Acqua Viva is a great hotel for those who are looking for clean lodging at a good price, and intend to spend their time outside of the hotel. I was there for 4 nights and was very happy with my booking. A clean room with air conditioning, a bathroom, and a small balcony (though the view is of a rundown parking lot) and breakfast for far less than the other large hotels in Gammarth (Ramada, Regency, etc). There is a nice looking pool, though the water slides don't work anymore, and free wifi in the lobby (pretty, though a little dim).
As for location, it is certainly not walkable to anything but the beach (maybe the new mall "Gammarth Center" which is about a 25 minute walk up the road). Taxis are the rule of thumb, though that's really the case everywhere around there. There are usually several in front of the hotel who will try to quote high prices for every destination instead of using their meters. But you can either hold your ground and wait for one to cave, or just walk out to the main road where you will find one driving by. It's between 7 and 12 dinars to go from the hotel to La Marsa, Sidi Bou Said or Carthage. Most of the taxis I took back to the hotel knew it by name. They will almost definitely know the Ramada by name and you can just direct them a bit further down the road once you pass it.
This hotel would be great for students or those who don't mind things a bit shabby and are on a budget. The breakfast was mediocre, some of the bathroom appliances were aged, and not many of the employees spoke English, but everything was clean. Mostly Tunisians, some Italians and French in the hotel. My friend and I are both young women, but we felt safe. If you are looking for a resort vacation, look elsewhere and pay more. But if you want reliable budget lodgings, Acqua Viva fits the bill.
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