I stayed here in August last year for a week All Inclusive. The weather was very hot; wonderful for a Brit who usually experiences little more than a brisk spring and on-off summer sun! I really don't know why people are leaving negative reviews! I paid £600 for a week's AI stay with flights and transfers - an absolute bargain considering the quality of the hotel!
The hotel is clean and very spacious, with five bars to choose from which offer good quality drinks. Soft drinks are self-serve all day long which is great considering the heat. Our room was on the fourth floor with a stunning view of the pool area and the beach and sea. We often sat and had a drink while watching the evening karaoke and other entertainment, which was fantastic. The entertainers had so much energy that it made me seem lethargic! The one and only problem with the room was that the mini fridge door fell off, though the management were clearly embarrassed by this when it was brought up, and it was sorted out with more apologies than was needed. Room service was also quick and humbling - no matter how many times you insist on opening a bottle yourself, the staff refuse to allow you to do it yourself.
The food was varied, of good quality and freshly prepared. Despite what other reviewers might say, the meals are well above 'average'. As an AI resident, you're entitled to one evening meal in the al a carte restaurant. I would highly recommend it, even if you aren't AI. It's delicious! The chefs are clearly very talented. My advice would be to try to the Brick (a Tunisian speciality) which was a starter but I could have eaten it all over again!
I read a few reviews about the hotel's private beach that made me wary before I went on holiday. Apparently the beach was dirty and covered in soiled nappies. I've never heard such a ridiculous comment! It is white, perfectly clean and hosts a quick-serve beach bar and a wide array of water sports that you can do for a pittance. The beach staff insist on carrying your sun lounger for you. And no, despite what people say, they don't demand OR expect a tip. In fact, everyone I offered a tip to refused it profusely.
The hotel is extremely well situated. There's an Irish bar over the road that hosts karaoke and serves English style food. The Port el Kantoui marina is a 5-10 minute walk away. Despite being AI I was there nearly every day, people watching, reading and having drinks in the restaurant outdoor areas. Peaceful yet full of life, the marina is absolutely beautiful. One day I did have to take my own bottle of ketchup because the restaurant ran out but is that really a big deal?
Also, try travelling into Sousse, the nearest city, if you want a taste of culture! The roads are 'Wacky Races' but the local markets are fabulous, as are the local bistros. Even if you're not ordering food, they bring out free food for you as you stay for drinks. Ours stay progressed from olives to full plates of chips and chicken! If you choose to go to the city, make sure you haggle with taxi drivers. DO NOT allow them to 'put the meter on'. Haggling got us to and from Sousse for the equivalent of £6!
For the sake of avoiding bias, I will mention one negative - the pool. Despite the fact that there was a little building work going on next door (which must be done, regardless of how much SOME people complain about it) this was not what annoyed me. It was the fact that people would get up at 6 in the morning (I once clocked someone doing it at 5:45) to put their towels on a poolside sun lounger, only to them go back to bed until finally arriving at the pool around 10:00. The hotel should not allow this reserving attitude in my opinion. However, on the other hand, you have to hand it to those holidaymakers. It takes a great deal of 'patheticness' to get up at half 5 during your holiday to reserve a sun lounger. Clearly such holidaymakers think sun loungers are the Holy Grail, whilst the rest of us laugh and cringe as we watch them from our balcony windows.
My brother and sister-in-law have been to Tunisia and are going back, to this hotel. My sister is eager to do the same, as am I. Ignore the bad reviews. Those people are clearly too used to having footstools pushed under their feet and crystal glasses filled with champagne put into their hands. I'd certainly go back to this hotel, and plan to!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wake up across from the golf club, have a walk on the seafront, explore the paved alleys of Port El Kantaoui or simply unwind at the pool: Marhaba Palace is a dream place for an unforgettable stay. In the restaurant, a collection of great wines and local cuisine with the flavours of thyme and basil pamper the palate. This charming hotel, in the heart of the resort of port El Kantaoui, will seduce you with its personalised hospitality and efficient, discrete service.Welcome to MARHABA PALACE ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Marhaba Palace
- Marhaba Palace Tunisia
- Tunisia Marhaba Palace
- Marhaba Palace Port El Kantaoui
- Marhaba Palace Hotel Tunisia