My review is on Hotel Ksar Nereides, also known as Nereides, or Sunny Days Ksar Nereides. I stayed there for 7 nights, during Easter, 2008. Both hotels were scheduled to be renovated in 2009, so you should check the Tourist Board of Tunisia in your country on the progress.
Location: in Zone Touristique, not far from a small town of Midoun (or Midhoun - several spelling),across the street from the beach - own area with plastic loungers - no cushions.
I would classify it as a small hotel with all inclusive (buffet only), great athmosphere, great staff, nice heated indoor pool, 2 outdoor pools. Massage Room & Hairdresser.
Rooms: very basic, no TV, no phone, Moorish style built ins, small balcony or patio.
2-3 story buildings with no elevators, but all rooms with bath & shower.
Very simple, clean & extremely good value for money. Rates are very negotiable, smile and/or small tip goes a long way. 2 bars (one is also a TV room, safes behind a reception for valuables at a nominal fee.
Here is my detailed review.
Build in an Arabic-Moorish style, it is a small hotel in the Tourist Zone, about 2.5 miles from a small town of Midoun. The hotels is known under different names such as: Sunny Days Ksar Nereides, or Ksar Nereides, or simply Nereides. It has about 150 rooms on 2 or 3 floors, all with patio or balcony, all with bathrooms but no TVs or telephones. The best value is to book all inclusive, and the food (buffet style) is the best. In addition to 2 swimming pools (one with slides), it has a heated indoor pool, bar-snackbar open most of the day. Entertainment is mostly in Czech or French, because Sunny Days Tour Company has a contract with them for all inclusive or half board package vacations. The hotel would be best for families and active retirees who prefer small simple hotels with good food, close to the beach. The beach area has plastic loungers, marked especially for Ksar Nereides Guests, their own attendant, who is extremely obliging, especially after a small tip. The only thing I would recommend is to take some cushions or at least soft blanket to put on the loungers. The best value in this hotel can be probably obtained through Sunny Days Co. from Prague. I spent a week there (around Easter 2008), booked it through a Last Minute and paid about $550 including flight, transfer and all inclusive from Prague, Ruzyne Airp;ort. It probably helps that I speak French and Czech, so any negotiations on prices on Djerba was very easy for me. Some hotel staff speaks English (useful to get a priority safe at the hotel – keep your passport & valuables there), one waiter was always practicing English on me. Apart from the Czech group, there were 2 French groups staying only 3-4 nights each time, 1 Australian and two retirees from Germany who stayed for a few months. The hotel is definitely 3 Stars (simple Moorish style built-in dressers, etc., all blue tile, but super clean & great food, especially desserts. No a la carte, buffets only, but plenty to choose from, very fresh salads, 5-6 hot choices, 1 typical Tunisian specialty,and 4-6 choices of cakes. Table wines, coke, water, lemonade & juice. I am not sure of the rate per day, but I was told that it is about 60 Euros – all inclusive. The Australian guy who happened to be there, just took a taxi from Djerba airport & asked the driver to get him into a small hotel; then negotiated an all inclusive “Czech” rate of 35 Euros/night. Apparently he did the same in Hammamet (Northern Part).
Entertainment: Fun but limited; mostly in Czech & French, but the guys do try to translate it into English if they know that some guests do not speak French or Czech - but jokes get lost in translation.
On the whole, if you do not miss TV (although there is one in one of the bars), like good buffet, can walk about 200m to the beach and want a simple vacation in a small hotel, this one is perfect.
I hope that the hotel is not going to raise prices after the renovations; who needs TV or phone when you are on vacation? I don't!
Trips: Take a Day Tour around the island, visit an old Synagogue, Carpet making factories, Midoun Market (Smile & almost walk away for bargain hunting), but leave the tour to desert, camels, etc. out. Too overpriced, dusty, and let's face it, it's hot & smelly.
Take your own soap, shampoo, & hairconditioner. I was so glad I took my Panthene. I always take some small trinkets for chambermaids, etc. (Stickers, pencils, finger puppets, etc., Euro coins)
Also, I would take several beach towels & soft blankets. (see my note on beach loungers without cushions)- beds are quite narrow, but comfortable. My sister had a double, I took the single;some rooms had 2 double beds, I was told....