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.
- Also Known As:
- Samara Hotel Sousse
- Hotel Samara Tunisia