Zanzibar Serena Inn-

Zanzibar Serena Inn

Located on the seafront of Zanzibar’s historic Stone Town, Zanzibar Serena Inn has been created by renovating and rehabilitating two romantic and historic buildings.

It provides 52 ocean facing, air-conditioned rooms, most with a private balcony.
Each room is cool, white and constructed to the traditional design of a Swahili house, which is dependent upon the length of the mangrove poles that make up its ceilings. Adorned with arched niches, antique plates and brass lamps and featuring traditionally carved furniture, cool-ceramics, intricate fretwork, draped beds and louver doors giving onto wrought-iron balconies overlooking the Persian-bath pool and azure bay beyond, each room reflects a blend of essential Zanzibar and world-class elegance.

The Inn offers a sea-front restaurant and a bar.
Constructed so that the waves lap to within inches of its open windows and the lateen-sailed dhows pass within metres of its tables, the
Baharia Restaurant features lazily whirring fans, a jewel-glass atrium, mangrove-pole ceiling, fretwork screens, Omani carvings, Persian rugs
and bright Swahili artefacts. The Zanzibar cuisine, meanwhile, is a glorious melee of freshly caught seafood; fresh picked spices, luscious fruit and delicately flavoured vegetables. You will enjoy exclusive Seafood Restaurant on our open-air terrace with magnificent views over the Zanzibar channel; we offer a selection of dining and entertaining venues to include: The Baharia Restaurant, the Mdele Coffee Shop, the Masahani Bar and the exclusive Mangapwani Beach Resort.

And a spacious, secluded swimming pool. Sumptuous beauty treatments, massage and hairdressing, a vibrant selection of nightly entertainment, extensively stocked Boutique, Gift shop and News Stand, Internet connectivity, secretarial services and
a wide range of board games plus a full library of books on Africa.


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Zanzibar Palace

Zanzibar – Stone Town

A strong mix of Arab and Indian influence in the architecture makes Zanzibar Palace Hotel a true gem.


Zanzibar Palace’s spacious rooms are beautifully decorated in true Zanzibar style. The colours and furnishings together with majestic beds will give travelers a feeling of royalty.

Whilst experiencing historical and cultural surroundings, guests can expect world-class hospitality. The owners will welcome you themselves in English, French, German and/or Dutch.


All the furniture in this old Stone Town building is original pieces crafted by Zanzibar carpenters. Careful planning went into the furniture selection to create this magical Arab/Indian atmosphere.

All rooms have:

  • Ceiling fan
  • Mosquito nets
  • 24 hrs room service
  • Telephone
  • Digital safe
  • TV with cable network
  • DVD player
  • Bathrobes
  • Bath and massage oils
  • Hair dryer
  • Air conditioning


The Shaba and Kijani suites have an apartment feel with separate – but private – bathrooms, each with an exquisite Sultan bath. The suites have a very large dressing area, a double bed and baraza in the bedroom, with an extra bed in the entrance area allow these rooms to sleep 4 people.

The Farizah and Sultana room, have open bathroom and a ten square meter balcony.

The Arabica suite has a generous double bed and a balcony overlooking the rooftops of Stone Town. The semi-separate bathroom has a shower and dressing area with a beautifully crafted Zanzibar dresser.

Beauty, luxury and comfort describe the Sherali Palace suite! Large wooden, sliding windows (without glass – with mosquito-net) surround the room and give a view of the ocean and picturesque Stone Town. The room has a double bed, cushion lounge and divan, features that force you to relax. A romantic tub in the room and a semi-separate bathroom with shower, double basins and dressing area ad up to a seventy square meter dream!
The Dunia Palace suite cannot be described but only enjoyed. A majestic Sultan’s bed and lounge area does not even fill this spacious room. The antique Zanzibar furniture adds to the royal feeling one gets from entering but its bathroom is by far the main attraction. An open-air bathroom on the private balcony includes a Sultan’s bath and deck where one can enjoy sunrise, sunset, a massage, cocktails, meals or just relax and take in the amazing view! This room is perfect for honey-mooners, couples or simply anyone who feel the need for absolute luxury and comfort!

Other activities

The Zanzibar Palace is perfectly located for exploring Stone Town’s shops and markets. Tours can be arranged in advance or direct with the hotel.

Zanziplanet reviews

The Zanzibar Palace is well located within the heart of Stone Town, and although a relatively new property (opened 2006) it has already attracted many fans. All rooms are authentically decorated to provide a real ‘old world’ feel, but it’s the staffs who really make this property with their excellent attitude and attention to detail.
Book early to avoid disappointment.
“Quiet retreat, full of charm and culture, up market but with an unpretentious homely feel.”

“Individual treatment, impeccable and dedicated service with attention to details, like early morning coffee/tea on the room.”

“High class restaurant with first class ‘top end’ food.”

“Friendly, courteous, professional and extremely helpful staff.”

“Extensive and excellent breakfast with a wide variety of fresh foods and great coffee.”

“Perfect amenities like high pressure water, good beds, AC, safe box, large flat screen (cable) TV and DVD and above all very clean.”

“Good central location, short walk to all the places of interest and organizes all transfers, tours and trips.”

“Not just an overnight stay.”