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One of the best hotels in pek
My friend and I (both female late 20s) have just returned from a week at the Melia. Our travel agency had booked us for a 4-star in Pek, but after reading the reviews on Melia El Mouradi we quickly upgraded our accommodation before leaving. This turned out to be the best decision ever!!
The staff were very friendly, respectful and helpful. We were a bit apprehensive about the food but the breakfast and buffet turned out to be great. The room was very comfortable and cleaned everyday. The only downside was the smell in the toilet which persisted even after it was cleaned, but we soon realized that this is a problem everywhere. The hotel's greatest asset is the massive pool, where we spent most of our time. A great tan is guaranteed within the first two days! For the more adventurous, all sorts of activities are available near the beach: tennis, golf, parachuting, jet ski and horse riding.
If you feel like going for a tour, the receptionist can book you a personal driver for about 150 dinar, which can usually be shared with up to 6 persons. Good value for money.
We spent our evenings mostly in the marina at Port el Kantaoui, 20 minutes away on foot (3 to 4 dinar by taxi). We were often hassled by locals, but you quickly learn how to go about it. 'No adventure' usually did the trick. Pek is not for the partying type, it is very difficult to find alcohol in bars, and we often ended up drinking local beer. A good idea is to bring your own!! Apparently the place to be is Bora Bora, where you can buy alcohol and meet foreigners.
All in all Tunisia was a pleasant experience and will be back soon.
Good for tan, but not drinkers!
We are a Mid 50's couple from England who was looking to go to Tunisia for the first time. Friends told us that Port EL Kantaoui was best, and May the best time of year. We were going to the Maharba Palace, but this site raved on about the 5 star Melia El Mouradi Palace (MEMP), so we booked this with Airtours for £838 for 14 nights (brochure £1440). First let me say that you do need to complete a tourist Visa (Free) which was given to most of us at check-in. At Monastir, the customs stamp your card and return a part, which you use as a visa. KEEP this as you will need it to return home. As some didn't receive one, they had to fill it out at customs and the coach waited an hour for them! Our Sunday arrival meant that No money exchanges were open at baggage reclaim: no worries the Hotel reception was open and an ATM machine was opposite reception desk!. Again we were asked to fill in another form and given a non alcoholic welcome drink. The place looked great, Large reception and carpeted hallway, marble stairs etc.. Our room was large, with A/C, separate toilet and Bathroom, twin beds and a Balcony with a view over the drive in entrance(this seemed quite good to see all coming and going-but also heard the coaches picking and dropping people off at all times of the night. We were promised a Hardryer in the room-the unit was there but no hose, the bathplug hole (waste) was loose and we would have flooded the floor if used; also the patio doors would not lock. We left a maintenance form outside-it was taken away but nothing happened for 3 days, so reported it to Michael the rep.; who went to reception, then said, maintenance are on their way (6pm) At 11pm they actually came with a screwdriver and a pair of pliers. In 10 minutes he replaced the hose, hit the waste plug with a screwdriver and squeezed the patio lock-them held his hand out for a tip! Now the bath only half leaks, and door closed for 2 days-but stopped the A/C from working. SORRY only 2 stars for maintenance.
The Swimming pool was really nice, clean, and large and plenty of sunbeds-5 stars for that. The food that everyone raved about, was not to our English taste (and we are not fussy eaters)-Breakfast was sugery cereals, nice salads, hot meals- scrambled eggs, SPICY sausages, spiced Cauliflower, Green runner beans, Tomato halves with herbs and cheese on plus some unknown dishes.
You could get Fried eggs, if you waited in the queue for 10 minutes whilst a chef made omelettes and eggs, then wait to toast bread. In the evening you are given the same table for your holiday-well that was what was meant, we came back with food to find someone on our table and had to move. Every night someone had to move tables around us. Evening meals are Soup-1 in 3 edible, nice salads, hot meats, mostly poor cuts of fatty and grissely beef; chicken-which always had small bones in it. Some of the fish was good!-except the completely tasteless prawns! Not one did we see Couscous, the national dish. Deserts.........fantastic looking cakes-but sponge, sponge with icing, sponge with chocolate, are you getting it yet! Nearly all sponge cake. Strawberries were in season, and people were filling their plates up! So food gets a2-3 stars for me. (the waiters sat me in a wet seat one day and I had to walk to the food many times with wet trousers!!) Staff were good but did ask for a tip on the last day-ours came in on his day off!
ENTERTAINMERT- This was a laugh! 5 men run the show for 1 1/2 hrs each night, 1 night it was 'songs from around the world' 5 men dancing to music (the Cancan was one ) no females! Other nights an escapologist, a Fakir on a bed of nails....all very unusual!! Sorry 2 stars for entertainment
We walked around to the Maharba palace and had a look around-it seemed equally good and was a third the distance into PEK. Next time we would go here instead!
Coming out of, and turning left, The El Mauradi Palace is a 25 minute boring walk into PEK (dodging the Horse manure). If you turn right instead, there are 2 shops 100M on the right-this is where to buy your water at 1/3 the hotel price. Further on is more shops and restaurants + telephones. Beware- shops rarely sell food, only water coke and chocolate (we did not see any fruit or veg in any of 200 shops, or tinned food) Restaurants and shops don't sell alcohol beer only tins of S.A. beer (sin alcohol) as it's a Muslim country. There is a pub in PEK, its called GOLF BRAU, and it it's a micro brewery (£2 a pint ). To find it walk past the marina and zoo to the roundabout, then look over to the right to some flags flying-that's it, drink outside, or in. The only place to buy a bottle of wine is the next to the supermarket to the right of the marina entrance. PEK is a small, quiet, clean place and you can walk around it in an hour! A walk along the beach is different, but the rubbish at the waterside-bottles and plastic bags etc should be cleaned up. SOUSSE had more going for it, with a long beach, the Medina (no real hassle, quite safe, just smile and walk away) a Port and more restaurants. DON'T try walking as we did-6-7 miles and 2 ½ hrs later; take a taxi 4TDinars, or the noddy train 7TD return. MUST DO The Sahara explorer, 2 hard days (5 and 4 AM starts) but fantastic value at £75. Day1-El Djem Coliseum, where Gladiators filmed; Matmarta-where stars wars was filmed-troglodyte caves, Camel ride into the dessert, carriage ride and salt lakes of El Shatt. Overnight stay in nice hotel. Day 2 a 3 hour 4x4 landcruiser ride into the dessert oasis, Atlas Mountains and salt lakes. ( we thought the 4x4 ride was worth the £75 alone!)
Anyway as it's a Muslim country, and hard to get real beer, we shall not be returning soon-but it is good for a tan. Happy Holidays Peter.
we were in the hotel for two weeks - last week of may and first week of june and it was excellent! we were with the small baby and everything was just perfict! even during three cloudy and rainy days, hotel has a lot of things to offer. The beach is very nice, with lot of sunumbrellas and sunbeds, and the personel is very very good. There is some kind of entertainment constantly and food is more then excellent! Don,t hesitete and if you want to stay in port el kantaoui stai in Melia Palace!
Great hotel off-peak
This great hotel is given a 4 star rating altho its not a uk 4-star standard. having said that. its one of the better hotels ive stayed in in europe on a package deal. we booked 3 weeks before we traveled, we were there from 19th march 05 for a week & it was just right. the weather was in the mid to high 70s & there was a nice breeze.
there weren't too many guests yet so sunbeds AND towels AND sponge mattresses for on the sunloungers were plentiful. i can imagine it being mayhem in peak season as even though there are signs up saying 'do not reserve sunloungers' everyone does. the staff were helpful and polite. things run a little slower than in the uk - but you're on holiday so what does it matter?
the room was great, large size, big mirrors [3 of them!], huge wardorbes, safe [no charge to use it], tv, balcony overlooking the pool, fridge, big bathroom with bath, shower, bidet & huge sink & vanity unit, the loo was separate from the bathroom which is always handy! towels were replaced every day & the beds made every day too. the electric did go off one night in our room - something to do with my hairdryer i think - but they sent someone up to sort it out within 5 minutes & it was just a fuse that had tripeed.
we stayed on half board & it was well worth it. we got the early sitting for dinner or we wouldnt have eaten til after 8pm & we were on the late sitting for brekky. lots of cereals, breads, eggs, bacon, cheeses, hams, fruit - you name it it was there for breakfast. there was loads of choice of fish and meat for dinner. not too much if you're a veggie in the way of alternatives but tons of salads and breads. the cakes all look amazing but to be honest they all taste the same, very very sugary. nice if you like that kind of thing. we only ate out once cos the food was so good at the hotel.
the hotel is a 20 minute walk into port el kantaoui itself, its all flat & a pleasant enough walk & well worth a look around. the port itself has attractive stone buildings, gift shops a plenty, bars & some great restaurants. there are even fountains in the main square that are accompanied by music! there are FANTASTIC crepe stalls dotted around, i recommend them all! if you want to buy bottles of beer to take back to your hotel there is ONE shop [and i mean one shop] to the right of the 'castle' style entrance. put the bottles in a rucksack tho, dont just take them back in a carrier bag.
there were games in & around the hotel pools [one adult pool - which was no word of a lie absolutely freezing and one kiddies pool] if you wanted to join in, there was entertainment in the club for kids early in the evening & then shows for the adults later on. there's a healthclub too for massages & other treatments all at a small extra charge. there are tennis courts too - cheap to hire the racquets & balls. the beach is literally a minute's stroll thru the grounds of the hotel. its a great long beach & you can walk right along it to the port but its quicker on the road. the sea is absolutely freezing that time of year though so i only paddled!
we went scuba diving with a company in port el kantaoui [nothing to do with the hotel], i cant remember the name but there is only 1 you can go with. they dont teach [or they weren't teaching when we went] so only people with their padi or other relevant qualifications could go on the dive. having said that there were a couple of people who have been on trial dives before but not got qualifications that went on the dive. the equipment wasnt too good - lots of holes in knees & elbows. tanks looked like they had seen better days too. the building that the diving place is in is being 'rebuilt' with changing rooms & showers to go in but they weren't ready cos we got there so early in the season. we met at 1.30pm at the dive school but by the time everyone was kitted out with their equipment & we got in the boat & off to the site it was 3.10pm once we got into the sea. like i said, it all runs slower!
there are taxis outside the hotel entrance if you want to go anywhere. we went to Sousse in one for about £4 tops. its good to look around the souk [market] and soak up the atmosphere. ALWAYS haggle over the price of anything you want to buy. you can get some great bargains in silver. lots of the shopkeepers are asking you to come in & have a look at what they have for sale but if you just say no thanks they dont bother u at all. the beach isnt that good til u start to travel out of sousse itself & the big hotels start to appear. there are more 'modern' shops as u drive along the road out of sousse back towards port el k.
altogether a great place to relax and do as little as possible or as much as you want. i would definitely go back out of peak season cos we know we could get a complete rest & some sunshine in a good hotel with great food!
What a fantastic hotel!
My girlfriend and I have just come back from a week at the El Mouradi Palace, but we both wish we could have just forgotten about home and stayed there.
The accomodation was superb; very clean, and well appointed.
The food was unbelievable - such range and quality, every meal, every day.
The courteous and efficient staff were wonderful. We particularly appreciated having the same waiter at our dinner table every night, who ensured our drinks were waiting for us from the moment he saw us arrive. Also, the barman who let us stay and play pool an hour after the bar had closed, and kept getting us more drinks and peanuts!
In all, I would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone. It seemed to us to have an ideal location: sufficiently outside the town centre so as not to feel too claustrophobic, but within a thoroughly enjoyable 15-20 minute walk (great for burning off those vast meals - believe me, you WILL want to try everything!).
Great place to stay
I stayed in the Melia El Mouradi Palace with my wife and teenage son, for two weeks last summer. The room was spacious and well equipped with minibar, sat TV, etc. The rooms have a private balcony and good ensuite facilities. It is billed as a 5* hotel but I would grade it more as a 4* in European standards. That said, the buffet meals are varied and of generally high quality. Breakfast is a bit repetative and as the hotel caters for a wide variety of nationalities, there are some pretty strange and unfamiliar foods served for breakfast e.g. carrots and peas!! This is a popular hotel with Russian travellers, only about 10% of the guests are British - but that's no bad thing when you are on holiday. Good facilities and entertainment for younger families. The hotel is located on the Northern end of Port El Kantoui, a good 20 minute walk from the centre but a very cheap taxi ride. Loads of taxis always waiting outside the hotel.
El mouradi palace in winter
We have just returned from a one week stay in the el mouradi palace.
Having booked a 5* supersaver with panorama - what a result.
the hotel is kept immaculate - altho it appeared to be half empty - at least when the weather was overcast - everybody appeared when the sun came out !!!
A word of warning to anybody on a diet - the food is fabulous - the choice is superb and it is all served piping hot - we have eaten like kings all week !
I met the manager and he was a very charming man.
we had a problem with our hairdryer which we reported at the reception before we went to dinner - when we went back to our room it had been fixed ! most impressive !
We went to the reps show in sousse - a very good value for money night out .
we also went on the 2 day sahara explorer - again very good value for money but don't expect the same standard in the overnight hotel !!
marks out of 10
would I go again - most definatly but probably a bit later in the year .
oh by the way if you can get a copy of Tunisia and how to survive it from the rep - at 2 dinar ( about a pound ) it is full of hints and very very
My boyfriend and I have just come back from a 7 day trip to Tunisia. I must say that the best thing we had was the hotel. We stayed at the Melai El Mouradi Palace. It is a 5***** hotel and is situated near the famous Sol El Kantaoui. The staff, the room, the food, the service - everything was excellent. Very polite, all of them from the GM to the chambermaids. Our room was cleaned everyday, clean towels everytime they needed changing. The variety of food was unbelievable. They also have good entertaining sports for those who might get bored in the winter months. Tennis courts, shooting, archery, bowling, mini golf...... etc
I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to go there. It is tops !!
I have been to this hotel 12 times and im only 19. The food is great , the pool is huge and the hotel itself is like a palace. But i found one huge problem was with me having blonde hair and blue eyes that i counldnt go for dinner or for a swim without being asked out by a waiter i found being looked at all the time very annoying. Sometimes girls think that this is nice but beware as i was attacked by a member of the entertainment team on my last trip there. Saying no doesnt seem to get through to some men. Not that all tunisian men are like this just watch out and please dont fall for their lines which i have seen many girls my age and older doing
I have stayed at this hotel twice in the last couple of years.The Pool is very big and well looked after,Ahmed the lifeguard is brilliant at getting you a sunbed.The food is very good and well cooked,the rooms were kept spotless all the time.
The waiters and all the staff were brilliant especially with the children.I went this year when the football was on and they had laid on a big screen in the main bar.
All in all this is one of the better hotels in the PEK area.
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... mosque as well as the stunning views of the medina and port.
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