by a very large terrace with a sea view and hammock. We ate in the main restaurant (not the Terrace Restaurant at the top) for dinner, breakfast and lunch all of which were very high quality and we thought good value for money too, drinks in particular. We also enjoyed the lovely swimming pool and found they served complimentary crepes and tea/coffee from 4.30 onwards. The concierge service is actually run by Fisherman tours and we booked a Stone Town walking tour with them ($58 for two for around 2-3 hours). We could choose the time we wanted to go and the guide we had was brilliant. We could have spent all day with him! He was extremely knowledgeable and thorough and we got the sense that we were doing better than other tourists whose guides were whisking them up to the photo spot and back again. We spent over 15 minutes alone going through the Sultanate history looking at photos and pictures in Africa House.
Serena Inn is decorated in Zanzibari style and also benefits from the use of a private beach (not right outside the hotel - it is a 45 minute drive away). The service was excellent throughout and we were sorry to leave so quickly. We did, however, find that 2 nights in Stone Town was enough for us to get the most out of the town and so we felt this was sufficient to move on to our final stop.
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