Run of the mill hotel, all mod cons with TV, ensuite and air conditioning, reception service, telephone and bar and restaurant - but none of the character available at Houmt Souks fondouk hotels. Good price - same price as the newly renovated Arischa - and included good breakfast and security of a large modern hotel.
In a handy spot for the souks running up behind the main street pretty much full length of town.
Guide book calls it the best hotel in town (that is right in the town, not the huge and upmarket complexes along the shore out of town) so for 45 TD it is good value for two people - the bathroom and its linen were spotless - one thing i do take notice of in a hotel is for any hairs left in the bath or on the floor - rather typical unfortunately of many places when travelling.
Nice and pleasant staff, they smile when you speak to them.
Some rooms have balconies, ask if any available if you want one.
Newly renovated, the guide books in current print advise its wearing around the edges, but im glad to advertise that its been newly renovated in beautiful colour schemes and comfort - the prices have been upgraded too and without TV, but who has time for TV when packing in the sights and eats etc!, but comfortable furnishings and ensuite for 43 TD, does include breakfast.
Being originally a fondouk its layout is interesting and provides one of the most opportunities available on Jerba not frequently available elsewhere to be able to stay in a place traditionally off limits to non muslims being for muslim travellers and traders and their animals.
The manager was friendly and obliging, and the place is set around a large pool. The hotel is in a handy area to the main souk area behind the catholic church. No off street parking but the manager said it was okay to bring the car around and park outside the hotel in the square that its in.
We stayed in Hotel Erriadh in Houmt Souk, a beautiful hotel, which was my favourite of all the places we stayed in during our trip. Erriadh is just one of a number of converted fondouks in Houmt Souk. Fondouks provided shelter and food to travellers or pilgrims. They were designed around an open courtyard with camels or horses resting on the ground floor and travellers on the upper floor.
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