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Tej Marhaba Hotel
Ranked #14 of 35 Hotels in Sousse
Reviewed July 1, 2011

First of all a quick update on the Enfida Airport. To compare it to Monsatir is like chalk and cheese. There is no real comparison! Now there are about 12 passport control desks to get you into the country. Flying home and there is a choice of 60 departure gates. This experience made everything so much more easier. The downside is that the time to get to your hotel may well take anywhere between 40 minutes to 1 hour depending on the number of drop offs.
Now to the hotel. The owner and his son are to be congratulated on capital expenditure, at a time when most are cutting back. New lifts were being installed, the only problem was that the mock wooden interiors had already been defaced. Not so much the English etc., unless they were named Hadji or Ali.
Once the lifts had been finished and tidied up, all the corridor carpets were due to be replaced throughout. Trouble is unless you solve why the rainwater stains the carpets in the first placve, then you will just get the news ones stained later. On all the floors the normal windows that used to open at the lift areas have been replace by full length 6 foot high glass from wall to wall. The views to the gardens are really great now.
Not content with that it now turns out that all the old style televisions that are in the rooms, are going to be replaced by plasma screens. These were stuck at customs control at the time. Then for some the really good news, each room is to be fitted ouit with wifi access. As I understand it there will be a charge to get the code to access wifi. Management would be well advised not to set the price too high to start with. After all one can soon amble down to Fontinella's and for the price of a coffee obtain wifi for free!
To anyone thinking of going to this hotel I would say book now for next year as we have already done so as to get the best benefit from this hotel before it gets upgraded and increased in price.
The lack of people travelling to Tunisia due to fears about the place is totally misplaced. Those people living in Sousse have already paid a terrible price for the trouble that occurred mainly ti the capital Tunis. Many went without food.
The upside was that there were virtuall no long queues at dinner time, such a refreshing change. Just stroll in and get what you want. Also noted that where the cakes and bread are at breakfast time, in the evening there was a guy baking fresh pizzas. In general the quality of the meals seemed to have improved.

Overall our party had a thoroughly great time and myself and my great wife will be back there again in September when once more we look forward to meeting up with Ali our waiter, and of course Ali the remarkable sunlounger guru.
Also one last thing. The walk way down the side of the Movenpicks hotel to the Tej Marhabe beach ares has now been blockpaved completely.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 29, 2011

we stayed at this hotel 15-22 june 2011, wasnt expecting much as paid very little for holiday, pleasently surprised upon arrival, hotel was very clean and staff very welcoming, we stayed half board and found food to be hot, plenty to choose from,and varied every day,plenty of meat dishes, salads, and pasta dishes, desserts plentiful,always found my fussy husband something to eat without any complainig from him which makes a change.although there was a little work being carried out at this hotel to update this didnt interfere with our stay and would highly recommend this hotel,but we would definatly stay all inclusive next visit as drinks are quite expensive

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank andyanlinda
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

Very safe and friendly. Loved it.

Well I am just back from this hotel and I am gutted to be back home! It genuinely has been my best and favourite holiday so far. Everything was excellent.
We booked through Thomson and First Choice and we stayed for 2 weeks all inclusive. We booked before there was any trouble and we got a very reasonable price. I read the reviews on the internet before I came and I was a bit scared! We tried to change the holiday but we decided just to go. I am so glad we did. The reviews I read on this website were all horrible and mostly lies.
We met some people while we were on holiday who had a few bad things to say although it was a load of nonsense. One woman was complaining that the rooms at the back of the hotel had white stone balconys and the ones at the front had black balconys. There was also a woman who was very room and snobby towards the staff yet expected them still to be welcoming to her! These are the sort of people who leave bad reviews.

The hotel was lovely, the downstairs bar and restaurant are very nice and fancy. New lfits have just been installed. Our room was lovely, very nice and clean, the maid came every day although we told her not to bother some days as the room was clean. We had a seaview, and could also see the pool. View was really nice! There was a stain on the carpet which we didnt really have a problem with. We werent in the room a lot, only to get changed and to sleep. And the hotel is all getting refurbished and renovated so it is a bit obvious that they arent gonna rip a carpet out and fit a new one, when the room is gonna get ripped out in a month! We thought the room was lovely!
The food was very delicious. We were all inclusive so all food was free. Breakfast lunch and dinner were all buffets. We loved the food and our problem seemed to be that we ate too much of it! It was very tasty! There was a huge variety of food. I am quite a fussy eater but there was always plenty to eat! For breakfast there is a member of staff to make eggs however you like them, boiled fried omelette etc. There are lots of pastries and bread and lots of tomatoes veg cereal etc There is also a member of staff who makes crepes for you, with whatever fillling you want, sugar cheese salad etc.. sometimes chocolate too. For lunch and dinner there is a huge amount of food to pick from! Fresh bread and pizzas are made right infront of you. And there are always chips or some form of potatoes which were always really nice! There was rice and spaghetti bolognese also. There was also various tunisian dishes which were very tasty!! I would advise you to try them! There was always a selection of different meats too, steak turkey chicken etc.
The staff were very very friendly!They could not have been any nicer to us. The maids were fantastic and always made designs with the bedclothes, such as swans or flowers or other patterns. The waiters were extremely nice ! The bar staff were exceptional, always smiling and saying hello and having a chat. All staff were very welcoming. The entertainment staff were amazing. Very friendly and nice. We made very good friends with a few of them! they took us out and showed us round Sousse at night. The staff from the shops in the hotel are just lovely. We were always chatting away to them. The man who owns the leather jacket shop was so nice. Very welcoming and helpful and when my boyfriend had a sore stomach , he went to get us medicine for it. All of the staff were lovely!
We did a few trips. The pirate ship was good, very good for kids! We booked it through the man in the hotel next to the pool, Ahmed, he was lovely! The Sahara trip was amazing. Excellent value for money. We booked that through Thomson and we would definitely recommend it. It was incredible! I would recommend a visit to the Medina, nice to see! Its fun to haggle also. Of course the shopworkers were all trying to get you in the shop but they just want you to buy some stuff. If you say no then they are fine. We had a lovely trip. Also Port El Kantoui is worth a visit. Very nice.

The beach was lovely! Very nice. The reviews that i read on here before said you had to cross a dual carriageway to get to it.. In actual fact its a one way street. There were a few cars but they always stop and let you cross. There is a beach bar too and if you are all inclusive you get free pizzas and sandwiches. there are toilets on the beach which are good too!
The tunisian people are soo friendly and they have a really good sense of humour too!
The weather was fab the full time.
We are definitely going back to Sousse and would love to stay in the Tej Marhaba again. We encountered no muggings or any trouble at all. We felt very safe and cant wait to go back. Would definitely recommend this destination! We met loads of really nice couples there and had such a nice holiday! Do not trust the bad reviews.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank sbr0wning
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Reviewed June 25, 2011

Before we travelled we got very worried after reading some of the reviews on here, and even considered changing our holiday but we are so glad we didnt. Stayed for 2 weeks at the tej marhaba, and I think the people who moan about the hotel need to be spending more money on holidays- it seems they are expecting 5 star luxury for paying very little.
Hotel undergoing refurbishment, but this didnt disturb us- hotel always very clean and comfortable- maids work extremely hard. Excellent good quality food and good waiter service( our waiter faizel was excellent) we went thinking we would eat out some nights, but didnt really feel the need to. swimming pool area, nice and clean and music always being played.
Went to the beach a few times, where a previous review said you had to cross a very busy street - sousse is a city so roads are gonna be busy- but it was one way so easy to cross. review also said you had to walk down a very dodgy alleyway- this is no different to any other alleyway, and other than other people walking to the beach, we didnt see anyone down there.
You can not lie on a sunlounger for 2 weeks and expect fun to find you- if you try to make the most of it you will have a wonderful holiday. We met loads of people- mostly young couples who had the same attitude as us and they all had a fab time. Legends bar ( out of main entrance and turn left) really nice. we went to bananas nightclub- very loud but a good night out.
We did a few excursions - the medina ramble, camel caravan and the african dream- all good value for money and good experiences.
All in all if you like to experience a bit of culture or just want to relax tej marhaba is ideal.
if you want fish and chips and clubbing every night- go to blackpool.
if you want 5 star luxury- pay a lot more money.
we paid the same price here for 2 weeks all inclusive as we paid for 2 weeks self catering in ibiza last year(that wasnt just us- all the people we met were saying how cheap it was) so I really dont understand what people can complain at.
I read a lot of stories about pick pockets etc- we didnt hear of any trouble when we were there, but we were very careful( like we would be to any city we travelled to).
Shop owners will try and get you into there shops, taxis will pip and slow down as they drive past you- but just carry on walking.
we had a brilliant 2 weeks in the sun experienced the local culture, met a lot of nice people. We dont tend to go back to the same place because we like to see different places but I would definitely reccomend tej marhaba-to couples. not much for children, and groups of girls travelling on there own may get hassle from local lads.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank lwhittam
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

This was 2nd visit to The Tej Marhaba, so clearly this is going to be a mostly positive review as I have returned here for a 2nd visit, but never the less I felt it worth updating from my last visit in July 2010.
So whats changed and is better or worse and more importantly would I return for a third visit ?
Well, the hotel is being updated at last, new lifts have been installed and the terrace area is being retiled ( with minimal disturbance) and the exterior is getting a lick of paint. The hotel is very quite like most of Tunisia, so I would say there is slightly less choice of food then a year ago but it is still of the same high quality and those lovely cakes are still there at lunch and dinner.
The Animation team ( which consist of about 8 young tunisians) are still there organising your fun for the day !! Although I`m afraid with the odd exception evening entertainment is still very poor.
Outside the hotel is where I noticed the biggest diffrence. There are less tourists there at there moment than there have been for years, this means there are less to go round for the shopkeepers, so they are slightly more aggresive to sell you something and some get quite upset when you dont even vist their shop. Also 3 people from my hotel alone got robbed in the street. Unfortuantly they are a very poor country and some people get desperate and with the uncertainty at the moment it just makes some more desperate. But 99% of Tunisians are lovely, its just theres less tourists to go round at the mo so some take things in to their own hands,,,
On the Plus side, Tunisia is very cheap at the moment to holiday and to shop.
Would i return for a 3rd visit ? probably yes. This Hotel seems to attract young couples, singles and old couples. You will not see Stag partys or Hen nites here or families with children.
Anything else you wanna know, just email me and I will try and give you an honest answer from my experiances.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled solo
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12  Thank chelseachuckles
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Reviewed June 5, 2011

Hotel is currently being refurbished. No distruption to bedrooms which were fine and beautifully clean. Great around pool area but some relaying of walkways going on. Not all hotel open at the moment as very quiet with not many residents so only lounge bar and main restaurant open. Turkish baths and indoor gym not open. Thomas Cook rep great and everyone who wanted to be moved was offered a move to another hotel but most people didnt bother as there was so little disruption while work is going on. Food good, fresh and something for everyone unless you are stupid enough to want bacon and fish and chips!!. Staff very friendly and go out of their way to make sure everyone has a good stay !!. PS we didnt tip until the last day so this had nothing to do with it. Area outside hotel is distressed and nowhere to go at night . No unrest and safe through the day but you have to be sensible. That is the same in every country including ours!!! Anyone who has been to Turkey etc will know how to deal with unwelcome approaches for money , it is no more annoying than timeshare touts.!!!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank openside
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

Went to tunisia last here with my mother ... We were a bit nervous as it was two women on their own and didn't know what the people of tunisia were like but we had a blast ... The hotel is fab its what u pay for .... The staff were great even though they were on ramadan they would do anything to help .... The rooms were good just what you need as you only sleep in them .. The beach was lovely and the bar down there was handy ... Very safe to go out we went to the medina in the night on our own and didn't feel threatend at all infact we felt relaxed around them and even walked back to the hotel ... So tunisia is very safe and friendly don't listen to what others say its not a country where you have to watch your back just relax and hacve a good holiday ... And me and my mother are really looking forward to going back to the tej maharba august 7th xx

  • Stayed: August 2010
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7  Thank xxkimmyxx
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Address: Avenue Taieb M'hiri, Sousse 4000, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Sousse Governorate > Sousse
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Sousse
Price Range: $33 - $97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tej Marhaba Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 417
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