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“Charming and budget friendly” 4 of 5 stars
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8, Rue Mustapha M'Barek, Tunis 1000 , Tunisia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 48 Hotels in Tunis
Rabat, Morocco
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“Charming and budget friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

The staff at the hotel were very friendly and welcoming. The hotel itself has a beautiful, old French architecture which made it quite charming. Everything was clean and well kept. With the low price, this was one of the best bargains I've received on a hotel. I stayed 3 nights and I really enjoyed my stay. The only negative I had with this hotel is the size of the shower. The shower was very small and difficult to move around in. But this was not bad enough to deter me from staying there in the future.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
58 hotel reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

I loved getting my morning coffee as I would be served by the delightful charming man asking if I wanted a croissant or bread, The service at the front desk is first rate. All the other comments are true. It is nice to have access to free WiFi. The Wifi is sometimes a bit spotty, but it is good enough to check emails and do basic research. It has a great location. It is close enough to the tram station, the souk and the large avenue.

Room Tip: The inside rooms are quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Looking for a great value budget place to stay in Tunis? This may not be the super cheapest but well worth the price, the standards well above those of the youth hostel (Auberge de Jeunesse) which is also in a slightly dodgy place within the medina. This was obviously once a very grand hotel, it's charm remains, full of pretty tiled walls, high ceilings, pillars & 40's furniture. We paid 53 Dinar, approx 32 Euros for a double room with bathroom attached and aircon (necessary in August) & little balcony facing the inner, open, peaceful leafy courtyard (where breakfast is served). Breakfast inc. in price, fresh bread (not always the case in Tunisia, even at pricier places) & the best coffee ever. The hotel is safe, extremely clean, towels included, free wifi, computers available in lobby, lovely friendly staff. A couple speak a few words of English but they're used to foreigner's bad French). It's down a little street just off Place de la Victoire (local taxi drivers know it as 'Bab Bhar'), don't get in a taxi until it's clear they will use the meter, should cost about 5 -7 Dinar from the airport during daytime hours. Very safe for single women!!, no annoying tiresome wannabe gigolos hanging around which is very refreshing! excellent location, right next to the medina.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a little balcony overlooking the inner courtyard.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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119 reviews 119 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

I paid 37 dinar (about 24 USD) for a single with breakfast - if you want a clean, simple, place in tunis (with pretty good wifi for free in the lobby), in a fantastic location right by the souq, you can't beat the Grand Hotel de France. You will likely need to call to make a reservation, and I don't think they have a website.
The folks that work there spoke a little English, but all were extremely friendly. Also, they had the best coffee I had my entire time in Tunisia. I can see why this is Lonely Planet's pick for best budget hotel in Tunis.
Also, I felt perfectly comfortable as a woman traveling alone. I would recommend taking ear plugs just in case you are near a snorer..the walls are thin but it got very quiet around 11pm.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Spain
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

I stayed at the Grand Hotel de France for a few weeks while I worked in Tunis. Great hotel with character. I think you cannot find a hotel anywhere in Tunis that is such a good value. I stayed in a single room without a toilet/shower that overlooked the hotel courtyard for 25 dinars per night. Breakfast is included in the price.

The room was always spotless and staff cleaned it every day. The location is great: you'll be a minute walk from the medina and just a few minutes from Avenue Bourguiba. There are two big grocery stores within 2-3 minutes of the hotel on foot. Also, the central food market is just around the corner. It bears mentioning, though, that the streets near the hotel are not very charming at night (though they are safe). There is a small cafe in the hotel. They don't stock much in the way of food, but you can get coffee, tea, water, or juice.

There is free wifi in the lobby and courtyard. As for the courtyard - it's pretty sizable, has a few trees in it and also an old printing press. It's a great place to relax. If you don't bring your own laptop with you, you can pay a few dinars to get online using one of the hotel's two computers.

Staff are extremely friendly and helpful.

You might try asking for a room that overlooks the courtyard. Some of them have balconies.

Great hotel. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a great value hotel in downtown Tunis.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that overlooks the courtyard.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

A little difficult to find when the taxi driver lets you off several blocks away in the middle of Avenue Habib Bourguiba. But with the help of friendly locals and an excellent Lonely Planet map, I found it OK on foot. (Not happy with the taxi driver, though, whose meter registered 37 dinar for what I found out later was a 4-dinar ride and that one normally pays 10 to 15 dinar for.) I got a very nice double room with ensuite bath, facing a charming courtyard with doors that opened onto a small balcony. No staff member I found spoke English, so I got along with my really elemenary French. They were all very nice and helpful. I especially liked the gentlemen who served breakfast to a large group every morning in the dining room just off the lobby. The location puts you about three minutes from the medina, three minutes from the public market, maybe a 10-minute walk to the train station, same to the post office, same to the major sidewalk restaurants and cafes on Habib Bourguiba. It's a 20-min. brisk walk or a short taxi ride to the other end of Bourguiba, where you get the commuter train to Carthage and other points east.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

Excellent value for money, and a good location - but also plenty of atmosphere and charm. The streets immediately around the hotel might be a bit scruffy and grubby, but you are literally a minute away from Ave Bourguiba, the main entrance to the Medina and the main central food market. It's difficult to think how it could be better placed.

The staff were wonderful - helpful and friendly at all times. We had a courtyard view room, so no road noise - but some noise from the corridors and other rooms.

Room Tip: Courtyard facing. Definitely.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 8, Rue Mustapha M'Barek, Tunis 1000 , Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Tunis Governorate > Tunis
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Ranked #3 of 48 Hotels in Tunis
Number of rooms: 12
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Grand Hotel De France Tunis, Tunisia, Africa

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