Just got back from our 8th visit here over the years in between Greece, Malta, Italy, Madeira , Canaries etc etc. All that can be said about the location, food, service , rooms etc has been covered by the many excellent and thoughtful reviews already posted. I am afraid this was one visit too many for us to this grand old hotel due to the impostion of all inclusive status by the tour operators. The lovely manager assured us it was not the hotels choice during one of our many chats. Incidentally he was the manager of the Imperial Marhaba when we first went to Tunisia in 2000 when it was a Thomson A la Carte hotel. Port el Kantaoui has never attracted large numbers of youngsters due to the lack of many bars, pubs or clubs. The guests who came to the hotel were mostly older folk who came time and time again for the warm weather and a peaceful holiday. Many we met again there will not be returning. All changed now I am afraid as the place was just about taken over by tattooed youngsters with toddlers and young babies attracted by the all inclusive attraction of unlimited alcohol. The bars were swarming with babies until all hours and the restaurant had it's share of crying babies way after 8pm which one would hope to be grown ups time.Dress code? Do not make me laugh. Most of the young and not so young men looked as if they had come straight from the pool or the beach in their shorts, sleeveless vests and flip flops.
Like to relax in the sun around the pool? Forget it unless you like the diet of pop music pumped out from a large speaker on the poolside stage.And who thought it would be a good idea to open the pool bar till midnight bearing in mind all the sea view rooms at a supplement over looked the pool.After three nights of being unable to get to sleep until after 1.30 am despite calls to reception to quieten the guests still whooping it up after the bar closed we abandoned our sea view room for a room overlooking the gardens.
My wife and I have enjoyed good holidays here in our retirement years being welcomed back like old friends by Raffika on reception, Taufik in the restaurant, Nbina the lovely omlette lady at breakfast and Adel.Lotfi,Faycel,Sami and Kamel in the bars. So it is farewell to those lovely folk, goodbye and thanks for the all the fish. ( You will have to look that one up!)
- 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