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Sol Azur Beach Hotel
Ranked #60 of 119 Hotels in Hammamet
Reviewed October 7, 2010

The first thing to bear in mind is 'this is Africa' and Tunisia is a Muslim country, so if you are looking for pubs (apart from your hotel) and clubs forget it. You are not going to get British style 4 star accommodation or food. What you will get is warm welcome from the very friendly Tunisian people. The Sol Azur is a very nice hotel on the outskirts of Hammamet. We couldn't fault the place. Flowers are all round the spacious reception area. The staff are friendly and polite. Rooms are very comfortable with bath/shower and separate toilet, mini bar and TV. Several English speaking channels available The bath is a bit high off the floor so some people may have difficulty.
Don't drink the water - it is heavily chlorinated and contains sulphur. Note that the hot water can be extremely hot. Rooms cleaned daily along with fresh towels.
Entertainment available in the evening and the animation team are very good with children.
When you check in you will be given a card for the door entry, a key for the safety deposit box (use of this is free) and a green card for use in the restaurant.
Breakfast (continental style) is in the restaurant on the lower ground floor. Dinner (buffet style) is in the restaurant on the 3rd floor. The food is very good, well cooked and plenty of it. Their soups, sauces, cakes and pastries are first class as are their fruit and vegetables. Nothing like the tasteless rubbish you see in the UK.
The pool area is very clean with nice gardens leading down to the beach. Sun bed mattresses are free of charge. Soft drinks etc available at the bar beside the pool. You will get people walking around offering tours or a day out on a pirate ship, quad biking, ride on 'nice' camel, paragliding but bear in mind many of these will not have liability insurance whereas the tour agencies used by your travel company must have it although their tours may seem a bit pricey.
Currency is the Tunisian Dinar which is a closed currency (£1 = c2.2 TD). You can change notes/travellers cheques at reception. Any Dinars you have left at the end of your stay must be changed at the airport after you've checked in.
Hammamet centre is a 25 minute walk - turn left outside the hotel or take a taxi (yellow cars and fare about 3TD). Turning right outside the hotel will take you to a few supermarkets where you can get bottled water etc. About ¼ mile.
Haggling in Hammamet's Medina can be intimidating. If you want to haggle cut the price quoted by at least ¾ and start from there, alternatively try the fixed price shops. There are always some nice locally made handicrafts for sale.
Only downside is Monastir airport, it is a small airport and simply cannot handle the number of incoming and outgoing flights. There is a new airport at Enfidha but why they don't use it I don't know.
On your outbound flight from the UK you should be given an immigration card. Fill in all sections.
You will be given the bottom half at passport control which you must hand back when leaving Tunisia.
Tunisia is a lovely country. If you like history you will be spoilt for choice. If you are planning to go there its a good idea to read one of the many travel books beforehand.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2010

Just got back from 2 weeks and had a really enjoyable time,
Plus points - incredibly friendly staff especially Animation Team, Poolside Waiters and Pool Attendants. These staff were very attentive and we could not fault them. One daughter (9) fell in love with Chemo (animation) who is obviously very found of children and encouraged a usually shy child to become involved in the activities. We spent most evenings at the pool and were usually well entertained by the multi talented animation team / outside shows (fire eaters / snake charmer)
Breakfast was superb - not so keen on evening buffet as we are quite fussy but could always find something as their was a great deal of choice.
Negative point - We all had a 24 hour vomiting and diarroeah bug (so did several other english people we spoke to) - but put this down to to change of environment/heat/virus and not down to the food served or the pool. It was short lived and did not spoil our enjoyment.
The pool area is kept very clean and well chlorinated - tested daily and recorded by the pool. Plenty of sun beds and shades.
The rooms are large and we had a super view of the fantastic beach.
The cleaning of the bathroom could be of a higher standard, the bath was grubby - but the seperate toilet was cleaned / towels change daily and floor washed when requested.
Beach was beautiful - clean and plenty of free sunbeds and shades.
We met some lovely friendly people english, french and german - although there was one very large group (250!) who were at times a bit obtrusive in the pool and did not integrate the same as the other nationalities (evidently they have been coming for the past 10 years).
We went on a couple of trips - Pirate boat (ok, bit packed and the music was too loud for me - but the younger seadogs seemed to enjoy the dancing). Camel / horse ride - well worth the effort and enjoyed the experience.
Overall would I return - a definite yes!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 2, 2010

We’ve just returned from a week away in Hammamet. (25.07.10 to 01.08.10). We had booked a week, half board in the Sol Azur (supposedly 4 star!) . Reviews looked good and it certainly wasn’t cheap. Well it was horrific, we absolutely hated it! I wanted to cry. Luckily for us the sympathetic Cosmos Rep (Maher) took pity on us and moved us to a better hotel up the road (Royal Azur- supposedly 5 star). Even so we missed over a day of our 7 day holiday. So these were the problems...
1)The whole place stinks of cigarette smoke
2)The whole place was rammed with people (mainly Algerians)
3)The towels, when we finally got some (after asking twice over several hours!) were cheap and rough
4)The toilet roll was cheap and rough
5)The side of our bed was peeling in big chunks and looked like something from a 2 star youth hostel
6)The bathroom was a grotty hole
7)We went to the toilet, in our bathroom, then flushed and guess what... no water in the cistern- ie no flush!
8)The whole wing we were in smelt of sewage, and this was particularly strong in our room
9)The porter had an attitude and smashed our luggage through doors to open them as he took us to the room
10)There was no room to sit or lay by the pool
11)There was blaring loud music by the pool
12)Everywhere was grubby and dirty (including tables, table cloths, chairs, floors etc)
13)The food for breakfast, lunch and dinner was a disgrace, worse than scabby school canteen food- utter tasteless cheap slop.
14)The dining room experience was like jostling for food in a 3rd world famine zone. Never before have we seen such rudeness, uncouth behaviour from “guests”, and never before have we seen such waste. Piles of food taken and not eaten- just because they were greedy and wanted to have piles of food on their table. Although why anyone would want to eat the tasteless offal I have no idea!
15)The TV guide in the room said there were 4 British speaking channels available- Sky news, BBC world, Skyparliament and CNN. Not one worked!

The rep insisted to us that he had received no complaints before us and that this was a 4 star hotel, comparable to others in UK. There is no way that the Sol Azur is akin to a 4 star place in the UK. The rep spoke to the hotel manager and amazingly he agreed with what we’d said, he had no defence at all and agreed to pay the difference for us to move to the 5 star, but only if we signed a disclaimer saying that we wouldn’t complain to Cosmos!! We signed it!! Complaining meant nothing to us at the time, we just wanted a nice holiday. We only have 1 week a year away and it wasn’t looking good! I’m sure out of season it is less busy and stressful and noisy and hectic, but still, an awful place!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank SARobinson
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Reviewed July 31, 2010

After eating the worst food ever i came home with food posioning ( salmonella) but not only me another girl also had this. I was told that this could have been from the omelette's that the miserable waiter cooked every morning (always looked like he couldn't be bothered) they were a bit runny. yuk. A young girl about 18mths old & her dad had terrible mouth ulcers after what we thought came from the pool as the guard every day at 6pm went round just throwing buckets of chloride into the pool. The area outside the hotel is dead nothing to do. The hotel is 2hrs away from the airport a real drag. Only the hotels sell alcohol as they don't drink as they are muslim's. Exect to pay £20.00 for a shot of the top shorts or £6 - £8 for one of their copies of them. You have to fill in a visa to enter the country which creates long delays if you haven't been given one of these on the plane to fill in. All in all. All i can say is i will never ever again be visiting tunisia.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2010

We stayed at the hotel at the end of June 2010 for ten nights. We were also advised by Thomas Cook about work taking place nearby but this did not affect us. The staff are friendly, the hotel clean, food was great but on the last couple of nights it did get extremely busy in the dining room, but this is due to the time of the year & the staff handled it very well. We did the half day Pirate Ship tour from Yasmine Hammamet & thoroughly enjoyed it, the pirate crew put on entertainment for you whilst travelling out to sea, lunch was provided, we sailed further out to spot dolphins, then into shore to swim & dive off the boat, not that I was brave enough to do this. Very enjoyable & would do it again. We also did the Past to Present tour which is a full day, you visit Sidi Bou Said a quaint village, Carthage to see the Roman ruins & then Tunis to visit the Medina to do a bit of bartering. Which I found scary at first but soon got the hang of it & had fun. It is part of the experience of the holiday just like the taxi rides! Both of these trips were booked through the Thomas Cook rep & they were excellent value for money. We also did the camel ride through the ticket tout, which again was good for the money, but the language was a bit of a barrier, also when we got to the top of the mountain you entered the tent to have a drink but we felt we were just waiting for the man to come back with the photos.

The weather was absolutely lovely, too hot some days, but lovely to walk along the beach & lap up the ocean with the sea breeze.

Be aware of the local guys outside of the medinas especially the ones at Yasmine Hammamet, they lead you to believe they are a waiter from your hotel & they take you to their friend's shop in order for you to buy something either clothes or carpets. With the carpet one I said we already had bought carpets in order for him to stop him rolling everyone out for us to look at.

Thoroughly enjoyed it & would go back, would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 24, 2010

I shall endeavour to take out the emotion from this review and stick to the facts for your information;
Location
•Expect a 2hr+ transfer – we saved money by booking transfer separately less than half the price of T/Cook takes the same amount of time but cheaper. (Transfers for you)
•Very little to experience in the immediate vicinity of the Hotel, albeit a great little cafe immediately across the road from the Sol Azur (non Alcoholic) but serves great food for a great price with excellent friendly service inside and outside tables.
•Hammamet itself is a dump. If you do venture in, which is a 20 min walk or short cab ride costing about 3dinars, visit the Brau House which is a micro brewery and has a good restaurant on the top especially if you like seafood. (Try the Royal Berba mixture of seafood HUGE )
Hotel
•Needs some TLC. Lobby smoky at times. Reception staff friendly. Internet access at a price.
.Room - provides usual Hotel mini toiletries, and bathrobes, hairdryer ‘on the wall’ style. Our room was spacious including a small mini fridge I found the bed comfortable. Room is serviced daily to a satisfactory standard and Towels are change daily if you desire. If you want a peaceful room (day or night) avoid those around the pool area.
•Bar/Entertainment – Hotel bar, uninviting situated in the Lobby of the Hotel (the bar at the Royal Azur is better) the Pub bar mentioned was not in operation. There is an outside bar by the pool, again not all that inviting, and is accompanied by the evening entertainment every night which is entirely designed and produced for children by the animation team and is of poor quality, becomes tedious by the end of the first week. Every night it starts from about 8pm – midnight. Bars offer beer that appears watered down, limited and poor quality wine available with a choice of one each of, white,rose,red (restaurant has a better choice but when asked if we could take to the pool area for the evening, was advised NO, only to our room, and not available to buy in any of the other bars – bizarre)
•Restaurant - Big disappointment. No way is it a Dining experience, more like a department store cafeteria but with a candle on the table, it’s a grab food and a table when you can! It attempts to feed 700 (when hotel has full occupancy) in two hours between the hours of 7pm-9pm. It is unorganised and chaotic, unlike other half board hotels you are not assigned a specific time or table, or if you are initially, it does not last. Food is laid out on an Island style buffet bar which is situated far too close to the grill section and causes uncomfortable congestion. The food is not replenished after 8pm and waiters get busy clearing and relaying tables for the next day from about 8.30pm which makes you feel you have to rush your food and get out. The food itself is satisfactory and reasonably varied. If you are assigned a table after previous diners make sure you demand fresh table linen as this was not our experience. Having been shoved and pushed at the buffet island and faced with empty bane marries and finally insulted by having been seated a table with soiled linen; we stopped going and preferred to eat outside despite having already paid half board.
Pools/Beach
•The pools are designed landscaped quite nicely, but there is insufficient bed space. You need to tip the Pool Guard to secure your bed daily. There are towels, cushions, and umbrella provided. Be aware the pool areas become extremely congested with very little personal space in fact you could touch the next bed within a hand space. All three hotels allow/encourage (for a fee) non-residents into the pool area and on the weekend it is manic and overpopulated. The pool at the Sol Azur is blessed (or not) with the Animation team and is very noisy (ok if you like Tunisian music) great fun for the kids. The pool at the Royal Azur has a great little water slide which is also great fun for kids. There are some quieter places to sunbathe and relax and no animation activities that this hotel.
•The beach is ok, a bit scruffy and again becomes taken over with non residents.
Beach dining:
• The restaurant at the Bel Azure was the best for comfort, value, and taste. However the cafe across the road for the Sol, would be my recommended choice.
Cabs
Agree a price before you get in, approximately 3-5dinars from hotel to Hamamet before 9pm after 9pm add 50% to price. To Yasmin Hamamet (20-30min drive) approximately 7-9dinars before 9pm.
Summary:
•The resort is too far away from the Airport if flying into Monastir. Hamamet is a dump, choose Yasmin Hammamet or Port El Cantoui areas.
•Be prepared to tip the Pool guard and Dinner Waiter on a daily basis.
•The Hotels are not a 4 and 5 star 3.5 star at best, desperately in need of some TLC.
•Tunisian and Algerian holidaymakers out number European guests by far.
•The pool and the restaurant at Sol Azur are inadequate to service anything more than 50% occupancy.
•Not suitable for 20-35 year olds looking for any form of night life ,
•Not suitable for couples wanting a relaxing holiday with a little class or sophistication.
•Most suitable for families with young children (not teenagers).
•Alcoholic drinks disappointing , apart from wine in restaurant reasonably priced £8.50 per bottle.
•Breakfast satisfactory , no fresh juice, lots of bread and cakes. Limited cereal, fresh fruits and salads. Freshly cooked omelettes and crepes.
•Dinner - food satisfactory served with no ambiance. No drinks on offer of any kind not even water all drinks must be purchased.
Tips:
•Ignore being advised to go to dinner after 8pm, go at 7pm and get a table outside on the terrace.
•Get to breakfast before 8am or after 9.30am if you want a table outside.
•If you enjoy wine, buy some bottles at duty free and decant if you want to have around the pool in the evening. Wine at evening meal is reasonably priced £8.50 per bottle.
•Eat at the cafe across the road for lunch or a more leisurely evening meal.
•If you want a relaxing time poolside, walk up to the Royal Azur and sit on the roof terrace adjacent to the pool heading towards the beach. ( you will still have tip the pool guard, do a little each day rather than a lot on the first day he will expect a tip each day 1 -2 dinars) If you want a refreshing dip go into the indoor pool area at the Royal Azur and jump in the Jacuzzi much colder .
•The bar and pub in the Royal Azur is more inviting and relaxing and they have a belly dancer in the pub and provide complimentary bar snacks and is better ventilated.
•Buy your water from the supermarket opposite the Royal Azur, get the water with Red tops this is what is served poolside at the hotels. Do not be blatant bringing into hotel as they do not like you bringing in water / food from outside but is considerably cheaper.
•The same supermarket has a bazaar which is equal to standard, choice and prices as the Medina unless you enjoy the experience of bartering.
Would not return to this Hotel or location.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 5, 2010

My partner and I stayed at the Sol Azur from 27 Jun to 4 Jul 2010. We actually arrived at around 3 AM on the 28th but the check in process was quick and we were escorted to our room. The room was nice (although not exactly luxurious) and of a good size with a lovely view of the sea (we hadn't specifically asked for this so were pleasantly surprised). With the hotel being relatively large - 200+ rooms - there was a wide variety on offer at breakfast and dinner. Breakfast was a self service buffet where you could have fruit, salads, cold meats, cereal, pastries, juice, tea, coffee, cakes, jam, bread, pancakes, etc. Dinner was also in buffet form but drinks were served by your waiter - you have to pay for even water at 2.4 dinar (2.2 dinar to 1 pound) per large bottle, a small bottle of wine was about 9 dinar. Beer was 3 dinar and a small pot of tea (not available at dinner but from bar by pool), 2 dinar. Staff were generally very friendly and helpful. Pool is lovely and quite big and just down from the pool is the beach. The sun loungers are available to guests at no additional cost but expect to be asked if you want to go camel riding, quad biking or on a boat trip numerous times during your stay. This is not something unique to the hotel, however, and most people seem intent on squeezing out money from you. Unfortunately, I got ill during the 2nd half of my week's stay in Hammamet. We suspected this was because of the air conditioning unit in the room and this was confirmed by the doctor I went to see. There was a doctor's practice just across the road from the hotel which I visited and paid 98 dinar (about 44 quid) for an injection (to reduce temperature), his labour, antibiotics, throat spray and some NaCl nasal solution. Unfortunately, this was just under the travel insurance excess amount but as the injection did seem to decrease my temperature/fever after some hours and my sore throat has now almost gone, I think it was wise. We went quad biking and camel riding (42.5/30 dinar pp) which were great fun and overall had a great holiday. In the evenings there was always something on with the "animation team". The evening shows were so-so but I didn't attend them all. We did meet some others in the hotel who said they had cockroaches in their room but he had no such encounters and found cleanliness was not a problem.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Ave Assad Ibn El Fourat | BP 13, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#46 On the Beach Hotel in Hammamet
#47 Luxury Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range: $62 - $145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sol Azur Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 287
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