Middle level, low budget hotel, I'd recommend this to anyone, food is good, entertainment is good.
Swimming pool, very close to the sea
3 star hotel (not 4 start as they have it written in their prospect)
According to the stars:
-food very good
-hygiene-ouch(no cocroaches but you will not want to use the toilette other than in ur room)
-beds and other furniture in the room-acceptable and rather comfortable
-hotel entertainment programme-skip it ;)
-ok beach:::::has its own beach (other hotels use a beach behind which there is a wide street with lotsa traffic)
-good located:::::Medina(Souk) is less than 5 min, away, same as tuk tuk station and railway station
The holel is located in the end of the city, in its part Hammam Sousse, 6km from Medina of Sousse and 3km away from Port El Kantaoui. It is near the main street so, it is very noisy.
The hotel does not have any facilities. The staff although frendly barely speak English. One of the personal on the reception speaks fluently Russian.
The restaurant in open air is full of cats and they even eat from your meal as soon they can.
Most of the rooms even don't have a balcony. There is one small pool inside the hotel. The other pool, also small, is near the sea (La Playa). The beach is about 600m away from the hotel.
Only HB is offered.
The hotel is mostly visited by Polish people.
As soon as we arrived in Sousse we went looking for a hotel. We decided on Monia, again one of the hotels from the guidebook, which was just off Avenue Bourguiba, the main street in the new part of town. We finally got parking, checked in and relaxed after a very long day.
It was fairly well priced at 25 Dinar for an en-suite, double room. A typical Tunisian breakfast of French bread and coffee was included in the price. The hotel was also in a good location in the Ville Nouvelle, and not too far from the Medina. The man running the place was very friendly and even wished me a happy birthday after he saw the date in my passport.
The Sahara Beach hotel is in Skanes, about 10 minutes from Monastir airport and has 3 stars (so don't expect grand luxury). Although the furniture and the bathrooms could do with updating we had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the selection of swimming pools and the beach. The weather was very nice - about 25 degrees C every day so not too hot - and it only got chilly on the last day and a half when it got windy.
It was all inclusive so we only had to pay for "extra" entertainement (e.g. arcade games, horse riding or the zoo) and tips in the hotel, all the meals and drinks were included in the price we paid. The food was OK, but I have to say it could have been better. If you like chips, casseroles and roast chicken you will be OK. If you like traditional english food then you will be disappointed. If you are vegetarian there is a selection of salads and pasta on tap, but not much in the way of cooked veggie dishes. And if you like cake then you will be in heaven!
There are two kids clubs at the hotel, aimed at small children, probably up to about 8 years of age. The club run by First Choice is free if you booked your stay through them, or else you can try the kids club run by the hotel's animation (entertainment) team. I think it was about 5TD per 2 hour session which is less than ?2.
They don't have TV's in the rooms so they have organised entertainment in the evenings. It starts at 8.30pm with a mini disco for the kids, and then an hour long show or activity e.g. dance and music, Bingo, Karaoke, traditional music and dance incl belly dancing, and on Sunday night they did the Lion King show which everyone loved!
You can book from a variety of excursions with a number of travel reps, or you can book some excursions within the hotel e.g. 3 hour camel ride, horse riding on the beach, trips to Monastir and Sousse. There are also a number of shops within the hotel which are quite well priced so if you don't intend to haggle then the price you pay here is going to be reasonable.
Excellent swimming pools and beach facilities! Also each room has a balcony with views facing the beach.
Although we never stayed at this hotel we did have a meal in the restaurant and it did look the sort of place that would suit most people including children. This is the pool area and the front of the hotel faces the main road and the sea.
Great meals in the restaurant, staff very helpfull.
The Houria Palace Hotel is a 4* hotel in the busy tourist resort of Port el Kantaoui, near Sousse.
The hotel has two outdoor swimming pools, an indoor pool, a fitness room, a sauna and a Turkish bath, along with a handful of bars and cafes.
The hotel is located on a main road about 10 minutes walk from the marina and the beach.
The hotel and its facilities are of a very high standard, befitting of its 4* status, but the rooms, while very clean, are a little basic.
The hotel is owned by the daughter of Tunisia's president.
The price, off season at least, is very reasonable compared to prices in Western Europe. I imagine this is the case for most of the grand hotels in Port el Kantaoui.
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