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Arriving in darkness and trying to find a hotel can be unnerving, especially when locals had warned me not to set foot in the old city at night. i asked my taxi driver to take me to a cheap hotel in the new city, but he had other ideas, and told me the best places to stay were just inside Bab Diwan. Was it dangerous at night? "La la, ma fii mushkila" No, no, no problems...
So, I entered Bab Diwan a bit wary, but at 10.30 there were still a fair few people around to ask for directions. Someone suggested the Hotel Medina, not in the well-lit street immediately inside the gate, but 100m up a very narrow and dark alley. I was beginning to think it was a ploy to get me hopelessly lost, and half expected a gang of muggers to leap from the shadows, but the only movement was an old man wielding a baseball bat...the local security guard! Hotel Medina came into view after a long dark archway, and I was pleased to find it had Qur'anic inscriptions all over reception...not something found in hotels which rent rooms by the hour.
Basic, clean and friendly, the Hotel Medina cost 8TD (1TD = about 50p) per room per night, with a hot shower available for an extra 1TD. You need to get a key from reception, and someone will come up and turn the gas heater on...although it was great to have a hot shower, i didn't stay in long, as the gas heater was making some rather alarming noises, and being scalded to death in a Tunisian hotel is not one of my main aims in life.
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Hotel de la Paix
I decided to have a change this time around (2007) and went off to investigate the modern city's best budget hotel, the Hotel Salaam (de la Paix in French). In a well-lit road, this is a good choice for those arriving at night and not wanting to blunder round the dark alleys of the old city in search of somewhere to stay. Apart from that, there's no other reason to stay here in favour of the medina hotels. It's good enough, basic but cleanish, but it's all just very grey and drab. The owners were polite, but often preferred silence rather than returning my greetings...
Yeah...not bad...but I prefer the Hotel Medina above...
One good thing is that it is just around the corner from a late-night internet cafe!
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