Ibis is the hotel for me when I am in England (Reading) and in France (Marseilles-Mediterrannee). And now that I have retired in south Tunisia, I stay in Ibis Tunis whenever I am in Tunis, the capital. Last time I stayed there was from Sunday 19 and Wednesday 22 May 2013. When I walked in, I headed to reception and I placed my Internet booking details on the desk. The lady pushed the paper aside and asked me for my passport. She did not ask me for my Accord client membership card, which she was supposed to do, so that a client may claim points. I did not have my passport so I gave her my ID carfd and asked to be put in a room where WIFI signal reception is strong because I work on the Internet in the afternoon ( I am a journalist by profession).
She gave me room 511 at the 6th floor where I have found out that Wifi reception was poor. In the middle of a long page, my work would be interrupted by a disappearing signal, and I have to reboot to get it back again: annoying waste of time.
- Second disappointment: one evening I was doing some work, I phoned reception and asked for a lasagne to be sent to me upstairs; a lady said; we are busy, we have no room service, you have to come down and take it up yourself, which I did. I do not know whether they do this to tourists, which would be counteproductive.
- The bar staff, par contre, are polite and helpful. One evening I fancied a drink and asked for a bottle of Vieux Magon which is the only wine in Tunisia that I can ingurgitate; all the rest are horrible to my taste, "plonk" as they say in England! Me who knows what a good wine is, having lived in England all my working life and travelled widely in France and Italy. I was disappointed because the bar staff said they did not haveany Vieux Magon rouge. Never mind, but I was disappointed albeit I was ready to pay the 28 dinars for it.
- Drink Prices are what you may expect in Europe: coffee, tea: 4 dinars (2 euros), glass of wine: 4 dinars, mineral water bottle: 4 dinars. whisky: 8 dinars a glass, champagne: 300 dinars a bottle, glass of beer; 4 dinars
- Food you take upstairs is tasteless: I tried a lasagne; it was frozen stuff, heated and sold to clients. I have not tried the restaurant, which I will do next time, but I don't expect a great meal because I know from from experience that Ibis being conceived form businessmen in a hurry, does not offer great meals.
- Another remark: Being a journalist I must listen to then TV news bulletin; one afternoon, I switched the TV to listen to the 1900 bulletin but it did not work. I called reception, they promised help which came only very late.
- I am going to stay at Ibis Tunis in mid-june 2013 and will insist on a room where Wifi is good, this time round.
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