Hotel Fourati Hammamet
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Enfidha airport is gleaming in the hot sun when we arrive for our flight home. Check in effortless and security, despite the recent troubles, is light touch.
It's a modern day oasis, which is somewhat souless and seeming ...
So after the final supper, the final breakfast. We are treated to exceptional service from the waiters this morning. Breakfast like lunch and dinner is self-service so all the waiters have to do is clear away and lay the tables.
Without being harsh, service at breakfast isn't slow it's nearly non-existent with waiters more intent on chatting with each other than clearing the tables. But this morning we seem to have captured their full attention and coffee ...
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. ...
Arriving back at the hotel I head for the water dispenser adjacent to the bar and quench my thirst.
It sure was hot out there and unfortunetly I was without money so couldn't stop off for a drink on the road from Sousse.
So after a shower and change of clothes, I was actually dripping wet, I feel a lot better and can genuinely put my feet up!
This morning Sue, Josh and Grace are going cruising on a catamaran out of Port El Kantaoui.
Three hours sailing in the Med is a nice way to relax, especially when the captain drops anchor which means that it's time to go for a dip in the azure sea to cool off. After a refreshing swim the cruise continues and the catamaran head back to port!
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Fourati Hammamet
The hotel is basic but in a fantastic setting, the gardens are beautiful and your right on the beach. Overall good vaule for money for an Easter break with the kids. The rooms are cleaned daily and spacious, the food was good and the waiting staff were fantastic and kepted the kids entertained most evenings. The animation Team were also very friendly and worked very hard. The large pool and indoor pool were both clean. There was entertainment every night after the mini disco, the Sunset Rep was brilliant, she had lots of tips and full of knowledge. A fantastic relaxing break.
Dont be put off by first impressions
Dont be put off by first impressions.
We booked a package holiday and after arriving at Tunisia and being collected by our coach, we were the last drop-off after stopping at many other hotels on route, some of the hotels were lovely.
We arrived at Fourati, shabby from the outside and thought, What have we done.
What you dont see until you have settled in for a day or so is that it has beautiful gardens, next to the beach.
When you look around the area and go in any of the hotels all you will see is one swimming pool and sunbeds all crammed around them,not so with Fourati.
You have 2 outdoor pools and 1 indoor pool. Several bars and 2 snack bars and the restuarant is light and airy.
However, the bedrooms and the reception could do with some updating.
Dont forget if you are a tea and coffee drinker, take your travel kettle with you. They do not have tea making facilities in the room.
Staff were very friendly. Would definately return.
Just returned from a one week stay at the Fourati. Was here Four years ago and nothing much has changed. The hotel is a bit elderly now but rooms were kept clean and towels changed daily. Staff are very friendly and plenty of space to find a quiet spot if thats what you want! (We did) Cant speak for the entertainment as we didnt go to any of it preferring a quiet drink at the bar or on our (sometimes unlit) balcony. Apparently you have to ask for the outside light to be switched on! This took 2 nights of asking! The biggest disapointment for our party was the food, breakfast was bread, cheese etc, with cold scrambled/boiled eggs and disgustingly fat bacon! Dinners had no variation and again a lot of the food was lukewarm! Snacks from the bars during the day were freshly prepared and good value. I would return to this hotel but not on a half or full board basis, we ate out several times and would prefer in future to do this all the time! However, for what we paid, £185 each for half board, this was a good value holiday, nice weather and pleasant area to stay!
Fantastic Break in a hot country
My husband and I stayed at this hotel on a half board basis for 2 weeks end of Sept beginning of October. Hotel is in a lovely setting with 2 large outdoor pools and 1 indoor pool. At the indoor pool they have a relaxation centre with spa, massage and treatments which I would recommend. Food was okay nothing to rave home about. Breakfast consisted of bread rolls with cold meats, cheese etc and there was a little selection of hot food available. Although must say it always felt like a cattle market with people trying to squeeze in as though it was the last bit of food on earth that was going but you get used to it. At dinner you are allocated a table for the duration of your holiday and the waiters are first class, very friendly, they shake your hand and talk to you every night! If you do get bored of the food like we did with 2 weeks - I'd recommend the restaurant right across from main front entrance - food is very good but you obviously have to pay for it. The entertainment staff are also first class and have something on every night in the bar next to the restaurant which range from belly dancing to snake charmers! They have a great programme organised for kids and then have a bingo game most nights for everyone to join in with money for a prize. At each swimming pool you are required to pay the maintenance men (these are the ones that usually wear blue t-shirts with the word 'maintenance' on their back 1 dinar (50p)for each mat you take for the sun loungers. They appear grumpy at first but once you get to know them they are very nice. Wouldn't recommend the camel rides that they try and sell you whilst on the beach. There is also a guy that tries to get you to go on his boat and asks you everytime you step out from hotel onto the beach. There are poeple who walk along the beach selling, cigarettes. jewellery, ornaments and palm leaves but if you say no to them once they take the hint and leave you alone. They are not allowed to enter the bar's or cafes to try and sell you something. There is one woman who does come from the beach and goes round by the bottom pool trying to get you to have a Henna tattoo but she is not pushy and speaks enough english to understand you! Would recommend a trip into El Kantouri, very pleasant and lovely setting round a marina with no hassle from shop owners. Sousse was an experience, has a over-rated government shop (most tour operators do a half day trip here) which sells your local tat and the price you see is the price you pay so you don't have to haggle but it can be very intimidating outside on main streets with locals walking very close to you asking for dinars (tunisian money) or if you want taxi- you feel a bit uncomfortable and they aren't always keen to accept no as a first answer! What we did notice was that they want tipped for everything - even going to the toilet! I would say to hang on to your cases when you come out from Monastir airport to go to your coach, the locals are literally trying to grab your suitcases out your hand to take to coach for you so they can get a tip. On way back as well we had to wait on coach whilst our guide went in to find out what check in desks we were at and we were told to stay on coach - big mistake as the driver opens up the storage and locals have your cases on a trolley before you can even step off the bus and then of course they want tipped! I wouldn't tip the waiters or staff for serving you. You can if you so wish to leave them a tip at the end of your stay. The cleaner who comes in and cleans room every day usually hangs about on your last day to see you off and looking to see if you have left any money - best thing to do is save up all your 100 coins and leave them! Even with all the above it was our first time in this country and would definately go back it was all good with high temperatures of late 20's to 30's! Would definately recommend if you get a chance take the trip to Sahara Desert (2 days) it was an amazing experience with a camel ride in the Desert, landcruiser up to the waterfalls and see the rest of the country through your tour guide.
Loved the entertainment staff...shame about the food
After reading some of the other reviews regarding this hotel prior to our visit, we were slightly apprehensive and nervous about staying at the Hotel Fourati. However we were pleased with the welcoming and friendly nature of the staff at the hotel, the spacious rooms, the views, the beautiful gardens, the swimming pools etc. We went on a family holiday (3 adults and 4 children), and I am pleased to say that we had a simply fantastic time. The children loved to swim in the pools and and splash around at the beach, which by the way was just behind the hotel. In the evenings there is a disco for children followed by entertainment suitable for the whole family. The entertainment staff were brilliant...very friendly..approachable...and fluent in many different languages.
The only down side was the food which consisted of dry bread rolls for breakfast and average food for the evening meal though there were quite a few choices... but the pleasant and friendly waiters tried to make things as nice as possible.....especially for the kids. however there are quite a few restaurants nearby so food wasn't much of a problem...but i do advise people not to go half board.....just pay for the bed and breakfast....or just the bed!!!!!!otherwise it is a waste of money paying for food that you are not going to enjoy.
We wish we had a fridge in the room so that we could have kept a few things for the children in the room ie cold water to drink. Be warned that at meal times you have to pay for what you drink, it is not included in the price.
I paid for a three star hotel but I do feel that I got more than what an average three star hotel offers.
Fairly Enjoyable Stay
My family and I stayed at the Hotel Fourati in Hammamet, Tunisia for seven nights on a half board basis from 19th June until 26th June 2005. The hotel was a bit worn around the edges and reflected a hotel that had seen better days, most probably back in the mid seventies. The gardens of the Hotel were very beautiful, the staff were very friendly and very helpful. The room that my family and I were allocated was large, spacious, basic but comfortable. The room served it's purpose in that it provided a place for us to sleep and clean ourselves in the spacious worn bathroom. The room was cleaned and tended to every day with fresh towels by a meticulous room cleaner. The two swimming pools in the Hotel were adequate, my eight year old daughter was more than happy to spend hours splashing around when we were not busy exploring the surounding area on the many organised trips that were available from the Hotel. The food at the Hotel was quite good, with a choice of dishes available every evening at dinner. Breakfast was adequate. The entertainment team in the evening were friendly enough and made an effort to keep everyone happy. The hotel was set near the beach with three snackbars/ restaurants nearby serving icecreams, pizza, burgers, fish and seafood with wine, softdrinks and beers. The hotel was standard and was worth what we paid for our package holiday (under eight hundred pounds). Tunisia is a beautiful country with some of the best people that I have ever encountered on my travels around the world. Hammamet is a nice resort with endearing North African character, hospitality and charm, a worthy alternative to the Costas, Turkey or Greek Islands. A word of advice, steer clear of the Medina. The shop vendors are far too pushy. In my experience they try to overcharge for products with overinflated prices. (Value for money is not high up on their agenda). I got value for money with my purchases of carpets, clothing, earthenware and ornaments from the local shops (Prices marked on the products) near the hotel where I stayed. Bartering the way they do it in some of the shops in Tunisia, is much too stressful and does not in my oppinion help make a relaxing holiday. The Camel riding was fun at Friguia Park, The Barbecue on the Pirate ship with arabic music playing in the background sailing around the South Med was a gas and so was the waterpark at Port El Kantoui. Great Country for a truly relaxing vacation.
Hotel fourati rocked , the enteraintment was great and the staff were very friendly, especially the animators. The watersports on the beach were fantastic. The beach was great and right by the hotel you don't have to leave the hotel. Beautiful gardens and super views, the hotel is full of old tunisian charm, great for families and lots of activities to do, excellent for kids. A wonderful mix of cultures so its good if you know some other langauges e.g french, german or russian. Shout out to Fou Fou, Makram, Aniss, Salim, Slim, Dora, Zou Zou, Hannah, Mohammed 1,2 and 3 and Bahdreand.
You get what u pay for
after reading teh one and only review that is on this site i believe it to be a bit unfair on the hotel fourati yes it is and old hotel but this is advertised in the brouchure and as for the food there was plenty of choice with no stale rolls or bread at breakfast we were there two weeks prior to the last report
and did not find many problems the pools were clean and well kept and all the staff were vey helpful especially the staff in the massage and turkish
baths we were one of three couples who all come from different backgrounds and we all enjoyed it but may i ask that people taake into account the price they are paying u dont get 5 star treatment for 3 star price
Loved the weather shame about the hotel foratti!
This hotel although quite pretty, was the worst hotel that i have ever stayed in!
All the public areas were very grubby & old, the first room that we got was right at the other end of the old part of the Hotel the sink was hanging of the walls the toliet leaked aswell as the shower everytime we used it! The Swimming pools had a thick ring of brown grime. The tennis court was held up with blocks of concrete!
As for the food it was terrible! Breakfast consisted of stale bread rolls, chopped up hotdogs & stale cereal! The food on a evening was dry rice meat that looked like dog food! you had to queue up to a hour, nobody spoke much english! The only good thing about this hotel was that the entertainment staff we're brilliant & the beach was stunning if we ever went back it would be for the weather!