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Super ! La meilleure adresse de Tunis
Nous venons de revenir d'un voyage de dix jours en Tunisie, et nous avons adoré cet hôtel-boutique qui se trouve dans la médina de Tunis. Il est très bien situé, les chambres sont propres et le personnel très serviable. Nous sommes allés dans un autre hôtel à Tunis, la veille de notre départ, qui était affreux en comparaison.
Le seul hôtel-boutique de Tunis (et le meilleur !)
Cet hôtel fantastique ne figure pas encore dans les guides, car il n'a ouvert ses portes que durant l'été 2005. Je l'ai trouvé par hasard, en faisant une recherche sur la toile. Ils est très bien situé, au coeur de la vieille ville de Tunis (la médina). Il s'agit d'une vieille maison, et l'architecte a su garder cette saveur particulière qu'ont les choses anciennes. Les chambres s'ouvrent sur des patios, et sont donc très calmes. Le personnel est très gentil et serviable, le petit déjeuner au-dessus de la moyenne, et on trouve beaucoup de restaurants de grande qualité dans le quartier. Ne venez pas en voiture (en règle générale, à Tunis, prenez le taxi ou le métro et oubliez les voitures de location !), et dans le premier cas précisez l'adresse au chauffeur, sinon il vous emmènera à l'hôtel "La Médina", un établissement très connu qui se trouve exactement à l'autre bout de la médina ! Allez-y avant qu'il ne devienne l'hôtel le plus fréquenté de la ville ! C'était une surprise pour nous, car tous les autres hôtels de Tunis sont soit d'énormes bâtiments moches de 500 chambres, soit des endroits incroyablement bruyants. Le prix de la chambre est plus européen que tunisien, bien sûr, mais elle le vaut.
Perfect romantic getaway
This place is a true oasis in the middle of a busy city. Tucked away in the Medina you wouldn't notice it was there unless you knew. We stayed here two nights and loved every minute of it.
We were picked up and taken to the hotel for 40 dinars (expensive but hassle-free when you arrive as late as we did!). The hotel organised this for us.
Everything was perfect - service, cleanliness, presentation. It was such an intimate place but we hardly saw any of the other guests while we were there. A copious breakfast was served in a delightful little room near the entrance and we took tea on the terrace one night - great view!
We actually came back through Tunis at the end of our stay in Tunisia and the hotel kindly took our suitcases for us for a few hours. Nothing was a problem.
We stayed in one of the smaller rooms for 110 euros per night. If you can afford the 140 euros for a suite, don't hold back. I saw two of them briefly and they are spacious and stunning.
A Gem -- Exquisite -- Highly Recommended
The Dar El Medina hotel in the ancient medina section of Tunis is a gem. The hotel was created recently from a home and has about 12 rooms, each different. The rooms are exquisitely appointed with Arabic texts, art, etc. It is like staying in an art museum. There are no radios or TVs, it is very quiet. Most rooms require climbing stairs (tiled and beautiful); I do not remember seeing an elevator, if that is important. The staff is so helpful and attentive it was a pleasure to stay there. The hotel functions primarily in French, with Arabic of course. One of the employees speaks English and could not have been more helpful. The breakfast which is included is excellent. There is a pervasive feeling of kindness and devotion to the guests' needs. I had to catch an early flight, and the owner and one of the employess got up at 5 a.m. to fix breakfast and say good bye. If there is a location in the medina -- a maze of 1000 year old streets and a treat in itself just to walk around -- a staff member will volunteer to guide you there. There is limited room service, only non alchoholic drinks, but many cafes are close by. There is a wonderful rooftop area with great views of Tunis. As the hotel is new, everything works very well (eg bathroom) and the air conditioning is excellent, which was helpful as when I was there in June it was well over 100 degrees F every day. The hotel is near the government plaza (prime minister's office etc) so it is easy to get a cab within a one minute walk. One of the best restaurants in Tunisia, the Dar El Jeld, is less than a one minute walk, also in the medina, and shouldn't be missed. Excellent hotel !!
Boutique hotel in the medina of Tunis
El Dar El Medina is a charming boutique hotel in the medina (old city) of Tunis, the capital of Tunisa. To my knowledge, it is the only hotel of its kind in the medina. The hotel was, historically, the home of the family who own and operate it. It is located very near the Place du Gouvernement, which is a spacious square on the edge of medina--and a drop-off point for taxis. From there it is a short walk to the hotel, which is on an ancient narrow street that most taxi drivers would probably not know how to get to.
Service is personal and unfailingly considerate. The owner or his son are frequently in attendance at the reception. We arrived somewhat frazzled since British Air had seen fit to leave our luggage in London and we were dressed more for a cool drizzly London morning than a sunny day in Tunis. We were thoughtfully supplied with toothbrushes by Hedi, the owner's son, who also drove me to the airport the following day, at 11PM to collect our luggage (which arrived 36 hours after we did.)
A lavish breakfast is included in the price of the room. The hotel has no restaurant but is located close to two very good restaurants housed in beautiful mansions of the Ottoman period--Dar Hamoud Pacha is located on the same street as the hotel and Dar El Jidr, reputed to be one of the best restaurants in the city, is less than ten minutes walk away.
The terrace on the roof of the hotel has a lovely panoramic view over the medina and is a beutiful place to have coffee (or other non-alcholic drink) at sunset.
There are two price categories of rooms--ours was in the less expensive category. The difference is chiefly in size. Ours had everything one could want (the hotel has no television, however) and the large window looked out on a charming interior patio.
El Dar El Medina was an excellent place from which to explore the medina: its narrow alleys, atmospheric architecture, and, of course, the myriad crafts shops. And when you return from your explorations, you are made to feel like a very welcome guest.
Loved It! Best place to stay in Tunis
We just got back from a 10-day trip to Tunisia, and we absolutely loved this boutique hotel in the Tunis Medina. The location was great, and the rooms were clean and the staff very helpful. We stayed in another Tunis hotel on our last night before leaving the country, and it was dire in comparison.
Brilliant hotel in the Tunis Medina
My boyfriend and I spent the Easter weekend at this lovely 12 room hotel, hidden in a back street of the old Medina in Tunis. It is a converted Tunisian house, with quiet terraces and courtyards all over the place in which you can sit and chill out on cushions or (in the case of the roof terrace) enjoy the great view over the roofs of the old town.
The staff are charming. In most cases their English is not great, but they were very patient with my slow, bad French accompanied by lots of hand signals.
When we arrived, a bowl of fruit, glasses of juice and a bottle of water was brought to our room immediately - very refreshing after the treck from London. The room itself was also lovely - circular, with a view over the courtyard. Wooden shutters, marble lined bathroom, marble floor etc.
The proximity to the medina is very handy, and it is also a short walk through to the 'European' end of town, where there are some great restaurants (we had very good and reasonably priced meals at both La Momma? and Chez Nous, very close to eachother on the same street). We also had a posh meal at a restaurant within the medina - I forget the name - which the reception staff booked for us (and walked us down there, refusing a tip).
The hotel cost 110 Euros a night for one of the simpler rooms (like ours). For a bit extra (142E) you get something a bit fancier. These rates include a great breakfast - freshly squeezed orange juice and lots of fresh croissants and cakes. Once we were there, we didn't spend that much as eating out is very reasonable. We got around mostly by public transport (trams, and the TGV out to Carthage/Sidi Bou Side), but on the last day we were lazy and got cabs - had I realised how cheap they were I'd have been taking them all along!
A delightful spot
The Dar el Medina is a unique and delightful hotel with spacious accomodations and a helpful staff. Getting there is a bit of a challenge because it is located in the Medina (old city) and there is limited vehicular traffic. The hotel will send porters to help transport your luggage over the approximately 2-3 block cobbled foot route to the hotel. Once there, everything is modern and clean. Breakfast was very enjoyable and the staff had good recommendations for other meals. The room/suite was nicely furnished and everything worked in the bathroom.
The only (and best!) boutique hotel in Tunis
This is a wonderful place that you don't find yet in any guidebook, since the hotel opened summer 2005. I found it by accident, through a web search.
The location is perfect in the middle of the Tunis old town (Medina). It is in an old house, and the architect kept the flavour of the past. The rooms open on inside patios, hence it is very quiet.
The staff is very friendly and helpful, the breakfast over average, and there are many great top-notch restaurants within walking distance.
Don't come by car (as a general rule, in Tunis, stick to taxi and metro, forget about renting a car!!!), and by taxi specify the address to the taxi guy, if not he will bring you to the "Hotel La Medina", a well-known hostel exactly opposite in the medina!
Try it before it becomes the most popular place in town! This was an unexpected suprise for us, since all other Tunis hotels are either huge ugly big things of 500 rooms, or ghastly noisy hostels. The room rate is more Western than Tunisian, of course, but it worth it.
High praise for Dar El Medina, the only boutique hotel in Tunis
There is a great place to stay in the Tunis medina -- Dar El Medina is located smack in the middle of the old town. It is a refurbished old house that is beautifully redone in the old style, but with modern touches and conveniences. About 10-12 rooms, each different.
We stayed there 4 nights (and on our return) and loved it. The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly, the rooms are really neat and the location is top notch. We have a 2 year old and folks were so friendly and accomodating.
I would return in a heartbeat, and see no reason to stay anywhere else in Tunis -- this was our favorite hotel in all of Tunisia! Price is well worth it.