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What a day of travelling it was. I turned up at Porto Palermo and bought myself a ticket to Tunisia, but with an hour to spare all hell broke loose. The queue for what must be the dodgiest immigration control post I've witnessed was 50 metres long and sketchy locals were quite happy to walk to the front of the line and push in - making it much …
... The narrow alleys were full of merchants' shops open on business days, but the medina became dark and spooky at night. I spent two nights here, in a hostel.
- - I emerged in the daytime, to meet with a guy named Walid in a cafe on Abi Berghouba Avenue. He taught me some words in Tunisian Arabic - which was like the Moroccan dialect I'd already studied. I hoped these words would be useful:
- - "bheem" - donkey
- - "mekhla" - a ...
... nearly as elaborate as the House of the Hunt, but the mosaics were simply stunning with sharp colours and incredible designs. The main mosaic, in particular, was really, really incredible and featured Venus flanked by two centaurs and surrounded by cupids. Simply splendid.
After spending about an hour and a half at the site, we climbed back in the car for the very long 3 hour drive back to Tunisia. The trip was pretty uneventful … more sheep sightings, but I ...
... tough. Lisa and I chose the brown rug camel because the driver didn’t fling the rider. Lisa wanted to ride on the front and I wanted to ride on the back. But he insisted that I have to be in the front and guess what? He flung me...
This is our last day in this amazing and beautiful cruise of the Mediterranean. I learned so much. I finally have my much needed rest. My mind, body, and soul are full from all the experiences thus far. Tomorrow we will separate and ...
... I'd been initially looking for. The villas are something else - mostly ruins, but the scale is impressive. it's like a small section of a town with a road, and mosaics still in place. Of course, it all overlooks the Mediterranean and is absolutely gorgeous. Ran into an English couple who were leaving, and they gave me their map. I noticed a Tunisian woman actually turned around and gave the English lady a positively filthy look, which is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dar El Medina Tunis
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.
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.
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.
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 !!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.