Ibn Khaldoun Hotel is a 3-star hotel in the center of Tunis. However, it is about a 40 minutes' walk from the real tourist area (Place de la Victoire), and a taxi costs about 3-4 DNT (about 2 euros). It was our first hotel in Tunisia and the truth is that I didn't like it at first but after experiencing others on our tour of the country I have to say that it wasn't too bad. From the outside, the building looks pretty run down. It's 11 floors high and the facade, which should be white, is completely dirty. The reception, though, is all polished and gleaming marble.
The room was pretty small and shabby. The furniture was yellowish wood, and it had two single beds pushed together, with bedside tables and a small desk with a mirror and trunk. On the table was a TV (not available in all Tunisian hotels). The floor was carpeted and the bedding and curtains looked a bit tacky with their identical floral blue pattern. The bathroom was quite nice, though. It was spacious and had a large bathtub with curtain, a sink with a large mirror, and a toilet (the locals don't use toilet paper, but they do provide it for westerners). There was only a soap dispenser on the wall, but the water pressure was decent.
It was clean, but there was one problem: the windows didn't seal properly, so we were cold at night (we went during Easter when the night temperatures are less than 10ºC). Well, at least there were plenty of blankets.
We were on half board, and the food was terrible - although not the worst we had in Tunisia. Breakfast was a rather boring buffet with bread, butter, jam, mini croissants, two types of yogurt and cereals. The coffee wasn't too bad, but the juice was undrinkable (from powder). I asked for a glass of water, and was told they didn't have any, and I'd have to order it from the bar (for an extra cost, of course). The lunch/dinner buffet that was more or less the same - pasta with sauce, salads (raw cabbage, baked potato, rice, bowls of tomato and cucumber), a stewed chicken dish swimming in sauce and "fish" (no idea what type). The only good part was the dessert - a variety of cakes that were really good (and I don't really have much of a sweet tooth). If you wanted fruit, there were only oranges on offer. In short, a passable hotel, but by no means fantastic.
Excellent hotel with good service for only 20 euros a night. Ahh, one clarification- always ask if the hotel can get you a taxi if you go out at night because now that we're entering spring it can be inconvenient for tourists.
The Golf Royal Hotel in Tunis is located in the city center, just a few meters from Habib Bourguiba Avenue, which is a business and commercial center in the cosmopolitan part of Tunis, just 5 minutes from markets and 15 minutes from the airport and the north complex. It has 60 rooms with air conditioning, radio, TV and telephone. Bar, restaurant and also parking. The hotel comes with Wi-Fi throughout.
The location isn't too central - to reach the Medina, you'll have to walk briskly for about twenty minutes - but you're out of the chaotic traffic of the Tunisian capital. Close to a sports centre and the entrance to the airport road, it's a good starting point to explore Tunis and its surroundings. The rooms are arranged in two wings, which start from the monumental hall, simply furnished and comfortable. There's a bar (men only) and a large restaurant with both Tunisan food (brik and vegetable soup with harissa) and international offerings (pizza and spaghetti) at affordable prices. The breakfast buffet is good, with both sweet and savory food.