We travelled to the Iberostar Averroes for 1 week in February. Unfortunately we picked the freak weather week, and it was a little chilly - but no matter!
I have to be totally honest - if you are expecting a 4-5* as it would be in the UK or Europe, you may be a bit surprised! To give theb hotel its due, the downstairs is lovely - the restaurants, bars, and reception are completely beautiful. The rooms are basic, but functional, although I was expecting a little more - they are just a little tired and would really benefit from a redecorate. We went as 2 x couples and actually both had to move rooms when we arrived - We had paid for a garden view room but the view was of a huge industrial rooftop, lots of pipes and some rundown shops! They room also really smelt of smoke which was not that pleasant. We had some issues when we asked to move, and the receptionist advised that we would have to talk to the Thomas Cook Rep - we did this, and we were moved straight away, to a partial sea view room that did not smell of smoke - so that was great! Beds extremely comfortable, and the maid service was excellent.
Other than the basic rooms, the hotel was lovely. The food was unbelievable and makes me a little bit confused as to why it hasnt had great reviews previously - the food was fresh, delicious and there was so much choice. The waiters (especially Muhamed and Ramzi) bent over backwards to make sure we had anything we wanted. The head chef was also amazing, and made me a speical loaf of maize based bread as I cannot eat wheat. The resutarant was clean, airy and comfortable.
The bar staff were also great and drinks were very generous with their measures! They always remembered our drinks orders which was lovely. The entertainment staff were great - we went out of season when the hotel was not that busy but they still always ensured there were activities we could do. I am certainly missing my aqua gym!!! :)
The hotel is on a sandy beach but it was a bit chilly to use it - however, it had plenty of suneds, and lots of camel rides if that's your thing! The pool looked amazing, but again, a bit chilly. However the indoor pool is heated really warm and was a life saver!!!!!!
We did venture into Hammemet old Town and just around Yasmine Hammemet - we were a little surprised as to quite how little was out there - many derelict buildings and stray cats. Lots of locals do the 'Im the cook from your hotel' trick, but in reality they just want to get you into their carpets shops, so dont fall for it! We were approached 9 times in 90 minutes! However, we were not made to feel unsafe and a straight 'no thank you' is enough. There is not a great amount to do out of the hotel, but Tunisia is relatively new to tourism and so I guess this is not surprising.
Overall we had a lovely trip - made this way by the great staff and service. I would probably not go to Tunisia again in February - wait until the Summer!! However, we still had a great time!
Just a note - not to do with the hotel - If you fly into Enfidha airport, there are 'porters' dressed in grey that will take your cases about 30 seconds to the coach - then they demand money. There are a lot of them, and the rep advised they were trying to get rid of them! Unfortunately they are employed by the airport and so this is tricky - do not fall for it(unless you want your bags taken) - keep hold of them when you get through the arrivals gate, and just a firm NO if they approach you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The IBEROSTAR Averroes hotel is located on a large and wide sand beach and just a short walk from the centre of Yasmine-Hammamet. The complex features elegant Mediterranean architecture with touches of the local region and offers its guests a total of 266 rooms. Of note among its facilities and services are its outdoor pool with Jacuzzi and its spa with a wet area, massages, and treatments. If you're a sports lover, this is your best option as the hotel features an outdoor sports area, tennis court, water sports in summer, fitness room, and a golf course nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Averroes Hotel Hammamet
- Iberostar Hotel Averroes
- Iberostar Hotel Hammamet