Just returned from the Riadh Palms after 2 weeks of glorious weather.Flew out from Manchester with Thomas Cook. The check-in was very strict with all luggage including hand luggage weighed and many people were charged for exceeding their allowance. Only one piece of hand luggage is allowed, though this was interpreted differently by the check-in staff. Obviously Thomas Cook is trying to reduce their deficit. However it became apparent on the flight that the crew were unable to meet the demands of passengers with regard to tobacco and alcohol so there would be virtually nothing available on the return flight.
The Hotel was not busy and consequently the service was much more civilised than in high season. Some hotels in the area were closed completely. Obviously there is a long way to go before the tourists return to Tunisia in the same numbers as before. In Sousse itself everything appears to be very calm and we did not encounter any problems while we were there. That is apart from taxi drivers trying to rip us off.But we know that 2 dinars is a good price between the Hotel and the town centre.
We were all-inclusive at the Hotel and found the best price on Travel Republic and by booking the flight through them we get the same protection as a package holiday. The wine, beer and gin and tonics are locally sourced but nevertheless more than acceptable. The quality and variety of the food is of a good standard and we were more than satisfied with our restaurant experience.
The Hotel is not available through Thomsons or Thomas Cook in the UK which explains why most of the clientele are foreigners, mostly German. We had no rep. on site but there is a telephone number available to contact in case there is a problem. There is an animation team but found them to be generally nothing other than irritating.
There is a general move towards all-inclusive holidays in Tunisia which means that many people stay within the confines of the Hotel. This is a shame because there is so much to see and do out and about. Also by using the local cafes and retaurants it puts something into the local economy rather than putting money into the hands of a small group of hoteliers.
Tunisia does not suit everybody but we are frequent visitors. Anyone thinking of a good value for money holiday we strongly recommend the Riadh Palms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set among a realm of palm trees right on the edge of the most beautiful beaches in Tunisia, the Riadh Palms is located at the heart of Sousse. It is a 4 star-hotel where tradition, luxury and technology all come together to create a relaxed atmosphere.In order to make the most out of your holiday, many services and facilities are at your reach: a heated indoor pool and a large exterior pool, a sauna, a fitness center, a Spa center, a beauty salon, restaurants, bars with one near the pool & beach, a snack bar, a coffee and tea lounge, a night-club and a shopping gallery. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riadh Palms Sousse
- Riadh Palms Tunisia