El Mouradi Mahdia

Address: Nouvelle Zone Touristique , Mahdia, 5011, Tunisia | 5 star hotel
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This 5 star hotel is located on Nouvelle Zone Touristique , Mahdia.
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          Historical Traveler Reviews El Mouradi Mahdia

          Horrible first night


          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'.

          But the next morning we discovered the great pool, which was simply perfect. We also met the animation team which was hilarious.

          The food itself wasn't great, but there's a great pizza-service at the buffet and the pasta is delicious.

          The staff was really friendly, we had absolutely no trouble with them and they tried to make our stay there as comfortable as possible.



          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

          Grand but not precious


          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.

          Of course, a 5-star hotel in North Africa is not the same as one in Europe, so you can forget about a trouser press and internet access. We did, however, find the rooms clean and spacious with ample storage space and adequate aircon. And, amongst the 22 cable channels, there was one in English. We only had one problem - with an ill-fitting bath plug - and it was fixed within hours of telling reception.

          There's lots for children to do - with a kids' disco in the evening and organised activities every day, and the split level outdoor pool was very popular. The food is excellent - a huge self-service buffet with a very wide choice, including a big salad bar and pasta counter - and alongside the other meat and fish choices there is usually something freshly grilled while you wait.

          The wellness centre, with its turkish baths is worth a visit and good value. I managed to get two and ahalf hours of sauna and massage for just over 20. Although I assume that they're not quite so generous at the height of the season.

          If you're looking for a family hotel that is grand without being precious, you could do a lot worse.

          3-star hotel


          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.

          Lovely hotel in good location


          We stayed for one week and were delighted with our large seaview rooms. The standard of cleanliness throughout the hotel was excellent.

          The pool area is lovely, large pools, plenty of loungers and umbrellas, beach/pool towels provided.

          There were plenty of activities during the day, although it was too hot to do anything but relax when we were there. The evening entertainment finished at a reasonable time and we were not disturbed by noise at all during th night.

          We were on a half board arrangement and found the restaurant food disappointing, other than on the "Tunisian night special menu". The restaurant atmosphere is also rather frantic. The poolside restaurant which we used at lunchtime was very good.

          The hotel is right on the beach and about 4km from Mahdia town; a return taxi ride cost 6 Dinars (about 2.70). Provided you don't fall for the scam whereby your taxi driver tips off one of the waiting touts which hotel you've come from( He will then insist that he was your waiter in the hotel and offer to guide you round!), you will not experience any problems. I found the previous reviewer's comments about Mahdia hard to fathom; yes, the locals are more "in your face", but if you can't accept their way of life perhaps you should consider whether North African countries are right for you?

          The locals were very friendly and treat your declining their offers with a shrug and smile. The two restaurants we used were good and reasonable and the town is very unspoilt, which may in itself disappoint those looking for the amenities of a more conventional destination.

          5 stars???


          We have just had the misfortune to spend 7 nights in what is without doubt the most appalling hotel I have ever stayed in.

          We travelled independently, and decided to book the hotel on the strength that it was owned by the Sol Melia chain - I have stayed in several of their hotels in both Spain and other European cities, and was therefore confident that the El Mouradi Mahdia would be in keeping with the standards set elsewhere. The 5-star rating (!!!) gave me further comfort that the hotel would be of high quality.

          How wrong can you be!! Upon arrival, it was obvious that they had no record of our reservation on their system, and we had to go through a lengthy check-in procedure. The surly and unhelpful attitude displayed by the reception staff, and the cash-desk attendant in particular, was a recurring theme throughout the stay.

          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, and maybe this comparison was my downfall.

          Hoping that a trip outside the hotel into the town of Mahdia would give us some respite was also futile. We were constantly hassled, witnessed cruelty to animals, and my partner was openly stared at by 80% of men despite being respectfully dressed. All in the space of 60 minutes.

          Despite us being independent travellers, Tony the Panorama rep was very helpful, even though he didn't have to be. The bar staff were also very friendly, however the worst bit of the stay came towards the end of the stay, when the hotel attempted to charge us full prices for our stay, even though we had booked through their website at a lower rate. The manager was having none of it, however his grasp of English improved considerably once I told him I wasn't paying the bill. I was forced to hunt around Mahdia for an internet cafe to obtain a print out of proof of the booking and rate agreed 8 weeks in advance. To his credit they amended the bill (albeit 24 hours later), however to top it off our towels were stolen by the indoor pool attendants on our last day, who found it highly amusing when asked where they had gone. Perhaps I was too trusting, but most other reviews seem to suggest that Tunisians are a trustworthy bunch.

          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.

          Beautiful Hotel


          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 did a camel ride trip and a visit to the 'Amphitheatre' both which were excellent. A cruise on a pirate ship was very dissapointing, we thought we were actually going cruising for 2 hours but instead we sailed for 20 minutes, stopped and then told we were could go swimming for an hour and a half, boring......, especially if you don't want to go swimming!

          Overall it's probably no more than a 4 star hotel, with a 1-2 star Restaurant. Staff were very pleasant and friendly and spoke many languages but not very good English. If you like a quiet holiday this is for you.

          Lovely Hotel


          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.

          The only down side to the hotel was the staff. Some were very un-helpful and did not speak very good english. Some things needed repeating to en-sure they understood which became annoying. Room service is a big no go area. The menu is limited and after a disasters day out we ended up only eating fruit. Beware of the cabs to get to and from places. Some over charge you. One cab dropped us off in the middle of no where claiming it to be the town centre!! Outside the hotel felt very un-safe at night. Would recermend you go half board at least.

          Food was ok and the buffett range at breakfast and for dinner was pleasant, although i belive there was limited choice for children. Lunch by the pool cafe was nice and so was breakfast although some days you were left wondering who ate raw chillis for breakfast!

          This hotel is perfect for the couple who want to get away and relax, who aren't fussed by doing anything apart from lying on the beach all day, which is what i wanted so it was GREAT!!

          What a wonderful holiday


          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.

          The ladies toilets and filled with flowers and arranged into hearts on the mirror, the rooms are spotless and cleaned every day. The entertainment leaves a lot to be desired but the entertainers themselves are lovely people.

          We booked all our drinks and food down and paid at the end of our 2 weeks, that is when we tipped as well.

          The taxis stop at the top of the hotel and for 3 dinar (1.50) they take you into the little town of Mahdia, a wonderful little place with lots of shops and a few cafes. The metro is just up the road and cost 8 dinar for first class to Monister. It is not first class as in UK but it is clean and tidy.

          The biggest let down is that it is very much geared up for the Germans, and as you can expect the rush for the sun beds on the beach if you want one starts at the crack of dawn.

          Talking of beaches, WOW, that's all I can say.

          Panorama rep Tony is a complete waste of space and smarm just falls from his mouth, until you need to complain about something, then you will see a different side of him (no the complaint was not about the hotel but a trip he said we should do to the Sahara, he 'forgot' to tell me you spend 12 hours on a coach, knowing I was disabled with spinal problems).

          If you are after a lively holiday this is not for you, if you want peace and quite then you will love this place. I will be back there as soon as I can.

          Unspoilt Mahdia


          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.

          TripAdvisor Reviews El Mouradi Mahdia

          3.00 of 5 stars Good

          Travel Blogs from Mahdia

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