More about Iberostar Averroes
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We went to Iberoestar Averroes on 27th April for one week We have been to Tunisia and thought we knew what to expect. We were in for a great surprise On arrival at the Hotel we were met by the manager and given a cool drink while we filled in our registration cards. The reception area is bright and airy, all marble. We were staying on an all inclusive basis
Rooms- The rooms are large and very clean, there is air conditioning, hair drier and TV. The bathroom has a bath, shower and wash basin, the toilet is seperate with a bidet. The beds were a little on the hard side for me. Towels are changed daily.
POOL- The pool is large and has a lazy river and jacuze it also has a swim up bar. The sun loungers are plentiful and you are supplied with an extra mat to put on top. Beach towels are also supllied and are changed daily. The pool is right next to the beach. Oh and the pool is also freezing at this time of year.
Beach- The beach is a little disapointing by Tunisian standards and we didn't spend much time there. There is the usual para-gliding jet skis bannana boat etc available
Bars- There is basically one bar available in the hotel and can get very busy and it can be hard to find a seat . The drink is the local alcohol and is ok, the trick is to order whatever you are drinking on the rocks and split it before adding you're mixer, as they tend to serve large measures. There is also a bar in the entertainment area but that is only open while the entertainment is on. There is also a pool bar with waiter service.
Entertainment- THE entertainment is basic stuff mostly dancing. Done by the animation team. They are very friendly and are great entertainment during the day at the pool.
Meals- The breakfast was ok but after a few days of eating eggs it was hard to findsomething.That aside the lunch's and evening meals were superb, as good a selection anywhere we've been on a buffet style, no complaints what so ever. You also get the choice of one Al e Carte Italian, Mexican, Meditterainian and one other, can't remember. We chose the Italian and it was very disappointing a five course set meal which had little resemblance to an Itaian. You also had to pay extra for the wines though this was very cheap, about £7 a bottle.
Staff- Are very friendly and always trying to help, a tip goes a long way.
Yasmine Hammamet- Was a delightful surprise. Very clean and modern new shops and Hotels. A great Promonade and a Marina. Good for a walk and hassle free. There is a new Madina, which is not very large but you can walk about without too much hassle
Overall- This is a great four star hotel value for money and the area is great we will definately go back.
This is my second review of Tunisia - the first hotel of Dah Kayam was terrible and only spent 12 hours there - we then transferred to the Iberostar Averroes - which was a massive improvement. We were treated to cocktails as we filled out the forms and then whisked of to a large room with a fantastic sea view. We immediately went and had something to eat which was amazing. The food in the hotel (breakfast, lunch and dinner) was of a high standard and you could get basically everything you required from cereals to salads to home made soups and fresh fish and bread. Always a lot of choice. The waiters were extremely courteous and always filled your glass up with whatever you asked for - usually water and wine. The bar staff (although sometimes not very busy) were friendly and nice, sometimes you did have to wait for your drink but they did try to serve you. There was a lot of locals in the hotel and the bar staff did serve them first. Because is was winter we didnt try the outside pool although it looks amazing but the indoor pool was excellent and the beach looks very clean. The sea was very cold but hey it was winter. The hotel facilities are excellent and very well kept. The hotel staff all in all are very friendly and would help you. Be warned though there are persons selling camel rides and taking your photographs at night (not hotel staff) in the reception area and one of the photographers did say to my partner to pack me of to bed and he would provide an eight year old girl. We were disgusted and reported this to a member of the hotel. Did not try the spa, but the man who runs it did try his hardest to get us in there. So some good and some bad points about Tunisia. I would recommend going to any Iberostar hotel and if they are of this standard we will stay in one again but not Tunisia.
A Delightful Stay
First time in Tunisia for my wife and i and what a pleasant surprise. Iberostar Averroes is a great hotel offering excellent value for money.
The reception area, outdoor pool and beach which sits directly to the rear of the hotel are excellent. The staff in my opinion were amazing especially the waiters and animation team who looked after us very well. The rooms were spacious and cleaned every day without fail. A small tip of 2dinars (80p) here and there over your stay, also goes along way. The animation team worked especially hard and did long hours - they were so friendly and we had many a good laugh with them. They were also brilliant with the few kids staying at the hotel - watching the interaction between them left me in no doubt they were doing a supberb job.
Hotel entertainment on the whole is standard fare - if your looking for something more go to Las Vegas instead?
We were all inclusive so breakfast, lunch and dinner were done as a buffet style. The food was varied and of a good quality and we always had plenty of choice of things we liked. It should be noted that if you are an extremely fussy eater or just live off hamburgers and chips this may not be for you. Typically there was a huge salad bar, choice of 3 soups with a variety of fresh bread, pastas/pizza, chicken and beef dishes sometimes with chips other times with potatoes, veggie dishes were also available. There was also hot plates where you could go up and let the chefs cook you a fresh bit of steak/chicken/fish/omelette. There was also traditional Tunisian dishes usually with lamb to try also. The desserts were fantastic all homemade with a French influence (Tunisia was a French colony afterall) Very tasty with too many to mention. Breakfast had bacon, eggs etc and fresh croissants and pastries, again a good choice.
The hotel location within Yasmine Hammamet is good within walking distance to a large number of shops, bars and eating places. If you wish to go futher a resort train will take you into Old Hammamet, this runs reguarly and is cheap and reliable to use - we did not feel the need for a taxi (which there were plenty of) so can't comment on these.
We visited some Roman sites which was a good trip and then a 3 centre day trip to Sousse, Port El Kantoui and Monastir which wasn't so good as we were not given enough time to look around. They also put us on a Pirate ship in Monastir for 3 hours which we were not bargaining on. Anyway Yasmine Hammamet looked the best resort out of these from what we could see.
The above average rating i gave for this hotel i feel is a bit understated, well above average would be more like it. I did not give it an excellent rating for the following reasons: (Bearing in mind our last holiday was 5 star all inclusive in Mexico which did include most of the below)
At the Averroes:
1. Mini Bar in the room was not free.
2. Branded alcohol and cocktails in the hotel were not free and expensive. ( All inclusive Local Beer good, g & t's good, brandy ok, whisky/vodka/cocktails not great.) (The hotel did provide free proper diet and normal coke)
3. Air conditioning is turned off in the hotel at the end of August. There is a built in fan in the room which circulates the air however. Although this sounds really bad it was really only a minor discomfort on certain especially warm days/ evenings.
4. Iberostar guests could visit the other Iberostar Hotels in the resort but we were charged for our drinks which would have been free otherwise.
5. The Hotel had a couple of people employed to try and sell trips to the guests. They annoyed us for a couple of days by the pool before they got the message we weren't interested.
These points may be a bit picky especially as we did pay double the price to go to Mexico.
Other things to note are:
Monastir airport is 1 1/2 hrs travel to the resort.
Shopping can be a bit intimidating - stand your ground when haggling if you are not happy walk away - a firm no thankyou usually is sufficient.
Locals can be a bit touchy feely towards single women ( however the resort is well policed and we never saw any trouble)
Do not let the hotel rep persuade you to pay an extra £6 each to pre book your flight seats on the way back so you are guaranteed to be sitting beside your partner etc - this is a lie.
Do not let My Travel Airlines persuade you to pre book your duty free through the airline because there is no branded booze or british cigarettes in the duty free at Monastir Airport - this is a complete lie.
If you decide to buy your cigarettes in the resort stick to the newsagents/tobacconists - all the rests are fakes made in Libya and are terrible.
If you can, take some Johnny Walker whisky - shop keepers will do you a great deal in exchange for goods.
I hope this info about the hotel and resort is useful - personally i wouldn't hesitate to go back - great overall value.
Deserves its 4 stars but wouldn't return
Myself & my husband stayed at the Iberostar Averroes at the beginning of September 2007 on an all inclusive basis with Thomson. On the flight there make sure you get a green visitors card which you have to fill in, hand in at passport control & then you are given the bottom portion back which you need for your return flight.
After you’ve retrieved your luggage & are heading for the coach just say no to the men attempting to put your luggage on a trolley & take it to your coach, they want a tip. Transfer time to the hotel takes longer than Thomson states. Bus (I mean bus/shed, not coach) drops off at the Hotels in Hammamet first then goes to Yasmine, with the Averroes & Magic Life Africana being the last stops. Odd considering Yasmine is closer to the airport. Our bus also broke down so transfer took over 3 hours (longer than actual flight).
On arrival at the hotel you’re given a room key and a restaurant card and can hire a safety deposit box (pay on departure, 2 dinars per day), I definitely advise this. I also advise you to pay for a sea view through your tour operator, Thomson charges £28 for the week, whereas at the hotel they want 16 dinars per night. Even though we had actually paid for a sea view room, the receptionist tried to give us an inland view or make us pay for a sea view. Only after showing him our booking details did he finally give in and give us the correct room, make sure you check which room you are being given before accepting the key!!
Rooms are spacious, well presented with limestone floors throughout. Room has two large twin beds (pushed together), table & chairs, TV (only CNN & BBC World in English), large wardrobes, nice size bathroom with overbath shower and separate toilet. Good size balcony with lovely view over the pool & out to sea.
Thomson presence in hotel is non-existent. All other travel agents from UK and abroad have boards giving useful info and you regularly see reps from other travel agencies in the hotel. No Thomson board present, so no details available for flight home and the rep didn’t even show up for the welcome meeting. Had to ring the holiday line just to find out when we were being picked up to go to the airport.
Procedures in hotel are a little confusing at first. At breakfast in the main restaurant you can sit at any table, however at your first lunch or dinner you have to give the restaurant card to a waiter and then you will be assigned a table for the rest of your stay (so make sure you like it!!). We found it easiest to sit at our designated table for breakfast also. Food is ok, but not very varied. If you like pastries and pancakes for breakfast you’ll be happy. I don’t expect food in all inclusive hotels to be completely catered to Brits, but here (as usual) if seemed completely geared towards the German & French guests. Be careful what you eat as both my husband & I ended up with upset stomachs.
You can get snacks outside the restaurant in the afternoons and unlimited self serve tea & coffee in the bar. Service by the pool bar is either by waiter service or you can go and ask for drinks or get self serve water. Bar service in the evening can be a little slow and the drinks available are of a limited variety, but if you like wine & beer you’ll be laughing.
The pool area is lovely (pool very cold though). Beach is ok but very crowded, sea very warm & clear. If you enjoy peace & quiet when relaxing by the pool, this may not be the hotel for you. Iberostars entertainment team are very noisy. They play loud music for about half of the day, when organising activities such as aqua aerobics & belly dancing, and walk between sun loungers shouting what the next activity is. Entertainment in evenings is also really loud and if you want to go to bed before midnight I suggest you take earplugs.
We ventured outside of the hotel once and never again. I was led to believe Yasmine was a nice area, but parts seem very run down, men hassle you to buy stuff, follow you etc. The hotel itself does not escape this either as there are men in reception hassling you to buy trips and men in general fall over themselves ogling western women.
Journey to the airport with Thomson was also a joke, had to wait over 45mins for the bus, “greeted” by a driver who didn’t speak English. My husband had to help load suitcases through the bus window and the bus itself was disgraceful. Thomson rep at the airport ran on the bus, explained stuff so quickly you couldn’t understand her then ran back off to have a fag. Airport is like a cattle market, no organisation, toilets unusable. Make sure you get rid of all your dinars before the airport as you can’t take them through security and they charge 30% commission to change back to sterling. You can use sterling in duty free but everything is priced in euros.
I know I sound really negative, I did enjoy my holiday, it was good value for money and the hotel is deserving of its 4 star rating. I just don’t think I’d return to Tunisia and I’m seriously considering not using Thomson again.
wouldn't go back!
we stayed from 14th - 21st Oct 2007. It was first time we stayed all inclusive so buffet was something we had to get used to! In general the hotel was fine, beach and pool are beautiful. Room was clean and spacious. we are a young 27/29yo gay couple, who just wanted a quiet holiday. The main problem was the staff... over friendly to the point it made us both feel very awkward. we didnt appreciate being constantly bothered during dinner by various waiters, one asked me out on behalf of his collegue, who my partner could see in the backgroung laughing and joking behind my back. we didnt appreciate when one barman gave me a rose just to amuse his collegues, or when we were offered prostitutes by one other member of staff. It seemed as though we were being targeted fot amusement by the staff. Normally this sort of banter is appreciated and im not averse to a bit of fun, but we really were made to feel very uncomfortable. The other issue that didnt help was the standard of food. Initially we were quite impressed with the choice, but as the week went on, more and more of the other holiday makers we spoke to were getting ill, which in effect didnt do much for out appetites! we were both ill during the holiday. (i guess its expected maybe?) with these two factors combined, paranoid thought scrept in, we started thinking that the staff were not as friendly as we thought and were even tampering with our drinks and food. we decided not to drink anything that we hadnt seen opened infront of our own eyes.
Anyway, i just thought id pass this on to perhaps warn any similar couples who are thinking of a stay at the hotel Averroes. and maybe think twice about Tunisia! i know we wont be rushing back!
A wonderful time had by all!
We decided that we would like to try and capture some early summer sun and decided that we had a good chance of good weather in Tunisia.
I'm glad that we did as we all had a fantastic time!
My wife & I have a 13 month old daughter so were not keen on spending hours on a plane, so a 3 hour flight time fitted the bill.
We selected the Yasmine Hammamet region as the hotels are part of a tourist area along the seafront, very easy to leave your resort and wander along the coastline upto the marina passing shops, bars, cafes, banks etc along the way.
We chose the Averroes hotel for 2 reasons :
- junior suite gives you that vital extra space to put a cot without walking into it at all times
- direct access to the sea - other hotels are across the road.
We did see standard double rooms, so if you do need a cot it will fit, just a slight squash but not bad at all.
Our room was nice, clean, tidy all that you'd expect also lucky our seaview benefited from the afternoon sun, others are in the shade.
The view was fantastic, nothing between ourselves and the sea just what the doctor ordered.
Now to the good bits!
Service - irrespective if you're halfboard or all inclusive give the staff tips! a couple of dinar here and there will make your holiday so much better! We were all inclusive so no need to pay for anything but wasn't going to risk spoiling my own holiday over a few euros/pounds here and there.
All said and done the staff are pretty attentive & friendly. They will do what they can to help at all times, for example everyday we'd walk into the restaurant to find our table with highchair ready and waiting.
Food - this was my biggest concern, I'd read other reports on tripadvisor of food being cold or faintly warm. In our hotel this was only true of the chips!
Being a buffet you could serve yourselves from the heated steam bath counters but we would definately reccommend the 2 or 3 dish of the day courses which are freshly prepared and delicious.
For the kids out there they also have a pizza oven which is in use most days too.
For breakfast you can pretty much get everything you want - I became quite partial to the freshly made pancakes with honey - didn't bother asking for lemon & sugar!
Even the all inclusive wines were drinkeable, normally tasting these pushes you to buy your own bottle. We did buy wine for the room for some evenings but at 16 dinar, 9 euros, 6 pounds it's not exactly bank breaking!
Because we went in April, we did encounter some fairly strong winds on arrival, but temperature was already > 20 degrees when it died down, on the best of days temperature was hitting the 30 degree mark, so perfect for us.
Also resort wasn't completely full so plenty of space for our daughter to toddle around
The only downside of going in April is the water temperature.
The outdoor pools and sea are not warm enough to swim in....a few brave souls did give it a go towards the end of our stay as the sun started to beat down though!
There is an indoor pool which you can use though which is heated.
The hotel has been around for a few years and you can see a bit of wear and tear, but I found the the staff responded very well and quickly to fix any problems.
Speaking to fellow guests who had ventured out to view the area, we all agreed that the Averroes was one of the better hotels in the area.
After having such a good holiday my wife and I agreed we would go back but believe May would be a better time or at the end of the seaon in September/October when the water is lovely and warm
I hope this helps you make your choice!
The Yearly "[--] Commitee " outing
Six women all around the 40 year old mark embarked on our third what has become now yearly girlie trip away .Tunisia the first year to the Phenicia and Egypt last year then back to Tunisia this year. The Averroes s marbled entrance hall complete with fountain and cascading vines is stunning. We were sat down with cocktails whilst we filled in the neccessary paper work and then shown to our very spacious rooms.(our bags having been taken from us and whisked up to the rooms before we knew it.)In time for the midnight buffet(which incidentally is not midnight but 11pm till 12pm)
Cloudy mornings but by 11am sun was blasting down.The pool is huge with a jacuzzi which is very powerful but only on at certain times of the day but most importantly the pool bar opens at 10 am and closes at 6pm just as the sun is dipping down.If you wished to you could eat from 6.30 until 12 mid night .Food was good do try the ala carte restaurant which you can go to once a week with the all inclusive package also a small pool side restaurant open 12 30 till 6 where a small but very tasty set menu is served.This guy also makes fresh dough nuts some days around 230ish watch out for them they are delicious.
There is always something going on around the pool side aqua gym twice daily ,water darts,water polo etc etc if this is not to your likeing you can always go to thr hotels beach.We enjoyed the pool side best as the anamation team were the best any of us had ever encountered their multi lingual skill alone were a marvel .A veritable united nations hotel Russians,Belgians,Spanish,Italian,German(it is true you do have to get up before you go to bed to beat them in the towel sun bed race) So if you are the type of Brit who only likes steak and kidney pie and full English breakfast this may not be the hotel for you.
The hotel also boasts it,s own spa and beauty center we didn't try it but Lynne our" towel boys" wife(he was always up earlier than us ....and he did offer!!!)did partake and she really enjoyed it.You get one free visit to the hamam per week in the all inclusive package.
The entertainment was ok some nights and hilarious others,suppose dependent on how strong the drinks were that night.This was a problem some nights after downing what preported to be vodka and coke we were still soba as judges. Best bet is the wine or beer however some nights the drinks were more alchoholic than others.
The Medina is a short 10 min walk away and well worth a look inbut remember barter is the name of the game first offer halve it and then take it down some more and you'll be getting close to the right price.If barttering's not for you then there is a fixed price shop across the road selling pretty much the same tat as the medina Would def return but it was the animation staff that relly made the holiday.
The united view of the Durham branch of the "[--] Comittee" is that we would definitely recommend the Averroes to single people not wanting a clubbing holiday couples and families kids club and play area provided.
sorry to have rambled on will be trying for the next presenters job on that"holiday" programme!
Highly recommended by THE DURHAM [--] COMMITEE
4 star? OK, but won't come again.
Hotel itself really nice, can't complain. Food really good, plentiful but... after third day began to be boring, repetitive. Room spacious, clean, beautiful sea view, separate bathroom and toilet. Nice gardens, neatly kept. Fancy swiming-pool. Now about the dark side of the hotel: 1) if you're a young couple think twice before you go there; enterteinment poor like hell, bartender unkind unless you tip every time but why should you if you pay for an all incl. option???
2) need to pay for the gym which is not air-cond. and the stereo was broken, 3) entertaining team very repetitive, you could actually see they were choosing groups of people they were talking to and playing with all the time, 4) only one restaurant and not really nice, 5) no signs and if there were any not big and visible enough to direct you to a place you were looking for (annoying mainly at the beginning of a stay), 6) water in the outdoor pool cold, 7)the beach is definitely not a dream beach but enough to sun bath and play some beach volleyball.
Overall Can say not a hotel for young people. We went to other Iberostar hotels while our stay there and can say with a light heart that most of them are more beautiful than Averroes but .... only this one has got direct beach access. The choice is yours.
Iberostar Averroes.... Please help
Hello, can any one help I am travelling to the Averroes Hammamet Yasmine in september.
I am travelling alone and would love to here from anyone who has any infomation about the hotel or resort. I am going All Inclusive.
How much money is recommended (roughly)
I want to do the 2 day sahara trip
And anything else that could help
RE: Iberostar Averroes.... Please help
me and my girlfriend went on the two day sahara trip last july and it was one of the best trips we have been on.Hammamet is not expensive and is very cheap to get around as there are taxis everywhere, hope you have a good trip.
if you need any more info please feel free to contact me
RE: RE: Iberostar Averroes.... Please help
Thanks for that, I am really really looking forward to going
Would you recommend changing money at the airport or the hotel. I dont have to pay for taxi's as I have a coach transfer and tipping? who, when and how much.
I am only going for a week, but don't want to worry about cash. As it's a AI holiday I will only want money for excursions and shopping. Is there any small things I should be aware of or watch out for.