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Hotel Mehari Hammamet
Ranked #40 of 118 Hotels in Hammamet
Reviewed August 13, 2013

The Mehari is an impressive looking hotel when you arrive and the staff are very welcoming. We had a room overlooking the car park but the view of the mountains and nearby medina was pleasant, particularly at night. If you want a quiet break then go during Ramadan as towards the end of our holiday when Ramadan finished, the hotel rapidly filled with Tunisians and Russians, who were less than polite. The staff were very friendly, particularly the animation team, who despite their amateurish shows, were good fun and always smiling. The facilities at the poolside need an overhaul as the pool table didn't work properly and there was only one rather shabby ping-pong table that finally broke towards the end of our stay.
Our sons enjoyed the volley-ball and the ping-pong tournaments and had a go at most of the activities which were always promoted well by the animation team to the point of crawling under your sunbed to avoid them at times, although they were always good humoured if you refused. Abdullah, our pool waiter, was a lovely guy and always tried to look after us, even when he was run off his feet. It is best to tip the waiters and sunbed guys if you want to be looked after as they will guard your spot for you when others try to invade it like some of the guests who seemed happy to throw towels on the floor and take over your sunbeds when you dared to leave for lunch or activities.
The reason I wouldn't go back is the country itself. We did not feel particularly safe outside the hotel as the minute we set foot outside, we were hassled by shopkeepers and touts claiming to be chefs from your hotel. The touts can be very intimidating and aggressive making your time outside the hotel uncomfortable. We tried to visit the Medina but only made it to the third shop due to the aggressive selling tactics and constant insistence that you buy everything in their shop even if you don't want it. If only they had left us to look we would probably have bought more. The designer fakes are better in some shops than others so don't buy the first thing you see. Personally, I would stick to the fixed price shops unless your up for a fight.
We tried the watersports twice and went parachuting and went on a big mable, which was like a sofa bed that you had to hang onto for dear life, although it was great fun. Be careful when you pay for the parachuting as when you get to the parachutes you are pressured into paying more for an instructor to take you and photographs are taken that you are then pressured into buying. Make sure you get a copy of the photographs put on your memory card as the discs they give you don't always work and don't pay anymore than 25 dinars for 30 photographs or you're being ripped off.
The food was generally good although be careful what you eat, particularly the meat and fish as it can be undercooked and all of us suffered with dicky tummys throughout our stay. Whether this was due to the food or ice in drinks, I'm not sure, but it was very unpleasant at times.
The beach also needs attention as the rubbish in the water and certain parts of the beach was considerable so we spent most of our time at the pool.
We only went on one excursion which was a Zulu trip and I was dismayed to see enormous amounts of rubbish everywhere once away from the resort. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this trip as the the promised 5 course meal was not good and there was not much of it, although the zulu show was very good and when you could spot the animals in the zoo there were some lovely big cats to see. The camel ride is fun too; however, it is very hot though so make sure you have plenty of liquids with you.
Overall, it was good holiday and a very different experience and if you like Butlins in the sun, you will enjoy it, but if you looking for nightlife and varied entertainment this is not the place for you.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

A week in the Mehari was just what we needed, a weeks sunshine and rest. That's what we got..... A friendly hotel, good food, great staff, nothing too much trouble. The pool area we thought was a little shabby and needs some attention. The beach area needs a complete overhaul...... Very shabby..... Would stay here again......so not that bad...

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

We returned from our holiday four weeks ago and enjoyed it so much we decided we had to give a review but whilst we had a super time we couldn't quite give it a five star rating. All the staff were friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The entertainment team were excellent and did their best to ensure everyone had a good time. There was a real mix of nationalities and some were more friendly than others. The restaurant food was good and varied each day, apart from the beach barbecue which was never ready on time and you invariably had to queue whilst it was being cooked. The restaurant rule of long trousers for men at dinner was sadly not enforced although most adhered to it. It is a simple standard which could be easily maintained. Sun beds on the beach were free but whilst the rule of "no reserving was stated" it was not enforced and so at times there was a shortage. There were also lots of mosquitoes, so be prepared. Would we go there again? The answer is yes because the pluses outweighed the negatives.

Room Tip: The rooms at back of the hotel are sunny in the afternoon
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank David R
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

My partner and I have just returned from a week at the Mehari. We usually have more long haul type holidays but as we only wanted a quick week away to rest and regroup we chose this hotel based on the spa facilities of the hotel, the beautiful pictures of the facilities and the price.

I would like to say that all things considered we did have a good holiday and it was relaxing. the room sizes are excellent and the staff are extremely friendly without being pushy. However, the spa is almost an add on to the hotel and the prices, we felt, we quite steep and not at all well advertised in the hotel unless you went into the spa. The pictures on the internet are very deceiving, especially with regard to the size of the pool. When we arrived we were quite taken aback as to how small the pool actually was given the 800 capacity of the hotel. Also, we had paid for a see view room, which was lovely except that our room and all of the other sea view rooms (from what we could make out) don't just overlook the sea but also the very noisy pool and add to that out room was directly above the entertainment area so there were no peaceful nights although the air con did help to dull the noise down a little!!

We came away feeling that we had spent a week in a Benidorm kind of location and as previous reviews had noted the lack of children we would completely state the opposite - there were lots of babies and very young (and miserable!) children!

Also very hard to get drinks not laden with sugar. I reiterate some of the reviews about the food that although there is a good selection it is very repetitive and many of the meats were undercooked so we were very vigilant in order to stay safe!!

Room Tip: I would avoid the sea view rooms!
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Hotel was very impressive from the outside and in the reception area.Handed a soft drink when we arrived. Reception/restaurant/entertainment staff all lovely and couldn't do enough for us. Room wasn't ready for us but they gave us our wrist bands so we could get something to eat and drink. The room was really big and the beds very comfortable. Good size balcony facing towards the sea.Bathroom a good size. Air conditioning was a godsend in the rooms.You get a free safe in the cupboard which was very secure. Only problem I had was the hair drier, the hose kept coming out so would recommend taking your own as also it doesn't stretch very far. Room cleaned daily and free mini bar filled with bottles of water, coke, beer and Fanta. We went to main pool area and it was cleaned daily, not massive pool but it wasnt too busy. Waiters came round constantly to top up drinks. Ask at reception for a ticket for free towels which you get by the pool. Restaurant food was a great selection and a good salad bar. Ventured to the beach a couple of times which looked clean, they do a bbq for lunch by the bar area. Beach was a 2 minute walk across the road which wasn't busy to cross. Would definetly go back as we were really looked after and the hotel was lovely. Neil the rep was very helpful and always recommended places to go to. I was bitten a couple of times, hotel does get sprayed but due to being a very hot country I expected it plus I think I got them outside. Take repellent just incase.

Room Tip: Room 247 a good size, sea view. Will say it was above the kitchen but we didn't realise this til...
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Pam S
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

First impressions of coming into the hotel reception-it was dark,curtains were drawn and strange water features and stages that were never used placed around and made it look cluttered.Reception staff were very nice and gave a complementary drink almost instantly but we were told that we had to wait to see if our room was clean before we could go up so that took another 20 minutes.
Our room was huge and the aircon was fantastic,and we also got a sea view which we didn't ask for!but the carpet had lots of stains-it was worn,the cabinets were falling apart and broken-also our bed sheets were damp when we go in them-our bathroom handle broke off and was never repaired.
the pool area was very disappointing,the grass around the pool was very muddy and it was easy to slip-it also attracted alot of ants and Mosquitos,the pool itself didn't seem big enough considering how many people staying around it (only at the end of the holiday did we find out there was 3 other pools which other guests we spoke to didn't know about) the bar by the pool was very far set back so it made it dark and gloomy.
The in hotel toliets were vile-it seemed there was stained faeces Around the plug hole round the bottom of the toilets-there was also we ect on the floor-they need to be cleaned more often-so most of the time you would have to go up to your room to the toliet.
the beach itself was lovley-the sand-umbrellas ect (there was no camel poo!) but you had to cross a busy main road to get to it.most of the time the actual sea was not cleaned-so lots of bags and rubbish floating around.the food at the beach bar was the best-and the chef was lovely although the food could get repetitive.
There was one HUGE problem-the food-on the second day my mother was extremely ill with food poising-being sick lots of times during the night-night sweats-shivering-stomach cramps and headaches, we reported this to the rep after it carried on for a few more days when he replied "well I ate in there last night and I'm alright-you will have to pay 50 dinar if you want to see a doctor' he was extremely rude and intimerdating-the next evening our friends got served up raw turkey-I still had blood in the middle-we complained to the manager in the dining area where he was appalled himself at how raw it was-he got the chef to bring out another piece of turkey where AGAIN it was dripping with blood-our waiter cared about us,he threw the plate on the side to have another word with the chef-him himself working for the hotel was appalled at the standard of food.it became extremely repetitive every night-I heard a woman complain to the manager about there was not enough vegetarian food there for people- in which he replied "im not catering for one person!" yet myself,a vegetarian-could completely agree with her-in general i think lots of people would find it hard to find a plfoodie food that you would actually enjoy.over half the guests we spoke to at the hotel said they'd had food poising with stomach cramps-and to top it off we watched the chef use the same implements to use with cooked and raw meat-and also putting RAW meat juices onto cooked meat.oh and my mum found a big lump of plastic in her rice-which the dining hall manger done nothing about it or to help.eggs weren't cooked properly (still stringy and raw-also there chickens and other meats are NOT vaccinated any diseases) and chips were still hard at how the potatoes were raw,also lots of the food was soggy,wet and cold-you could tell the soups were made out of re used food from the night before.if you eat in the dining all it's much like a school canteen-so i wouldn't advise as a romantic couples holiday!
Our room was not cleaned for a couple of days because the time the maids came up (about 6 o clock in the evening) we had to get ready for dinner-we had to call reception twice because we had no toliet paper or towels (because the maids took them and didn't put them back) you could also run out out hot water very quickly.
Most of The staff were lovely,bringing us bar snacks,getting sun beds on the beach,bringing over lots of drinks not even having to ask!(but not really any different from any other hotel in Tunisia) but a couple of times we saw young girls (must of been about 14-16) pretending to work at the hotel and laughing at us with some of the workers-so I gather these girls were sleeping with the team.
This was NOT a 5 Star hotel-more like a three star,would most defiantly not come back here,and I would not advise anyone to come here if you want food poising,to feel in a dirty environment constantly,and feeling some times un helped and humiliated by staff,this was the fourth time staying in Tunisia in the past 3 years and been to other 4 star hotels and this (a five star premier) was no doubt THE WORST,the only good thing were many of the staff,the room size and air conditioning.On our advice-DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY AND COME HERE!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Oliviamorrissey
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Stayed from 10-17th July as a couple. Arrived very late but were greeted by friendly hotel staff who quickly checked us in and allowed us to go up to our rooms where our bags were brought up minutes later. Staff also brought us up a plate of food because of the long travel with no dinner.

GOOD POINTS
- Beautiful reception area, whole hotel looked amazing
- Drinks were definitely not watered down (in fact, a few times I had to ask for more juice in my cocktails!)
- rooms were spacious and clean. Towels and sheets changed every day by our lovely maid who always had a smile on her face
- Mini bar in the room was part of the AL and was restocked daily
- Beach was a short walk away and once you walked a couple of metres out, it was beautiful and clean
- Always a large choice of food at meal times
- Reception staff always very friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them


BAD POINTS
- we felt that, as a young couple, we did not receive as much attention as some of the other guests. Maybe it was assumed we would not tip so it was not worth it, but we found this a little disappointing
- First few metres of the sea were quite dirty and littered
- Surrounding is very touristy so there isn't much to do except eat and water-sports (that we found anyway)
- The mini-buffets (at the beach and bar) weren't much to shout about. Food often left out for a long time and not much choice

Overall we had a lovely time and no real grumbles. As long as you're not too picky or overly fussy, I'm sure you too will have a great time.

Room Tip: 351 - amazing sea view, hardly any noise on an evening. Out the way but not too far a walk from anyt...
Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Amy B
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Address: Avenue Medina BP 119, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #40 of 118 Hotels in Hammamet
Price Range: $58 - $131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Mehari Hammamet 5*
Number of rooms: 213
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