My fiancee and I stayed here for four nights in early March 2007. It certainly has its colorfully-tiled, comfy courtyard charm, and the staff are really great, but it's not very good value for money. You're paying extra (TD65/night for a double) to stay in Sidi Bou Said.
Rooms are small. Deciding where to put your bags will be a challenge.
And you might have to ask them to do some finagling to get hot water for your morning shower. Breakfast is basic coffee/tea, bread with butter/jam, and a hard-boiled egg and served pretty much whenever you like. There is no phone, tv, mini-bar/fridge or the like. It's clean and tidy, but don't expect a new towel during your stay. They'll be dried on the radiator in the room.
Location within SBS is good. It's not a big village. Upon arrival, taxis can get you fairly close, but the last 75-100m is an uphill walk. Watch out for thieving cab drivers at the airport. This should be about a TD6-7 taxi ride. They'll try to get TD25. Train station is 10 mins walk down the hill. It's a very cheap 10 min or so ride to Carthage and 35 mins to Tunis Marine terminus. The main strip of tourist shops and cafes is about 30-40m from the hotel front door. There's a bit of a hassle here during the day, but after 6pm or so the buses have departed and you have the village more or less to yourself.
If you're staying more than a couple nights, your food options are pretty limited in SBS. Le Chargui is closed. Au Bon Vieux Temps has a lovely view and good service, but overpriced mediochre food. For only slightly more, the Hotel Dar Said restaurant a few meters down the road on the opposite side has much better food. We're traveling on a budget though, and can't afford this every night. Tea shops are nice, but again, way overpriced. Tourists march up and down the the main drag by the busload throughout the whole day, sit for 10 mins to have some tea, then head back from whence they came.
At the bottom of the hill are a couple bad, overpriced sandwich/pizza
shops, but also the excellent Tam Tam (nearer the train station). We didn't expect such a cosmopolitan atmosphere, efficient service, diverse menu, or good prices, but we got it here.
Bottom line is, if you want to stay in SBS, I think this is the most affordable option, but you could be just as happy staying in Carthage
or Tunis and seeing SBS on a day trip. It's by no means a bad place, but I wouldn't go out of my way to stay here, especially if you are making onward journeys from Tunis.
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