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The Sindbad
Ranked #29 of 123 Hotels in Hammamet
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Would highly recommend”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2009

We spent our honeymoon at the Sindbad and were really impressed by almost everything about the hotel. Considering the price we paid, the hotel definitely exceeded our expectations. The room was lovely, and cleaned every day; the staff were all really helpful and friendly; and the food was excellent. There were also a range of nice touches such as the chamber maids leaving fresh flower petals on the bed every day.

The town centre can be accessed from a nice walk along the beach, and Hammamet seemed like a good location to us, in terms of exploring the rest of the country.

My only complaint would be that the air conditioning wasn't the best - it did cool the room at a certain extent (which was a blessing given some of the outside temperatures) but wasn't capable of cooling the room to the temperature desired.

That wasn't enough to spoil our stay though, and I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Liked — Friendly service
  • Disliked — air conditioning
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank military_medium
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London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2008

I visited this hotel as part of a travel agents educational.It is one of the oldest 5* hotels in the country.

We were told by Jamila Asset, the sales manager and tour leader, that the hotel will be going through a period of refurbishment. On first impressions it did need to be a bit more open and airy but I did like the vintage décor which made it different from the generic, modern 5* hotels which look the same wherever you are in the world.

All the corridors off the lobby and restaurants were partially open into tropical gardens. We focused on the renovated areas and were shown a room, which was more like an apartment!
They all included a reception area with big bathroom and bedroom visually separated off from other areas. There was a warm, cosy feel to the rooms which earnt it’s 5* reputation.

Onto the new swimming pool development, this was reminisant of the Mondrian in L.A. with wooden decking, white block sofas with duck egg blue cushions and an outdoor bbq bar looking out onto the infinity pool, beach and sea.

Jamilla mentioned the hotel has a high number of repeating guests who all look to be middle aged or older and come back for the excellent service i.e. waiter service on the beach.

I would stay here purely for a relaxing atmosphere yet walking distance down the beach to the town. Very much recommended for older clientele who like 5* service.

  • Liked — The size of the rooms
  • Disliked — Lobby a bit dark but will all be refurbished by the 09' season
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank egyptfan86
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Ottawa, Canada
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38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2008

Tunisia is a beautiful place: the Sahara, the beaches, the kind residents, the culture.
But don't go to the country expecting anything close to the luxury that can be bought in North America or Europe.
We booked through Expedia, which turned out to be a huge mistake. There were problems with the rooms and flights. We called and were told we were on our own.
The Sindbad is a comfortable hotel with a beautiful beach and amazing bar overlooking the water. It's not a 5-star. Maybe 2.5 by NA standards.
If you book there, be sure to get a superior room for a few dollars more. We stayed in a regular room. It was constantly damp, the air conditioning didn't really work, and the bathtub was stained. The superior rooms are apparently newly renovated.
The food there was really a miss compared to what you can get in town. I found as long as I stuck with local dishes I was happy. Try the couscous, olives, harissa, dates, lamb. Pizza, paninis and pasta, which are everywhere for the tourists, were also bad.
The service at the hotel is good. But again, there were some cultural differences that caused us some problems. For example, my boyfriend lost his wallet at the hotel. None of the staff really helped us look for it. Since Tunisians apparently don't carry wallets, they didn't see the significance of loosing credit cards, ID, etc.
Don't order room service for breakfast. It's only continental. The buffet is well stocked and much better.
Everyone there seemed to expect a tip, even for things like handing us a towel on the beach or giving directions. I'd feel obligated to hand out cash at every turn, which got expensive.
Other advice ... If I had to do it over again, I'd skip the pre-packaged tour to the Sahara. It was a long two uncomfortable days in a bus. Find a company that drives there directly (with no mandatory stops at overpriced truck stops) and arranges a tour on camels or in jeeps. The other sights weren't worth the hassle.
I felt safe walking through the tourist areas. Even after dark we had no problems.
Watch your luggage and plan on possibly loosing it for a few days. We lost ours and had to join a long line of other tourists who had the same thing happen.
Finally, if you go expecting an adventure, you'll have fun. The country seemed still largely undeveloped and there are a lot of things I wasn't used to (dead sheep hanging in restaurant doorways, partially built buildings everywhere, a lot of garbage blowing around). Travel can be tough and not as luxurious as I'd expected. Even finding a restaurant was tough.
There were a lot of awesome experiences too: a sunset camel ride in the Sahara, swimming in the sea, a new culture, the music, the people.

  • Liked — the pool. beach, pool bar
  • Disliked — the room, the food
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank T0r0nt0traveller
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Reading
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2008

Hotel Sindbad
*Excellent Tunisian Hotel. Very good value for money.
*Good, friendly and helpful reception; though restricted knowledge on local information and my booking an excursion with them was not good value.
*Good sized room with good decor and excellent daily cleaning.
*Room and other service throughout hotel excellent.
*Garden and beach areas very well maintained and most pleasant to use.
*Hotel restaurants expensive. The Sheherazade Restaurant; good quality food and excellent service.Terrace and Chiraz restaurants both of good quality but pricey. Thai restauarant poor quality. Djinn bar good with very good service. I recommend to try instead better choice of restaurants in old Hammamet or Yasmine.
*I will certainly return to this hotel and this resort.

Attached Spa - Biya wellness.
*Good treatments. Slightly pricey by Tunisian standards; but good value for money provided that (and I strongly recommend this) you insist on all your treatments being given by experienced people. I made the mistake on taking a repeat treatment after excellent first experience; received the latter from an inexperienced person and which was disappointing. On the whole though I bought a set of treatments and they were all of very good value.

Moniz
Reading UK
October 2008

  • Liked — Great Service
  • Disliked — Restricted knowledge of local information by reception staff
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank nevm
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Tokyo
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16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2008

We stayed in Sindbad in July 08, unfortunately just for 2 nights, and had a wonderful time. Sure, the star rating may not match International (or Western) standard, but Sindbad was certainly worth 4.5 star for hotels in Tunisia. Negative reviewers on hotel standard seem to forget that this is Tunisia, not Turkey, there's a reason why few international hotel chain own hotels in this country because it's that difficult to guarantee certain quality standard. (Burmese employees does a better job at it even though the country is in worse condition.)

Our rooms were spacious, and though simple, very clean and comfortable. Bathroom was very clean (finally a bath tub we felt comfortable taking a bath in!) with separate shower booth. There isn't much selection on TV but we didn't travel all the way to Tunisia to watch TV so that didn't bother us.

Swimming pool in the courtyard is quite forgettable, but they are building a new one by the beach and when that completes it should be quite amazing. Beach area is quiet and clean, ample room for sun loungers and attentive staff when you get thirsty/hungry.

Medina is not a walking distance, and there's very little restaurants/shops around the neighbourhood. There's no hotel entertainment, or bars around. So if these are important factors, then don't chose Sindbad. As female travelers, we were quite fed up with hassling in the streets and Tunisian men in general that just doesn't leave you alone (anyone who's been to Tunisia will know what I mean..), so Sindbad provided an excellent sanctuary to end the last leg of our trip with a nice relaxing touch.

  • Liked — serenity and general standard of quality (for Tunisia)
  • Disliked — it's so easy to get lost in the hotel!
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank dckmo
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Medway
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2008

Nice quiet hotel which is the best in the area, I would not recommend half board as the menu does not really cater for vegetarians or any food allergies such as tomato, etc. Menus were in German and English but waiters could not tell us what was in certain dishes. At least 3 times we asked about contents and were given wrong answers.
Beach is nice and clean and well attended, pontoon net keeps out rubbish and seaweed which plagues rest of beach either side. Unfortunate derelict ground to one side of hotel, and other hotels on beach line are poorly kept or derelict.
Good transport to Yasmine, Hammamet and Nabuel areas for shopping, including trolley road train and cheap taxis.

  • Liked — Rooms and Facilities
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Sapp7331
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Sweden
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2008

Lotta Sweden
My daugther, 19 years and I stay at the Sindbad for two weeks aug-sep.
The hotell was very nice. Lovely garden
We have a superiorroom . Good beds and excellent cleaning.
We booked halfboard. Nothing wrong with the food. Two times we eat at the Shiraz restaurang at the hotel.
The beach area OK and the water was lovely.
Everyday we take a long walk at the beach.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank LottaSweden
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Property: The Sindbad
Address: Avenue des Nations Unies, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Hammamet
#20 Romantic Hotel in Hammamet
#22 Spa Hotel in Hammamet
#24 On the Beach Hotel in Hammamet
#26 Family Hotel in Hammamet
#27 Luxury Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — The Sindbad 5*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in a magnificent lush garden surrounded by palm trees and exotic plants you will find The Sindbad a charming hotel. Guest accommodation is in Moorish-styled bungalows with all comfort and amenities necessary to ensure a relaxing holiday. The 145 rooms and 9 suites have been entirely refurbished and are decorated in a contemporary style with an oriental touch. Be seduced by our exceptional service and our refined cuisine, offering flavours from around the world at anyone of our four restaurants. For your well being and relaxation, the hotel offers a choice of three swimming pools, one fitness room, a spa centre, yoga courses and in close proximity a horse riding centre. The Sindbad is a part owner of one of Tunisia's most beautiful golf courses, Citrus golf. Guests at our hotel benefit from a free shuttle bus and reduced green fee rates. Enjoy the charm, tranquility and pleasure of The Sindbad with us. ... more   less 
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