Zanzibar Serena Hotel
Opened in 1997, Zanzibar Serena Hotel was created by restoring and rehabilitating two historic buildings, The 19th century-old Extelcoms building, and the 18th century “Chinese doctor’s residence”. In so doing, the original architectural integrity of the buildings and their decorative finishes both exterior and interior were meticulously protected and where necessary, restored.
These interior and exterior spaces reflect a blend of early 19th-century cultural influences typical of the Sultans of Zanzibar. In Zanzibar Serena Hotel, guests thus, experience and connect with the history, culture, and lifestyle of what is today recognized as the “Zanzibar Style” As part of the visual fabric of Stone Town, this respectful transformation was one of the factors that led to the declaration by UNESCO of Stone Town as a World Heritage site.
A stunning ocean-front setting. Interiors are 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 ambiance 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.
A union of coastal elegance and classic Swahili design and décor, the 51 rooms 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, 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.
Spacious and elegant, our Executive Suites offer a magnificent bedroom with a four-poster bed, a sumptuous bathroom (with bath and shower), and a relaxing sitting room (with TV and minibar), which opens onto a magnificent L-shaped balcony with panoramic ocean views, its own alfresco cocktail area, and a double hammock.
Four-poster bed, sitting room, private balcony with panoramic ocean views a cocktail area and a double hammock, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Coffee/tea making station, Minibar, Bathrobe & slippers, 24-Hour room service, Air conditioning, Flat-screen TV with cable channels, Safe, V/3-pin (square) sockets and shaver sockets.
The exceptionally spacious Prime Rooms are presented in traditional Swahili style featuring traditional niches, fretwork cabinets, and brightly colored coastal cotton soft furnishings in cool blue. The four-poster beds are draped in mosquito nets and are generously king-sized.
King four-poster bed, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Coffee/tea making station, Minibar, Bathrobe & slippers, 24-Hour room service, Air conditioning, Flat-screen TV with cable channels, Safe, V/3-pin (square) sockets and shaver sockets, Private balcony with hammock, and the Indian Ocean views.
The 41 standard rooms are presented in traditional Swahili style featuring traditional niches, fretwork cabinets, and a cool blue and white color scheme. Each room has either a king-sized bed with mosquito netting or twin beds.
One king or two twin beds, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Coffee/tea making station, Minibar, Bathrobe & slippers, 24-Hour room service, Air conditioning, Flat-screen TV with cable channels, Safe V/3-pin (square) sockets and shaver sockets, Private balcony.