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Sol Azur Beach Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ave Assad Ibn El Fourat | BP 13, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia   |  
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Ranked #82 of 126 Hotels in Hammamet
DUDLEY
1 review
“could have been better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2009

when we arrived and shown to room it was dirty, had not been cleaned. Shown to another room, that had not been cleaned. waited over an hour to be shown room, turned out to be an adjoining suite, they also put another couple next door to this room. had to go to reception and complain of noise at 4am the one morning. they promised they would keep the room free, they put anothe guest in there and a couiple later. pool was empty on arrival did not open it for three days, lots of hastle outside the hotel, but all in all would recommend hotel, i will not be going back, expected more from the rep, only interested in getting excursions booked.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Isle of Wight
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2009

We stayed at the Sol Azur for a week on half board. The good bits were: a free glass of lemonade while you sign in, some very friendly staff (reception person at meal times, the pastry/sweet cook and the cleaners) and the camel rides close to the hotel were fun and good value. The bedrooms were OK - quite spacious but the only English TV channels were CNN and BBC World Service. The pool was OK, except that it was drained for three days of our seven day stay. There was a lack of information unless you went looking for it and no welcome session. The worst thing was the so-called entertainment on offer: it was dire and that's putting it mildly! Perhaps it would be better in the summer, but in February-March it was dreadful. There were a number of "cabaret shows" which consisted of two men doing dances associated with different places. Their rendition of Riverdance was more of a Puddle-plod! One of the dancers was apathy personified and the other tried to make up for it by being over-enthusiatic. The result was total farce and was amusing but not intended to be. Sketches in the show at the Bel Azur next door were so poor that the average primary school class could have easily done a better job. The "entertainers" often turned up almost half an hour late so not surprisingly guests didn't bother going to the shows. The other bad bit was that whilst the British and French queued patiently in the restaurants, the Germans requently pushed in to the line, mumbled something unintelligible in German and nicked the food that others had waited for. Don't they learn to take turns in Germany? Don't they understand good manners?

Despite all of this we had quite a good time. We wouldn't go to Tunisia again and if for some reason we were to, we would go to the new bit - Yasmine Hammamet. In the old part of Hammamet there is quite a frightening and hostile atmosphere. This isn't helped by the hundreds of Tunisians saying "Don't you recognise me? I work in the Hotel" but if they did there would be twice as many staff as guests! What they are up to is getting you to follow them into a shop where, if you buy something (at an inflated price!) they get a cut!

The weather was OK. It was around 20 degrees for half of the time, but we did have it colder for some time with cloud and even rain! So don't believe the Cosmos brochure - their stats are just not true. If you arrange a transfer from the airport to the hotel beware. Ours took 80 minutes on arrival and we were the only people on the coach, except the driver. On the way back it took three hours. Because the Dinar is a closed currency you can't take it out of the country. We changed travellers cheques at Gatwick and got 1.75 Dr to the pound, but in the hotel we got 2 Dr to the pound, so don't change much at the airport.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2008

A few girlie friends and myself stayed here on 24/11/08. We wanted something a bit different to our normal hectic clubbing holidays, which we got. The clubs that they did have weren’t that good but like I said we weren’t bothered about the clubbing part, we just wanted to get away and forget about the hustle and bustle of London life.

The staff at the hotel were very friendly, they served cocktails that were lovvveeely and they had Celtia beer, which is Tunisian. We got to know the entertainment team very well. There were some guys Ma’haren, Ahmed, Sabri and Lewis and they sang some songs and danced which was really good. They were very friendly and we spent most of our time with them when they weren’t working. Ahmed and my friend Sarah really liked each other and got it on and Ma’haren liked all the ladies so watch out for him ladies, haha, he’s lovely though. Also watch out for the scary lizard man that puts lizards on you.

Hammamet town centre was very nice with some really good shops, the beach was clean and not far from the hotel at all. We went to the Sahara and had a camel ride so don’t forget to take extra money if you want to do this. The buffet hall in the hotel was really something and the food nice but it was very much the same everyday and there were a few greedy Russians (or Germans, couldn’t tell) so we went out and had pizza most nights and had the occasional Tunisian meal.

The décor in the hotel was a bit dated but it kind of added to the atmosphere, depends if you like that sort of thing. We had a hairdryer in our room that was at times way to hot even to hold and the TV worked when it felt like it.

We have booked up for April 2009 because we want to go when it’s a bit hotter… and because Sarah is in love with Ahmed and they are going to get married, so he says, lol. We’re coming back to cut your hair Sadanni! Hahaha.

  • Liked — The beach was quite close.
  • Disliked — Just a few picky things but nothing major.
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Lancashire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Sol Azur without the children for a week in early November 2008. We were treated extremely well by all the staff from the moment we arrived - carried our bags in, complementary cocktail whilst we filled in necessary forms etc and we didn't feel under any pressure to tip (although we did a little). Yes some furnishings did look a little dated by European standards - but then you're not in Europe, are you? The carpet looked quite new and the internal walls were being painted whilst we were there (discretely as possible). It was the chandeliers both in the lobby and dining room that impressed me most - spectacular. We very much enjoyed the food - we do like to try new things though, even if we can't always identify what it is! There was a very good choice of basics and more unusual and wine was from about £8 per bottle. Be warned they still have smoking and non-smoking sections so make sure you get seated in the right one. We ended up in the smoking section but they were happy to move us when we realised. I can however imagine the dining room being more like a rugby scrum in high season. For us November was ideal - minimum queuing for food, no fighting for sun loungers and the weather was between 20°C - 26°C all week with one afternoon of rain that didn't last long. The guests were mostly British, German or Dutch, French Canadian and also some Tunisian. There was a shopping gallery in the hotel which stocked things you may have forgotten as well as souvenirs. Just outside the hotel in both directions are a few more shops and restaurants and a little supermarket (turn right out of the main gate). Don't bother with ice-cream - it's NOT their speciality to say the least! But do go to the hotel cookery demonstrations - they are free and you get a sample to taste. The pool area was lovely and only a stones throw from the beach. The other two hotels in the complex were next door so you could easily wander through to use their pools too.
It is possible to walk into Hammamet but a taxi only costs about £1 - you just need to flag them down as they pass - they are all yellow. The tourist shops in Hammamet all sell pretty much the same things so continually getting asked to go in gets a bit tiring, but it's they way things are done. We found the women shopkeepers much easier, friendly and helpful. Personally I would advise avoiding the medina if you don't like being hassled aggressively. The medina is like a fort with small passage ways and once in it's not easy to get out without going past a lot of very rude young men. If you politely declined to go in their shop they called out rude remarks and mimic you as you go past and it is quite intimidating. However if you go round to the back of the fort you will see a sign for a museum - at only £1 this is worth a visit. Basically it is a house (surprisingly big!) and in each room they have hung traditional wedding costumes and robes. The view from the roof is also quite spectacular. Generally speaking we found the "real" Tunisians to be polite, friendly and hard working - not to be confused with the hangers on who try and make a quick buck out of the tourists (don't fall for the chap who asks if you remember him from the hotel restaurant!).
Although we rarely return to the same place twice we would be happy to stay in the same hotel if we do go to Hammamet again one day.

  • Liked — Friendly and helpful staff.
  • Disliked — Nothing - but dining room may be very busy in high season.
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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caley85
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2008

This is a wonderful hotel. So much so, that it is my third time back there!! I think its time i share this little gem with the rest of the world though!!

Its very very european and very very tunisian all at the same time, making it the perfect balance for anybody wanting something a bit different! The beautiful tunisian architecture and the music that plays throughout the day and night reminds you that you are in north africa and a few miles out........lies the sahara!!......however, as far as standards go, cleanliness, the cuisine, the entertainment....its had a homely european feel to it......so you can feel relaxed with a cold beer by the pool or listen to the latest hits by the beach with your favourite drink.........you can even have a full english every morning if you so wish!

The staff are second to none, they never forget a face and after one week, its like youre best friends....they know your kids names and they know where you like to sit, what you drink and which footy team you support.........wonderful. All smiles and kindess and not even expectant of tips....thats the best part...they are discouraged from accepting tips and are genuinely greatful when anything is offered, even one dinar (about 40p).

The weather in tunisia is wonderful most of the year, the summer is fantastically hot and the winter is chillyer but mostly sunny! The beach is LESS than 2 minutes walk, its safe and clean and there is enough shade and tables and beds for all 250 or so guests....and its free....no putting the towels out at 5am or paying stupid money for for s sunlounger.......there is more than enough to go around!

The swimming pool is big and safe and has a lovely little kiddles pool, slightly raised up, so you can see your little ones whilst sunbathing.......the main pool can be dived into, swam in and is also used for aerobics and polo and all the other amazingly fun activities offered EVERY day!

The entertainment....this...i think.....is the best part. The entertainment team (animation team) are fantastic!! The kids love them, the teenagers do to....and so do the mums and dads....they are fun loving, polite and respectful....they speak about 8 languages a piece and they know all the dance moves!! They greet you every morning, provide a safe environment for your kids to be in and provide top evening entertainment from 8pm to 11.30pm at night...including a kids disco! Fabulous group of young men, the best ive seen!

For after hours, there a re 3 or 4 night clubs within a 10 min taxi ride and so youre never without something to do or a place to party. Breakfast and dinner in the hotel are like something out of a film....banquet hall with chandeliers and every cuisine you can imagine.....perfect.

I have a lot of love for this hotel, and beleieve me, once youve been once...you'll go back again and again!!

  • Liked — The staff
  • Disliked — The location could be a little closer to the town...but its only a 20 min walk!!
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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blackpool
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2008

We recently spent two weeks at the sol azur, the lobby is quite large with plenty of seating, a cocktail bar, a small bazaar, and the reception area which includes a money exchange.
The rooms are a ample size (there were two of us) with separate bathroom, and WC. the view could have been better (luck of the draw) rooms have air-con with controls.
Breakfast is taken on the floor below the lobby, and is buffet style with plenty of choice, including show cooking, but don't expect an English style.
Dinner is on the third floor and the dinning room is split into smoking/non-smoking. again the food is buffet style with a separate carvery/specials chef served counter. you keep the same table for the duration of your stay. the soups/salads had good choice and were enjoyable as were the sweets, the main course was a bit hit and miss and some of the Tunisian style dishes were not to everybody's taste, although well presented.
The pool area was excellent , the pool it's self had several depths, and a separate area for smaller children, there are plenty of sunbeds etc, and the pool attendants are very helpful and well deserved the tips (which means no need to be down before breakfast to get a bed by your favoured spot). in the morning the animation team are at their most lively with a number of activities taking place. after lunch the pace is slower and set for relaxation and reading with a cool drink from the pool bar.
On the beach the sunbeds are free but you have to get your own and carry it to vacant parasols, the beach is pleasant but not cleaned on a regular basis (unlike the pool which was daily inspected), the sea is clear and of blue flag standard, there are plenty of activities all of which in cure an extra charge, there is also a snack bar.
Night time entertain left much to be desired and was the main let down with the holiday, especially as apart from a couple of restaurants there was nothing else going on around the hotel.
The hotel was one of three and we were able to use the other hotels facilities, although in the main we stuck to the azur which had the best pool.
Between the hotels the gardens gave plenty of paths to walk off your evening meal.
The hotel was very clean, and the staff both pleasant and helpful.
The bars seemed to mostly concentrate on cocktails, although you could get bottled beer.
Water at the hotel is about four times more expensive than local shops, where we bought ours and kept chilled in our mini-bar.
Disabled facilities are virtually non-existent at this hotel, and although we saw people with moderate disabilities enjoying their holiday, i feel it would be totally unsuitable for most.
As mentioned the immediate area is quiet, however taxi's are cheap and plentiful, with the main resort only a short drive away. and yasmine a bit further on but worth a day out. in hammamet be prepared to be hassled, and haggle if you wish to buy.
We didn't do any organised trips, but did go to Tunis on the local bus(very/very cheap) which has a much larger and varied Medina.you can also get to Carthage from here, but we din't leave enough time to go ourselves.
he airport was a bit chaotic and the trek to the hotel took 1hr 15m.
but in the main the holiday was mostly enjoyable, if we were to return to Tunisia (we never return to the same hotel) we would go to yasmine which was much newer.
If its good nightlife that you want, then look elsewhere, but if it's relaxation then we certainly found ourselves relaxed. if not pampered.

  • Liked — the pool
  • Disliked — evening entertainment
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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brighton
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2008

Read all the reviews- i finally dont feel alone with the distressing time i have spend in tunis.

Hated tunis so much nothing to do, too expensive, people not friendly and dont like to speak english.

negative points you must know before you visit Sol Azur is that they probably have nicked the star rating from another hotel. Lets start with the welcoming point were they are not so friendly or helpfull.

Toilets -have no windows so expect a strong smell when visitingt he toilets.

Bathroom seperate from toilets plus not clean. when sending your towels you dont get any exchange you will have to wait until they get washed so you can imagine how worn out it is.

Bedroom-Tacky furniture, remote control broken, terrible air condition, not comfortable beds, matteress dirty, fridge dirty. No iron no kettle. Basically there is no civilisation.

Dont expect professional entertainment in the evening as its run by three tennagers. Those tennagers are summer workers and do the mini disco plus the days programme.

We stayed for 7 days the food was so bad we had stomach pain all our stay. You will find grilled food one day the other it would be used to re-cook it to a different reciepe as we have been told by a member of stay.

There was an instant were i asked for hot water from the bar to make my sons bottle as there are no kettles in the rooms. We hard hot water from the tab that was so salty you would have smelled it.

Beach was very dirty

Positive points- nice seaview, nice weather and pool was ok not a hit.

  • Liked — seaview
  • Disliked — everything else
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Ave Assad Ibn El Fourat | BP 13, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#50 On the Beach Hotel in Hammamet
#58 Luxury Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sol Azur Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 287
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