Just come back from a week stay. We chose this hotel based on the reviews and it lived up to all the expectations.
The hotel is well looked after - inside and out (looked better on the outside than many of the hotels we called at to drop of our coach companions). Clean and welcoming foyer.
Staff - without exception are helpful, polite and cheerful - a friendly 'hello' or 'bonjour' from every one. The moment we walked through the doors we were welcomed - leave the cases for the porters; sit in the comfy seats to complete the necessary paperwork; given a welcoming drink of the 'house' lemon cocktail.
The Room was spacious & clean, as the pictures show, every day fresh rose petals are decoratively placed in the bathroom. We were lucky to have a room that overlooked the lovely gardens towards the outdoor pool and a little bit of a sea view.
The Restaurants are excellent value - we'd only booked room & lodging thinking we'd try a variety of restaurants in PeK. However after trying 2 that were OK we tried the hotel and didn't bother going anywhere else to eat. The variety was great, and it was no more expensive than out & about. Importantly we also had the confidence of superb service and didn't have to suffer the hassle from all the other restaurants imploring you to go in.
The Bar - again very comfortable - with large areas for smoking and non-smoking - though honestly as non-smokers we can only assume their ventilation system was top quality as the smoking was never evident. Prices of the drinks was near enough the same as outside places - about 4.5 DT per bottle of local beer (especially considering the greedy mark-up that many UK hotels apply).
The Spa was lovely too. This is why it's so popular with the Germans & French - and apparently the Russians - who are used to booking 'wellness holidays'.
It was my birthday whilst there - and it was one of the nicest ever. We'd booked the Spa & Hammam for the morning. In the evening we went into the main restaurant - and had the place to ourselves (most people go the other restaruant for the set-price meals). Consequently it felt like having a peronal chef & waiter! We also received a complimentary bottle of Tunisian 'bubbly' (very drinkable!) and a cake iced with 'Joyeaux Anniversere' complete with little birthday candle! Our 'room maid' also brought me a gift from the hotel management of a lovely quality Bath sheet (wrapped, ribboned & with a card)!
Can't say we were over impressed with Port el Kantaoui itself or the nearby town of Sousse but we would certainly consider returning to this hotel - and that seems to be quite common as the Manager explained that the Gala Dinner held is normally open only to his returning customers - but as the hotel was quiet we were all invited to attend.
My only 'warning' would be that to visit here you need to be comfortable in the company of the French & Germans. I think we were the only British couple there (so as someone else said, there's not a lot of info in English).
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