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“Good value holiday if you want alot on a low budget”
Review of Dar Khayam Hotel

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Dar Khayam Hotel
Ranked #31 of 119 Hotels in Hammamet
Reviewed June 27, 2009

I stayed with my boyfriend at the Dar Khayam from 14/6/09 to 21/6/09.
The transfer from the airport took alot longer than expected - around 2 hours 30mins and all the stops at the nice 4 and 5 star hotels along the way made my expectations of how ours would be go down but once we pulled up at the door it looked nice and the reception area was very clean. We were told we couldn't check in until 1.30pm (this was around midday) but were still given our wristbands so we could get food and drinks... I'd had 3 vodkas before we were even given our room!

Room
The room was very basic and looked a bit tatty - orange walls and green wood (see photos) but we knew we wouldn't be spending much time here so it wasn't that much of a problem. We were given a room with bunk beds as well as two singles (pushed together) which I found quite strange seeing as there was only the two of us....
The bathroom was a decent size with a shower over the bath but it could do with some updating.

Pool
The pool area gets busy during the day and a lot of people will reserve their beds which is quite annoying when they don't come back for most of the day! Beds are free but you can pay more for a mattress. We didn't bother.
There are two outdoor pools and one indoor pool in the Dar Khayam but you also have use of the slide pool and 3 other pools at the Omar next door but note the one that overlooks the beach is full of almost all French people. These extra pools were a bonus as it gives you a change of scenery if you get bored of just sitting by the same pool all the time. The slides are fun too.

Beach
The hotel has its own part of the beach where sunbeds and pedalos and kayaks are free to use. There is also the "beach bar" which is basically a shed where you can get free soft drinks through the day. You will get harassed by men trying to sell you tabs, jewellery, donuts, fruit and watersports though.

Food
I am a very fussy eater so this was a bit of a problem for me as it was mainly foreign food and they cater more for the French but there is always pasta and some form of meat as well as baguette.
Note that if you have kids, chips are not served on the restaurant very often but they are on all day at the snack bar by the pool.
My highlight was the ice cream which is very nice but only served between 12 and 2.30. Mind the flavours are not what you think!!

Bar
The main bar used is the pool bar and your drinks will be served in very small plastic cups (even the beer!). There is not much choice (house vodka, gin, whisky and some other foreign spirits and soft drinks are coke, orange, lemonade and tonic water) and through the day drinks will often taste flat - I decided that this was because they were reusing what was left over in the bottles from dinner... but the fact that you haven't paid for it and you can go back as many times as you want makes it better.
The cocktails are a mixture of whatever the bar person decides to put in and are quite nice so I would recommend trying one. For the men (mainly), there is no choice of lager - it is just whatever it is they have on tap.
At night the inside bar is open but as this provides the same drinks as the pool bar it is not used by many people therefore we often used it to save waiting in the queues outside.
There is also tea and coffee available all day and night at the snack bar and in the restaurant.

Things to do
You will get bugged by staff members (Momo and pirate ship guy) to buy camel, quad bike and pirate ship trips. We did all of them and they all lasted half a day so gave us lots to do but they did seem expensive at £20 per person each (£25 for quads). You can also pay for these in £'s rather than Dinar.
The hotel has a gym hidden underneath the dining room but we found we were too hot and tired to use it!
As mentioned previously there the slides and pools.
There is a wellness centre which we didn't look at as we thought it was a church til the second last day!
There are also the excursions from your travel provider (Thomas Cook/Sunset). We went to the zoo but this cost £21 each and when we got there the door charge would have only been around £3.75.

Do not go to the shops that are not part of the hotel as the men there are very overpowering and will do anything the can to get money from you! We just bought everything from the hotel shop. This may not be the case if you go to town centre shops but we were on a low budget and didn't want to get a taxi in (as it is too far to walk).

Entertainment
Daytime entertainment is good if you wish to join in but being a young couple we found the night time entertainment boring but were too tired to stay up very late anyway. It is good for kids as they have the mini disco to keep them entertained and tire them out for bedtime.



Overall, we had a good holiday due to the amount of trips we did and the extra facilities provided by the hotel.
Our hotel rep was very good and gave us answers to all our questions and even a bottle of aftersun as ours had burst in the case.
I think that based on the price we paid it was excellent value due to it being all inclusive therefore you were never hungry of thristy and as you didn't need to buy food or drink, there was more money left over to do trips and excursions.
I would have enjoyed this holiday more if we were nearer to some nightlife as I do like to party but there was a good balance between doing things and relaxing therefore I had an enjoyable time.

The only reason I would not return is that I like to explore different places for new experiences rather than do the same thing again but I would recommend this hotel if you want a lot out of a low budget.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2009

This is my third time to Tunisia three years ago to hammamet, last year to Skanes and this year back to Hammamet, hotel rooms very basic, but you only sleep in them, animation team excellent blokes whatch out for lisa and sheryl they love to get you up dancing great fun.
Restaurant good if you like foreign food, i dont i loved making salad baguettes and going over the road for a panini but my hubby and my teenage boy tried everything and they didnt complain once, went with friends and they enjoyed it too.
Would i go back ? definately wont be next year as i am going to Cuba but the year after i will be back there, great fun.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 25, 2009

The Animation team were amazing, really interacted empathised with adults and kids of all ages,especially Sam & Lisa... Food was ok, pizza's at the Slides Pool were a highlight. Rooms did the job and all staff were really friendly.
Transfer time is 2 hours but once your there, you dont need to travel any more for anything.
Good value for money, we will return next year.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank JoBeFa1
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Reviewed June 25, 2009

Just got back from hols (10th june - 24th june) had a fantasic time there. The staff were so very friendly and helpful counld'nt do enough for you.
Food was lovely plenty to choose from and something for everyone even if you are a fussy eater.It can get really busy at evening meal so if you can try get there abit eariler. Evening meals start at 6.30pm till 9pm.
The entertainment staff work so very hard and the shows they put on were brillient. Didi and lisa are lovely and she is the star of the show.
The beach is lovely and at this time of year hot hot hot!
You will need to take your own beach towells as they are not supplied but who cares lol.
The rooms are basic but very clean maid service every day, Our maid loved a natter with us in the mornings. The only thing i was'nt keen on was the transfer to the hotel from the airpot it took 2 hours 20 mins.
There are people coming round selling camel trips,quad bikes,and pirate ship trips, we went on the camel trip OH MY GOD what a brill trip we had.They take you into a tunisian village and there belly dancing and they dress you up and take your photos 4 dinar. We booked ours with MOMMO, great chap very friendly even after uve booked lol calls everyone Chicken Legs so dont be affended.
We shall deff go back to this hotel .

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 20, 2009

What can i say, searched at the airport by overly agressive customs official. Long transfer to Hotel. Mouldy shower tiles in the bathroom, bad back after horrendous camel ride, thought the swimming pool had unusual black grout between the tiles it turned out to be mould!! Food repetative and unrecognisable all i can say is i ate meat and fish but that could have been dog and goldfish for all i know. Rooms the size of a tiny bedsit, and you can't sleet til after 1.00 am because of the loud music, Highlights of the holiday finding a tortoise in the hotel gardens and flying home......Never Ever go to this Hotel it is worse than Faulty Towers !!!!!! and that was make believe.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2009

arrived for half term break with two children aged 12 and 4 and nan and grandad.journey took hour and 45 min from airport and hotel was better than what i expected during the journey.had to wait half hour for room but kids wrer straight in the pool and we sat in sun.yes you do have to fill forms in at airport and hotel but they onl;y take 2 mins.anyway ,there are pros n cons to all hols but 3 star it fine.kids were happy food was cooked and nice bit repeative but always something to eat.dont understand people who moan about it you go to a foreign country you shouldnt expect the normal.to us its all about trying new things and if you dont like it you go and get something else.you wont starve.people who want egg bacon proper sausage n beans should stay at home.
the animation team were great.got on well with them.they work long hours for pitence.the measurements for the alchohol not to clever but weve been before so buy some at duty free on our way out. we had a great time,kids happy ,we happy and you only get out what you put in to your holiday.thanks to the staff who were really friendly too.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 16, 2009

Firstly the Moan:
In the brochures the travel time to the hotel is 1hour 20mins, this may be if you travel direct but if your on a coach be prepared for 2hours minimum we were told, we were the last drop point and took 2 and a half hours.
Although you have completed a visa form at the airport, you then have to fill in a second form at the hotel before you can book in, but whilst you are frustratingly trying to complete this, the first of many people will come up to see if you would like to go on a trip to somewhere and when you left your house over twelve hours ago this is the last thing you want. Then when you think its safe cause your booking in, another member of staff will try to assist you putting on your wristband, asking you to book a trip whilst you are held captive by your arm and call you "Chicken Legs" - He will continue to call you this throughout your stay unless you take him up on that trip.
A man will then grab your bags and walking at high speed show you where to locate your room - although you haven't had time to change any money yet he will want a tip (keep a pound coin in your pocket to give him).
Be prepared if you are put in the first block on the left as you go down the stairs after the pool area as you will not be able to sleep any time before 12.30 as the DJ/sound-man at the Show Stage does not understand volume or base - this is not a good spot for families trying to put young children to bed.
The Rep was lovely and kept the welcome meeting as short as possible, giving you loads of important info and her own tips, but outside the doors the wolves where gathering ready to pounce as soon as the meeting was over - a trip to here or there, pirate boats, camel rides, the wellness center and many more.

Moan out the way - the Positives:
The Rep is really good.
You can stroll through the garden straight onto the beach.
The majority of the staff where fantastic - the cleaning ladies always had time for a chat and a smile, the bar staff pleasant, and our waiter Habchi was brilliant - he worked long hard hours but was always pleasant, smiling and would talk to all of the guests in his area of the restaurant, even putting flowers on your table for special occasions and the night before you left.
The food was plentiful and there was a good variety, with something different every mealtime.
The outside snack bar had a small choice of nibbles for those wanted it and stayed open until midnight.
Drinks where available till just after midnight, although some complained - if you hadn't had enough by then I'd say you'd got a problem.
You get to use all the amenities in the sister hotel next door, including the mini golf and slide pool.
Between the two hotels you had 6 pools and the sea to choose from.
Water sports on the beach.
The Wellness Center is well worth a visit, but go and see the lady on the desk rather than the chap who drives you mad following you round.
Did I mention the Rep was excellent

Overall - the Dar Khayam Hotel is lovely, but the people hassling puts you off.
I would however still recommend the Hotel

Suggestion for the Hotel - Let the trip people use a kiosk somewhere or one of the reps desks in reception and let the people have the choice to go and book a trip if they want to, not feel pressured into booking one.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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4  Thank Bongo316
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Additional Information about Dar Khayam Hotel

Address: Rue Omar Kayam, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#23 Spa Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range: $47 - $136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dar Khayam Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 320
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dar Khayam Is located on one of the areas best beaches, we operate a fun and friendly enviroment for our guests enjoyment. The hotel is for families, couples and single guests offering an amazing all inclusive package at a great price. Dar Khayam is centrally positioned between the old town Hammamet and the famous market town of Nabeul. Just outside the hotel entrance within a 300 metre walk are shops, restaurants, English bar, ten pin bowling, water park in summer and atm machines. ... more   less 
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