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Sindbad Hotel
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenue des Nations Unies, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia   |  
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Ranked #23 of 124 Hotels in Hammamet
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Everything you need and then some...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We stayed here for a week and had a brilliant time. There are three separate pools, one indoor and two outdoor. The outdoor pool up by reception was deserted nearly every day we stayed there so it was lovely to go for a swim with no one around. The outdoor pool down by the beach was often busy, but for good reason - it's really pretty and has a view out over the beach.

The room was very clean and furnished Tunisian style. The little terrace with table and chairs was a nice touch and we ate breakfast out here amongst lunch gardens a couple of times. The aircon was very quiet so we could keep it on while we slept (very important in the heat of September!).

We tried all the restaurants and the Thai was surprisingly good, even though there never seemed to be anybody in there. The pool bar played loud dance music during the day which spoiled the atmosphere a bit, but the little hut-type beach bar/restaurant was a great find. Staff were attentive and friendly, not to mention the view across the sea (perfect for a sunset beer). The only negative dining experience we had was the beach-side service on a Saturday. It took about an hour and a half for our food to appear after we'd ordered it. It could just have been because it was Saturday though.

A part of the beach is sectioned off specifically for the Sindbad Hotel, which is the cleanest and nicest part of the beach. We did the 20 minute walk along the rest of the beach to the main town, and everywhere else was littered with rubbish, old fires and used nappies. It was interesting to see the little beach hut bars that cropped up along the shore though and there were some lovely bars on the beach near the Medina.

It's true that there's not much to do directly outside the hotel, but there are day tours available, which I would recommend booking through the hotel as you basically just get a driver and you can make your own itinerary if you like. The town of Hammamet itself has a nice Medina, good restaurants and little Tunisian-style shisha cafés and it's only a 5 minute taxi ride or 20 minute walk away. Remember, this is a resort town, not Tunis.

I would also recommend going for a spa treatment - the hammam scrub was an experience in itself!

All in all we had a very nice stay at the Sindbad and I think it was by far the best value hotel in the Hammamet region.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boughton
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147 reviews 147 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Very good standard of hotel. Infinity pool. Beautiful furnishings. Within 20 minute walk of old Hammamet with its classic medina either along the beach or busy main road. Our group was somewhat large so we had a dining room to ourselves and a fixed menu for the two nights we were there. We would have preferred the buffet and its associated range of choices. Buffet style breakfast, freshly made crepes, omelettes and fried eggs, variety of fillings available. Very comfortable rooms, good beach and poolside service reasonably priced. Modern Hammamet is not too far away (try the tourist town) but is very much commercialised, modern and lacks the character of the old town.Staff very friendly and attentive. Beautiful, well maintained gardens and large aviary. In a great spot for peace and quiet.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

We stayed the last 2 nights of a cultural tour at the Sindbad. It provided relaxation, and respite in a beautiful and tranquil environment. Our room was lovely, large and very clean, with a bath and walk-in shower, and a secluded terrace.
The grounds of the hotel were just lovely, the staff were friendly and professional and the whole operation seemed to run most smoothly: testament to a good manager.
The food was good and plentiful, and I liked the f at that drinks prices, while 'hotel rates' we're not ridiculous, and that mini bar, room service and bar prices were one and the same.
The walk along the beach to Hammamet itself was a joy: the hotel's beach was lovely, and at the beginning of October, not too crowded.
We had heard of hawkers and hassles on the public beach, but we encountered no one, except friendly fishermen.
This was a great stay in which to end the holiday.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Barnsley
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

My wife and I have just returned from our sixth visit to the Sinbad. I cannot speak too highly of this hotel which has many attractive features with excellent facilities as shown on the hotel website. All the staff speak English (which is important if you are worried about speaking the language) and they are very friendly and efficient. The three outstanding features are the food and service in the main restaurant, the spacious bedrooms and the restaurant which overlooks the beach. I find it a great advantage to be able to move straight from the beach into a restaurant, at any time of the day, and have just a drink, a snack or a full meal with excellent service

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Exeter
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Firstly for those wanting a 5 star hotel then they would surely expect to be paying 5 star prices rather than package holiday prices!!! We found this a friendly and well established hotel set amid beautifully maintained gardens with an immaculate private beach. Our room turned out to be a suite with a huge bedroom, separate living room, dressing area, bathroom and separate shower plus a balcony. We even had 2 TV's although only the BBC world service to watch if we had the time. The waiters, chambermaids and beach staff were very good but the reception staff seemed generally bored which is not the ideal first impression. On the whole the food was excellent and plentiful with a mainly buffet style and barbecue as well. We were there for 2 weeks and never had to have the same main meal twice. Although the hotel was large it never felt crowded as the hotel is only 2 storeys and is spread out amongst the grounds giving plenty of peace and privacy. The hotel is very well regarded by the Tunisians with obviously very wealthy locals staying at the weekends but this just added to the atmosphere. In order to secure the best sun loungers at the front of the beach it is worth doing the German trick of reserving a space with your towels before breakfast although it does feel very un-British! Tunisia is a scruffy place and once outside the front gate it seems a bit bleak but persevere and try some of the little local shops where there are plenty of bargains and the drinks are much cheaper than the hotel. You can take a 20 minute walk along the beach to the Fort in the old town and explore the Medina. Jasmine Hammamet in the opposite direction is worth avoiding unless you want the typical Irish bars and tacky shops although the Marina was quite nice. We also did an overnight trip to the Sahara with dinner and entertainment in a traditional tent and which also included a train ride into the Atlas Mountains. A lot of travelling but worthwhile.......

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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16 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Just back from one of the most relaxing weeks holiday in a long time. Very friendly welcome from the front desk on our arrival and then a cool welcome drink. Arrived at 10am and was given a room straight away. Wow what a room....really large, massive bathroom with separate shower and toilet..lovely terrace outside and then it was off to the beach. A quick dip in the infinity pool and on to the Beach Bar for lunch. All the staff were brilliant all week and a special mention to Ahmed in the Beach Bar who had put up with a few customers who thought they were dining at Gordon Ramsays and not a bar/restaurant on a beach. we went half board one night was Al Carte next night buffet. There was so much choice at both breakfast and dinner. One night we dined in the Thai restaurant and that too was very good. The only down side was the flies.....every where constantly - but this is a trait for Tunisia the hotel could invest in some sort of zappers on the walls to kill them off, but fair to say there was nothing in the bedrooms. People must bear in mind that you are visiting a two tier economy they even have money or they don't. The ones that do like to flash the cash and do so at this hotel. we think this reflects how good this hotel really is....dont listen to the doubters on Tripadvisor go and see for yourself you will not be disappointed

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Unfortunately this hotel don't take care of the residents clients because they have already regular non-residents customers that goes to the beach or the infinity pool at night.
After a long trip in the heat, we were received with a very cold welcome not even a drink as other countries do.
First oval, the room expenses was taken from my credit bank account two month before arrival. This was despite the booking policy, saying that the reservation can be cancelled one week before arrival. Our Room was very nice and clean inside but the location was a bit weird, we get lost almost 6 times before finding it. One side of the room has a wasteland view and the other side to a courtyard. But ok, we don't care about the surroundings of the room. We asked to have breakfast in the room, everything came on exact time, but the quality is definitely not good and fresh (croissant and orange juice) as 5 stars hotels do. First night at 9.30 pm we go to beach bar infinity pool, well dressed etc. The waiter tell us that's fully booked, we tried to insist a bit but he ignored us. The two other restaurants were completely empty and not attractive to eat there, so we went out to find something (go to the marina). The all four times that we went to the beach you had to insist to be served ( sunbeds and food) and if you don't give tips they let you know about it. The waiter in the infinity bar never managed to serve us, I always went by my own to the kitchen to order. He was too busy to take care of us and if you go to their cash desk to reserve a table they tell you: you have to call this number! ok, but this is not a good service ! Apparently they serve well only the people they know and the regular costumer. I don't have anything against that but then don't charge huge amounts for very poor service. Woman in the spa was insisting toooooooo much to take a package or a treatment, she was too much commercial, witch made me run. Conclusion: they treat Tunisiens better than tourists. They think we are stupid.
Positive things: Beach and room was nice. But if you have to deal with the people working there, it's something else.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avenue des Nations Unies, 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 Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Hammamet
#14 Spa Hotel in Hammamet
#20 Family Hotel in Hammamet
#20 Luxury Hotel in Hammamet
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Sindbad Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 154
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