I went to Egypt last year & completey hated it so I was worried about returning to North Africa again & after reading some past reviews of theTej, I was very worried about staying there. Well let me tell you, I needn't have been worried.
I'd booked a week away with Thomas Cook half board & I'd paid next to nothing. I'd got a lot with how little I'd paid.
OK, so arriving at Monastir airport was an experience in itself, not a good one I'll add. We queued for 45 minutes to go through passport control. I thought the coach would have left without us! There were only 3 people workin for 2 flights that had come in. It was chaos. Anyway, so after that experience, I boarded the bus on the way to Sousse. Whilst on the bus I'd wondered what I'd let myself in for. The place looked run down & there was rubbish at the sides of the road. This fear went away when we reached Sousse itself & even better, the Tej.
We arrived to a friendly receptionist that informed us of where our rooms were, how to get a deposit box & how to fill out the entry card. Then it was up to our room. Now I will admit that whilst downstairs is beautiful, the corridoors upstairs & the rooms do need a refurb. Our room was fine for it's purpose though. The bed was comfy, there was enough wardrobe space & the shower was very powerful. I don't know why people complain about the smell coming from the toilets, ours didn't smell & its in a room of it's own.
After we'd got settled we headed down to get some dinner. You get your own table & waiter for your whole stay & the waiter even learns what you drink. Our waiter was called Makram & he was very pleasant & helpful. Please remember that these people work crazy hours for little pay. Dinner didn't finish till 9, 10 at night & breakfast started again at 6! There is always plenty of food on & a lot of choice. I put some weight on purely due to the amount of puddings on offer. Breakfast is also good with a lot of choice. I mostly stuck to cereal, toast, pancakes & donuts.
There are lots of facilities in the hotel that we made use of. There are pool tables, a spa (which you have to try, The staff can't do enough for you & its so cheap for what you got. I went twice), 2 pools, a shopping centre, a cafe, bars, a gym, a internet cafe & a hairdressers. All with very friendly staff.
The beach is OK, but I'm not a beach lover. I only went to make my man happy!! There is a snack bar over there & toilets. To be honest,the beach wasn't that nice as there are fag butts all over the sand.
If you don't want to eat at the hotel on day, you have to go to the Saloon. The portions are huge for what you pay & its so tasty. Also, try the Rose & Crown or the Oasis snack bar at lunch for some good food.
Our rep was called Tina who was very helpful. We booked a few trips with her: African Dream (book this one its a great afternoon/evening), Medina Ramble (a great Tunisian experience), El Jem & the reps caberet night.
We visited Port El Kantoui during our stay too & that was lovely. Its a pretty town with a nice marina, fountains, an aqua park, a mini zoo & a theme park. Worth a visit.
There are more than enough things to do in the evening even if the hotel entertainment wasn't that great. There are plenty or bars, lots of shopping & even bowling.
Overall, a week was not long enough for me. There was so much I still wanted to see & do but I'll be back to Tunisia again. Please don't let some reviews on here put you off. You'll have an amazing time.
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- Also Known As:
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- Tej Marhaba Sousse