First of all, as many reviews have suggested, this is not a five-star hotel and one should not expect five-star amenities. That's why my review rating is only average. Having said that, however, you pay for what you get. If you want to hang around the hotel mixing with the rest of the tourists, lounging by the pool, and expecting a huge breakfast served to you by wait-staff wearing spotless uniforms--you need to find another hotel. If, however, you want to explore Sousse and nearby areas, and want to spend some time at the beach, then you should just use this hotel as a sleeping place. And for that, it is well worth the price. The staff is friendly and helpful but you have to ask for the help; they won't volunteer it. Also, if they are giving you directions or something--don't interrupt them; they don't like it. I mis-heard a sentence when the hotel clerk was speaking and I started to ask for clarification and he said, "Let me finish." The hotel lighting is not very bright (but you don't need bright when it is so sunny and if you are just mainly going to sleep there); some of the towels are a little frayed (but clean); some of the paint is peeling in the hallways. But, again, do you want to pay just to stay in a hotel, or do you want to use the hotel as a home base while you get out and explore the city and country? The maids are friendly and will make up your room nicely and quickly, especially if you leave them a pair of pantyhose or some chewing gum (or both).
The beach is only about 400 meters away and the hotel has its own area with thatched umbrellas and sun chairs. After a while, some guy will come around asking for 3 dinar payment (about 1.5 Euros) for the whole day. After a few days of regular visits, the guy reduced the price to 2 dinar. The hotel is not far from the Medina and city center. You can walk it in about 20 minutes and therefore get the atmosphere (as well as all the touts who can smell tourists from a mile away), or you can take a taxi (you shouldn't pay any more than 2-3 dinar) or one of the little trackless "trains" that run regularly and stop at all the hotels (about 3 dinar). The hotel does not have internet (it might have wireless--I don't know), but why would you want to spend your time on the internet when you have these beautiful beaches nearby?
Overall, in spite of my average ranking, I was pleased there.
- Also Known As:
- Kaiser Hotel Sousse
- Hotel Kaiser Sousse