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“Serena Never Dissapoints” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Serena Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Shanzu
Certificate of Excellence
Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Serena Never Dissapoints”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

Serena, when do you ever disappoint?
this was nothing short of great.
a nice lovely small ( compared to other Serenas) hotel that I loved.
the ambiance is fantastic.
the coastal theme is beyond amazing.
the FOOD. ooh goodness beyond excellent ( especially there continental breakfast)

I loved it!!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Celine N
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014

Right from the day we arrived, it was excellence par our expatiations. From the reception to the room attendant , from the kitchen staff to the beach towel boys…everyone gets 10 out of 10 !! They were all courteous and other hotels should learn a thing or two from them. Always with a smile on their face.

The food was of very high standard, everything fresh, and on no occasion ran short of anything. The chefs who kept an eye on the buffets did a wonderful job, not only cooking such wonderful dishes but also saw it that there were no shortage.

The beaches are sandy and beautiful with hardly anyone. Even the hawkers are licensed so no pestering

Serena is of very high standard and for sure we will encourage our friends to stay there if ever they go out to Mombasa. We have stayed in quite a few Mombasa hotels.....this has to be tops !!!

We do not have enough words to express our gratitude for making our stay very comfortable.
Well done and thanks once again.

Room Tip: "Rooms are spacious and clean.The far left side are quieter" "Corner suites are larg...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank SAQ777
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

Having looked at other reviews I have nothing much to add but totally agree with the comments on the very friendly staff and excellent food. The fact that so many residents are repeat and long time guests speaks for itself. One point that is not mentioned is the very good medical services. They have a very experienced in house nurse, doctor on call (15 minutes) and a clinic within 4 miles. The clinic is incredibly well set up with a pharmacy, doctors, technicians to carry out all sorts of tests, nurses and very soon dentists. The service there is excellent with very little wait for whatever help you want. For instance I waited 1-5 minutes for blood tests with full results within 3 hours. These facilities are an added comfort especially to the elderly residents

Room Tip: 1-4 are very convenient and comfortable. Slightly noisy until the entertainment stops at 11pm
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BillJago073
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Welaka, Florida
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014

This was my first trip to Kenya and my 3 week stay over the Christmas and New Year's Holiday at the Serena Hotel was excellent - from the friendly, attentive staff, great food and a super pool and beach area, and spa. The hotel could do with a facelift in some areas, but overall the room and facilities were good. I had a mosquito net and took my malarone as advised - didn't see one mosquito! No wonder my friend that I came with comes back every year - I can see why she loves it so much.... of course, the safari to Maasai Mara was one of the highlights of the trip.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Zarkaanne
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Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

As frequent traveller, I do not recommend this hotel, as it is not worth it. Half board treatment here means half of the quality that you can find in a 4 stars hotel, for example in Zanzibar.
Starting from the small room: super small toilet, old and noisy air conditioner, with cables out of the machine and spreading everywhere; no internet nor TV channels in the room.

Awful food (I mean compared to my experience in other same standard hotels): they proposed a dry, hard and disgusting fish fillet for 4 days in a row and it was the ONLY fish “choice” they had, otherwise you could choose between a mini portion of cold beef and fried turkey….terrible.

Only positive rating is for staff: polite, efficient and adorable: the management (???) of this hotel does not deserve such a talented staff.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank AnnaritaMar
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SerenaHotels, General Manager at Serena Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Thank you for your comment and we are disappointed that our services did not live up to your expectations. We are surprised that you did not find TV channels or Internet in the room as we have this service in all room categories. Your comments on the food quality and offer, as our regular meal offers differ from your comments. I would be grateful if you would kindly contact the undersigned on email tmwahunga@serena.co.ke to enable us to establish your dates of stay to enable us investigate the complaint further. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Tuva Mwahunga,

General Manager
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TORONTO
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120 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

Jambo!!! Habari Ghani!!?? This means Hello how are you? I know i'm running late on this review but i might as well let everyone know about my last stay at the Serena Beach Hotel & Spa in Mombasa!! If you're on a major tour of Africa or will be touring anytime down the road and you are looking for a place to unwind and relax at the end of the trip, then this is the place to do it. We stayed at this beautiful beach hotel for 9 days and soaked up all it had to offer. The beaches are beautiful the white sand and crystal clear water is just breathtaking!! The tempurature of the water is around 75-85 degrees which made more enjoyable to swim around in and or have a relaxing walk. The staff are always looking out for your needs and making you feel welcome by stopping to have a warm friendly conversation. Tuva and Ali who are two of the managers always made sure that everyone was comfortable and having a wonderful time. In the late afternoon between 5-6pm keep your video camcorder ready as the monkey come out to play and be mischievious they're a real hoot!! The food was just amazing!! a good variety catering to everyones needs, the best was the dengu fritters that they made fresh in the morning with the fresh coconut chutney!! WOW!! and the Mandazi which are the african donuts made hot and fresh golden brown goes great with a hot cup of tea!! Jahazi which is one of the restaurants on the beach is an amazing place for seafood cuisine, if you go the lobster is an amazing choice and the PeriPeri shrimps are amazing too. If you are looking to venture off the resort for dinner then go to Hashmi's bbq which is on Jomo Kenyatta Road. Just the driver I'm looking forward in going back soon!!

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms but get a room facing the ocean!!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank alyd72
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North West London
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89 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2014

The staff are wonderful warm and friendly, the facilities are good, especially the Maisha Spa which did a great treatment (thanks Jane K). Rooms are bright and spacious and clean and have a wonderful location with most rooms facing the sea.

The negative points would be the games area which had very tatty pool tables, darts board and table tennis. The food in the main restaurants was great for breakfast with a wide variety of fresh fruit and pastries and cooked food, however come dinner time the set menu was terrible. No taste and not much choice, lunch in Solanki Market Place was definitely not worth a additional price we paid as the service was very slow and food again was rather tasteless, such a shame as the staff, hotel grounds, butterfly house and rooms are great.

Don’t be put off using the beach because of the beach boys selling their wares. Once they know you are not interested you become invisible to them. The sea is gorgeous and warm with little tropical fishes and the sand golden soft.

Room Tip: If you are staying ask to be well away from the evening entertainment as if you are relaxing after a...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Serena Beach Resort & Spa
Address: P.O. Box 90352, Shanzu, Mombasa 80100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Mombasa > Shanzu
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Shanzu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Serena Beach Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 166
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With the shimmering sands and waters of the Indian Ocean stretching before it, amidst verdant, bougainvillea-filled gardens, and shaded by gently swaying palm trees,Serena Beach Resort and Spa offers the ultimate tropical paradise. Treat your palate to a superb selection of of a la carte seafood dishes at the Jahazi Grill which is set on a beach and styled to resemble an Arab dhow. ... more   less 
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