Douz is referred to as the "gateway to the Sahara". And the El Mouradi at Douz lies at the edge of town, an "oasis" literally facing the desert. The lobby is impressive, done in the Arabic style architecture. The pool is large, with a serious bar service, and as with all other Mouradi hotels, lies at the center of things. This particular hotel, like its counterpart in Tozeur caters to the safari crowd. These people come in and go out for just one night or at the most two and they leave very early in the morning. This probably explains why the rooms don't have a fridge. But it's "graying at the temples" a bit and the style of furniture, fabrics, color, etc. looks a bit dated. Room numbering seems problematic with the three Mouradis I've stayed in - in one hotel, 5XX is in the first floor, in another hotel, 2XX is in the first floor, and in another 3XX and 9XX are on the same floors. Quite confusing. If you get the junior suite, you get a large antechamber, plus a separate toilet room from the shower-wash basin-bidet room. The TV is old fashioned CRT - does anyone still carry those in their hotel chains? - and tough luck if you don't speak French - 80% of the channels are in French, plus a smattering of Spanish and German channels. You have to pay for wifi, at exorbitant rates. Does anyone else do this in Tunisia? The food buffet - they provide breakfast and dinner buffet - is acceptable. Nothing fancy, good variety, and you won't starve. The headwaiters though look like bouncers - not sure if it's a deliberate hotel policy. Service is uneven. It's probably rated correctly - 4th of 11.
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