Serena Inn

Reviews of Serena Inn

Excellent(91%) From 56 travellers
Excellent
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Below are independent comments from 56 of our travellers who have visited Serena Inn, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr S & Miss P - honeymooners - Bath
Arrived on: 11-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Serena Inn review

We only stayed for one afternoon but this appeared to be a lovely hotel in historical Stone Town. Helpful staff and comfortable room.

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Mr D & Mrs B from Wiltshire
Arrived on: 21-Feb-2011 Stayed for: 1 nights
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A grand finale

Just what we needed for our last night. Interesting tour of Stone Town.

Hotel very efficient especially as we had an early start (pity about the fire alarm at 3am). Excellent seafood terrace restaurant for last dinner.

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Mr and Mrs B - Hampshire
Arrived on: 21-Feb-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Serena Inn review

Very well placed city hotel for a short stop whilst visiting a most interesting town

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Mr & Mrs S - Oman
Arrived on: 15-Nov-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Serena Inn review

We were warned by you that Stonetown was noisy, and thought we'd be able to avoid this by staying at the Serena, but no!

At 2.am the staff started cleaning the corridor outside our room with industrial cleaners, and a lot of verbal noise. When my husband went out to see what on earth was going on they wre unperturbed, and the racket continued, with another round at 3 am. When we raised the matter next morning with reception they were frankly indifferent.

As against this the hotel itself is nice, and in a good position. The food was good, and at breakfast the lady in charge ordered me a special ginger tea to help with my lost voice. Most of the staff were very helpful, maybe only the cleaners had a problem! This does need to be addressed.

On reflection I dont think it was necessary to stay in Stonetown to see the sights, and it would be better to do this by going on a tour on the way from one destination to another

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Expert Africa comments

When we passed these comments on to the Serena, the management apologised for the disturbance these travellers experienced and were very sorry that their usual standard of service had slipped. As a gesture of goodwill they refunded a night of their stay. It is unusual for the Serena to get this sort of feedback and we are fairly confident it will be a one-off.

Mr & Mrs W - London
Arrived on: 3-Oct-2010 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Serena Inn review

The hotel met our expectations pretty well. The breakfasts (the only meals we ate there) were terrific and the room very good, with one exception.

The bathroom was not nearly at the standard you would expect of a hotel at this price and while this only detracted a little from the overall experience, it should be noted and fed back to the hotel management - they really do need to re-think the design. The fittings were tired, to say the least, and so their replacement should accompany the redesign.

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Mrs F and family - London
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Serena Inn review

Lovely welcome, very helpful staff. Hotel well placed in the centre of Stone Town.

We would highly recommend hiring a guide (the hotel got one for us) to prevent being hassled as you walk around the alleys. Ours was informative about the area, and took us to the market at our request. Unfortunately, the evening we stayed was quite cloudy so we missed out on the sunset which would have been fabulous from the bar area.

The restaurant is a lovely room, with windows over the beach and sea. Our dinner was very acceptable, although one of our sons had an upset stomach that night. The hotel management were very accommodating the following day when he still felt ill, and allowed us to use one bedroom for 6 hours after the checkout time at no extra charge.

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The C family - Surrey
Arrived on: 7-Aug-2010 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Excellent

Top place, great setting, very professional, excellent food and service.

A perfect one or 2 night stopover from which to explore the old part of StoneTown

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The A family from Oxford
Arrived on: 28-Jul-2010 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Serena Inn review

Fantastic hotel, service and staff.

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Mr & Mrs G - West Sussex
Arrived on: 11-Dec-2009 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Just what we needed after a long journey

Outstanding room (top floor, corner on to sea and pool area), airy balcony etc. Efficient friendly service (restaurants, front desk)

Good food, excellent on Terrace restaurant, worth reserving table there to get sea front table

Serena generators worked perfectly to provide all services day and night. (Stone Town and all Zanzibar suffering from major power shortages)

Hotel organised one "spice tour" for us which was just what we wanted.

Hotel was not full, perhaps recession in Europe? Plenty of room at pool and all facilities.

We actually returned as scheduled from Chumbe and found it very convenient to have all-day use of a room (paid separately) before catching late afternoon flight

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Mrs D & Mrs N - Hertfordshire
Arrived on: 26-Nov-2009 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Serena Inn - lovely hotel.

Can't fault it. Staff were so friendly and service was excellent.

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