Serena Inn

Reviews of Serena Inn

Excellent(92%) From 63 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 63 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 & Mrs P from Barcelona
Arrived on: 27-Feb-2020 Stayed for: 1 nights
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We loved the Serena.

We loved the Serena. A local hotel and the staff were extremely nice and helpful.

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Mr & Mrs S from E Sussex
Arrived on: 27-Dec-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Nice but well worn

Needs some TLC in places

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J and C from Clayton
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Perfect Hotel in Stonetown

We loved our stay at the Serena Inn in Stowntown.

Beautiful, historic hotel. Wonderful staff, with a special thanks to Suleiman for all his help during our stay.

We had a deluxe ocean front room with an amazing veranda where we could watch the sunset and the activity on the beach below. The breakfasts were excellent.

We think this is the best place to stay in Stonetown.

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Traveller from Teddington
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Serena Inn

We were upgraded to the Presidential Suite which was a lovely surprise and meant that we had plenty of space to spread ourselves out over the interconnecting rooms as well as a lovely view over the sea.

The hotel is beautiful and the staff very friendly and professional. It's in a great location – a short walk from Fordhani Gardens, Palace of Wonders and all the shops of the old quarter.

Breakfast was plentiful – lots of choice – and our 9 year-old was delighted to have the option of minute steak and chips to start the day!

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Ms Donna H from USA
Arrived on: 16-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful stay in Stone Town

This hotel is in beautifully restored buildings. I loved staying here. The pool was great for swimming. The staff very friendly and helpful. It was the perfect location, with Stone Town outside the front door, and the sunsets over the beach on the other side.

Two minor suggestions that would have a major impact on comfort:

- There were only two umbrellas in the sunny areas of the pool. Unfortunately, some guests would claim them for the day, whether or not they were at the pool. A few more umbrellas would make a huge difference, since the pool area receives full sun in the afternoon.

- Second, much care has been taken in furnishing the bedroom and bath area with quality products. Yet, they hung a short, narrow plastic shower curtain that does not function adequately. I had to use towels to sop up the water on the floor after showering.

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The HBs from London
Arrived on: 23-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Serena Inn

We were expecting 5 star luxury at Serena but we did feel it fell slightly short of our expectations. For example, the bath had chipped enamel and the shower head leaked until we fixed it temporarily. The wine list was limited and much was unavailable whilst we were there.

There were very few guests staying whilst we were there which did mean that the bar and restaurant areas were almost deserted and lacked atmosphere. Music was laid on in the early evenings but we found the wandering minstrels in the restaurant rather intrusive and more suited to a beachside tourist venue than a luxury hotel.

The staff were attentive but we felt a little overwhelmed at times by the sheer number of them. Very few were engaging which may be the culture of the hotel but as a result we did venture to outside venues for some drinks and snacks rather than stay on site.

The location is excellent and the swimming pool area is delightful.

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Mr & Mrs A from Surrey
Arrived on: 9-Dec-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Luxury in the Serena at Stone Town

The Serena Inn brought us back to luxury at the end of our holiday. We were upgraded to a lovely room with a huge balcony over looking the sea - great to watch the dhows passing by. The Serena had the service and facilities that you would expect from an upmarket hotel anywhere in the world, with pool, coffee shop, bar, and two restaurants. Complimentary Afternoon tea was served by the pool.

We took a walking tour booked at the hotel desk. This was quite expensive, but made sure that we did not get lost and we were fed with the history of Stone Town and Zanzibar as we walked around. Stone Town was rather dirty and dilapidated and was not quite up to our expectations.

The bar lunches a the hotel were good, although service was slow. Breakfast was excellent, although it was extremely hot in the restaurant. We had sundowners on the roof terrace of the Africa House Hotel, 2 minutes down the road and had a lovely evening meal at the Six Degrees South restaurant next door.

As we had a evening flight out from Zanzibar, we paid $100 to keep our room for the day, which in our view was money well spent, although there is a shower available by the pool.

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Ms S from Canada
Arrived on: 4-Mar-2015 Stayed for: 1 nights
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Good location to walk around stone town

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Mr & Mrs P from Cambridge
Arrived on: 30-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Luxury in Stonetown

The Serena Inn in Stonetown is a very comfortable hotel with excellent facilities and staff. We paid for a room upgrade and had a fabulous room with a huge balcony looking out to sea - fabulous sunsets!

The roof top restaurant was a good place to dine once - although we were disappointed that the lobster was not available the night we were there.

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Mrs C from Shaftesbury
Arrived on: 25-Jan-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Class act

First class hotel, best position in Stone Town with very comfortable rooms (although tiny bathrooms with showers only), beautiful balconies overlooking ocean. Service and food of a very high standard.

Pool area is like an oasis and perfectly positioned for sunsets.

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