Kenza

Kenza

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4.0
#1 of 1 small hotel in Shanini
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Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, French, Arabic
Property amenities
Free parking
Free breakfast
Restaurant
Hiking
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Currency exchange
Gift shop
24-hour front desk
Sun terrace
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Soundproof rooms
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Chenini Troglodytique, Shanini 3222 Tunisia
1 Restaurant
within 5 miles
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Ferenjiuuu wrote a review Apr 2022
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The location and concept is fantastic but the owners of Kenza have become complacent with success. They have a thriving business with tour groups so are a bit dismissive of independent travellers. To be honest in our travels in Tunisia we felt less welcome here than anywhere else.
I imagine this will remain the case while they remain the only accommodation option in Chenini. They are well aware that tourists will pay well above normal prices for this experience.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: My suggestion would be to look online at other cave house options in other locations before you...
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Laurie P wrote a review May 2024
Princeton, New Jersey
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A cool stay in a rustic environment. We were worried about the heat (105F!) but the caves maintain a nice consistent temperature.

Room #3 has a main room with two single beds that serve as couches and an unreliable coffee table. There is a tiny room with a single bed and no door and a bedroom with a double bed and a very low ceiling (maybe 4.5'?). There are no windows, but we just left the front door open all the time. One wall switch with one outlet in each room. Mattresses on stone slabs are surprisingly comfortable. But, this is not a luxurious stay by any means.

Several patio areas with some seating and absolutely stunning views! The location is fabulous and the best part of the stay.

Breakfast and dinner are served in the restaurant. It's a steep, 5-minute climb back up to where the rooms are, with lots of steps and uneven stones. Not for the unsteady or anyone without a basic level of fitness.

Climb up on top of the rooms and you will find that at some point they have made what appears to be a swimming pool! This would be a fantastic addition if it's ever filled.

Dinner is 30 dinars per person, pretty good and pretty much the only option. There is a restaurant at the bottom of the hill, but we did not check it out.

Take a walk laterally across to the cafe near the white mosque for a great cup of coffee and fantastic breezes and cool views of the other side. Walk by the shopkeepers and duck under the blue bar to explore the ruins of the troglodyte dwellings. So cool!

Overall, a simple, rustic stay (better than camping) high on a hill with stunning views.
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: There is no Wi-Fi! The router in the office near the rooms is not working and they did not know...
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Fida N wrote a review Aug 2020
Deauville City, France
4.0 of 5 bubbles
There is nothing fancy about Kenza, but it is a must. The hotel is on the top layer of Cheninni village and the rooms are in caves.. The caves are basic but have electricity and one of them has an air conditioner. The restaurant is further down the hill - the food is good but the portions are enormous! Cheninni village is a must see and the most charming accommodation is Kenza.
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Date of stay: August 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Do not stay in this hotel if you have difficulty walking or climbing.
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arianamitchell120 wrote a review Feb 2017
Lexington, Kentucky
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at this hotel for only 1 night but we would have gladly stayed more. We had a room that could sleep up to 11 people, even though we were only 6 people. The room was very comfortable and surprisingly clean considering that it's a cave dwelling. There was a great deal of space and even a TV. The bathroom was located outside of the room but it was clean and well kept. You have to space out your showers of course otherwise there isn't enough water as it is pumped all the way up the mountain side. The dinner and breakfast were both good. You wait awhile for your food but it is well worth it after talking to the server while you wait, who also lives in the hotel and grew up there, and when you get the food it is a good example of solid Tunisian cuisine. We definitely didn't leave hungry. The views from the hotel were gorgeous during sunset and sunrise and you have a direct view of Chenini from the "lobby" area of the hotel.
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Date of stay: January 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with family
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Becky C wrote a review Mar 2016
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you visit Chenini, you MUST stay at the fabulous Residence Kenza. Where else would you get a chance to sleep inside a cave in comfort? We spent 2 nights here and absolutely loved it. Chenini is a special place on earth...we loved walking around the old mountain village, exploring the ksour, taking photos of the white mosque, seeing the camel that churns the olives, soaking in the beautiful ambiance. Kenza was the perfect place to stay. With friendly staff and dinner/breakfast included (friendly chef doesn't speak English but does speak German, Arabic and French), we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Just so you are aware, the hotel is a bit of a hike uphill over uneven terrain so don't bring too much stuff to lug up the hill. The staff offered to carry our bags but we declined. Halfway up the hill we wished we had accepted their kind offer! The restaurant (for dinner and breakfast) is about a 5 to 10 minute walk downhill from the hotel itself. (free wifi at the restaurant area, just ask for the password). We got to meet the lovely owner of Residence Kenza, a kindly dentist whose love for Tunisia and Chenini is obvious. Overall, two huge thumbs up for this special cave-hotel. Seriously if you are in this area and don't stay here, you've made a big mistake! Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: March 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Room 1 is amazing with 7 beds. Totally overkill for a couple but built in 3 caves, the room is so...
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TKR wrote a review May 2014
Cambridge, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We ended up staying here 2 nights and it was certainly one of the most unique places we stayed in Tunisia.

Rooms are in a cave dwelling with a great view of Chenini which was one of the best places we visited in Tunisia. The restaurant for breakfast and dinner is a 5 min walk away (dark at night). It's a reasonable walk uphil from where vehicles can park but there is a donkey to help with heavy luggage!

I'd highly recommend staying here as Chenini is at it's most beautiful and peaceful early in the morning and late in the afternoon. The rooms are simple but comfortable and the whole place is full of character. The bathroom was private but just outside the room. The bathroom faciltiies were adequate although we sometimes had problems with the cold water (leaving the shower scalding hot) and just before we left the toilet stopped flushing. These difficulties are perhaps understandable considing the location.

The ceilings are very low in the caves (including the bathroom) so if you are even of average height you do have to watch your head but it's worth it for a unique experience.

The hosts were friendly and helpful although they don't speak much/any English. They were able to arrange cheap transport for us to travel around other sites in the area the next day.

The food was great (if you like what they are cooking as you don't get a choice) and consisted of soup, brik, a typical Tunisian dish and fruit or a pastry for desert. Breakfast was the best we had in Tunisia (not saying much!) with non-packet jam and halwa in addition to bread, coffee and an egg. One morning we had a kind of stone baked bread and donut type bread which was a nice change from the usual bagette.

Overall I'd highly recommend staying here and it's good value too at 40 dinar per person half board. It was pretty popular when we were there and we were lucky to get a room without a reservation but the walk up price did seem cheaper than some online booking prices.
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Date of stay: April 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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coopersintunisia wrote a review Apr 2013
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mohamed cooks, carries, serves, the lot-the rooms are amazing in the caves, overlooking the old town-30 Dinar a person is asteal for breakfast, dinner and the rooms are incredible.
don't go in the height of summer obviously-its hot and this was first week of april-but great base for exploring the Ksars and the Tatoine is 8 km's away should you need it.
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Date of stay: April 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: they were similar but different as only a cave could be
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Jonathan K wrote a review May 2024
Princeton, New Jersey
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The key to loving this place is deceptively simple: remember that you are in a cave, not a hotel. Yes, the WiFi may malfunction. Yes, your sink may leak. No, your sheets may not be crisp and brilliantly white. 

But get ahold of yourself, man! You are in a magical environment, one of the most beautiful places imaginable. Me, I loved every minute of it.

Room: We stayed in Attoucha (3). The room was spacious and chock-full of character. It consists of a common room with two single beds and a table, a tiny alcove with one single bed and a main bedroom with a good-sized double bed. Five beds may sound like overkill for two people, but we used two of the singles as sofas and the alcove as a place to put our luggage. Although the ceiling above the double bed was less than five feet high it never felt oppressive, and the ceiling in the common area was of normal height. The bed was firm but very comfortable. The shower was decidedly rudimentary, but hot water was plentiful and nearly instantaneous. Our patio had a stunning view, and it was a delight to sit outside every night listening to the sounds of the village below and the surreal acoustics of the call to prayer echoing throughout the valley. We had the misfortune to be here one day when the temperature was 105, and the room was still comfortable. Sadly, WiFi in the room was non-existent and Internet access sporadic. 

Location: The abandoned dwellings and granaries are beautiful and fascinating. Chenini is most commonly visited as a day trip, but I highly recommend staying at least one night (we stayed three) in order to experience it at different times of day and without tour groups. One caveat: the walk to and from the parking lot is tiring; even the walk to and from the dining area was no picnic for this fairly fit, 64-year-old.

Food: We arrived spoiled, having had excellent breakfasts at our last two lodgings, so the breakfast here suffered by comparison. Nonetheless, it was tasty and plentiful. Dinners were good; a bit pricey by local standards, but not by Western ones. I had no interest in braving the arduous walk required to try the Mabrouk Restaurant at the bottom of the hill. If you choose to do so, Godspeed, and alert the staff, as they clearly expect you will be eating here.

Staff: Communication was hit or miss, as it seems not much English or French is spoken. Regardless, we could make our wishes known and staff were always polite and responsive. 

Overall, I had a terrific and thoroughly memorable stay here, and highly recommend it to the adventurous traveler who values beauty and novelty over luxury.
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Date of stay: May 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Gypsy_Batuta wrote a review Nov 2023
Chicago, Illinois
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Terrible communication. Not transparent at all with prices, availability or anything for that matter. Could not get simple queries answered. Host was trying to overcharge. Booking process is not straight-forward.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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ParisParis01 wrote a review Mar 2018
Paris, France
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a unique and lovely stay at the Kenya caves ! We are so happy that a place like this still exists and helps to support the local people.
Make sure to eat at the restaurant Kenza and do a tour (les septs dormants, Douit, oasis...) with a local guide from the village.
We were so happy to stay 2 nights to feel the vibe. Have A tea at the Buvette all the way up as it has a breathtaking view.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Laurie P wrote a tip May 2024
Princeton, New Jersey169 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is no Wi-Fi! The router in the office near the rooms is not working and they did not know how or did not care to fix it."
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Ferenjiuuu wrote a tip Apr 2022
37 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"My suggestion would be to look online at other cave house options in other locations before you book."
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Fida N wrote a tip Aug 2020
Deauville City, France257 contributions84 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not stay in this hotel if you have difficulty walking or climbing."
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Becky C wrote a tip Mar 2016
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam385 contributions54 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 1 is amazing with 7 beds. Totally overkill for a couple but built in 3 caves, the room is so wonderfully unique and spacious."
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coopersintunisia wrote a tip Apr 2013
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia56 contributions64 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"they were similar but different as only a cave could be"
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What are some of the property amenities at Kenza?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Kenza?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Kenza?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Arabic.