We stayed here in November when the hotel was very quiet - no queues at mealtimes or at the bar, and plenty of sunbeds - it might well be different in high season.
The hotel is in a great location, just a few minutes walk out of the back of the hotel to the beach, and to the promenade walk along the front to the town centre (20-30 min walk), from where you can get trains to Tunis, Monastir, Mahdia. Taxis are cheap & plentiful.
The public areas of the hotel are well maintained, if a little dated - there are several bars (very smoky, as everywhere in Tunisia) and a large central lobby with bar & entertainment area, opening out onto a nice outdoor patio area overlooking the pool. The outdoor pool seemed clean, we used it most days. The new indoor pool complex was not yet open when we were there, but it looks like it will be lovely.
The bedrooms are not so good; they are pretty spacious, with a seating area and a furnished balcony, but the rooms are really in need of refurbishment, especially the bathroom. Everything in our room worked (& when we had a problem with the door lock, it was solved very quickly) but just rather shabby.
The staff we came across were all lovely, pleasant and helpful - there were no obvious requests for tips, & we felt it was our choice to tip the waiter, pool staff etc every day. The reception staff were extremely helpful when we had a problem with a trip.
The food was fine, it all appeared fresh and well prepared. Although breakfast was much the same every day there was plenty of choice; freshly cooked eggs, omelettes, pancakes, cooked items, fresh bread, croissants, toast, salad, cheese, yoghurt, tinned fruit, squash, tea & strong coffee (which you got used to after a while). Dinner was much more varied, with Tunisian & international dishes on the menu; generally 2 soups, plenty of salads, 5-10 hot main dishes, cakes, fresh fruit & ice cream. You would have to be extremely demanding not to find something you liked.
There was entertainment of some sort most evenings, which was generally not to our taste, but not compulsory! One evening a week was "Tunisian evening" with Tunisian food in the restaurant, and local musicians and dancers - worth a look if you have nothing better planned.
Overall this hotel was great for our purposes, for a base to go on trips and go visiting Sousse and other nearby towns. It's not The Ritz, but it is extremely good value for money.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tej Marhaba
- Tej Marhaba Sousse
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