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Hotel Les Citronniers
Ranked #60 of 119 Hotels in Hammamet
Reviewed September 3, 2011

This hotel has gone down hill from 5 years ago . Rooms are cleaned every day but they don't clean any glass , mirrors , taps lamp shades or doors . The bedding and towels old but changed regularly . You get very basic breakfast and have to clean your own table if you sit outside . The sun loungers dropping to bits the pool tables are filthy most of the time and you have to wait ages to get served but waiters are friendly as most of the staff . The tunisians always get served first , one night we waited 30 minutes before going inside and finding a waiter with my order 15 minutes later he was just blanking me and serving locals , we then left for the Chinese which is fantastic can't recomend enough . Was disappointed pool bar shut and no entertainment on anymore . The local area very poor and run down and dirty def no high heals .yasmin is about 5 miles down the road not a mile ! 2 - 3 pound in taxi there is also a road train which is fun , yasmin is a modern resort and much more up market with things to do for every age including kids . Don't bring kids here to this hotel they'll die of boredom .prices steak dinner 8 - 10 pound beers 1.50 - 2 pound a pint shorts dear 5 pound ish for imported drink wine is from 6 pound a bottle nice too . The food in hotel is good and good value .
would not come back here but poss come back to yasmin

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

this is a very very quiet, small clean hotel set just off a main road about a mile from old hammamet and a mile from yasmine hammamet. i have never been to tunisia having travelled a lot in turkey and greece and was not sure what to expect.....its definately not turkey! the hotel is really nice, very clean, nice rooms, lovely staff, youseff is such a gentleman and the cleaners did a fab job even managing to tidy up after my two teenage daughters. there is a small clean pool, a pool table and a bar and thats it,, if you want quiet this is it. the hotel has a part of the beach just a short walk away and this is AMAZING!! the beach is clean the sea is wonderful and i have never seen sand like it, food is cheap both in and out of the hotel and although the included breakfast is a bit sparce its not pricey to order eggs or stuff. we often ate out 4 of us for under 30 quid.
Tunisia itself was a shock for me, if you stay in yasmine hammamet or in an all inclusive then you see clean streets, roads, paths, nice smiley people (all very tourist) where we stayed you only need walk a short disttance fromt eh front door and the rubbish si everywhere, the place smells really bad and we saw dead cats amongst the piles of rubbish lying along the edge of the road. the markets are great but very hassley and when you egt out of th etaxi peopel try to pretend they are from your hotel and take you to little shops to get you to buy. it was not uncommon for prices to start at 300 pounds for tat and drop to 20. it did occasionally get a little intimidating, keep your girls covered up, the men both look and make comments but it wsnt aggresive.
the zoo is fabulous, dont go on a trip, get a taxi driver to take you, it will cost about 30 quid for him to drive you there and back and wait for you for a couple of hours, my girls both swam with dolphins at the zoo, £75 each for almost an hour of instruction and a swim with a super set of picturtes for another £25.. bargain!
if you head into old hammamet there is a really nice italian opposite the grave yard which sells the most incredible ice cream and a really traditional tunisian restaurant opposite th creperie up some stairs, called "blu" something. it looks like a cafe but the food was great. a bit more pricey but the best mean we had was fatima on teh front at old hammamet.
our hotel was lovely, the beach fab, too quiet for my girls and tunisia too dirty for me but im glad we went and experienced the place.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank avoidedcatbell
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

8 times now and still more than happy with this hidden gem in Hamamett. It was a bit quieter this time but that suited us just fine. As always the staff were excellent, from the desk managers, waiters, cleaning ladies and chefs.
Will definitely go back sometime in the future for another quiet and relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank ian795
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Reviewed July 16, 2011

I came to this hotel with my sister having never been to Tunisia before. After having looked at other reviews we found this hotel and we weren't disappointed. We found the staff very welcoming and helpful with every query. They worked tirelessly to provide an excellent service for a modest 2* bed and breakfast. One particularly good aspect of the service was that they offered a currency exchange facility so you can change however much you need for each day - this was helpful due to the illegality of removing Tunisian currency from Tunisia so it meant that you didn't change too much or too little.

The breakfast provided was simple but good considering the price of a room. A wider selection for breakfast would improve this part of the holiday. There's a cheap and popular restaurant at the hotel that made eating out enjoyable and good value for money with a great atmosphere and attentive waiters. In addition, they like to feed you up with mammoth portions! The beach linked with the hotel (a 5 minute walk down the road) also has very friendly staff and is quite clean.

The rooms were basic but clean and the cleaners tidy your bed every day, kindly arranging your pyjamas into a bow shape which was a nice touch! There was little outside noise where we were (the back of the hotel). If you were closer to the restaurant around the front it could have been very noisy. TV had channels in English, German, Italian, French and Arabic if you require it. Bathroom was clean and towels were changed every day.

The pool was lovely and we could always find a place to sit and relax. The water can be quite cold, but in the 30 degree heat it's very refreshing!

A big downside to the location of the hotel is that there isn't a huge amount to do in the area although you can arrange excursions which pick you up and drop you off outside the hotel. The Zulu evening with a walk around the safari park is recommended! If you are looking for a more lively area, we think Yasmine Hammamet or Port El Kantauoi would be more suitable.

All in all this hotel made for a wonderful stay in Tunisia and we were sad to leave!

Room Tip: Closer to the back of the hotel would be better.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank JenandKate205
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Reviewed June 2, 2011

Single room: 10 euro per night. Comes with breakfast, towel, linen, hot water shower. I think this is super great deal for 10 euro.

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BREAKFAST: 7:30 – 10:00 (or 10:30), Lovely chocolate drink with hot milk.
TV: I could watch only BBC in my room, not CNN. (English channel)
BOOK: In the lounge, there are many English books that you can read, I donated one when I left Tunisia !
LOUNGE: There are a few TVs, it is supposed to be no smoking area, but everybody smokes. As I had to use my laptop in the lounge, it was not good environment to stay for hours.
ALCOHOL: there are many mini markets in the area where Hotel Les Citronniers is, but none of them sells alcohol. If you want to buy any, you have to go to Hammamet center.
RESTAURANT: They say it is 24 hours, it could be :-) At least, it was open at 10:00 for early lunch ! Almost every dish comes with complimentary appetizer and sorbet. I ate there many times, every dish was delish & didn’t have to wait for long for any dish. The portion of spaghetti is too big. LOL.
INTERNET: It is connected only in the lobby, not in each room. I tried to connect in the restaurant, but signal was a bit weaker. There is no PC for any guest to use, so you have to bring your own if you need to use PC.
MONEY CHANGER: you can exchange money at the reception. I didn’t get their explanation completely clear but there seems to be only 2 chances per day to exchange money in there.
TOUR: hotel will manage optional tours. Most tour agencies operate daily excursion something like this ( this is just an example ! )
Monday: 2-day Sahara trip
Tuesday: African Dream, Carthage&Sidi Bou Said
Thursday: Carthage&Sidi Bou Said, 2-day Sahara trip
Friday: Aizahra Sound & light show
Saturday: African Dream, Carthage&Sidi Bou Said, visiting markets.
TAXI: you usually can hail a taxi in front of hotel. Roughly 5TD to get to either Hammamet center or Yasmin Hammamet. 10TD between Yasmin Hammamet & Hammamet. I walked up to the main street from hotel to get a cab. Some taxies will pull over for you even if other passengers are already in, as long as the destination is the same direction. (sharing a taxi with strangers like a bus). In that case, you pay only 2~3TD to get to Hammamet center.
TOURIST TRAIN: there are about 4 tourist trains between Yasmin Hammamet & Hammamet. It passes by Hotel Les Citronniers, too. 5TD for each ride.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 15, 2011

We stayed here for a week in October the weather was lovely really warm. The beach close to the hotel was beautiful there was a private section for the hotel with a snack bar. The hotel staff were friendly and very helpful, the rooms were clean and spacious very good for the price you pay. The location of the hotel in Hammamet is on a nice road with a quiet feel with nice restaurants close by especially Zozos we ate there several times on our stay it was lovely and excellent value for money. We went on two organised trips a jeep safari that let you see more rural parts of tunisia, and we visited the zoo and watched zulu dancers while having a tradition meal both were equally as good. To sum up the holiday it was a quite relaxing week away good food and warm weather.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank katieb8504
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Reviewed May 12, 2011

This hotel is a 2 star and that is exactly what you get, the rooms are a good size, basic but clean, however the bathroom towels are very well used and have gone a grey colour and are a bit tatty around the edges, and also there are no drawers in the rooms or coffee/tea making facilities.
The included breakfast could do with some improvement, it consisted of croissants and sliced french bread, with butter, cheese triangles and jams, with tea and coffee, which wasn't much of a choice and not good if like me you need to avoid wheat. If you want something cooked, this will cost you extra (although cheap £2.00 for scrambled egg, and you get about 5 eggs, so it's enough to share) but the chef does not come in until 0800 am! The hotel could do with offeriing some cooked food in their B&B price, as basic as scrambled egg to help yourself to. I had to go to the local shop and buy fruit in for breakfast, other than that it was cheese triangles for me.... !
Another complaint about the breakfast was the room, the table cloths were not changed on a daily basis and usually had yesterdays dried jam and butter on them as well as spilt drink and crumbs.
The staff are excellent, always friendly and attentive, the bar and restaurant is used by the locals (mainly men), we did'nt find this a problem. However, our room was at the front of the hotel over the terrace, so we had all the noise of traffic, early morning deliveries, and the loud chatter of locals and tourists, we did not get one decent nights sleep, so ask for a room over the pool.
The beach is not far from the hotel, you turn right and the take the first alley on the left. It is high walled, paved and has trees down the middle, it is in no way dingy nor does it have stray dogs wandering about as mentioned in a previous review. It is literally a few minutes walk and the hotel runs a beach hut/cafe, the guy who serves there is very friendly and chatty.
One tip when you are out and about in Hammamet near the old Media, or you travel up to Yasmine Hammamet Medina which is a purpose built tourist area of all inclusive hotels and shops (devoid of any atmosphere), do not believe anyone that approaches you and tell's you that they work in your hotel, either as chef or otherwise. They will try and fool you into thinking that you don't recognise them out of uniform, and are very good at it. Their ploy is to get you into the Medina, tell you that their brother owns a shop, their father lives there, etc... and that there is a festival on and it will be shut for 2 weeks.... this is to get you into a shop, be conned into paying upto 5 times the value of some trinket or other and they earn comission.
The whole point of visiting the Medina is to barter over prices,which we did in Tunis and enjoyed the experience, but the people in the Hammamet shops are extremely pushy and will pressurise or intimidate you into buying. DO NOT FALL FOR IT!
Overall this is a nice hotel, with a good restaurant and other good local eateries (Zozo's is one) , some minor improvements would make it more appealing though.

Room Tip: Don't get a room over the terrace
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Rue de Nevers, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia
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Location: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Beach Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#25 Family Hotel in Hammamet
#46 On the Beach Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range: $17 - $53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Les Citronniers 2*
Number of rooms: 60
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