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“Value for money tranquility”
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Hotel Dar Hayet
Ranked #106 of 117 Hotels in Hammamet
Hertfordshire UK
1 review
“Value for money tranquility”
Reviewed May 21, 2009

I would recommend this hotel for couples seeking a tranquil get away.

The reception staff were very helpful and friendly. We were offered an upgrade to a beachfront room on arrival and I have to recommend that you do that if you can. There was a safe in our room and we had to pay a bit extra to have the key ,but it gave us peace of mind and I would recommend you make use of the safe.
We had a very nice chat with the guy working in Cafe Maure, which serves a very good coffee and lovely Tunisian cakes.
The restaurant offers really good food, but we opted for bed and breakfast only, so rarely ate in the restaurant. Breakfast only provided the essentials, so do not expect a full English or Continental breakfast.There were rolls and croissants on offer as well as fruit, yoghurt and cereals with coffee and fruit juice. The bar was never overcrowded and always open. The atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly.
There is a gorgeous pool which was also never crowded. The hotel is situated right on the beach and you'll have wonderful views if you select a beach front room. our room was comfortable and ceaned on a daily basis. I suspect that the hotel might need to pay attention to the hot water system at some stage.The towels were clean and changed daily, but needed a bit of whitening. If you are used to 4 and 5 star hotels in England, this will not live up to your expectation of a 4 star hotel. The hotel is very charming,though and would be better than a 3 star in England. We really enjoyed our stay at Dar Hayet and will return in future.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 8, 2009

Good
- Cafe Maude - Staffed by lovely man who is more than willing to help with your travels - informative and helpful - nice place to relax
- Bar staff are particularly helpful and friendly
- Design of hotel has potential
- Location is great as very central and easy transport links

Bad
- Reception staff - Found very unhelpful and unapproachable not made to feel welcome – never smile
-BB - Very basic and not much choice - not worth getting up
- Restaurant- Unable to explain menu - found best to eat outside the hotel
- Beach was dirty and unsafe - found broken glass - they had diggers out when we were staying to clean the area
To advertise as 4* this hotel is NOT up to the required standard felt more like 2*/3*

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- "Spa" - beware as this is not what you would expect - found dirty and not a place to relax- very dark and expensive- surprised that they would offer it
- Theft of personal belonging - keep them safe - we had out adaptor taken - and another family had a phone stolen from our rooms
- Management - found inexperienced and unable to deal with such matters - he lightly brushed it off as it takes the police 70 days to investigate - read Hotel complaints book incidents like this have occurred prev.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 27, 2009

Hi All

I really enjoyed the experience there. They were very accommodating, my room was extremely clean and cleaned daily.
The food was excellent especially dinner in the Gelimer restaurant downstairs near the pool where the service was hand and foot with a great ambience and good music for dining.
I paid a bit extra for a totally beautiful seaview balcony and a bit larger room with miini fridge.No food and drinks from outside allowed in room. That's the only negative item here.
It's in a good location close to the culture of this country and a short walk to so many restuarnt shops and the medina on the water as well.The beach there is great for the view form your room for walking too but for swimming there's a better beach about a 5 minute cab ride which costs about $3 dinars or about $3.00 Canadian funds . Taxis are fairly cheap. Many of the restaurants have a daily 4 course menu ranging anywhere form $5 dinars but most of them average in the $10 dinar range. Good food good choices and freshly made.
Tunisian wines are very good too as well as their beer if you like that.
Tours are avialable from your hotel front desk and I have to recommend the 2 day Sahara tour!!!! Enjoy!

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Salford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 4, 2008

My aunt, cousin and I were booked into the Dar Hayet for a week in October and stayed less than 12 hours before moving to the Rui Palace Oceana (see other review for this hotel).

Our requested rooms were not ready - beds unmade, smelly food left in room - and given that we arrived at 01.30, messing around to find another room was just so disappointing.

The hotel reception suggested a lovely hotel but our eventual room was badly maintained, the bath wasn't clean, shower curtain mouldy and toilet not clean too. The patio doors didn't shut or lock properly, the balcony fence was unsteady and the chairs on the balcony rusted and unusable.

The pool and pool area clearly hadn't been cleaned for some time, was green with algae and the slats around the pool, broken or missing. sunloungers were old, and again not looked after and the tables around the pool bar area were shocking too.

in the morning we didn't make it down to breakfast and got a knock on the door from a kitchen porter carrying breakfast - his uniform was dirty. we initially thought this was a nice touch (as we hadn't ordered room service) to compensate for the mess up over the rooms but when he presented us with a bill for 20 dinar, this was the final straw.

when we explained that we were leaving the receptionist was understanding of our plight and explained that lots of hotel residents had complained in the past but the hotel manager wasn't prepared to listen to our complaints and during our conversation even cut us short to answer his mobile phone!

this could be a lovely hotel if looked after and properly maintained but this would take a complete overhaul. i wouldn't recommend that anyone stay here.

  • Liked — hotel reception area
  • Disliked — cleanliness, facilities, attitude of management
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled with family
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2008

I have just returned from a 2 week stay at the Dar Hayet Hotel,. In my opinion the staff could not have been more helpful, especially the manager, always a hello or bonjour on seeing you each day and a genuine interest in whether you were enjoying your holiday. He was very helpful with local knowledge and suggestions of where was good andwhere not so good.

Also to be recommended is Cafe Maure situated in the grounds of the hotel, run most efficiently by the ever cheerful Faical, (pronounced Fye-sall) who can provide you with the most refreshing mint tea, iced or hot coffee and also the strange and fascinating hubbly bubbly pipes .
If you are looking for a 5 star, glass and chrome monstrosity, or hundreds of staff attending to your every whim then perhaps this hotel is not for you. If however you can relax and enjoy the charms of an authentic Tunisienne Hotel with beautiful reception rooms and lovely well tended private beach and gardens then definitely this is for you.
On holiday it occurred to me that I could have been dropped into the film set of an old Hercule Poirot film, a lovely rich mixture of nationalities who were always ready to chat, and share life stories encouraged I think by the wonderful atmosphere found here.

If you prefer the Old Hammamet to the brashy young upstart of Yasmine hammamet then this Hotel is situated only 5mins walk along the beach from the Medina and Fort, restaurants shops etc I found too that compared to Yasmine that many things were cheaper in the shops.

  • Liked — The Most wonderful sea view where each night the sun seemed to set especially for me. A wonderful sight each evening
  • Disliked — My bed was too firm , however any bed that is not my own ever feels comfortable
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 450 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2008

Dar Hayet is 5-10 minutes’ walk from Hammamet’s numerous cafés, restaurants and shops and has a superb position overlooking the beach, with good views of the Medina and the sweeping coastline. Whether you see this view from your balcony will depend on how much you pay. There are usually some excellent last-minute deals on offer, especially during mid or low season (which, let’s face it, is the best time to go) but you would have to pay a supplement for a sea-view upgrade. This beautifully converted villa is designated by the French as a ‘hotel de charme’ – and whether you agree will depend on your definition of ‘charming’. We had a wonky TV with no English-speaking channels, an erratic hot water supply and extremely ‘firm’ beds. There was no minibar in our room – indeed the consumption of food and drinks in bedrooms is prohibited. However, the public areas are impressive and there is a nice swimming pool and small private beach with loungers and even four-poster beds! The word ‘charming’ can also be applied to most of the staff apart from a couple of surly, unsmiling receptionists. The breakfast buffet is poor value. If you are staying on a room-only basis, as we were, resist all offers to upgrade you to B & B terms. There are several preferable cafés within a short stroll along the beach, offering fresh orange juice, good coffee, pastries, crepes etc at a fraction of the price. Ditto for lunch and dinner – excellent French/Tunisian food at very reasonable prices (at least for us Brits). We particularly liked Chez Achour, Pomadoro and Sidi Slim. As Dar Hayet is one of the few decent hotels in Hammamet ‘proper’ (as opposed to the rather soulless Yasmine Hammamet to the South), it deserves an overall recommendation, especially if you can take advantage of the heavy discounts on offer.

  • Liked — Location and informality
  • Disliked — No constant hot water
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Rothwell, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 5, 2008

what a hidden treasure, small personal hotel in the centre of hammamet. lots of characture, on the beach and 5 minutes to the medina (only 2 minutes along the beach)

on arrival welcomed with a drink, and taken up to our room, this was great as there are no lifts in the hotel, but being on the top floor was only 3 flights up.

rooms very tastefully decorated, and boy what a veiw from the balcony from room 549

hotel beach was a suprise, there were several "chill out beds" in the form of 4 posters with curtains (these did need a little tlc) but were great to lounge on with big cushions, made a nice change from sun loungers!!!

Faycel who owned the hotel coffee bar was great, he would come regularly to the beach and bring your mint tea's, and was great company in the evenings if you popped in for a coffee or for a "hubba bubba" pipe

the only let down was the hotel resturaunt, it was great for lunches, but the evening menus were lacking choice. usually a buffet for 20 dinars for 3 courses. best to go bed and breakfast and eat out as there are loads of good resturants within 5 mins walk.

we would certainly recommend this hotel

just a word of warning for new arrivals in hammamet, you will probably be approached in the street by someone claiming to be a waiter from your hotel, its a scam! they take you to the medina to there family shop or guess what a carpet shop, where upon they leave you and one would think gets a few dinars from the owners for taking you. if approached ask them which hotel and they soon disappear!

  • Liked — small, freindly atmosphere
  • Disliked — beach area a little too crowded with sun loungers
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Dar Hayet
Address: Rue Akaba BP 78, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#66 Luxury Hotel in Hammamet
#71 On the Beach Hotel in Hammamet
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Dar Hayet 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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