My partner and I went to Yasmine Hammamet in early October for 3 full days (excluding the days that we were travelling). We were unfortunate in that it was raining for the majority of those 3 days which may have clouded our judgement slightly.
But we would definitely not recommend this hotel to anyone. It was 3* at best. The service was very poor and only 1 or 2 people in the entire hotel could speak English! I asked how to get to the markets and the lady at reception directed me to the spa! How does 'markets' sound anything like 'spa'? We made the mistake of eating lunch once in the hotel (non-buffet meal) which was not only very over-priced but was not tasty and the service was extremely bad. It took them 40 minutes to bring over my pasta and my partner's lamb. It took them 15 minutes to bring over our drinks and there were only 6 people there besides us! The only good things about this hotel were:
1) They had a really big bed - the biggest I had ever seen
2) The shower pressure was really good
3) The buffet dinner was quite good - good selection which changed every day. However, the breakfast was quite bad and the lunch (as mentioned before) was very good.
4) There was one English channel called Premier 2 which actually showed quite recent movies.
I have read reviews for other hotels in Hammamet and it looks as if all of their hotels are bad. We also met a few other English tourists on our transfer back home and they said that their hotels were very poor too. It may be possible that the Alhambra Thalasso hotel is the best out of a very poor bunch. They also said that they'll prefer to go to every other country in the Planet rather than come back to Tunisia.
Generally, I would say AVOID Hammamet because it was a very dull place. You also get harassed everywhere you go especially in the medinas. We went to both the medina in Yasmine Hammamet and in Hammamet South (Old Town) and they were very aggressive. One of them actually slapped my boyfriend's shoulder and then had the audacity to say 'Friend, come into my shop!' At the airport while I was running off to the toilet after drinking too much water and a 2.5 hour transfer (ridiculous!), someone tried to drag mine and my boyfriend's suitcases away even though my boyfriend told him not to. He only stopped when my boyfriend yelled at him and then he asked for a tip!
After a 50 minute wait at Tunis airport, my suitcase finally came out and it was also damaged - one of the wheels was broken off. I am going to try to claim compensation from Tunisair.
Avoid Tunisia at ALL costs. Possibly the best activity was going to Frigula Zoo where the sea lion show was entertaining and you can ride a camel for 3 Dinar. One of the English girls who we met said that she paid 40 Dinar to ride a camel for 5 minutes on Hammamet beach so be prepared to bargain! Also, please be advised that everything in Tunis airport is priced in EUR and you are not allowed to take Dinar out of the country as it is a restricted currency.
Although this was a cheap holiday, it still wasn't worth the money. I had gone to Malaga (Costa del Sol) last month and that was just as cheap but was 10 times better.
- Also Known As:
- Alhambra Thalasso Hammamet
- Hotel Alhambra Thalasso
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inspired by the famous Alhambra Palace in Granada, and evoking memories of a Moorish and Andalusian era, the elegant and superbly designed Alhambra Thalasso Hotel 5*, member of the prestigious chain Warwick International Hotels, ideally located in the resort of Yasmine Hammamet, is an architectural masterpiece in its own right. ... more less
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