headed to tunis for a few days and im looking for a nice hotel located in the medina? good web sites to find these? also going to have 6 more days to head through the country any other must hit spots. headed over in the end of december.
thanks in advance
What kind of hotel are you after? The Grand Hotel du France is a very decent budget hotel. See my Tunis page for details
I'm not sure what your budget is, but if you can afford it, you could try the Dar el Medina in a beautiful old house in the medina. Here's the link: http://www.darelmedina.com/
Otherwise, the medina hotels are all basic budget hotels costing between 5 and 20 dinars a night. If you can get hold of a guidebook (either Lonely Planet or Rough Guide...the other guides only list more expensive hotels), and can speak reasonable French or Arabic, then you could use the telephone numbers to try and reserve a room...a good idea if you are arriving late at night, as the medina is a dark place, quite daunting if you are looking for a hotel and have no idea where you are going. There are a couple of hotels on the square at the main entrance to the medina (Bab el Bahr)...the Hotel Medina above a cafe, and the Hotel Marhaba on the other side of the square...also nearby, down a backstreet, is the Hotel Milano. The first two must be very popular, because every time I've tried to get a room, they have been full, but i have stayed at the Milano, which is cheap, friendly and fairly clean...and also close enough to Bab el Bahr so you can't really get lost trying to find it.
The streets around Bab el Bahr just outside the medina are full of hotels, so finding somewhere to stay isn't such a problem. December will be cold though, so check the room has adequate heating and hot water before you decide to stay.
As for trips outside the capital...well, as I said, December will be cold, so the coast will be quite miserable. The best idea would be to head south to the desert oases, maybe somewhere like Nefta which is a beautiful town and not too touristy.
Has anybody got some recommandations for hotels in tunis, between the Budget & Midrange prices would be great.
any popular places for foreigners etc...
It really does depend on what your budget is. I love the Dar El Medina: http://www.darelmedina.com/accueil.htm, but it is more expensive than other hotels (around US$135/night). I'm not sure if this would fit with your budget?
I think $135 for one night is very expensive but sometimes you have to treat yourself to abit of luxury once in awhile, espically on a long trip.
Exactly ... it is really for those "splurge" nights!
I can't offer much help with mid-range places, but if all you want is a cheap place to stay a night or two, then there are plenty places in the medina (old city). They tend to be very basic, often full of Tunisians in the capital for work, and in some of the places you might be expected to share a room. The medina is very dark at night, and most guidebooks say it is quite dangerous after dark...so it is best to pick one not too far into the medina. One I stayed in was Hotel Milano, two minute's walk from Place de la Victoire (where the medina meets Avenue Bourguiba) on rue des Anciennes Douaniers. A bed cost me 7TD a night, bathroom facilities were shared, and it was clean enough for two nights. There are also two budget places right on the square mentioned above, but they are often full.
If staying in the medina doesn't appeal, just outside it there are a number of slightly more expensive places. I've stayed at the Hotel Qatar on rue des Tanneurs ((+216) 71 342 522...this is from a 4 year old guidebook, so may not be correct), which was 12TD a night, clean, shared bathrooms again but spotless ones, and the staff were friendly. There are lots of similar places in this area, like Hotel al-Quds next door.
Rough Guide and Lonely Planet both have long lists of budget and midrange hotels with phone numbers. Cheap hoels in Tunis do tend to fill up quite quickly, so if you can't be bothered to walk around for ages looking for a vacancy, it might be an idea to book a couple of nights in advance.
Hope this helps and enjoy Tunis :@P
Hotel de France is not bad for a 2*. It ranges between 20-30TND and is located just outside of the Medina.
If you prefer a 3*, I'd recommend either Hotel Les Ambassadeurs or going to Sidi Bou Said and staying at Sidi Bou Fares.
Thanks guys, you're info is helpful.
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