More about Royal Miramar Thalassa Hotel
Once was the French Officer's Club
We have just come back from the Royal Miramar, yes it does look a little tired but as was used by the French before Tunisian independence (1956) I now see why. The staff are so friendly. The food in the buffet restaurant is ok, there is plenty of choice.The food was great at the snack bar by the indoor pool, really stacked baguettes, grilled chicken kebabs etc. a good lunch time place to eat. The rooms are ok, clean and the linen is changed regularly. The spa is fabulous, the bio marin water course, lasted a hour, gave us both a laugh and a relax all for £11.00 each. We liked it so much we had 2 goes. The golf club is nearby, for 18.90TD (£8.00 approx) you can have a hour with the professional to learn about golf. Then you can have 6 hrs with him, one to one, over 3 days to learn more and play 9 holes. Overall we liked the Royal Miramar, it was quiet while we were there, but we really needed the break and it did make us relax. Maybe it's too quiet for families with teenage kids.
This is definately NOT a 4star hotel
We have just returned from The Royal Miramar Hotel in Skanes.
This is definately not a 4 star hotel and until it makes some serious changes then it never will be. This hotel is run on a very tight budget. How many 4 star hotels charge for sun beds around the pool and on the beach? 3 dinars per day per bed approx £1-40. In all my years of travelling I have never paid for sun beds round the pool-a nice little money earner for the hotel and most of the sun beds were broken. The pool was very salty-they used to pour 2 buckets every night of salt into the pool. The entertainment was dire-very unprofessional and the staff were always trying to sell you bingo tickets and lotto tickets to make money and pestered you to buy their t.shirts and home made CD's-another money making racket. The waiters only cleared the table in the dining room if you gave them sufficiemt tips-again definately not 4 star. The food was edible but repetative and certainly not 4 star standard and coffee and juice at breakfast disgusting. There were the same boring dishes then one night they tried to charge 30dinars for a BBQ and advised guests they had no choice but as no one wanted to participate then it was abandoned-again another money making scam. The room was spacious but needed updating-it was cleaned daily but the towels were hard and frayed some with holes in and again not 4 star quality. The indoor pool is closed in July and August due to renovations and was empty so no mention of that by tour operator
A lovely relaxing holiday
We weren't sure what to expect with this hotel given the reviews we read before we went but were very pleasantly surprised. We booked with Last Minute.com for the October half term (family of four - 2 children aged 6 & 9). The drive to the hotel was rather long (about 1hr 50 mins) and the location just beside hotel was not picturesque at all, you drove through what was like an industrial estate! However, the hotel is situated right on a lovely stretch of beach. The gardens were lovely, plenty of places to sit outside in shade and a lovely airy, marble lobby. The rooms were very spacious (yes they were a bit shabby) but they were very clean - we had a family room and our daughters were in their own little alcoves (sweet). The outdoor pool (salted) was very cold but the indoor (heated) pool was a great hit with our girls, they spent most of their time there. small play area opposite the tennis courts which they made use of when we tried to play tennis (3 courts ok, 1 useless). Watch out for the mosquitos at dusk - we were eaten alive around 5pm trying to play tennis.
A highlight of the hotel was the pancake man! Every day from around 3pm there'd be a queue of people near the pool, queuing up for fantastic crepes (choc, lemon, etc), really delicious and only about 75p!!! The food was ok, I wouldn't say great. The breakfasts were rather boring, no proper fruit juice and a distict lack of fresh fruit but the bread lovely and home made and a hot and cold buffet. Dinner was better, always something to suit everyone's taste - and plenty of pasta etc for children!! Lunchtimes we ate at the cafe next to pool or overlooking the beach, the menus were same but quite adequate. There's nowhere to walk to from the hotel, you'd have to take a taxi or bus to nearest town but we were only there for a week and with 2 young children we just wanted to chill out and they wanted to relax. The hotel run kids club wasn't great - one person in charge was very nice and enthusiastic but another not great and didn't feel they were adequately supervised. Went on pirate boat trip from Monastir (I think or the other place) it was awful, the boat just chugged up the coast and there was nothing to see other than other hotels up the coast and from the minute we were on board it was sell, sell, sell!! After we'd already paid out quite a bit for the trip.
I'd certainly recommend this holiday, only for a week as it's a lovely relaxing place with plenty to keep children amused but not the place to be if you like to be in a 'happening resort' where you can walk to lots of different places.
I'd certainly go back to Tunisia and next time we'd like to take the 2 day desert trip which is supposed to be fabulous.
We stayed at this hotel in April 2006.4 stars it most definetly isn,t.
An average 3 stars would be nearer the mark.
The bedroom was quite spacious and clean.
Where it let its rating down was on the food selection at breakfast and evening dinner very repetitive, the toilets nearest the beach didn,t flush, the lay out of all the area around the pool all hard areas, no lifts in the hotel bear in mind that some bedrooms are on the 3rd.floor.
The extensive gardens refered to in the holiday brochure are already built on with blocks of accommodation rooms.On the whole enjoyed our week there but won,t be going back.
Good pub across road
Me and my partner Wendy traveled to this hotel in April 2006 and we found the hotel to be well respected, clean with friendly staff, we stayed half board which we found ended up costing more for our drinks of a night time, until we discovered the Safari bar which is just located across the road to the hotel. When we arrived in the bar we found that all the staff were very helpful and friendly and were open about helping out with ideas of things to do and also for football on the big screen. The drinks in the bar were a lot cheaper than the hotel and were draft so none of that bottled stuff. I looked round to find out cheap rates so I could ring home to the family to unsure them we had arrived safe. I found that the manager (Djamel) was very helpful and there telephone had a lot cheaper rates. We also found that his ‘’mini market’ where better for value than around and also picked up a few gifts for people back at home. There is also a café that is located there which we found the food really nice and value for money. Some days we found ourselves dining there instead of the already paid for meals at the hotel. If you do happen to pop over say Tony from UK said hello. In respects to the hotel I would say you get what you paid for, the pool at this time of year was a bit cold thou which wasn’t too good but the sun was really warm and kept us warm enough. If you would like to go out of the hotel you are best speaking to Charlie and also Captain Kyle (You’ll know who these are when you get there) again say hello from Tony. We stayed in a double bed room which were cleaned and refreshed every day. All in all we had a great time while there hope to go back again either later on in the year or next.
not too bad.
the hotel was not too bad i guess.
the room was a bit of a mess at first but i looked good after the maid cleaned it.
overall the the staff are very helpful.
bobo was a little too friendly for my liking.
he seemed very interested in my female friend.
but c'est la vie...as he said.
the food was nice but repetetive.
careful with the fish though it has a lot of bones.
the location is excellent.
with monastir on 1 side and sousse on the other.
on costing between 6-8dinars in a taxi.
if u need shopping or to use the phone then go to the safari.
the hotels price are ridiculous.
the mini market owner is a proper sound bloke and will help u with any thing.
if u go into the gift be sure to say hi to hosem.
it will give him a chance to practice his cockney accent.
on the whole the resort was great.
and will be replacing costa blanca as my annual holiday destination.
ps. try to learn i little bit of arabic if u can to use in the medinas....
u will get treated with more respect.
and get better prices.
Relaxing Beach front location
We were allocated this hotel on arrival at Monastir airport. We hadn't been to Tunisia previously and didn't know what to expect. The Mirimar is perfect for relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger resorts. Taxi's are readily availabe and there is a bus and louage service.
The bedroom was clean and spacious.
The food was tasty and plentiful.
There was a heated indoor pool, the outdoor pool was sea water cold but very clean.
We were surprised that we had to pay for the sun beds and cushions on a daily basis, but this is apparantly normal in Tunisia.
My only complaint really about the hotel was the night club, it was very dirty and full of mosquito's, which spoilt the entertainment on offer.
The pool terrace leads directly onto the beach, idealic white sand and azure sea.
I would definately holiday at this hotel again.
Quite simply a shockingly dirty and filthy hotel
We came here expecting a 4 star hotel, but upon arrival were shocked about how dirty this really was. No-one helped us move our bags despite their not even being a lift, and with it being just me and my girlfriend, and me having a broken hand, carrying cases to the 2nd floor wasn't easy!!
On to the room, where do I start? The room wax pretty small. It was filthy, and looked like it hadn't been cleaned in ages. It was full of ants which is always nice. The sheets had stains on them, and the bathroom was very old-fashioned and not what you would expect from a 4 star hotel.
We weren't happy, and complained, and despite them pretending they couldn't understand us (it's amazing how they could understand us when they wanted tips etc), we were moved to another room which to be fair was much spacious, but still wasn't very clean, but as it was now 2am, slept their till the morning.
The breakfast was equally as bad. Mouldy bread, bruised fruit, warm juice, insects everywhere, and not even clean cutlery, sorry, not acceptable.
Next day, we complained to the rep, and we were moved to another hotel which was also 4star but was in a completely different league. If you think we are fussy, then you are mistaken, as we were 1 of 5 groups of people who also complained from our flight about this hotel who were also moved.
If you pay for a 4star hotel, that is what you expect, and this in my eyes, and also other people's was a maximum of a 2star.
Absolutely Fantastic Hotel & Holiday
Went in early July 2006 with girlfriend.
Was horrified with reviews that I read on Trip Advisor..
I highly recommended the Miramar .
Location - Fantastic, shops easy taxi ride,
Beach - Very clean and well kept, not busy
Sea - Clean and clear, some fish for basic snorkelling
Food - Absolutely perfect, different everyday, excellent selection (don't turn up at the end of the evening or late for breakfast.. common sense you will get left overs!!) Ate kebabs in the markets and no tummy ache!
Flys - A few, you are on the edge of a desert and its very hot and the food is good... of course a few flies...
Staff - Very friendly, polite, multi lingual, helpful
Room - Clean, changed towels daily, always hot water.. and it was huge (2x balconies - 1 for me 1 for her!)
Shops / Markets - Bartering a must, you will get pushed into shops, be polite.. barter hard.. got £120 Nike trainers for £15!
Culture - Lots to see in town, avoid Puerto el Kantoui, touristy, fake and built simply for tourists
Would I go back? - Absolutely!!
To top it off... on the last night we had all our swimming gear hanging by the pool drying before our flight. It was removed by the lost property guy and posted back to us at home within 10 days.
Complaints - None, holiday cost just over £200 each, amazing value for money (that included Breakfast & Dinner)
Oh.. buy your water over the road at the 'Bedrock' half the price of the hotel.. buy in town and pay 1/10th the price of the hotel!!
really a 4star i dont think so
to start with this is not a 4star hotel a 2 star maybe, when we arrived we was taken to our room which was a bungalow looking onto the beach, the room was very small there was cockroaches in the bathroom and ants in the main living/sleeping room which isnt what you want at 3.30 im the morning, we had tasken along some fly/ant killer spray so that wasnt to bad, we have travelled to lots of places but this was our first time to tunisia its the only " 4star " hotel i know that charges for sun loungers and the mattress 3 dinars per person which when you are there for 2 weeks adds up, the beach was clean and the water was quite clear, whilst we was there they was restoring a pier with a platform at the end where you could get drinks etc, only problem we had with this was that after the hotel entertainment had finish around 11 ish the hotel staff etc all went to this peir and played music till the very early hours as we was right on the beach we didnt get much sleep for the 2nd week we was there, the food was the same most days we was there again not 4 star, after the first week i was only eating the french bread, there is also a lot of flies especially when you are trying to eat, the pool is very salty but keep in good condition, the staff are always asking you to buy tickets for this and that, buy your water etc over the road at the bedrock place its a lot cheaper the photos i have enclosed are what is outside the hotel, overall we didnt enjoy were we stayed location or hotel im sure there is nice places in tunisia we just didnt find them
Tunisia, Monastir, Train Station
Tunisia, Monastir, Ribat
Inside the mausoleum
hassle in tunisia
hi i am thinking about holidaying in Tunisias popular resorts dont know where yet with my wife, i've heard that the locals give you lots of hassle to come into their restaurant/shops etc is this true and would anyone advise on best resorts/hotels
RE: hassle in tunisia
Well, they do, but less then in many other arabic countries. It's part of their culture, they do it with the tourists and also with locals. Well, probably they hassle the tourists a little bit more. But if you're not keen to visit their shop/restaurant or whatever, just say a firm "no" with a smile.
RE: hassle in tunisia
tunisia is a great place. You will get hassled in the tourist areas, but just be polite but firm. Have a look at tourist traps on here. the common scams to get you into shops are things like "there is a important festival on today and from the window up here you will get a great view" or "i am a waiter at your hotel"
But dont let this put you off going - the people are actualy fantastic and very honest - we lost a bag on the first day while sight seeing in a city centre with all our money, passports, plane tickets and everything. While sat in the hotel several hours later, someone turned up with it (after driving an hour to get to us) with everything intact and we had to puch him to take a reward.
Where to stay depends on what you want to do. If you dont want to see the amazing things and sights, then port el kantoui is prob best - i hate it and it is very plastic, but typical package tourists love it.
Otherwise i would recomend Skanes, and particularly the Hotel Royal Miramar. Great beach and well located to get to lots of other areas, though there isnt anything there, it is a great location and really nice staff
RE: hassle in tunisia
I felt that there really wasn't much hassle at all in Tunisia. Less than in Turkey, for example. Sure, they tried to get you into their shops, but a simple no thanks would suffice to make them leave you alone most of the time. You could even look around in shops and stalls without them bothering you at all. All as long as they got a friendly 'no', or 'just looking'.
Might have been because we were four guys, but I really don't think it's a big problem otherwise either.
RE: RE: hassle in tunisia
BTW, stormy69, in your sentance 'and we had to puch him to take a reward', I hope you meant to swich the c with and s and not ADD an n? :-)
Not trying to come down on your spelling, it just struck me as funny because I read it as punch first!