Had an overall pleasant stay at the Maison Doree, a pleasant enough old-fashioned place in the middle of the new (French-built) city.
On the upside, the location was almost perfect - 1 minute walk to a major stop of the light rail, the main way for getting around Tunis; 2 minute walk to the main boulevard; 5 minute walk to the Medina or to the main rail station; and around 10 to the Tunis Marine station for trains to Carthage. Really could not choose a better location when staying in Tunis. The restaurant was good and economical (7.5 dinars = 4 euros for a 3 course meal of the day; a la carte menu slightly more expensive); and the price was good, just 55 dinars per night for a double room with bathroom (would have been less without WC)
On the downside were - as many other reviewers have mentioned - the smoke and trams. About half the rooms, including ours, face onto the busy tram tracks of Rue de Hollande, which finish early and start late. The flimsy, not properly closing windows do little to block out the sound of trams rushing by sounding as if they're going just a bit faster than the tracks can handle. So ask for a room on the other side, or bring ear-plugs. Fewer solutions for the smoke - it was just everywhere - the lobby, the bar (sometimes so much smoke as to obscure the forlorn no smoking sign there), the restaurant, the hallways - but by some miracle, not our room. I think we were very lucky in this regard, but at least with the rooms there are lots of windows to ventilate if necessary. In general, even if I hated it, the smoke was inevitable in a city where the first thing our taxi driver did on arrival at the airport was light a cigarette; and the second to offer one to us.
The rooms themselves were good enough and clean enough.
English was spoken by most staff, with the others not resentful of my broken, error-riddled French.
Ultimately, if I were going back to Tunis on a budget, I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. After significant internet research, this seems to be the cheapest proper hotel; the only realistic cheaper option being a bizarre and undesirable youth hostel. Just a bonus that it's brilliantly located.
If you're planning to stay here, the hotel still hasn't entered the 21st century and gotten itself a website; but has at least entered the 1990s and gotten itself a proper email. It didn't until quite recently, and it doesn't seem to be listed anywhere on the internet. It's firstname.lastname@example.org
- Also Known As:
- La Maison Doree Hotel Tunis
- La Maison Doree Tunis, Tunisia, Africa