We stayed at this hotel for 2 weeks 23 Sept - 3rd Oct 2012. This was my 5th visit to Tunisia so I am used to their ways and food etc. Riadh Palms hotel is simply at the best 2* rating. Must have been the blind school who rated them 4*. There are too many negatives to write in this review but if you like cheap and nasty this hotel is for you. Food quality was the worst I have EVER experienced in Tunisia (I have stayed in this region before and it was good)..mashed potatoe like runny soup ughh !!!! There are too many guests for this hotel's public areas never any seats (which were grotty anyway), The bars and public areas are very poorly lit (probably to hide the deplorable drinks beers/wines/spirits which are very inferior quality to other hotels I have stayed at.) Guests at the hotel are mainly Eastern European which maybe explains why the food was as it was..not many English or German which really says it all.
The rooms are adequate but VERY dated again poorly lit..very dark and dismal..if you are a lady who likes to look reasonable in the evening go downstairs to get ready you wont see to put on your make-up in the room...my companions room next door was exactly the same but she sufferred major problems...the wardrobe door fell off hitting her on the head...she got gastroenteritis the first week due to the poor food quality and had to spend money on doctors fees. I myself got a very bad chest infection the 2nd week due to there being no 'breathable air' the air conditioning was not on for the whole 2 weeks despite temperatures in the 30's..on asking the management told us it is hotel policy to turn off air conditioning from 15th September no matter what the temperature is!!lovely!!! try sleeping in that or even breathing!!!! The fridge cost us 30 dinars and the handle pulled off on the first attempt to open the door..the handle was a hand made wooden knob secured(or in this case not) by a large sharp pointed nail.....???? The fridge was changed but the replacement didnt work so we had to have the old one back...oh we did have safes in our rooms but the keys had been 'lost' so we had to have a safe behind reception in a very dirty dusty area which was unsafe due to cables etc lying on floor..sounds like fawlty towers? Oh no much worse than that !!!
There were probably 2 members of staff that were nice people and approachable...we were ignored by others until the last 2 days when they new we were leaving they were falling over themselves to be nice (for a tip) The pool area is nice (but someone suggested that the water quality should be tested as it seemed quite murky) trying to swim in it however was like an obstacle course there were always so many children and adults with lie lows and water play equipment in your path. Beach area is also nice lovely beach and the sea nice and warm most of the time. To the front of the hotel is a brocken down fence and old crumbling wall within which live the poor unkept stray dogs) there are just a couple of dusty roads with restraunts/bars going out at night other than to eat was not really in the equation. We met some really nice other English people (who i see have added their comments on this site) hello to them !! I noticed many people saying this was good hotel for the money as it was a cheap holiday...we paid £750 EACH for all inclusive 2 week stay thats not exactly cheap in my book!! couldnt even eat in their restaurant and Im not a chip person.. or swim comfortably in the pool. This holiday has put us off Tunisia for ever more....if you like nasty and cheap go there if not stay away !!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set among a realm of palm trees right on the edge of the most beautiful beaches in Tunisia, the Riadh Palms is located at the heart of Sousse. It is a 4 star-hotel where tradition, luxury and technology all come together to create a relaxed atmosphere.In order to make the most out of your holiday, many services and facilities are at your reach: a heated indoor pool and a large exterior pool, a sauna, a fitness center, a Spa center, a beauty salon, restaurants, bars with one near the pool & beach, a snack bar, a coffee and tea lounge, a night-club and a shopping gallery. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riadh Palms Sousse
- Riadh Palms Tunisia