First the good stuff. The hotel is very clean, the staff are very friendly and attentive. The rooms are pretty good, and the food is in general good. Theres a big pool that looks nice, and a kids pool and club. So it's not bad.
firstly, this isn't a complaint about the hotel but Hammamet in April is pretty cold at times. On the right day the sun shines and you can sunbathe. But on the day either side, it will be cloudy, cold and sometimes wet. It's means that the outdoor pool is freezing, as is the sea, good news is that there is an indoor pool that is heated but its not huge. When it's cold, the guests all concentrate around reception and its bar, it can get pretty crowded.
Rooms: I found the beds are very hard, one can get used to this but if you need a soft bed beware.
Food: is to a standard that is acceptable, but there is a degree of reuse. Soups and salads will reappear at the next meal if not used. Chips are excellent quality but i dont think they should be there at all meals? The desserts are not good, with many mediocre miracle whip type things, fake cream tarts and nice fruit. There is only ever one hot dessert, hot pancakes are served 3 times a day, every day. Bring your own teabags, and Nescafé is the coffee, from a machine with some sort of non milk. No kettles or any other drinks in the rooms except free bottled water. Never saw any tummy bug issues, so i suspect it's all pretty hygienic.
WiFi is free and available at random places around the hotel, including some rooms, and in reception but it gets overwhelmed when busy in the evenings.
The bar service is 10am to midnight but the cocktails are of the powdered mix variety, personally I didn't like them, and the spirits are local analogues, some are ok, some not.
The evening shows will be liked by some but the people I was with really didn't find them professional enough. They try hard, but really this ain't Las Vegas or a Cruise...
The surrounding area is modern and pretty bland but felt safe with some restaurants bars and shops in the marina down the road. There is a disneyesque interpretation of a medina about 2kms away. The real old town is further. The beach needs cleaning up, but its too cold to use at present anyway.
There are lots of touristic trips available from the hotel, from Star Wars sites to visiting the various roman and older ruins of Carthage.
If you are looking for sophistication, or unobtrusive luxury, carry on looking, if you are looking for a cost effective cheerful family week in the sun this is for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4-star hotel, directly on the beach, ideally situated in the well-known touristic zone of Yasmine Hammamet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clubhotel Riu Marco Polo Hammamet