Situated to the north of the city, the Mombasa Serena is a large hotel with 161 rooms, located on a lovely white beach and with many shady palms in the garden. A variety of room sizes and styles are available to suit all needs. The hotel is styled on a 13th century Swahili village with rooms in clusters with names such as Lamu and Shela. The main building has a very impressive huge white-washed entrance with Arabic style carved doors and a spacious reception and hallway, leading through into large airy bar and lounge areas. The feel of the hotel is one of a type of ‘Sultan''s Palace' with many Arabic furnishings and the warm sea breeze rustling through the palms at night. There are several restaurants and bars, one being the famous Jahazi Grill which serves fresh seafood and overlooks the beach.