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“Highly recommended!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Grand Hotel de France
Ranked #14 of 53 Hotels in Tunis
Berlin, Germany
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Highly recommended!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

Looking for a great value budget place to stay in Tunis? This may not be the super cheapest but well worth the price, the standards well above those of the youth hostel (Auberge de Jeunesse) which is also in a slightly dodgy place within the medina. This was obviously once a very grand hotel, it's charm remains, full of pretty tiled walls, high ceilings, pillars & 40's furniture. We paid 53 Dinar, approx 32 Euros for a double room with bathroom attached and aircon (necessary in August) & little balcony facing the inner, open, peaceful leafy courtyard (where breakfast is served). Breakfast inc. in price, fresh bread (not always the case in Tunisia, even at pricier places) & the best coffee ever. The hotel is safe, extremely clean, towels included, free wifi, computers available in lobby, lovely friendly staff. A couple speak a few words of English but they're used to foreigner's bad French). It's down a little street just off Place de la Victoire (local taxi drivers know it as 'Bab Bhar'), don't get in a taxi until it's clear they will use the meter, should cost about 5 -7 Dinar from the airport during daytime hours. Very safe for single women!!, no annoying tiresome wannabe gigolos hanging around which is very refreshing! excellent location, right next to the medina.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a little balcony overlooking the inner courtyard.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank nina e
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, Georgia
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149 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2012

I paid 37 dinar (about 24 USD) for a single with breakfast - if you want a clean, simple, place in tunis (with pretty good wifi for free in the lobby), in a fantastic location right by the souq, you can't beat the Grand Hotel de France. You will likely need to call to make a reservation, and I don't think they have a website.
The folks that work there spoke a little English, but all were extremely friendly. Also, they had the best coffee I had my entire time in Tunisia. I can see why this is Lonely Planet's pick for best budget hotel in Tunis.
Also, I felt perfectly comfortable as a woman traveling alone. I would recommend taking ear plugs just in case you are near a snorer..the walls are thin but it got very quiet around 11pm.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank winnie1000
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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2012

I stayed at the Grand Hotel de France for a few weeks while I worked in Tunis. Great hotel with character. I think you cannot find a hotel anywhere in Tunis that is such a good value. I stayed in a single room without a toilet/shower that overlooked the hotel courtyard for 25 dinars per night. Breakfast is included in the price.

The room was always spotless and staff cleaned it every day. The location is great: you'll be a minute walk from the medina and just a few minutes from Avenue Bourguiba. There are two big grocery stores within 2-3 minutes of the hotel on foot. Also, the central food market is just around the corner. It bears mentioning, though, that the streets near the hotel are not very charming at night (though they are safe). There is a small cafe in the hotel. They don't stock much in the way of food, but you can get coffee, tea, water, or juice.

There is free wifi in the lobby and courtyard. As for the courtyard - it's pretty sizable, has a few trees in it and also an old printing press. It's a great place to relax. If you don't bring your own laptop with you, you can pay a few dinars to get online using one of the hotel's two computers.

Staff are extremely friendly and helpful.

You might try asking for a room that overlooks the courtyard. Some of them have balconies.

Great hotel. I highly recommend it if you're looking for a great value hotel in downtown Tunis.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that overlooks the courtyard.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank JoeMizoSoup
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Los Angeles
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107 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2012

A little difficult to find when the taxi driver lets you off several blocks away in the middle of Avenue Habib Bourguiba. But with the help of friendly locals and an excellent Lonely Planet map, I found it OK on foot. (Not happy with the taxi driver, though, whose meter registered 37 dinar for what I found out later was a 4-dinar ride and that one normally pays 10 to 15 dinar for.) I got a very nice double room with ensuite bath, facing a charming courtyard with doors that opened onto a small balcony. No staff member I found spoke English, so I got along with my really elemenary French. They were all very nice and helpful. I especially liked the gentlemen who served breakfast to a large group every morning in the dining room just off the lobby. The location puts you about three minutes from the medina, three minutes from the public market, maybe a 10-minute walk to the train station, same to the post office, same to the major sidewalk restaurants and cafes on Habib Bourguiba. It's a 20-min. brisk walk or a short taxi ride to the other end of Bourguiba, where you get the commuter train to Carthage and other points east.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LosAngelesTraveler89
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Wherever the road goes...
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2012

Excellent value for money, and a good location - but also plenty of atmosphere and charm. The streets immediately around the hotel might be a bit scruffy and grubby, but you are literally a minute away from Ave Bourguiba, the main entrance to the Medina and the main central food market. It's difficult to think how it could be better placed.

The staff were wonderful - helpful and friendly at all times. We had a courtyard view room, so no road noise - but some noise from the corridors and other rooms.

Room Tip: Courtyard facing. Definitely.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Adrian-and-Ellie
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London
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2011

this hotel has great location by the medina and the main avenue of the ville nouvelle. our room and bathroom were clean and had an old charm. breakfast was tasty and all the staff very friendly and welcoming.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank TrishandJoe
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Bangalore
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82 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2011

Courtyard & friendly staff give bonus points. You can walk to Medina, train station, plenty of shops around close to eateries. When i visited Tunis, there were few riots/curfew et al. I felt very safe & comfortable in staying there. Breakfast could have been better.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Kumaresh_sekaran
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Property: Grand Hotel de France
Address: 8 Rue Mustapha M'Barek, Tunis 1000, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Tunis Governorate > Tunis
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Ranked #14 of 53 Hotels in Tunis
Number of rooms: 12
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