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Medina Solaria & Thalasso
Ranked #12 of 118 Hotels in Hammamet
Scottish Borders
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“Total Relaxation”
Reviewed November 6, 2011

We returned from our holiday at Iberostar Solaria on 23 October having had the most relaxing time in a super hotel. Our room was large and airy and we slept soundly. We were on level 3 and facing the inner courtyard and could see the marina. The sheets and towels were changed daily and each day we returned to a different decoration that our maid had created with a towel, a bed sheet or even my pyjamas and a few petals and leaves.
We found the food to be delicious in both the main restaurant and the snack bar with plenty of choice and well presented. I loved the choice of salads and the bread and pastries were to die for. The chefs and waiters were very attentive and we had a great laugh when I was challenged to toss our omelettes.....the first one landed back in the pan perfectly and I got a round of applause but the second was a bit off target and some landed on the floor to the chef's great amusement. I also failed miserably with the huge pan the 'pasta' chef tried to teach me to use but in my defence, my muscles are decidedly puny compared with his and it was a very heavy pan indeed! We didn’t bother with the ‘dine around’ option but heard good reports from other guests. You have to book this 24 hours in advance apparently.
The pool area was nice and it seemed to be the place to be for younger couples and those with young children. The animation team were enthusiastic and friendly but not ‘in your face’. I was impressed how they always had a cheery smile and a few words to say to all the residents without exception. In fact, all the staff were absolutely lovely and couldn’t do enough to please you. I never felt under any obligation to tip but we did give a little ‘donation’ to those who stood out for the service they gave us. We attended one of the evening entertainment events in the Salon Cesar which was a good laugh as it was in the mode of a game show. Very well done to the multi-lingual host who coped with Spanish, Russian, English, French and German contestants and a similarly multi-cultural audience.
We spent most days on the beach and there was no shortage of sun-beds which the lifeguard would take to our preferred spot. There are a number of ‘sellers’ on the beach who must walk miles in pursuit of a sale. They take a polite no for an answer and soon get to realise there’s no point in keeping asking you. Watch out for the fruit seller because before you know it he will have a piece of fruit peeled and thrust in your hand, allegedly for free (not). I think they must recognise the new arrivals as my partner was ambushed on our first day and ended up paying way over the odds for a piece of fruit because the seller had no change…no surprises there!! The beach is generally very clean and we noticed the lifeguard paying particular attention to keeping the Solaria area especially clean. The sea is nice for swimming but on a couple of days the current brought quite a lot of sea weed ashore in places…..it definitely wasn’t camel droppings as was suggested in a previous posting.  Not a lot anyone can do about that but it had been cleared by the next day. In any case, on the days this happened we could walk a very short distance (30m) to go into the sea without having to walk through sea weed. The sand is the colour and texture of soft brown sugar…..it was beautiful and not a stone in sight so you can walk the length of the beach barefoot. It is also apparently suitable for sandcastles as we saw some fine examples under construction. The beach bar kept us refreshed with soft drinks and beer. If we had been staying longer I think we would have ventured out on one of the Pirate ships that left the harbour each day…..from what we could see it looked like a fun day out with a barbecue included apparently.
We went on the half day Welcome tour to Hammamet with Thomas Cook which was very informative and gave us a brief insight into the surrounding area and the old Medina. To be honest, we weren’t really that fussed about spending our week going round the sights and that trip was just about enough for us. We did however take up the free tickets to the Sheherazade Cabaret Restaurant which is included in the Thomas Cook all-inclusive package. This was in the Medina and consisted of a traditional cabaret with belly dancing etc and a three course meal.
We treated ourselves to a visit to the hotel spa and for 70TD each(about £33 including our all-inclusive discount) we had a Turkish Bath, steamed in the hammam, full body massage and hydrotherapy pool and massage which left us feeling so refreshed and relaxed.
The resort was quiet and so many of the shops and restaurants in the marina area were closed but we visited in late October at the end of the season. It must be wonderful during the busier months. The medina was lively and we managed a little bit of good-natured haggling in the Souk.
All in all, our holiday was just what we needed and I would wholeheartedly recommend Iberostar Solaria for a thoroughly relaxing and comfortable holiday.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 5, 2011

I would like to start by saying this is not a 5 star hotel or even a 4 star It should be rated a three star, the rooms need up grading as does the whole hotel it is very tired. Now for the good bit , the food is excellent and the staff wonderful, the hotel is spotlessly clean, and in a central position, the pool area is quite small but the beach is just across the road with plenty sunbeds. we had a lovely holiday but would not return as we like a more luxurious hotel.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2011

had a lovely time at this hotel the rooms wer lovely&clean,we stayed around the smaller pool wer we met lvly people!!the animation team were fun ,they took no for an answer if u didnt want to join in!!they made it their point to say hello everyday!!food was much of muchnesss but never went hungary,we also used the dine around which was nice for a change!!bar staff amazing,the resturant waiters wer not a patch on the bar waiters!!i would deffo go back,never found any hassle on the streets at all just a firm no done the trick for us!!the russsians were very rude at times not to us but the waiters who seemed intimadated by them!!but i would say go for it if your thinking of going!!!

Room Tip: tip the bar waiters,well worth it!!!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2011

This was our first holiday to Tunisia with a wheelchair and was unsure just what to expect.
But the Hotel Solaria and its wonderful staff exceeded all expectations. The hotel was spotless and the food varied. But the main plus was it was so wheelchair friendly - we had a disabled room overlooking the beach - we had a wet-room with a disabled friendly sink and toilet.
The Restaurant has a special lift for wheelchairs and anyone that found stairs difficult, the pool had ramps for access - and there was even a lift to take you down to the prominade -
which was so flat it was a dream to walk along the front to the marina.
But the Staff at this Hotel were faultless - they couldnt have been more helpfull- nothing was too much trouble even to the point of putting the butter on my husbands bread ( he has a stroke)

Room Tip: If you require a disabled suite request one that has a sea view
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

We have just returned from a week in the Iberostar Solaria and we had a great time. The room was spotless, a good size, the shower was powerful and the maids did a great job. Beds a little hard but that is a personal opinion. Our room overlooked the beach which was just across the road. The hotel is in a great location, private beach just across the road, shops near by, a short walk to the marina and the medina. The fridge in the room did not work and we reported this early evening. By the time we returned later that night it had already been replaced. The room did get a little warm at night and the air conditioning had been turned off from 15th September. It didn't bother us but you may want to bear this in mind. The pool area was nice and we could always get a sunbed and the lifeguard was very helpful moving these around for you. Yes, there were some flies around the pool but nothing unbearable. No problem with this at the beach. Beach is clean with plenty of beds and umbrellas.The animation team were friendly and worked really hard. They provided a great atmosphere but there was no pressure to take part in anything if you didn't want too. Restaurant was good and when we asked for something they did their best to get it even if it wasn't out. You could always find something to eat and they offered a good variety. Only down points- water needs to be hotter to make tea at breakfast time, lukewarm tea is a no go and there is only one toaster which takes forever! That said, if you went to the main bar they would always make you a hot cup of tea! Our waiter Hatem was brilliant, very welcoming and always made sure we had a table the minute we walked through the door. There is a lift down to the beach and pool so not a problem for parents with buggies and anyone with mobility problems. If you go out for a walk there are lots of places to sit and watch the world go by. Shopping - there are fixed price shops if you don't want to bargain but if you do you can get some good deals but it is very time consuming. We took a taxi to the Old Medina and they are a very cheap way of getting about - make sure you use the yellow licensed ones. Overall a great holiday and we would go back again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

We stayed at Iberostar Solaria in Yasmine Hammamet for a week and absolutely loved it. Our room was large, clean, and had a good temperature at all times. It always smelt lovely too.
Foods and drinks are about right ans a real good staff.There are three restaurants ,four bars and an arabica cafe.
The hotel has its own beach, lovely but obviously people still find it too cold at this time. It must have been about 25 degrees which was lovely too .
Located close to the Marina there is a great strip of restaurants to go to. We would highly recommend the Piano Bar to anyone. They had a live pianist, great service, reasonable prices and amazing presentation. A very romantic evening.

Yasmine Hammamet, itself was pretty quiet when we were there but thats what we wanted. A nice beach and some relaxation. Taxis are cheap so its an easy 15min ride into Hammamet itself so we found this a great location.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a lovely relaxed holiday.

Room Tip: Rooms with pool view 3Thd floor
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

We have just returned and had we known what we were going to we would never have paid money to go there.

- The website advertises the hotel as four star. It was far from this and I feel the information on the website was not a true representation of hotel itself. The hotel was dirty and facilities very poor.
- On arrival our room smelt of cigarettes which lingered for the entire stay.
- The quality of food was extremely poor
- There were hundreds of flies in the enclosed buffet area, both dead on the window sill and flying around whilst trying to eat.
- They offer the option to eat al la carte restaurants and yet they are all booked up (NB this is in not peak season).
- The pool was overcrowded with not enough seats for all the guests, bearing in mind this was low season, it must be impossible during peak season. Customers were getting up at 6am to lie a towel on the seats in order to reserve them and customers arriving at the pool area at 8.30am couldn’t get a sun lounger!
- There were hundreds of flies around the pool area and sun lounge area making it very difficult to relax and this was commented on by every customer we spoke to. We tried sitting in many different areas of the pool and sun lounge area to avoid the flies but to no avail.
- The staff were extremely rude and unhelpful (especially the receptionists). Any time we asked a member of the reception staff to do something they rudely told us to do it ourselves. Restaurant staff were only attentive on the last night when they were hoping for a tip.
- We experienced three thefts whilst there. One a pair of sunglasses taken from the room (value £300) and iphone from beside the pool and and the contents of my handbag. Again presented with rude staff who obviously did not care.
- And to top it off the smell of sewage made a presence inside and out!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Medina Solaria & Thalasso
Address: Rue de la Medina | Yasmine Hammamet, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia
Location: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Hammamet
#8 Family Hotel in Hammamet
#9 Spa Hotel in Hammamet
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Hammamet
#12 Luxury Hotel in Hammamet
#15 Romantic Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Medina Solaria & Thalasso 5*
Number of rooms: 239
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