As mentioned, the Dar es Salaam Serena is a large hotel, located right in the heart of downtown Dar es Salaam. While this attracts plenty of business clientele (the lifeblood of its income) it does also make it an attractive option for tourists who need to overnight on their way through to other areas of Tanzania.
The hotel has a grand and once majestic air to it when you enter the main foyer. This is reflected throughout the communal areas of the building with the fantastic outside restaurant and coffee lounge one of the highlights. Backing onto the city's golf course, this is one of the major advantages that the Serena holds over its competitors is that it does not feel like you are in one of the largest cities in Africa!
The rooms themselves are fairly standard affairs with good aspects out across the city the further up the building you go. Featuring many of the modern comforts you would expect today such as Sat TVs and aircon, they have recently refurbished the decoration and the rooms are simple and elegant in their design.
The service and food, similarly, is what you would expect from a hotel of its caliber, with there being a courteous yet functional feel to many things...with so many one night visitors passing through here it is little wonder.
On the whole, as we mention, we are fans of the Serena and certainly recommend it to clients that are not looking to spend a fortune on the likes of the Kempinski or the Oyster Bay Hotel.