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“you get what you pay for” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Samara
Route de la Corniche, Sousse 4001, Tunisia   |  
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Ranked #32 of 37 hotels in Sousse
Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“you get what you pay for”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Two best things about this hotel are rooms and the beach.
Rooms with tile floors are very nice, in oriental style... however there are some other rooms with carpet floor which are closer to the pool and are not so nice (loud at night). Rooms have hair driers (it was actually working), and TV (did not work, but who goes to Tunisia to watch TV). Also, for more than three days there was not hot water in the shower, which wasn't a big problem though because the weather was very warm and taking a cold shower was not a big problem.

The hotel beach is maybe the best one in that part of Sousse. Quiet and never too crowded. However, since the hotel is not located directly on the beach, there is a 8 minute walk (about 500 meters) every day to get to the beach. For all inclusive guests it is a bit of a hustle to go back to hotel for lunch, and then back again to the beach so many of the guests stayed by the pool most of the time. All inclusive guests have available water, beer and soda drinks at the beach bar. The sea is nice, even though sometimes not so clean of algae.

All inclusive guests in the hotel have available drinking water, sodas (Coke, Sprite), local bear and all other alcoholic drinks (Russians appreciated it much). I would personally never again take all inclusive arrangement because I personally do not like alcohol and sodas... so I only drank water! They do not offer any juices without gas.

Food in the hotel was terrible. Maybe the worst food I ever ate (or did not eat at most parts). They need to change that old cook! Tasteless, hard to swallow, disgusting on sight. I give them zero for food. Plus there are not enough plates and silverware, so there are always lines for either forks, or coffee cups, or knifes... always waiting in line for something.

Pools are nice, they look kind of kitsch but still nice. Children love the slides. Also, every evening the animator shows by the main pool are fun...sometimes hilarious.

More than 90% of guests were from Poland. Even the signage in the hotel complex are in Polish. There is not an international feel in the hotel, as most of the tourists do not speak English.

Overall, the hotel has its good sides and bad sides. For the price paid, this was fine enough.

Sousse, in general, is a great place to have vacation. It is completely safe for tourists who prefer to travel single or those who travel with families.

Besides regular content, I would like to recommend quad bike ride (they offer it in the hotel). Costs about 18-20 EUR and is a lot of fun. The track is kind of demanding, and for real adventure seekers, it offers some adrenalin rush. Highly recommend.

Also, there is a cabaret show "Changing Ladies" very close to the hotel in Casino Caraibe, a drag queen show that lasts for more than two hours. It is funny. Although I've seen many better drag shows, this one was specifically interesting because it was happening in Tunisia where homosexuality is illegal. Of five entertainers (drag queens), only one is Belgian (or Danish, I'm not completely sure), others are local drag queens. My respect!!! It was worth every penny (I mean dinar)! :) They had popular hits, belly dance... and African theme. Colorful costumes with lots of feathers... what else to expect for a drag queen show... in North Africa. Highly recommend!

And for single men who travel alone... don't be surprised if random guys approach you on the street to offer "shisha for twenty dinars". Those are male hustlers who actually offer you oral sex for twenty dinars. Most of them are actually straight (or at least they think so), but they are ready to give you a pleasure of giving them oral sex for money. Kind of disgusting, but very usual in Sousse. I accepted this as a part of the Sousse charm, but still haven't learnt how to completely protect myself from those guys who approached me every few minutes.

Room Tip: ask for rooms with tile floors, they are much nicer and cleaner.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

Hotel needs a bit of an update, however friendly staff, good choice of food and nice evening programmes make up for it.

Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Warsaw, Poland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2010

The hotel is acceptable for low budget tourists. I have seen better but also I have seen worse.

Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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kent
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2009

we arrived very late and was escorted to a building at the back of the Hotel, we were give a nice room with a balcony far enough away not to be disturbed by the evening entertainment \9not in English). Overall i found this hotel ok for the price we had paid! There is loads to do many day trips and activities on the beach, you can even travel to Port el kantoi which is also very nice! the hotel could have been cleaner but like i said it was very cheap, the food was ok but after a trip to the dessert we had to visit a few of the local resturants as i was sick of couscous. i disagree with some of tha bad reviews although i do agree that maybe this hotel is ot suited for the English as i dont think nthey get many and dont really cater for us evening entertainment wise!

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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lincolnshire
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2008

What a con!! Having done the usual European Med stuff in the past I was looking forward to a 4star half-board experience with my girlfriend & the Hotel website looked great. Hence the con. The room was so basic I thought I was on a club 18-30's in Magaluf. Food was ok but no catering for English tastes. Staff were ignorant. 1 pool was closed, gym was closed, 3 of the bars were closed, casino featured across the road closed. Sports facilities hah!! Oh they did keep the gardens nice though

  • Liked — sun terrace
  • Disliked — decor & age
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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bellerose
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2008

My wife and I stayed at this hotel.It was indeed a bad experience
for us.The room and bathroom were unhygienic and the room's
furnitures were torn and filthy , in addition the food was terrible
for 4 star hotel.

Stayed November 2007
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Liverpool
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2008

Hotel Samara was a nice surprise given some of the comments on your web site. Rooms were spotless but needed a little updating. Bedding changed x 2 per week; towels which were very white and fluffy every day. Plenty of hot water and staff were very helpful!
Food, on the other hand was not quite as we have come to expect from Tunisia. Basic ingredients looked fine but most of the time it was overcooked and they ran out of things very early. That meant if you went down after 7pm there was little left - the time for dinner was 6 - 9 but the staff started to clear things away by 7.30pm. And unfortunately, they had started to help themselves well before this consquently sometimes there was little choice left.

  • Liked — Location and it was a small and friendly place.
  • Disliked — Food
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Samara Hotel Sousse
Hotel Samara Tunisia
Address: Route de la Corniche, Sousse 4001, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Sousse Governorate > Sousse
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Ranked #32 of 37 hotels in Sousse
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