Having been to Tunisia many times before, we knew that you have to make allowances when you holiday there. For example, you have to recognise that the Hotel 'star' rating system is not meant to provide a direct comparator with hotels across the world. Star ratings in Europe are determined by local government agencies or independent organizations, and they vary greatly from country to country. In fact, star ratings in Europe can also vary from city to city within the same country, and even between hotels in the same city. In other words, there is no uniform measure that determines a hotel's star rating. So as long as you don't go expecting the same level of luxury of, say, the 5 star Waldorf Hilton in London from a beach front hotel in a third world country (let's face it you couldn't stay room only in a London 5 star for the price of two weeks all inclusive here), you'll have a great time.
We were amongst the last of the Thompson 'Couples Only' customers - we understand that it future it will be marketed as recommended for Adults, and that seems sensible. Whilst there is a small children's activity area and pool, as other reviewers have pointed out, the hotel seems more geared to adults. The food was varied and of good quality/presentation, and the staff friendly and helpful. We had a garden room view, which was bathed in early morning sun, and was nice and cool in the evening. It was a substantially sized room, the bed comprising two double mattresses! Like the hotel itself, some of the furniture looks a little dated, but it's not shabby. We were generally on the beach by 7:30 each morning, and whilst there was some towels on sunbeds nonsense, it didn't matter because people were coming down mid-morning and having no problem getting a good spot. Having walked both up and down the beach 1/2 hour each way I can assure you that the Hotel has the prime spot in this stretch. All areas of the hotel were kept really clean, and whilst there was some rubbish along the beach, it was cleared occasionally. Evening entertainment was generally man & keyboard coupled with either man with saxophone, or female singer. To be honest I could have done without any of it - if you go to your local pub/restaurant you don't necessarily expect to be entertained - but that's my personal preference. The usual selection of European tourists, mostly polite and friendly. There was no loud or 'loutish' behaviour, just the occasional queue jumping which regrettably you have to expect these days apparently - oh, and they are insistent on long trousers at dinner.
Great holiday, weather superb, two weeks of cloudless skies. Recommended (to adults only).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located in Hammamet-Jinene * Situated on the beach * Complimentary sun loungers and parasols on the beach * 4-storey building surrounded by 70,000 m2 of gardens * 8 km from Hammamet's old quarter * 2 km from various shops * 60/95 km from the Tunis/Monastir airports * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Diners ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Oceana Hammamet