I flew out to Tunis 3 days after the assassination of the main Opposition leader, so wasn't sure what to expect. In fact, things were fine, stable, and steady, if politically a little fragile. The hotel makes an immediate impression - the building is white and large and has a monitored entrance, which ensures touts and taxi drivers are kept at a distance. (The taxis are the other side of the road, if you need them, the drivers friendly, speak limited English, and clearly have an easy relationship with the guy on the gate).
The foyer is magnificent, a huge marble area, with Reception at one side. The staff here were efficient and helpful, all through my stay, understood and spoke good English.
The rooms encircle the main central outdoor pool (unused when I went in February, but still filled and enticing). As a spa hotel, it also has a beautiful largeish heated indoor pool, which I used every evening I was there.
The spa facilities I didn't use, but the gym is next to the indoor pool, and nicely proportioned, with the usual machines and a few free weights.
The dining room is extensive, and filled with foods of all kinds. You can order from the chef if you really want full English, but I was quite happy to explore the buffet provided - fresh fruit, breads and croissants, local jams and honey, scrambled egg, cooked veg, cereals - and in the evening, loads of meats and fish. Vegetarians are catered for, but non-animal protein is hard to come by unless it's eggs or cheese!
Tunisia is a fairly secular Muslim country, like Turkey, so there is also a small bar, next to the smaller second restaurant, all facing out to the pool/patio area.
The rooms are extensive, as are the corridors! But all en suite, perfectly decently decorated and well looked after by the extensive cleaning staff. No tea or coffee making facilities in the rooms, but then you don't really need them, as you can order room service, or visit the dining-room across the patio area. The bathroom was clean, soap, shampoo, etc. supplied, towels changed daily. The wi-fi reaches everywhere, which for me as a business traveller was a real boon.
There is a children's play room and staff, apparently, just for that, though in February it seemed closed. The beach is literally behind the hotel, 2 minutes walk, but also mostly deserted when I was there, apart from locals passing through.
Even though it rained a lot and was chilly (14'C) for the three days I was there, as I was out working during the day, so that didn't matter. In the evening, and morning, quite a lot of people used the hotel facilities, local and visitors ( a lot of Japanese!), so it never felt empty or unwelcoming.
I would recommend it, and certainly go back there. For 60 euros a night B&B, all that 5-star comfort on tap is a definite bargain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- El Mouradi Gammarth is situated alongside a beautiful beach of golden sand facing the forest of Gammarth and close to the town of La Marsa, once a summer resort for the beys (rulers) of Tunisia. It is near to the ruins of Carthage and the village of Sidi Bou Said and is 10 kilometres from Tunis-Carthage international airport and 15 kilometres from the capital Tunis. This new hotel is ideal both for holidays for pleasure and for business trips. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Mouradi Gammarth Hotel Gammarth
- El Mouradi Gammarth La Marsa