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“Good location, very basic” 3 of 5 stars
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Ave Abdulkacem Chebbi, Tozeur, Tunisia   |  
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Ranked #9 of 14 Hotels in Tozeur
Tunis
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Good location, very basic”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

This is a budget place to stay, very well located opposite the 'Palmerie' and on the main road that leads to the medina. The hotel itself is pretty inside due to the colourful tiling along the floors and walls. We were given a 'family room' accomodating four. It had a double and two single beds in a teeny weeny room with no external windows - just windows looking into the hotel corridor. Two of the beds were perfectly comfortable, but one of the single beds had such a thin mattress that the metal frame of the bed could be felt through it - and even our 10 year old had difficulty sleeping in it. The tiniest of bathrooms (with a shower outlet next to the loo and no cubicle) was on its last legs - I think they were about to do some work on it. The water was luke warm only. The breakfast was simple (bread, jam & coffee) and did the job. The two women in charge of cleaning the rooms and serving the breakfast were very sweet and friendly. The guys working at the (very smokey) reception gave advice when asked. Overall I thought that the hotel had a lethargic and slightly depressed atmosphere, and didn't fulfill its potential to be more charming. This is a 'backpacker' hotel, so you get what you pay for I suppose - but I think there are plenty of other places in the same price bracket and it would be worth checking out the alternatives. I think this is an average place to stay relative to the budget hotel bracket.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Tucson, AZ
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2010

The best thing about the hotel was the beautifully tiled and planted premises, including the central courtyard and comfy balcony. Rivalling this was the fact that the manager's son, Hamid, could speak nearly perfect english, and was very friendly. Parking was out on the street, and in a questionable location, though nothing bad happened. The rooms are not the best, though the staff (father and son) are very accomodating, and will move you to a room that suits you. None of the rooms have bathtubs (or so we could interpret from the father's broken english, and we never checked with the son. The first room we got had no good air-con (small extra charge), and the second room had half of a toilet seat, instead of a whole! Still the beds were nice, and the rooms were mostly good. The location is a bit out of the way, but close to the palmeraie and the caleche (horse-drawn carriage) stand. Coming from Gafsa, turn left just before the hotel Niffer sign, at the tourist office, then ride the bend left to just past the continental.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alexandria, Virginia
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152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2009

My boyfriend and I stayed here for one night and found it perfectly pleasant and very adequate for the budget traveler. Our room cost around $20/night, and you get what you pay for... do NOTexpect frills here. It's a simple place.

It's located on the main drag in Tozeur, half way between the tourist/museum zone and the old city so it's easily walkable in both directions and very centrally located. Although on a busy street, the rooms are located in the back, off a beautifully tiled and very quiet courtyard. We paid a few dollars more for A/C, but it turned out to be more like a very weak fan (not worth the money). We tried to sleep with an open window instead, but the flies and mosquitoes were out in force so we had to shut it -- it was a rather warm night.

We had a private bathroom, but it was about the size of a phone booth, and the toilet and shower are co-located in the same corner, which made for a unique bathing experience. Although pretty clean, I would never have used it without shower shoes.

The front desk was super helpful and arranged two Land Cruiser tours for us for a very reasonable rate. They spoke excellent English as well.

In sum, I'd recommend this place to backpackers and budget travelers. It's worth noting, however, that we met some people who stayed at the Hotel Arich, which was only slightly more expensive and looked nicer, and all of them said they loved it. I would probably go there if I went again, but I would still recommend the Residence Karim. No frills, not fancy, but it had some unique charm and a nice staff.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ave Abdulkacem Chebbi, Tozeur, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Tozeur Governorate > Tozeur
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Ranked #9 of 14 Hotels in Tozeur
Number of rooms: 23

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