Reviews of Serena Inn
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Serena Inn review
We can see why this hotel is rated as one of the best in Zanzibar, we loved it and would like to have stayed longer than 2 nights. First impressions are really important and they made us feel really welcome when we arrived. The high level of service and attention to detail continued for the rest of our short stay. We loved the buzz of Stone Town and were surprised that we were not hassled by the shop keepers as much as we expected.
We had a good room with a view of the sea and pool plus a small balcony. Although not the size of accommodation that we had seen on the rest of our holiday it was perfectly okay for the amount of time we used it.
It was great to be able to combine the noise and bustle of Stone Town with the tranquility of the Serena Inn. The best of both worlds. The pool and pool area was great and the staff were very attentive. It was lovely to hear live music in the early evening. A great way to enjoy sundowners.
We made one mistake and that was eating at Africa House Hotel for one evening, just not in the same league as the Serena Inn and more expensive although the bar area was good.
We arranged for a dhow sunset sailing trip for our last evening followed by dinner in the seafood restaurant on the roof terrace of the Serena Inn. The Dhow cruise was amazing. We had a crew of 7 and just the two of us as guests. They served fresh canapés and drinks provided by the hotel whilst sailing down the coast and back for over 2 ½ hours. We booked this through the hotel and not Fisherman Tours as they advised us to use another organization which didn't sound as good.
In summary an fantastic ending to a great holiday in two exceptional countries.
Serena Inn review
Beautiful room. Loved the hammock on the verandah.
For Mark it was the airconditioning that brought a smile to his face!!
Thought the restaurant menu abit boring especially as the other restaurant was seafood only. Cafe menu excellent and so was room service.
Excellent tour of the city.
Would liked to have stayed longer (2 nights only).
Hotel building and gardens, the best of british colonialism.
A lovely corner room but as it was on the ground floor the foliage obscured the sea view!
The hotel informed us that the pool would be closed for a private function from 3pm on the only full day we were there! After complaining they allowed us to use the pool until sundown.
Serena Inn, Stone Town
Probably the best hotel in Stone Town, and well situated, but naturally it lacked the individuality of the other placed visited during the trip.
The Roof Top Dinner was a beautiful setting, as were the terrace bars and pool area.
Top hotel so had to be good and in the humidity of Zanzibar the air conditioning had to run well. (both were)
Views from the balcony were excellent, but were were in what they said was the best aspected room, which I would agree with.
High quality catering, as would be expected from the hotel group
Serena Inn review
GoodRead more about the whole trip
great but wholly disorganised - had lost our dinner booking, didn't seem to know about our room request etc.Read more about the whole trip
Luxury in Stone Town
The Serena was a real haven of luxury after Chumbe Island.
The pool area, the restaurant, the evening musical entertainment and the views all created a wonderful conclusion to our holiday.
Two nights was adequate, because Stone Town is sadly not very interesting and lacks municipal services (street cleaning). The tours of the town and the spice garden are over-rated. The sale of the spices of the farm are vastly over-priced compared with shops in Stone Town.
Fisherman's Tours Spice tour was expensive for what it was.Read more about the whole trip
Great, airy cool interiors, fantastic views
Ideally situated in Stone Town. Highlights were the views of passing dhows and sunsets from all rooms; wonderful, varied buffet breakfast, local as well as international food, sparkling wine - sitting right above the shoreline.
Can not think of a better way to start the day!
Don't miss the oppotunity to go out to their private beach (free transport) with its own secluded dining areas nestled into the trees looking down on the beach. Locally caught fish grilled to perfection.