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.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Sindbad
- Sindbad Hotel Hammamet
- Sindbad Hammamet