Crossing the desert to reach this luxurious oasis is really worth the effort. On one side, you're surrounded by a sea of sand dunes which is a welcome change from the more steppe-like deserts in other parts of Tunisia. This particular oasis is home to rooms, but each room just happens to be a desert tent.
Outside, you're in a magical oasis setting but once you enter the tent you find a space that's tremendously comfortable to spend the night: an enormous bed, tea tables, a large bathroom, and even AC! The rest of the facilities are good, too...there's a pool and a tower where you can enjoy the views. I'd suggest getting up early to watch the sun rise over the dunes.
El Mouradi is probably the best hotel in Tunisia. As soon as we arrived we realized we had found the perfect place to stay. It's quiet, the wifi works in all the rooms, and the views are amazing. My room was on the 17th floor, but the hotel has 22 in total. Great.
The rooms are spacious and have a terrace with a view of the ocean. Upon arrival they give you the all inclusive wristband that gets you anything you want. I couldn´t enjoy the pool because there wasn´t good weather but I really wanted to. For the breakfast and dinner buffet, you must be punctual because they start to remove the food when runs out. It´s a bit far from downtown to walk but there are taxis available right at the door. If you do not want to be disturbed in the morning, you can put the sign on the door. If not, the cleaning lady might surprise you!
The best part of the hotel is the location: in the center and very close to the entrance to the Medina (Puerta de France). The rooms and the bathroom are spacious. The bed is comfortable and the curtains cover just the right amount of light. The worst part: you can smoke in the rooms and it smells like snuff (there are small details that show that the hotel has seen better days, and the decor is somewhat outdated, but it shows that when it opened it must have been a great hotel. The restaurant is open to the public. During the day the sun shines through the glass roof, a game with the lights.
The Mövenpick hotel has everything that a luxury tourist can expect: from a glitzy reception decorated with palm trees, to the staff uniforms. On arrival you are greeted with tea and orange blossom scented towels to refresh you. The rooms are very big, has a spa and outdoor pools, breakfast with more than 100 tables ... At the reception one can find a piano bar, which is very popular in this area and what I am looking at right now.
The ancient Phoenician accountant was born in Carthage, is now a fishing port where you can go to relax, called Tabarka. This place offers the warmth of the sea, the resort which extends between the beautiful beaches and woodlands. We are 170 kilometers away from Tunis. A few steps from the cliff, from the rich faunas, flowers and corals. The reception team will make you feel comfortable throughout your stay.
The Hotel Rosa Beach is a very economical option and can be recommended for those travelling to Tunisia in large groups, as there are many offers for such trips. With a varied buffet restaurant, where you can find both international cuisine and Tunisian dishes and good facilities (pool, disco, gym ...) it is a good choice. The best point: it is on the beachfront and close to bus stops. The worst point: the poor condition of the beach.
Well, it's not one of the most well-known hotel is Tunez, nor is it a five star hotel, and it's surely not a hotel that would make the huge hotels in the area jealous. However, this hotel does offer impeccable service and generous, the pool amazing, especially when you come from desert hotels two stars, and the small apartment in which we stayed, very cute. The only downside is that in summer, at least for what we come to know us, sauna, indoor pool ... Everything was closed, which was a bummer. I, to Tunisia, I am looking forward. I just need to find somebody to go with!
Excellently located on [poi = 115144] Ville Nouvelle [/ poi] (I walked back at night without any problems). This hotel is a great option for budget travelers. With a French atmosphere that's decadent and antiquated, but very clean and comfortable, the Maison Dorée has rooms on several floors, connected by a grand staircase. The rooms are all different. I was there twice: The first time I was there I stayed in a room with curtains, decorations and red bedspread. The second time I was in another room that was painted blue with yellow details. All rooms are spacious, with high ceilings, ceiling fans (some even have air conditioning) and comfortable bathrooms. The hotel also has a restaurant that serves good Tunisian dishes.
This little hotel is a surprising and delightful discovery. In Houmt Souk, the largest city [poi = 118427] Djerba [/ poi] the Erriadh is located in one of the old funduqs, with typical strengths of Djerba. A beautiful courtyard shaded by a huge bougainvillea, the hotel rooms are very clean, with windows overlooking the patio and ceiling fans. Bathrooms are private, and generous hot water.
The ruins of Carthage were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO [/ b] in 1979, but not everything in Carthage is ruined. Currently the 13 kilometer periphery is one of the most luxurious and exclusive in Tunis. It's lined with elegant mansions and embassies. One of the things that stuck out to me is that the Presidential Palace (where the President of the Republic lives) can be found right next to the Antonine Baths, which are protected by a long white wall. Our tour guide warned us not to take pictures because it's forbidden to photograph any official building (including this one). The whole environment is monitored with cameras and armed police officers. When we got to the bus in front of the main gate of the palace it was amazing. It's beautiful, and I couldn't help remembering the movie "Empress Sissi."
Abou Diar Habibi is an amazing site with cabins built on top of a palm grove. They have it all: a spacious bedroom with kitchen, bathroom, terrace ... breakfast is paradise. 100% recommended, at least once in a lifetime ;)
We arrived, and they immediately offered us a little welcome cocktail ... there are great pools, sun loungers, umbrellas, everything you need to relax! Then, there's the huge restaurant, with a huge array of options for breakfast - little pancakes with jam or sugar, different breads ... in addition, there is an indoor pool and several restaurants, bars, shops, and a nightclub. You'll never feel bored!
On the island of Djerba in Tunisia, Golf Beach Hotel is a 3 star hotel, very welcoming, which has beautiful architecture inspired by Menzel Djerbians. An ideal place for family gatherings. To emphasize: the quality of the rooms, catering, hospitality and the many activities available! The only downside is that the hotel is a bit outside the city: 7 km from Midoun and 25 km from Houmt Souk, even if the hotel is well served by taxis, which allow easy access!
In the tourist area of Hammamet, not to be confused with the village area of Hammamet. Although the distance is approx. 7 km, the 2 areas do not have anything to do with each other. Here are hotels located almost directly on the beach. The hotel is four star, but you have to take into account a country that is not governed by European standards. The rooms have sea views and pool, very clean indeed. Dealing with Spanish tourists is a bit passive. Most tourists are Germans, Italians and French and they don't really speak Spanish, but are very nice. We had half board, but the breakfasts are varied and plentiful with good quality products, dinners more of the same, though with meat and fish they are added spices that do not suit our palate. Hamman has an indoor pool and massage room, tennis court, games room and nightly entertainment in the hotel lobby. Always very encouraged by the way in which you can participate, if you wish. I would choose this hotel, would recommend it.
This is beautiful 4-star "Thalassa Mahdia" is where I stayed for a week in April. It offers everything for a great vacation. It has a good location (5 kilometers from the center of Mahdia), comfort, warmth, multilingual staff and pleasantness. It also features various activities (water skiing, windsurfing, water aerobics, dance lessons , Arabic courses etc.), high food quality (3 restaurants), 3 swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), direct beach access and a thalassotherapy center. Very recommended!
This is [poi = 83629] Kairouan [/ poi], a very visited city, but the tourists that do visit never stay overnight. There are several hotels, but frankly, all of them leave much to be desired. Fortunately I discovered the Splendid Hotel, which was the perfect choice. It's located outside the Medina, but still close, just three blocks away. The site is very safe as it's next to a police station. It's very clean, the linens were spotless and the rooms have comfortable beds with private bathrooms and hot water! There's not much to say about the rest (it didn't even occur to me to take pictures inside!), but it's certainly the best option by far in Kairouan. Finally, it's also incredibly cheap.
Staying in Mahdia means lower class even if we want a higher-class hotel. Except for resorts stationed far from town on the beach (places that I never recommend), and the supposedly stylish hotel Le Phenix, I felt horrible, the options are minimal. Of these the best I found was the hostel Medina. It's very well located, right on one of the entries to the medina. The hostel is an old tiled house with a ladder going up to a terrace overlooking the roofs of the medina. The rooms are ultra basic but very clean and have a shared bathroom. For the low price you pay, this is not an issue, the issue is that although the owner says you have hot water, the water is in fact cold. In Mahdia, the weather usually gets hot, unless the sirocco blows. I slept very well, but skipped the shower...
The Monastir Center hotel is located on the Avenue Habib Bourguiba, five minutes from the seafront. It's a four-star hotel, but looks can be deceiving ... when we arrived and saw the building, the reception and outdoor pool looked great, but the hotel itself was pretty lousy. The lobby is quite spacious and bright, with high ceilings, and a sofa area. From here you can access the pool, two hotel bars, and a buffet restaurant where breakfast is served. The outdoor poolside area was very nice, with a bar and some tables.
There's also a small stage where, in high season, they put on shows at night (so be careful if your room is overlooking it). The furniture is very basic and functional: two beds with bedside tables, a desk, TV (a luxury in Tunisia) and wardrobe. There was also air conditioning, but we didn't need it. The bathroom had modern tiles, suggesting it had been recently renovated. It was small, with a shower cubicle rather than a bath, and the basin and toilet behind the door. It seemed okay until we tried to use it ... water dripped everywhere, and the shower didn't drain well. When we went to bed, we realised that there weren't enough blankets for comfort, and the sheets were also placed in a strange way.
We were staying on half board. The first meal we had was a dinner buffet, in a huge room with poor lighting. They offered salads, grilled vegetables, lasagne, pasta, the ubiquitous chicken stew, fried fish ... and miraculously, dessert was strawberries and petite fours (other hotels only offered us oranges). Well, although there was plenty of variety, the quality left a lot to be desired. There was a guy grilling tuna steak - not too bad, but too dry and, worst of all, it formed a cloud of smoke in the room, filling it with the horrible smell of frying fish. The smell was still there when we went down to breakfast the next day ... breakfast was pretty good, with juices, cereals, cold cuts and some pastries. The hotel also had meeting rooms, a kids club, a gym, and a hammam (Arab bath), with sauna and massage area, but we didn't try as it's only open in the high season. In short, we were quite disappointed by this four-star hotel.
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.
The Palmeraie Hotel can be found in Tozeur, near the Tunisian desert and 10 only minutes away from the Palmeraie. I spent four days in this beautiful hotel and I can tell you that it's great! The staff is very friendly and very helpful. The rooms are very clean and the restaurant is perfect. This hotel has two swimming pools, one outdoor and one indoor special is great when traveling out of season! From the hotel offers many excursions: a walk in the desert oasis of discovery of the mountains, canyons, red lizards ... It is a quality hotel that I recommend!
The Zita Beach Hotel can be found 60 kilometers away from Djerba airport and 3 kilometers away from the center of Zarzis. It's a four star hotel in a 17 hectare park. It's a magnificent hotel with quality and comfort. The rooms are spacious and clean. It has two magnificent pools: one of them is 1,500 m², and the other is 1,300 m². You can also do a lot of activities here, such as volley ball, bocce ball, board games, or just having a coffee. There is also a children's club. The hotel is all inclusive including an open bar. A good place!