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4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rue de la Medina | Yasmine Hammamet, Hammamet 8057, Tunisia   |  
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Ranked #26 of 126 Hotels in Hammamet
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“Best Family Holiday we've had!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2009

On arriving at the hotel our 4 year old daughter said "Are we staying at a castle?" The hotel from the outside was impressive.
We were greeted with cool refreshments and taken to our room quickly.
The room was spacious and spotlessly clean. It had a small kitchnette with most things you would need for self catering, however no tea towel.
There was a separate bedroom and 2 bathrooms. 2 sofa beds were in the lounge. You could get another kind of room on 2 levels for the same rate but with 2 small children our room suited us perfectly.
The hotel is conveniently situated in the Medina. There is a small supermarket nearby where you can get basics, but we found a larger supermarket which is a 5 min ride in a taxi that costs 2 dinars where you can get basically anything you need.
The beach is a 5 minute walk and is well worth a visit. The sands are lovely, clean and the sea warm.
Carthage Land is worth a visit, its no Alton Towers but the kids really enjoyed it. There's also an indoor play area - Ali Babba which is great to get the kids out of the heat of the day.
A visit to the local Medina is a must, but be prepared for the locals! We found that if you went into their shop then after that they left you alone.
The thing that made our holiday was the staff in the hotel. They could not do enough for us and the children. Nothing was too much trouble. By the end of the first week our 2 were running up to them for a cuddle. We felt that we had made friends therer. We enjoyed our holiday so much we are going to book at the same place next year!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2009

Just came back from a week holiday (4th September) with my boyfriend and the blues has kicked in already.
A little about us- We both come from London and are in our late 20s.

We were very pleased with our apartment. It was very spacious and clean, considering the price we paid, we couldn’t have asked for more. (well little issues - the fridge stopped working when you took the key out to go out, the electricity stopped, we needed a broom as I kept dropping glass, tut tut)

The staff, especially the maids were friendly, greeting you with a genuine smile each morning. The hotel staff were also attentive, as were the staff at reception.

Be prepared to take some extra money to put aside for tipping, 1-2 dinars is fine.

The breakfast was very good- We just booked bed and breakfast, there was a wide selection to choose from such as fruits, savoury and sweets, all very tasty. As I don’t eat pork, I didn’t have to worry about what I was eating.

They brought a cake up to our apartment for my boyfriends birthday which was totally unexpected, it was a wonderful surprise.

Each morning the maids decorated our beds with petals and made hearts and birds out of bath towels, it put a huge smile on our face and added to the romance.

The medina wasn’t that bad, we politely resisted there advances and continued walking. Try not to get into conversation too much, or you’ll be dragged into a shop, unless you like to haggle, which I don’t.

We found that it was cheaper to book excursions at the Marina, rather than through our holiday rep or the hotel (our hotel rep Lyndsey had great knowledge about Tunisia).
We booked excursion everyday, so we were pretty busy. The Sahara trip was 170 dinas (about £85) it was extremely tiring as it involved lots of stops, but you got to learn so much about the history of Tunisia (wear trainers). The quad bike was my faviourite, my boyfriend went snorkelling but whilst I soaked up the sun rays. There were however, no fish, just old ruins, a ship wreck.

The pirate boat ride was very entertaining, but another couple we spoke to had a bad experience, but they however stayed in Sousse. Our ship was called the Yasmine, and the main entertainer was hilarious.

TIPS: get some coins, for tipping, as it is expected in my experience, and helps to avoid awkward situations.
Get to know the currency well as some will try to swindle you, with the cents and dinars.
Haggle – the horse and cart, should be negotiated, we foolishly paid 35 dinars whilst another couple paid 10dinars

The English pub, the Vue (I think is called) was good for a night out, they also had karaoke, Freestlye restaurant was a good place to eat,

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2009

We had a last minute family holiday in August, 3 adults and 2 children. The accommodation was spacious, light, and nicely furnished. All rooms are around the pool which was never too busy. The kitchen is a fridge, microwave which grills slowly and 2 rings, but okay if you plan to eat out most of the time. You may need to ask for more plates, glasses etc as some rooms were low on supplies.

The staff were friendly and attentive and although tipping is expected 1 dinar is a good tip (less then 50p). The rooms are cleaned daily, we tipped the maid each day and possibly as a result she put flowers in our room and decorated the beds which the kids loved.

HENNA TATTOOS - DON'T DO IT! Our daughters wanted tattoos, proper Henna is a vegatable dye should be brown/orange and last just 3 days. The tattoos our children were given contain a chemical dye which is illegal in the UK for use on skin and has caused a severe painful reaction, requiring hospital treatment. They may now be over sensitive to a common dye in cosmetic products for the rest of their lives. Don't even bother with a test as it can take up to 3 weeks to react so you have no guarantee that it is safe. The person who did our children was based in the Medina opposite the bouncy castles, he showed us a certificate from the hospital saying it was safe and said that he had been their 4 years with no complaints - when I went back to show him what had happened to my daughter he was "less then helpful" and this was before my other child started to react. Don't be taken in by their salemanship it really is not worth risking it.

Don't be put off by the Medina, you don't need to walk through it to leave your hotel there is an entrance through reception so you can walk around the outside rather than through the middle. Even if you do want to walk through but don't want to be dragged into shops, just wear sunglasses, don't give eye contact, hold on to your children, keep walking and don't answer their questions. It isn't scarey - just treat it as a game.

The beach is lovely, gently shelving soft sand - lovely for children and there are bannana boats, paragliding etc.

Restaurants are cheap £5-£15 each including drinks but the quality is variable. The floating one at the Marina is reccommended.

Food shopping is limited to local foods, there is a very small supermarket in the Medina and a small one near Marina which is cheaper.

Taxis are cheap and plentiful and should be metered, but they don't seem to bother. It should cost about 1.5 dinar to the Marina so get a price first.

Changing money - the exchange rate is fixed by the government so it is easiest to change money at reception. You cannot take dinars into or out of Tunisia so will have to change any leftover money back into sterling at the airport, they will charge 3% commission but watch what they give you back in sterling as they gave my husband 40% less than they should have and even after complaining he was still £8 out of pocket. My advice would be try not have anything left over at the end of the holiday.

Hope you found this helpful and have a lovely holiday.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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lake district
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2009

me n m partner stayed in the hotel 4 10 days all inclusive at the end of july n i can say i cant fault anything!!! staff were brill n could never do enough, and the hotel cleanliness was incrediable!!! we will be defo returning again!!!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2009

Me and my friend were looking for a cheap last minute holiday and we ended up going to Tunisia, where neither of us have been before. We booked to stay at this hotel and were very happy with it.

We arrived to our hotel at around 12.30am to be greeted with a nice cold refreshment from a member of staff who then took our bags off us and took us to our room. We stayed in an apartment room in the hotel with one bedroom, front room (with sofa beds), two bathrooms and kitchen. Beds are made everyday and apartment was always spotless when we came back to it.

We stayed in the rooms near the reception area side and the swimming there is actually freezing. Although we did go in May so by now it probably will have warmed up a bit. The second outdoor poor (around the other side) is not as deep and was pleasant to jump in to cool off in the heat.

We stayed at the hotel on an all inclusive basis which i would say is probably the best way to do it as the alcoholic drinks in the hotel bar were quite expensive. When looking at the hotel prices it isnt actually that much more to go all inclusive. The all inclusive options includes all your meals and drinks at the hotel.

The food in the hotel restaurant was very good. There was a large variety to choose from everyday. Breakfast was standard cereals, fruit and then eggs, meat and so on. We often popped up to the restaurant at lunchtime and the staff were happy to make us some food. The pizza's and pancakes are very good. :*)

The private beach is lovely, the water was very pleasant and clean. It is about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. We used the jet skis at the beach and the staff down there were very friendly. You do have to pay for drinks at the beach but this seems to be similar with all the other hotels.

The only bad thing about this hotel is that when you come out of some of the exits you are landed right in the middle of the medina (market/shops). On our first day of walking through the medina we found it quite entertaining all the men inviting you in to their shops and shouting the british phrases they have learnt "cheap as chips" "asda price" "you like you buy" and "i give you good price". After 3 days of running the gauntlet we walked around the outside of the hotel to avoid being pestered. Saying that we did get some good buys when we did go to the shops on our last day - but be prepared to barter.

We went out on the pirate boat for the day and it was a really good day out, very entertaining - but if you do go, get a taxi to the marina and purchase your tickets there it is cheaper. If you are fussy about food (like me) then eat breakfast before you go and a snack.

Near the main square outside of the hotel in the medina you will find lots of restaurants and bars to eat (not actually part of the hotel but within the complex). Also opposite the casino there is a good bar with a pool table which is open till 2am for a late night drink.

This hotel is about a 10 minute taxi ride from the nightlife where there are lots of clubs and bars busy with locals and tourists. Taxis are cheap out there but be sure to get in a yellow one with a metre.

We were a bit unsure of what to expect from the locals but every single person we spoke to was very friendly and happy to help.

Overall, i would say this hotel is perfect for chilling out and relaxing and at the same time near enough to all the bars and discos for a late night drink and dance.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2009

we stayed at the diar lemdina for 1 week at the beging of may loved it.
the apartmants was great very clean and roomy.the maid came every day.we left a tip on the bed and she wood arange flower's on the bed.all the staff was very friendly and loved my 2 year old son.there really isn't anything bad to say about the hotel.we were half board and breakfast was really good pancake's and omlates ect but not that great at dinner time it was the same every night pizza was good but just out side medina there was a great stake house just up the street next to the elephents.
it was my self, partner,2year old son and mother in law and we loved every moment off the holiday.shoping can be a pain with the stall holders in the medina but out side the medina it's stress free.it was very cheep place and there is alot to do.
great holiday :)

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2009

I spent 7 nights in Hammamet from the end of March through to the beginning of April with my daughter. The weather was better than I expected; we only needed cardigans and managed to get sun kissed.
Our hotel, Diar Lemdina was listed as a five star hotel but strangely the main reception area held a plaque which showed four stars. I think this was a more appropriate rating. It was definitely not a five star hotel. The majority of staff were very friendly and very helpful. Our room was a spacious one bed studio which included a kitchen area. The room was very clean and the linen changed every day. The only negative was the lack of utensils provided for self catering customers. The food served in the restaurant became a bit repetitive even though there was a large salad bar and a small selection of traditional dishes as well as the usual hot dishes. The dining room was a good size and the waiting staff very attentive although it was obvious that most were after tips. When we visited, the hotel was only part filled as it was just prior to the beginning of the summer season.
We visited the hamman which we can both recommend. The souk was a nightmare, being two unescorted females, and we went out of our way to avoid it. It was extremely tiring saying ''no thank you''. The food from the various fast food restaurants was pretty poor and the prices extortionate. There seemed to be a lack of restaurants around the area perhaps because many of the hotels provide all inclusive packages. Parts of the beach could have been cleaner and parts have been sectioned off for the larger hotels. Our biggest error was getting henna tatoos from the stall by Restaurant Libanais not far from our hotel. We are still suffering the effects of these and have learned from a BBC consumer program that a chemical called paraphenylene diamine or PPD had probably been added to the henna. Both my daughter and I came up in a terrible rash on our return to the UK, luckily we sought treatment straight away. We have been left with what I can only describe as burn scars on our hands. Hopefully these will fade in time but I have heard of others who have been permanently scarred. Please be very careful. This relates only to the black henna.
On the whole I wouldn’t visit Hammamet again as it is a purpose built tourist resort which lacks character partly due to the monstrous hotels that blot the skyline. If you want to see the real Tunisia then Hammamet is not the best place to go. There is a very helpful tourist information office just behind the hotel. If you come out of the hotel and turn right and follow the road round it will take you about five minutes. If you can afford it I can recommend a visit to Dougga which is a historic roman site.

  • Stayed March 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rue de la Medina | Yasmine Hammamet, Hammamet 8057, Tunisia
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Location: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Hammamet
#16 Spa Hotel in Hammamet
#22 Family Hotel in Hammamet
#22 Luxury Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Diar Lemdina 4*
Number of rooms: 240
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Diar Lemdina Hotel" is situated in the heart of the Medina Mediterranea, the pearl of the new tourist resort of Yasmine Hammamet- 300m from the sea. To stay in the residences of Diar Lemdina Hotel remains a privilege which permit you to discover the intimacy of Medina with all the comfort of the 21st century and get involved in the events planned during the year. Diar Lemdina Hotel offers you the choice to lodge in one of three blocks "EL BOUSTEN", "ERRIADH" or "SIDI BOU SAID" in the middle of their gardens and their private swimming pools. The Hotel Diar Lemdina includes 190 suites and 40 double rooms . 190 suites are :12 junior suites, 59 are senior suites, 112 are Ambassador suites, and 7are Royal suites. ... more   less 
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