This was my first trip outside of Europe so I didn't really know what to expect especially as it was a late booking through 'Lowcostholidays.com'. Due to my flight with Tunis Air being delayed and a lengthy transfer from Tunis Carthage airport I arrived at the hotel at 02:10 hours on the Monday morning (Sept 24th).
I had a room on the 1st Floor (117) and the outlook was breath taking over the swimming pool and to the palm trees and sea beyond. I could step over my balcony wall to gain access to the pool. The room was kept immaculate by the maids and everything in the room worked fine.
I was on Half Board and the breakfast was disappointing. Very little variety - always eggs, tomatoes and hard bread. Dinner was OK - always a good soup followed by a reasonable variety of main course. Puddings were basic and always basically the same.
Some of the staff were friendly, others not so. The guy at the reception desk was excellent whilst the female gave the minimum of information. The head waiter was pretty unfriendly but the bar staff were OK.
There were two bars in the hotel. The one on the ground floor was cheaper - a bottle of lager was 2.7 dinars (a dinar is about 40p), whilst in the more luxurious bar on the 6th floor the price went up to 3.5 dinars. Both bars were populated by the locals and I was invariably the only European at the bar.
The hotel has its own section of beach and 2 dinars a day gave you a sunbed, umbrella etc for the whole day. This had its own snack bar / bar attached.
The hotel is situated mid way between Sousse and Port el-Kantaoui. OK you could stay at the hotel as within easy walking distance was a bank and supermarket and there was a handy small shop opposite the hotel. There were three ways to get into Sousse. You could do it the easy way and get a yellow cab. You asked in advance what the price would be (usually 6 dinars). Secondly you could walk up to the main road and catch one of the Dotto (Noddy) trains - this cost 2.5 dinars each way. Finally you could catch a bus, number 12 / 18 into Sousse, This was really cheap, less than 0.5 of a dinar, but the services seemed unreliable. A lot of Tunisian buses don't show route numbers but just show their destination in Arabic.
The hotel also had an indoor swimming pool and spa etc down in the basement. There was no entertainment at all but I guess this was probably because I was there late in the season. You could store your values in a safe box for 2 dinars a day plus 10 dinar deposit, There was a TV in the room but I could only get two channels - one Tunisian and the other Russian (I didn't watch much TV!). There was also a facility at the hotel to change money but I never saw this open. The room air conditioning was fairly quiet but not brilliantly effective.
I've read lots of varying reviews about this hotel and generally thought it was OK and pretty good value for money.
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