Villa Didon is truly a 5-star hotel. We spent part of our honeymoon there and could not have been more pleased.
We were greeted at check-in with a complimentary drink, and fresh rose petals strewn throughout our room. The rooms are enormous, done in cool marble, with the most modern fixtures and lights imaginable. The enclosed glass shower and jacuzzi tub are elevated on a marble slab, and the sinks and shower drains are reminiscent of Roman-style aqueducts. An enormous balcony presents breathtaking views of Carthage and the Gulf of Tunis.
Everything in the room, and the hotel, is ultra-modern; the hotel was completely remodeled and updated in 2004. Room doors automatically slide open when you insert your microchip-embedded plastic key. The sliding glass door and picture windows have -two- electric blinds - - one acts as a screen, the other a complete blackout curtain. Rooms have fancy electronic safes, flat-screen TVs (with at least one channel in English), and a small refrigerator stocked with a mini-bar (but you can use the refrigerator to store things purchased at the nearby grocery store).
The hotel lobby and lounge are super chic. The outside portion of the lounge is fabulous. The restaurant is large, quite good, and has wonderful views. There is a new, lovely hammam and relaxation center in the basement.
The service is impeccable. You will not open your own door as long as you stay. The entire staff speaks English and is helpful with directions, suggestions, and taxis. The hotel sits in a very well-to-do section of Carthage (next to the Carthage museum), and it's perfectly safe to walk. The Tunis TGV train runs right through Carthage, connecting Tunis and Carthage every few minutes (or you can take one of the many, many cheap taxis). Sidi Bou Said is a short, cheap taxi ride away.
Villa Didon is not inexpensive, and the food, in particular, certainly costs more than at other Tunis hotels. The bar, while very well stocked, is not cheap. Rooms are expensive by Tunisian standards, but for what you get, are a very good deal by Western standards.
Tunisia itself is a fascinating country with a well-developed tourist infrastructure. It is peaceful and perfectly safe and welcoming for westerners, including Americans. Villa Didon must be one of Tunisia's best hotels; it's certainly one of the nicest hotels I've visited anywhere in the world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience The Ancient Magic And Modern Luxury Of Tunisia. Antiquity and modern times converge in perfect symbiosis at Villa Didon, an exceptional luxury hotel of exquisite design, boutique sensibility and a truly magical setting. Surrounding ruins of ancient Carthage embrace the Punic Port, where Queen Didon disembarked to found this world-renowned ancient city on the coast of Tunisia. Rejuvenate in one of 10 luxurious and superbly appointed guestrooms, boasting unparalleled views of the shimmering Mediterranean. For the epitome of relaxation, enjoy a soothing and therapeutic massage in the spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Didon Hotel Carthage
- Didon Hotel Carthage