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“Hotel lovely, tunisia not for us!” 3 of 5 stars
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ClubHotel Riu Bellevue Park
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   BP 344, Port El Kantaoui 04089, Tunisia   |  
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Ranked #5 of 35 Hotels in Port El Kantaoui
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Hotel lovely, tunisia not for us!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

We have just returned from a weeks honeymoon at the Riu Bellevue Park hotel in Tunisia and I daresay we are glad to be home!!

That said, I'll start with the positive points about our holiday: Firstly, the hotel was lovely; very clean and exactly as advertised in the Thomson brochure. The meals were varied and plentiful in choice, I'm a pretty fussy eater and still managed to pick something to fill my plate with at every meal. The staff were always very helpful and the management team were very visible throughout our holiday and asked regularly how we were enjoying our break. There were sunbeds aplenty, even for those of us who were not early risers, I did see some guests going out early to 'reserve' beds but there was really no need. The entertainment team were also constantly trying to get guests up and joining in with activities which is nice if you like that sort of thing (if not, unlike most in tunisia they do take no for an answer!) Oh, and the weather was glorious, mid 40's all week so if it's a sun holiday you're after then this could well be for you.

Ok, lets consider the negatives and I'm afraid there are a few!! Our holiday company did not inform us that it was Ramadan whilst we were away, whilst I appreciate that my lack of general knowledge is partly to blame here I really think this was a big oversight. All the shops and bars near the hotel were shut until after 7pm, after which restuarants were full of locals and not terribly inviting. The locals who were observing ramadan were.....irritable to say the least - to the extent that the rep actually warned us at the welcome meeting about it.

Having never been to tunisia before we were perhaps a little niave to the culture. m not sure if the fact that all the locals were fasting was a factor, but we found the constant pestering to buy things and for tips and money in general to be quite draining. Whilst in Kairouan and Sousse we literally couldn't move for locals trying to sell us things and we were warned to be careful of thieves and pickpockets. By the end of the week it felt a little like everyone was trying to rip us off. Word of advice: do not buy from the markets, the government shops sell the same things for considerably less - which we found out the hard way.

We also had a pretty poor experience with one of the Thomson trips - the 3 Cities trip which promised to show us the sights, what it failed to mention was that as part of the trip we would be locked in a carpet shop with 2 locals trying to flog us extortionately priced rugs for over an hour - something which they warned us to avoid constantly. Not impressed!!

If it's a holiday of sunbathing and staying int he hotel you want, then this place is great; if you like to go and see the sights without being hassled then I'd think twice.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

Stayed here from 7th until 21st August. Although several reviews gave us some reservations we as normal decided to ignore them as some people are never satisfied. Great hotel and yes the reception area is too hot. All of the staff seem to have a mission to make you enjoy your stay and they were all without exception fantastic. The hotel is clean and the food plentiful and of a good standard. Lunchtimes can be had by the pool or inside. I like the idea of help yourself drinks at the pool side as well as the manned bar. Cannot say that we felt the drinks were watered down but we don't drink a lot anyway. The entertainment at the pool is first class even though we do not take kids on holiday with us. We will certainly return to this hotel.
The only downside for us is watching kids dip their fingers into every dish and then lick them whilst their parents are not supervising them. or just making a nuisance of themselves in the pool, or supervising them pouring 8 - 9 drinks away at the self service.

still a fantastic place to holiday

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

we arrived at the hotel on 7 th aug and the first thing that greets you is an outstanding reception area and some really friendly staff to take your bags and check you in.the rooms we were allocated were not to our liking (we had 2 ) but we spoke to our rep first thing in the morning and we were moved within the hour to pool and sea view rooms wich were beautiful.the bar staff were amazing especially mohamed in the lobby bar as he remembered our drinks and also alternative drinks we had every time we went to the bar.the pool area was one of the cleanest and well kept parts that i have seen at a hotel and the pool staff were excellent. on our first full day we found some beds near the pool as we had our daughters with us (14) (10) this was ideal as we were able to watch our youngest in the pool without worrying.i gave 1 pool attendant a good tip and he made sure we had the same beds with towells on every morning. the food both in the outside eating area and the main restaraunt were excellent, if anyone says different then they are either snobs or very fussy sods,there was always something different and there was'nt 1 day in 14 that we did not eat in the hotel.the manager of the hotel was one of the most helpful managers i have ever seen, he'd greet you as you went into the restaraunt and by the time you had sat down at your table he was at the food hall handing out plates to people and making sure you were ok for drinks.the animation team were outstanding and earnt every penny of what they were paid, from 10 am till 5 pm they were always asking people to join in with activities from ages 2 to 82.darts,water polo, crazy games, archery, volleyball just to name a few, nothing was too much trouble for any of them. night time entertainment for kids started at 8 till about 9.15 then the adult ent started at 9.45 till about 11.15.so the team worked their socks off.have been to many places over the years with my family including cruise's and this hotel alround compares with the hospitality and food we recieved on a cruise.would definately go back without a doubt.

Room Tip: we were room 1116 and had lovely pool and sea views
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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kingston upon hull
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

This was our first visit to Tunisia and we were a little sceptical,but we need not have been as this Hotel was absolutely fantastic,the staff unbelievably friendly and helpful.
The only slight downside was the entertainment on a night was slightly amateurish although having said that the entertainment team tried really hard and were really friendly.The food was first class even my teenage kids thought it was ok, a tip for anyone going take insulated cups with you as it is that hot the drinks get warm really quick.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

It was so bad I'm not going to write a proper review, I'm just going to tell you the bad bits.

Bad:
Monastir airport - all visitors arrive and leave together - 3 hour queues coming and going with no air conditioning, utterly disorganised
Unhelpful hotel staff who couldn't care less (and lie constantly)
Watered down drinks in tiny measures, very selective about if you've 'had enough'
Uncomfortable beds
No UK TV at all
Expensive internet access that doesn't work and staff deny the issue
Poor, tasteless cold buffet restaurant, we lived on bread and cheese
Tailored shorts not allowed in restaurant - no warning, so no dinner!
Full of chav, binge eating on free food, ugh
Dangerous to go out of 'compound' at night - aggressive taxi drivers
As soon as we left they had a revolution. I'm not surprised

Room Tip: Find somewhere else, better still avoid Tunisia
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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

This was our 3rd year staying at Riu Clubhotel Bellevue Park and most definitely our best holiday yet. How this hotel & resort is not 5 star is unreal! From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff to assist us with. Check in was so smooth that me, my wife & our daughter Poppy were in the swimming pool within 40 minutes of arrival!

The pool area is huge and plenty of places to lay down in the blazing sun or if you want some shade, there are loads of parasols all around and then you have your own private area on the beach if the pool area is too busy what with all the activities going on.

The Animation team were fantastic, in fact they really helped make our holiday so great. Kimo, Yosra & Abdul get our special thanks however it is unfair to name just them so a big thanks to Sam, Miriam, Mamadou, Aymen & Tchitsko (Cheecho) as well. Whatever they get paid, it definitely isnt enough! The way that they get everyone around the pool involved in all the pool games, volleyball, archery, ping-pong was fantastic and always a laugh a minute.

The food is fantastic and the variety on offer is exceptional. Anyone who goes to this hotel and complains about the food needs their head or more likely their taste buds seriously testing!

The Barmen at this hotel are fantastic. Anowar at the Beach bar and Mohammed in the upstairs bar have the most amazing memory. When there are nearly 1000 people staying at the hotel, they not only remember your name but also see you coming to the bar and will start pouring out your drinks (if you are having the same as last time!!).

This hotel is very child friendly and have special activities on during the daytime at the mini-club and then before the fantastic cabaret shows in the evening, they always have the mini-disco which our daughter was so excited about going to every night, so much so in fact that just as we were sitting down to enjoy dinner, Poppy would always ask if it was time to go to mini disco yet so she could dance on the stage!

When Poppy enjoys herself and makes lots of new friends whether English, Belgique, Dutch, French or German, that means we can enjoy ourselves too.

We cannot wait to return at Easter and also Summer 2012 and are already thinking about booking up for both holidays in 2013 too!

Please do not change anything about this hotel as it is just brilliant and gets a big 10 out of 10 from us.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Redworth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

We picked this hotel because it was recommended as as cheaper alternative to Spain or the usual places. This was probably due to the revolution that took place earlier in the year. we were not sure what to expect having never been to Tunisia, but it was one of the best holidays we have had!
The hotel is clean, modern, and the staff cannot do enough for you. We had two rooms next to each other, with great sea views. Ok they maybe basic, but do everything a hotel room should do, and the maids are very diligent. Beware however as they start cleaning the rooms at 8.30am...on two occasions we were woken by a maid coming onto the room!
Tip the pool staff and your bed will be there for you everyday, no hassle. In fact the way to do it in Tunusia is tip people, it does help get what you want, and is worth it
The hotel restaurant has more food than its humanly possible to eat, and its always good quality,.. you really are fussy if it doesn't satisfy!
The only negative for some is the location of the hotel. Its a £2.50 taxi to get into the EL Kantaoui port, with shops and restaurants. For us this was not a problem but for some maybe an issue. Its a good hours walk, and to be honest, its too hot to do that!
As far as money is concerned, you can only use Tunisian Dinari in the country and the exchange rate is set nationally, so use the hotel to change money. Take Stirling cheques and you will get a better exchange than Euro's or Dollars. Remember you can't bring the Dinari home.
I would defiantly return to Tunisia and this hotel, it makes a welcome change to the usual destinations

Room Tip: Ask for floor 3 or above, as only these have a decent sea view
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: BP 344, Port El Kantaoui 04089, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Sousse Governorate > Port El Kantaoui
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
#4 Luxury Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
#4 Romantic Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
#4 Family Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
#5 Spa Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — ClubHotel Riu Bellevue Park 4*
Number of rooms: 387
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
* 3 Km from Port El Kantaoui* Located on the beach* Complimentary sun loungers and parasols on the beach* 4-storey building surrounded by a 24,000 garden* 14 km from the center of Sousse* 200 m from various shops* 23 km from Monastir airport ... more   less 
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