El Mouradi Mahdia
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I didn't intend to come to Al Monastir. I thought I was staying in Sousse, but Booking.com's map was wrong and screwed me up, so I arrived at the train station in Sousse to be told by my cab driver that my aparthotel was in Monastir. C'est le vie. Sousse is a beach resort town south east of Tunis, i.e. towards Libya. It also is a UNESCO World Heritage site for its architecture, ancient rabat (fort), and medina/souk. Monastir is about 25 kilometers ...
This morning we visited Monastir, which is just south of Sousse. The town has a fine ribat (fort) built by the Muslims to defend against the potential Christian invaders in the 10th century. It has been extensively restored & was used in "The Life of Brian" as a set. The major attraction apart from beaches is the Bourguiba mausoleum that he had built for himself during his long presidency. It houses the tombs of his family also & is ...
... Josh and Grace headed into the Medina to do some shopping and buy refreshments.
The ribat, whilst built as a fortification, also became a religious centre and was for some time a place of pilgrimage.
It was erected in 796 AD and has been enlarged several times making it probably one of the largest surviving ribats in North Africa. It was enlarged on the north side ...
... some photos. Just by way of context and since this is a repeat visit we have reproduced some of the text from our earlier entry.
Amphitheatre - History repeating itself
The amphitheatre at El Jem was built by the Romans under proconsul Gordian, who was acclaimed Emperor at Thysdrus, around 238. It was never completed, because of political rivalries and lack of funds within the Empire. The amphitheatre would have seated some ...
... built, Thysdrus rivaled Hadrumetum (modern Sousse) as the second city of Roman North Africa, after Carthage. However, following the abortive revolt that began there in 238 AD, and Gordian I's suicide in his villa near Carthage, Roman troops loyal to the Emperor Maximinus Thrax destroyed the city. It never really recovered and today it is still a sleepy outpost - which makes the amphitheatre even more stunning - set against a backdrop of sparse low rise ...
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We arrived at the hotel somewhere around three in the morning, we were tired and thus wanted to get to our room asap. After receiving our key, we were shown the way through the gigantic hotel by an extremely friendly bellboy. The room appeared to be horrible. As soon as we entered it we could smell that it was humid. There was a huge stain in the middle of the floor (we could only guess what the origin of that was), the closet smelled like urine, we wanted to get out of there immediately. After complaining at the desk, we were assigned another room which was much better but still not what you would expect from a '5star hotel'.
the staff are rude to all english, and there was only 2 of us in a 600 room hotel, we were treated bad, the scenary is like a third world country, the food was good, but often the drink was terrible, we spent 7 nights here but we spent 2 of them in a three star while ona trip and that was a lot better, all together a terrible holiday
The Melia El Mouradi walks a fine line between being a family-centred, beachside hotel and something altogether more grand. It carries this off successfully because, amidst the palatial decor, the staff are so friendly and easy going.
We have just had the misfortune to spend 7 nights in this Hotel.
Various items such as dirty towels, dirty bathrooms, poor selection and quality of food and empty mini bars (for which they attempted to charge us for - the mini bar was empty because we had supposedly drank the contents!) left me wondering how this hotel could be classed as 5-star. I quickly realised however that almost all of the hotels in Mahdia were 5-star - draw your own conclusions. I have stayed in better 3-star hotels in europe.
My advice - if you really must go to Tunisia, pick somewhere other than the Melia El Mouradi Mahdia - if I were able to rate the hotel at less than one out of five, I would do.
We stayed for one week and were delighted with our large seaview rooms. The standard of cleanliness throughout the hotel was excellent.
We have just had the misfortune to spend 7 nights in what is without doubt the most appalling hotel I have ever stayed in.
Beautiful hotel, very spacious everywhere and constantly being cleaned although some areas are now showing their age. Swimming pools (indoor and outdoor) are very well looked after and there was plenty of poolside sun beds. The hotel also has an excellent turkish bath where you can get a full scrub and massage for a very reasonable £12. Other facilties include a well equipped Gym, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Tennis courts (3) and Table tennis. The hotel has it's own wonderful beach, but as there are lots of Germans in the hotel the best sunbeds are gone at the crack of dawn. The food was Buffet style and was Ok'ish, but the Restaurant was very disorganised and to me was like a 'Hi Di Hi' Holiday camp Restaurant. Entertainment was in the very lavish 'Nightclub' but as the nights were nice and warm people liked to sit outside, so consequently not a lot of people supported whoever was performing. Madhia was a short taxi ride and was found to be untouched by tourism, have a look in the indoor market, the smell was absolutely gut wrenching!! If you go to any of the more commercial towns, be prepared to be hassled big time.
We stayed at the hotel for a week and found it to be gorgeous. The pool area was lovely. Very big and was set within beautiful surroundings. The hotel is set right on the beach which was clean with lovely golden sand. Rooms were very spacious and were always cleaned very well, try and make sure you get a pool view balcony as you can also see the sea, the higher you go the better the view.
We have just returned from our trip 18thSeptember - 2nd October 2004. This was the best holiday we have ever had. The staff were so very nice and made you feel like you were the most important person there, and it was so genuine, not just for tips. We had our table strewn with flower petals on our last night there and were made to feel so special.
If you want to see the real unspoilt Tunisia, then visit Mahdia in the winter months. No tourists, no pressure, no pubs no night clubs, just peace and quiet amidst warm and friendly people. The Mouradi hotel is situated in the middle of what must be the most beautiful unspoilt beach in the world - 40 minutes gentle walk takes you to the centre of the old town. Bliss!
The Mouradi hotel is a warm friendly 5 star palace - staff are excellent and nothing is too much trouble for them. Try it.