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“50/50” 4 of 5 stars
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LTI Thalassa Sousse
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Boulevard 14 Janvier 2011, Sousse 4039, Tunisia   |  
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Ranked #11 of 39 Hotels in Sousse
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“50/50”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Was amazed at the size of the place, like a village, quite a walk from reception to there own beach,
You need to be selective when choosing accommodation as arround the main pool is noisy, arround the quiet pool is best and certain bits in between, on the beach is good but dark at night and a long walk to main areas, Beach bar and restaurant only open certain daytime hours.
ON THE UP SIDE
5 restaurants, both large and quiet swimming pools, accommodation OK, Water park is big, great if you are a good swimmer which I am not

DOWNSIDE
Food mostly cold as they only have cold plates and by the time you find a table the hot food is cold,
They charge for WiFi on a hour, day, or week basis, should be free these days, and only available near reception,
The Mediteranian restaurant was a waste of time, half the menu was missing,and in Tunisian,and the waiter could not speak english to tell us what things were,
Main complaint was the air con was turned off and a job to sleep, sat outside on a chair one night because it was so hot, was 33 to 35 during the day,
Drinks were beer, wine, whiskey, and gin, very small measure unless you bribe the waiter, and very often in a small plastic cup sometimes in a glass.
All in all if you are a bit switched on you can overcome the downside and have a good time.
Brian and Katrina Portsmouth brian35@uwclub.net

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This was our first family package holiday and we thought that overall the hotel and facilities were excellent. The water park was brilliant, lots of variety and not too busy, our room was close to the slides but it did not seem that any rooms were that far away from all the facilities.
The hotel is actually on the beach and there were plenty of sunbeds available as well as a beach cafe and bar, alongside were also sports courts (and some water sports stuff for hire). The sea was clear enough for snorkelling and some rock pools could be found further along the sand. The beach was not particularly big when the tide was in and not immaculate, there were bits of rubbish here and there but this was in keeping with the general standard along the Sousse coast line.
The selection of pools meant the children had plenty of choice and the enthusiastic 'animation team' kept everyone active with dances and organised sports.
The staff were a real credit to the hotel, from the ladies cleaning the rooms to the waiters and bar staff all were friendly and chirpy throughout our stay, as many have noted in previous reviews, our mealtimes were brightened up by 'mr happy' who decorated the table each time and knew what we would like to drink before we did!
Mostly the hotel is very attractive looking, blending contemporary with local charm. The grounds in places look a bit tired, however they were cleaned almost all the time so we had no worries that underneath a chipped or scuffed surface was a very clean hotel. A lot of Sousse looks like it has seen better days, but from various bits of rubble are emerging some lovely looking new buildings.
The only thing that stopped me scoring this hotel 5/5 was the food and drink. Whilst not unpleasant it was just not right. Often the soft drinks were not mixed properly so they would either be too, too syrupy strong, or not carbonated enough, or too weak... you get the idea. The beer however was fine :-)
I think a lot of problem with the food was that it was not designed for our ignorant english pallet, perhaps this is reflective of the numerous guests from russia, germany and other places who seemed fine with it all. Whilst there are 4 different restaurants (main, tunisian/mediteranean, beach, english) all seemed to serve the same food, each mealtime we would tip up full of enthusiasm only to see it was still pizza, pasta, wierd meat and dodgy looking veg! As someone who is always keen to try something new, I did, my family are able to prove the adage that ignorance is bliss as I was the only one who needed to spend 4 days in close proximity to the lavatory! On a plus there was always freshly baked bread which was delicious and some biscuits filled with nutella type stuff so we didn't starve!
We were a bit disappointed to never find the snack bar mentioned in the brochure that served burgers, or the italian restaurant, and that the Moorish cafe was not open the whole time we were there, I think First Choice may need to talk over with the hotel what is in their brochure if people are going for the food, like I said we were happy enough with a few fizzy drinks and plates of pasta because we were too busy zooming up and down slides but without 4 energetic children I may not have been so satisfied!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

This is the 2nd time I've been to this hotel , back in 2010 the hotel was amazing but unfortunately this time i was very disappointed , the hotel appeared dirty and run down , no lights , soap or hand towels in any of the public toilets , pool toilets were dreadful . The food was poor and repeated daily , we ate out most days .

The American bar was nothing American no imported drinks, no ice cream available at all , plastic cups , no fridges in rooms , wifi was charged at 5tnd per hour . Interior seating Very dated and in need of a refurbishment and a deep clean this hotel Should be amazing as it once was the staff were all miserable as the hotel Closes in 2 weeks and they all loose their jobs .

The water park was amazing such great fun , the pool and grounds are lovely the bungalows are very nice but overall needs some tlc to bring it back to the hotel it once was .

Stayed October 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

The hotel and grounds itself is lovely and clean.Room had a massive comfortable bed and balcony for sitting.Restaurant was fine but the chairs could be replaced as some were dirty,wobbly or in need of fixing or restoration.Plates and bowls were all chipped.Food was ok but after a week it became repetitive.Some slides in the aqua park were closed sometimes as there wasn't enough water flow and a few guests getting hurt.Lifeguards at the slides were leaving their posts and using the slides themselves rather than concentrating on the safety of the guests.Animation team too busy sometimes chatting up girls and girl in the dj booth with one of them.Young guests allowed behind bar helping themselves to drinks and causing problems for guests etc.Eventually security had to remove them from behind bar.This hotel could be really great with a little bit of restoration and some staff concentrating on their jobs.We had to wait a day and a half to get our safety deposit box unlocked so that we could use it.Disorganised in parts.Our waiter Abdessalem Rmili in restaurant was very helpful and friendly as was the young man in the american bar who made the special cocktails.Some bars would run out of drinks.we noticed a smell in the room sometimes a bit like drains and smell of drains in complex.Its a shame because with some changes this could be a great hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We didn't realise when booking, but this is actually a water park with loads of flumes on a lovely hotel complex! The grounds are nice, right on the beach, food and drink plentiful- you could probably eat 24/7, and the staff are friendly. Rooms are cleaned daily with fresh towels, and sometimes fresh flowers! We didn't actually leave the complex- there was no need as we had everything we wanted on site!

Room Tip: Most of the rooms are bungalows- some right on the beach and others nearer the hotel facilities. We...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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scunthorpe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is the fourth time we have been to this hotel and have just booked to go back again next year. It is in a beautiful location, and central to sousse, the main town and port el kantoui of which both are just a short taxi ride away.
I cannot praise the people of this lovely country enough, they are humble, friendly and cannot do enough for you. We have made some lovely friends and continue to be in contact with them on a regular basis. The hotel itself is lovely and well set out, the patio with its comfy sofas is a lovely area to sit and have a coffee or a cedratine with ice (like grand marnier, ... gorjus) The rooms are very spacious and comfortable, we have only ever stayed in the bungalows ,and this year we asked for one just near the pool which we got and it was so handy for everything. The entertainment staff work tirelessley day and night to entertain you, but you never feel pushed into doing anything if you dont want to .. They have some great shows with brilliant dancers, altho the comedy ones we felt were a bit dated ... different nationalities seemed to love them tho. just us british have more of a sarcastic or observational sense of humour. . Have to mention carlos who is like the white tornado dashing here there and everywhere, hyperactive and never fails to make you laugh, dido (our coffee break friend) gogo (our dear friend of 4 years, like one of the family) midou (the gentle one) with ace shoes ) raoul (quiet but always has a smile and fab dancer ) ) and speedy (brilliant dancer and non stop energy) we class these people as friends and hope to see them next year. The reception staff Hamed and Aymen in particular are lovely and such gentlemen, and always willing to help .. the waiters. well cannot praise them enough for the attentiveness, too numerous to mention by name but they work their socks off waiting on you hand and foot day and night in the searing heat and nothing is too much trouble .. It is things like this that all go towards making the perfect holiday. One early morning i was sat outside my room on the patio just reading, when a waiter just appeared out of nowhere (didnt think anyone could see me ) and brought me a lovely creamy coffee in a glass then disppeared before i could even get my money to give him a tip . That goes a long way with me and my husband. The beach is fabulous, and the security guards willl reserve you a bed wherever u want one (a small tip goes a long way) we went one morning and there were two beds right next to the sea (we asked to be there) and a table in the middle .. felt like royalty walking past everyone to our alloted beds hehe.
If i had to pick any bad ponts it would be to say the food wasnt always great. some days it was like school dinners, but it had started to improve towards the end of our stay, and i am assured that by next season plans were being put in place to bring this back up to scratch; we have been other years and it has been fabulous, so much choice and beautifully set out so am looking forward to seeing this again , also the air conditioning in reception wasnt always turned on making it very uncomfortable at times. The guest relation officer MARK VINE was a dedicated professional whom made it his prioroty to ensure the guests needs and any problems were attended to promptly and this was especially good because he was english and understood the needs of the people .. we had many nice chats and he was always available and willing to talk and we miss that. In 2014 it will become a thomson splash hotel and the rooms are being upgraded and additional ones being built so we are excited to see the outcome of this. The water slides are sensational, the area is seperate from the main pool so that is good if you just want to chill, but they are really beautifully laid out, and even if you dont want to try them it is fascianting watching others. All in all this was perhaps the best time we have been to this hotel, I cannot praise it enough, there is an excellent shop/small boutique on site with all the usual gifts you would find, toiletries and beach wear etc if you didnt want to venture outside the hotel ;(which would be a shame) and marcel and the staff work 12 hours a day and speak several languages of which has to be admired. There is also a health and beauty spa which offers massages, turkish baths, manicures, pedicures etc at very reasonable prices., there is also a small gym and an indoor swimming pool in addition to the other pools , one of which is a relax pool where it is lovely and quiet and away from the main area. This hotel is suitable for families and couples, Ignore any negative reviews, you have to go and see for yourself and you wont be disappointed.

Room Tip: If you want to be near the pool/ main bar area bungalows 107 to 115 (family room) are your best opti...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

Myself and my partner stayed at the thalassa from August 28th for 2weeks, from the second we entered the hotel we were welcome with open arms, the hotel manger mark was fantastic throughout the holiday, the hotel maids were excellent, all staff made our holiday what it was, but the animation team were absolutely fantastic, if it wasn't for all the animation team our holiday wouldn't not have been as fun or entertaining, we spent the 2wks becoming friends and even had a taste of Tunisian culture with their help, if the same team are at the hotel In 2014 then we will be returning, the events/excursion azziza team on site were 100% above boRd and legal and made our holiday that little bit extra special with their trips and excursions, a must see/do pirate ship, camel riding, quad biking. The hotel Food was good, hotel spotlessly clean and pool area and water park were very safe and top quality, I can not wait to return in 2014 so a big thank you to every one at thalassa and see you all soon xxxx

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about LTI Thalassa Sousse

Address: Boulevard 14 Janvier 2011, Sousse 4039, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Sousse Governorate > Sousse
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Sousse
#9 Luxury Hotel in Sousse
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — LTI Thalassa Sousse 4*
Number of rooms: 487
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