El Mouradi Club Selima
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-----"Tbeeby" (My doctor) Haikl made fun of me for constantly looking at my cut in the mirror. "Okay, Justin," he said. "Don't sleep tonight. Just lay on your back with the lights on, and hold the mirror over your head and look at your eye."
-----He continued to joke. "If you wake up at night and you need more coffee, get out of bed, walk all the way over to my house, wake me up, I'll put a bit more coffee in your eye, and you can go home."
... up for the mosque tomorrow.
There are glimpses of brown and arid conditions re topography. The walls of the medina encompass 15k. There are eight main gates.
It was around 1700 by the time we pulled up to the hotel. We were quite happy to help Othman get the bags down from the roof as he seemed to be waiting for Noubi to assist. The latter was mucking about rather than heading in to sort the rooms. He leaves himself open for criticism more for ...
... than a kid at Christmas.)
Anyway, the sermon (uh talk) finally ended, and I was unleashed. Hassan asked me how long I would be, and I told him not to wait up. He didn't get that one either so I told him I would be as long as it takes. I had come a long way to see this place and I was going to take my sweet time. (Hassan was not going to join me I presume because the building required a lot of climbing,)
Anyway, with that I set off to explore this magnificent, and ...
Tonight is our last dinner at the Marhaba Palace and so not unexpectedly we receive exceptional service this evening. It's a ritual - which sometimes descends to pantomine - we've seen acted out a few times now. Waiters rushing round guests at their last meal, presumably to ensure that they get a good tip.
So we play our part and let our waiter go through the ritual. ...
... as we drive back to Port El Kantaoui how in the 9th century astute Phonecians thought that the site they named Hadrumetum, now modern day Sousse, would benefit from being developed as a port, to the modern day astute Tunisians who developed the site of Port El Kantaoui for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews El Mouradi Club Selima Port El Kantaoui
Loch in der Hölle
Eine totale Schande, dreckig und unter dem einfachsten Standard. Die Bäder müssten komplett gesprengt werden, da Dusche und Wanne total dreckig und schmierig waren und das Emaille bereits abblätterte. Das Essen war grauenvoll und es fühlt sich an, als sei man bei der Fütterung im Zoo gelandet. Die Kellner jagen nach Trinkgeldern und das Unterhaltungsprogramm war nur für alle unter 9 Jahren zugenießen. Sparen Sie sich Ihr Geld und glauben Sie den Bewertungen, da dieses Hotel nichts anderes als ein Dreckloch ist. Da ich schon einmal in Tunesien war und in Sousse gewohnt habe, weiß ich, dass es dort wirklich gute Hotels gibt und dieses nur ein schlechtes Beispiel ist. Das hätte mich abgeschreckt, wenn ich vorher nie in Tunesien gewesen wäre.
Waren für 2 Tage hier und sind dann in das Marhaba umgezogen, das im Vergleich einfach nur fantastisch war (natürlich war dies auch ein 5 und kein 3 Sterne Haus). Das Selima wird seinem Namen "Club Selima" sehr gerecht - es ist wie ein Campingplatz, keinerlei Ruhe und Erholung, Musik dröhnt von morgens bis abends und, es sei denn, man steht um 5 Uhr morgens auf, bekommt man auch keine Liege mehr. Es gibt auch nie genügend zu Essen für alle Gäste. Hier waren Scharen an Gästen. Wenn Sie meinen Rat möchten, bleiben Sie hier bloß nicht!!
Fantasic place to stay
This being our third time in Tunisia, first time to Port El Kantaoui. We absolutely loved this place, friendly caring staff throughout the whole hotel from maid to the kids animation team second to none! Clean rooms, the hotel and grounds are spotless. Food is very nice and a wide choice although yes admitidley a little repetative. Handy hint, if you tip the waiter in the downstairs al la carte restaurant (approx 2 dinars!!) he normally allows you to eat there most nights. After seeing previous review on this place before we went we were concerned that our children wouldn't enjoy the kids club - They absolutely loved it! Yes it isnt really that geared up for English kids but you are going to a country where English is the 3rd language they speak so we didnt expect the kind of stuff you get in butlins! Our kids are age 3 and 8 and they loved it here which meant for the first time we had a relaxing and enjoyable time. Our daughter celebrated her birthday here - unforunatley we forgot to pack her birthday card, we asked on reception the night before where we might buy one from the next morning we found a lovely musical card along with a boquet of flowers and a huge bowl of fruit in our room and a birthday cake with candles at our evening meal - no charge. A wonderful end to a great holiday. Also worth a mention - we lost our safety deposit key and had to pay 30dinar to replace it, key was later found by a worker on the beach we were refunded immerdiatley something I feel they didnt have to do considering we wouldnt have known if it was ever found.
first time with allocation on arrival not sure what to expect! classed as 3* and just getting ready for the beginning of their season. staff excellent and very friendly, place very clean along with the 2 pools. Rooms very basic though, twin rooms with 1 pillow, wardrobe and a telly but unfortunately not english, with a clean bathroom/shower and a balcony, but for a last minute deal and a very good price just how long do you spend in your rooms! but comfortable enough. Right on the beach and the gardens when in full bloom will be really pretty. staff expect to be tipped which seems to be the done thing and also advised by the rep, we tipped the waiter one of the bar staff and the maid at the end of the week, around 10 dinas each, roughly £4.00 each and they were extremely pleased, but then they do look after you. No extra cost for water each day and breakfast starts at 6.00. Food not very adventurous, similar each day but very geared up for the french, still can,t complain loads of it and hot. no problems at all and would definately go back. one word of warning though because there are no lifts wheelchair bound people although looked after very well had to be wheeled round the whole of the building to get access to downstairs but didnt seem to effect the few that were there though. beach and pool in the week that we were there also had their own lifeguard.
Loved the people and atmosphere
We booked this hotel as a last minute holiday in April 06 purely to get away from the terrible weather in the UK. Had a lovely holiday, very relaxing which is what we wanted.
However, the rooms are more than a little tired. The public areas are ok - the food is dismal. Lunchtime Salad bar consisted of rollmop herrings and anchovies every single day, along with the expected salads, olives etc. Absolutely no imagination at all -even down to the display, every dish in the same place every day. You could serve yourself with your eyes closed after 2 lunches. All dishes were literally just a variation on a theme, which is to be expected in this type of property - on an all inclusive, but not much of a variation! The staff were absolutely fantastic and couldnot do enough for you. The wine flowed copiously at all meals and in the bar, however, there was no gin at the bar -only vodka - which we found a little strange.
Few English guests, which we rather liked! The French and Germans proved a constant source of amusement, although they would never understand why! If we even bothered to try and explain.
The Animation team are fantastic - very eager and keento get guests to participate in all the activities available. We chose not to get too involved in most of them, particularly not attending their shows - after the first night! But hats off to them - they seemed to appeal to the other Nationalities in the Hotel.
Lovely location right on the beach and the beach is superbly clean. On the whole, whilst we had a good holiday and went only to relax on sunbeds and soak up the rays - we probably would not return to this particular hotel. It is definately in need of some tlc.
When we booked I thought to myself "don't expect a lot as it's only 3*", especially as the previous year we stayed in a very luxurious 5* hotel about 20 miles away. Well, when we arrived we was very pleasantly suprised with the friendliness of the staff and the general outloook of the complex. The rooms were basic, tired looking, but nice and clean.
The complex was about half full, which was very pleasant as it was not too crowded (I expect it it bedlam when it is full). The buffet type food was actually better than the 5* hotel we stayed in last time. Theres no English food, just Tunisian cuisine, with lots of fresh fish, pasta and salad. This is the first time that I have not had an upset stomach on holiday!
As it is all inclusive, the beer and wine are plentiful, but to make sure that you get super quick service, tip the waiters about 1 dinar (45 pence) each time and you will bypass the germans that are que jumping (apparently Germans are not very good tippers!)
By the way theres not a lot of English people their, theres lots of rude Germans though, so standby for towels at dawn and the usual queing chaos which they can't seem to grasp.
The beach is superb, the entertainment is well, very entertaining! The Disco is superb, the 7 tennis courts are nicely maintained.
Port El Kantoui is a beautiful port, shame about the hassle though.
My tips for the hotel are: 1) Ask for a outside table at meal times (if you tip well the waiter will save you one) 2) Tip 1 Dinar when you order drinks 3) Go for your meal at 8pm, it's less crowded and if you sit on the balcony you can watch the entertainment 4) Don't play golf, it's very expensive!
Overall I would thoroughly recommend it and we are thinking of returning next year. Don't pay any attention to the negative reports as they are rubbish!
A complete disgrace, dirty less than basic, bathrooms want blowing up bath and shower full of dirt and greese enamel comming of the bottom of the bath, food awfull meal times is like feed time at the zoo no one que"s just push past you staff hound you for tips entertaitment great for under 9"s as for adults it is zero, save youre money read these reveiws and belive them the hotel is nothing but a dirty hole and would not recomend it to anyone, been to tunisia before and stayed in souse had some realy good holidays good food excellent hotels and entertaitment first class this hotel is a bad example to tunisia it would put me of going to tunisia if i had never been before.
We love the Sol Club Selima!
We are a family of 4. The kids are now 9 and 6 years of age. We have been to this hotel for the past 2 years and are in the process of booking it again for 2006. The rooms are very basic and old but all have been in good working order and very clean. The all inclusive food is excellent. Three times a day there is a spread of food for every persons needs. If this food isn't to your liking, there is also an all day pizza 'hut' open until 11pm, plus tea and cakes in the afternoon. The swimming pools are clean with life guards. The animation team do alot of activities in one of the pools. In the mornings they do water arobics and some afternoons games (water polo etc). Sunbeds are readily available, but a couple of dinars to the life guard and your bed will be reserved for you. The beach is on the hotel complex, litually, that also has a life guard and is clean with sunbeds and umbrellas. It also has a beach bar. The staff are really friendly, and the shows - well - they are pure entertainment. Every night there is a mini disco followed by a different show. The animation team work very hard. They start at 10am and finish well into the eary hours. There is a disco in the hotel which finishes at 2am. All in all this hotel meets our every need. Swimming all day with drinks and food to hand and then super entertainment all evening long. Well done the Sol Club Selima!!
Never again !!
Stayed for two days then moved to the imperial marhaba which was fantastic in comparison (ok i appreciate this one is 5 star and not 3). The Selima is aptly named "club selima" - it is like a holiday camp, no peace and relaxation here im afraid, music blasting from morning till night, no chance of a sunbed around the pool unless youre up at 5am and a fight to get some basic food rations!! There appeared to be thousands of folks staying here.
Word of advice - dont bother!!
We went to this hotel ( I use the term loosley) JUNE 2002 , When we went to our room I tripped on a 3inch nail which was a door stop in our room !!! the bathroom plumbing was held together with 2 old socks ,that could not stop the bathroom flooding it was a nightmare , dinner was a yoghurt could I could not cope with the piles of chips eggs pasta. every time our door was closed the balcony door flung open as no lock on it the list is endless
The finalle to our 2 day stay was the sewage getting into the air con LOVELY!!! We then demanding to be upgraded to the 5*mourardi palace which was fantastic we have been back again to this hotel .