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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 ...
... refilling drinks, but it is sporadic and seems to happen when the fancy takes them or when guests are about to depart.
Finally the time comes, our meal is over and it's time for the tip. We give some notes to Gracie to give to the waiter. He seems to appreciate the gesture. Slipping the notes into his pocket he disappears into the kitchen and presumably home for the evening.
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 Movie Gate Hammamet
Hated it dont go with children
We Was to this hotel, we was supposed to off gone to the bel air, we booked through going places and they new the bel air was under renovation a couple of weeks before but did not tell us, this was the holiday from hell twice over when we got to the hotel the staff was not friendly, the first rooms we were giving, the shower didnt work, it smelt of sewage, so we complained and was moved to another romm that was worse. there was a cockroach in the bathroom and there was about 7 cats roaming the grounds and one scratched my daughter. we compalined again and was moved to the taj sultan which was a brillaint hotel, before we checked out the miramar, the hotel manager got very aggressive because we were moving, the area was disgusting with a group of men sat across from the hotel who kept shouting to us give me english money, when we walked of they followed us, and would not leave us alone we felt so intimidated the food had hairs and bits of plastic in it, it was very scary especially for the children, the men kept looking at my 10yr and her 11yr old friend, when we complained that they were being looked at in a disgusting manner, the rep said thats normal as there not used to girls dressing this way,as there girls do not, back in england they would be arrested for looking at young girls this way. i know this all sounds like to much but this is the truth there was aload more stuff that happened but it would take to long, if you go to tunisia do not go to this hotel the best hotel i would recommend is the taj sultan its a five star hotel and the area is gorgeous, the people are great, the miramar reviews say that its a brilliant area but it is like the bronx is new york, that week we was there 3 people caught flights home early which cost them a fortune. and everyone on the bus back to the airport hated it so much its put them and us off, never again would we go to tunisia
Excellent, well worth a stay
we were pleasently surprised to be upgraded to here, than to have gone to the Belair Hotel. This hotel was literally like a home-from-home. the staff were very friendly, and the food was even up to my fussy standards. Well worth it, and id reccomend you visit.
Alles in bester Ordnung
Nachdem wir andere Kritiken gelesen hatten waren wir auf das Schlimmste vorbereitet. Das traf jedoch nicht zu.
Das Personal war vom ersten Tag an sehr freundlich und zuvorkommend. Der Platz im Restaurant war immer gesichert und Essen gabs im Überfluß. Besonders bemüht hat sich das Zimmermädchen, welches das Zimmer immer liebevoll gestaltete.
Ein Problem hatten wir jedoch: Das "Tuktuk" brachte uns nicht mehr "zruck". Der Fahrer hat uns einfach vergessen.
Aber das war nur ein kleiner Minuspunkt.
Wir haben uns in der gesamten Anlage sehr wohl gefühlt
Kritik des Miramar Hotel
Mein Mann und ich sind gerade von einem einwöchigen Urlaub in Hammamet zurück gekomen, wir waren einem 4-Sterne Hotel, dem Miramar Hotel. Ich vermute, dass diese Einstufung eher auf den Annehmlichkeiten als der Qualität des eigentlichen Hotels beruht, ich würde diesem Hotel nämlich auf gar keinen Fall vier Sterne geben - gemessen am Standard in Großbritannien wäre dies ein 3-Sterne Hotel.
Man muss fair sein, es war sauber und ordentlich. Das war gar kein Problem. Das Zimmer war ziemlich einfach. Das Personal war wirklich freundlich und hilfsbereit. Das Hotel verfügt über sehr schöne, gepflegte Gärten und drei Schwimmbecken von guter Größe (zwei draußen und ein Hallenschwimmbad). Es liegt direkt an einem sehr schönen Strand.
Am großbritannischen Standard gemessen war das Essen zwar nicht fantastisch aber es war von all den Hotels, in denen ich als Pauschaltourist die letzten Jahre über gewesen bin, noch das beste Essen. Die Auswahl war sehr groß (auch für einen Vegetarier wie mich).
Zwei Dinge fand ich sehr nervtötend: Man muss für die Sonnenliegen bezahlen, selbst die am Hotelpool (nur 1 Pfund pro Tag). Es gibt in der Anlage einen Laden, an dem man vorbei muss, um in den Speisesaal zu gelangen. Das nervt dann etwas, wenn einen der Ladebesitzer jedesmal beim Vorbeigehen dazu überreden will, doch seinen Laden zu besuchen. Es gibt auch Leute in der Anlage die einen drei- oder viermal pro Tag fragen, ob man denn wohl einen Ausflug oder einen Ritt auf den Kamelen/Radausflug/Rundfahrt mit dem Piratenschiff buchen möchte, das geht einem wirklich auf den Wecker.
Das Hotel liegt in einem wirklich ruhigen Teil von Hammamet und man kann dort überhaupt nichts unternehmen (abgesehen vom abendlichen Cabaret/Bingo/Ratespielen der Reiseveranstalter). Wie auch immer, man kann sich mit dem Taxi in einen anderen Teil der Anlage bringen lassen wo es ein paar Bars gibt uns lebhafter zugeht.
Alles in allem ist es hier schön, wenn man einen ruhigen, entspannten Urlaub verbringen möchte, man sollte nur nicht einen britischen 4-Sterne Standard erwarten. Aber wenn Ihnen der Sinn nach Nachtleben steht, dann sind Sie anderswo in der Anlage besser aufgehoben.
Schöne Anlage, aber der Service!
Eine sehr schöne Anlage. Das Animateurteam und die Kinderbetreuung sind spitzenmäßig. Nur leider ist die Versorgung mit dem Essen schlecht organisiert. Täglich war eine regelrechte "Schlacht" am Bueffet zugange und auch die Kellner wollten nicht so recht hinterherkommen. Bis man mit dem Essen fertig war, kamen erst die Getränke. Der Speisesaal ist zu klein für die Massen. Es war zwar ein reichhaltiges Angebot an Essen da, aber die Hygiene ließ zu wünschen übrig. Bei Obst und Gemüse sollte man vorsichtig sein, es wird nicht richtig gesäubert. Lieber gut durchgekochtes essen. Vom Dienstpersonal, sprich Kellner und Barleute war genau die eine Hälfte freundlich, die andere Hälfte war sehr mürrisch und wollten teilweise nichts verstehen.
Am schlimmsten war der Kampf um die Liegen. Früh um 6.00 Uhr war die Hälfte schon belegt. Viele reservierten sich am Pool 2 Liegen und am Strand 2 Liegen. Ich selbst musste einen erbitterten Kampf mit einem Hessen führen, da flogen wirklich die Liegen durch die Gegend.
Zimmersauberkeit war bei uns ok., obwohl der 3malige Bettwäschewechsel bei uns nicht stattfand. Andere Urlauber berichteten von Kakerlaken in ihrem Zimmer.
Nochmal zu dem Essen: Ich hatte mir einen Magen-Darm-Virus geholt, durch das Essen.
Aber die medizinische Betreuung durch Hotelarzt und Krankenhaus waren sehr gut.
Das Krankenhaus ist mit der neuesten Technik ausgerüstet und hat auch kompetentes Fachpersonal. Auch die Medikamente die es gibt in den Apotheken sind europäischer Standard. Dies wurde mir auch von meinem Hausarzt bestätigt.
Wenn man sich auf dies alles einrichtet, ist es trotzdem lohnenswert dort hinzureisen.
Die Angebote sollte man auf alle Fälle mitmachen, wie Piratenfahrt und Quad-fahren.
Städtetouren sollte man bei zu großer Hitze vermeiden. Sie lohnen auch nicht.
Hotel Miramar - fish, chips and mushy peas!!
We arived at the hotel miramar last thing Sunday evening after a long tedious journey.. We had booked late and I had specifically thought that 4* would provide a decent standard of accom and facilities and food. We were allocation on arrival.
We managed to check in ok, in the adequate but tired hotel reception, at this point we had no money and were told we could not put any drinks on a tab in the bar, so we had nothing to drink....as the currency exchange was closed unitl the follwoing day..
We were escorted to our room which was clean, functional but not of 4* standard, I would equate to probably 2.5 to 3 *. We wanted to relax when the music started...... we thought we were ontop of a night club.
There was no information in the rooms as to any facilities in the hotel, what was available and when, I guess this confusion set the tone for the holiday as the hotel in itself I felt was very dis-organised, and apparently unwilling / unable to put anything down in writing.
The staff were friendly enough, however I was extremely irritated by the on-site shop owner who would try to escort you into his shop every time you passed that way, which in effect was the main thoroghfare to the pool / beach / restaurant...
Prices in the hotel for drinks was about twice as expensive as those available over the road and along in other hotels...
Once you got past him it was onto the barrage of people trying to sell you trips to hammamet, to the mountains, on a donkey, camel, quad bike, horse, boat etc.... most tedious. I had to say, look i'm on my holiday, leave me alone..
Then onto the beach which was nice and clean, I didn't mind the 2dinar charge for the sunbed, as it's usually more than this in other locations.. But we were again pestered by beach sellers selling cigarettes, fruit, bangles, you name it... who would not leave you alone. The best advice I recommend is to not acknowledge, rather than 'no thank you'.
The restuarant was a nightmare, the food was nice enough and plenty of it, however the organisation was non-existant, information as to what was on offer did not exist. We did not find out you could have bbq for dinner until the last day, or even omlette for breakfast until late in the week. I have to say both me and my husband had upset stomachs all week. Breakfast was interesting to say the least, my recommendation would be to stick to croissants and coffee..
Every evenig was simialr in terms of entertainment. The music we had encountered on arrival had been part o fthe evenings show... which was extremely poor and consisted every word in 3 or 4 languages punctuated by euro pop. however I would think that children would probably enjoy this.
Overall, we had a good week away, it was not marred by the tired decor in the hotel, or the upset tummy, or even the pushy sales people. The hotel did have lovely mature gardens, a clean room and a clean beach and pool area. The staff were helpful. The biggest difference Hotel Miramar could make to improve itself would be to communicate and provide guests information on facilities and things going on. As well as creating some organisation in the restaurant.
Bien avec des mais...
Nous sommes partis le week end de pentecôte à Hammamet à l'hotel Miramar. Après avoir lu des critiques mitigés, du bon mais aussi du mauvais j'étais un peu sceptique sur ce qui nous attendait. Mais agréable surprise, le cadre est bien tel que décrit dans les divers offre de voyage, un magnifique jardin, 3 belles piscines, une plage propre, un hall d'accueil à la hauteur de ce que nous attendions. Les chambres sont moins spacieuses que ce que laisse envisager les diverses publicité, le lit est en fait deux lit jumeaux. Atention, toutes les chambres n'ont pas la vue sur les jardins. Certaines ont un petit balcon qui donne sur un chemin bordé par un mur. Mai peu importe, on est pas là pour passer la journée dans la chambre. Le bémol est au niveua du service. Le ménage des chambres n'est pas fait avant 16h voire 18h30. C'est dommage... mais le personnel n'est pas pour grand chose, 3 femmes de chambres pour environ 700 personnes...Au niveau des repas, il ne faut pas s'attendre à de la cuisine pour fin gourmet, mais on mange amplement à sa fin. Par contre, si vous n'êtes pas allemands, c'est dur d'obtenir un sourire ou une attention de la part des garçons de salle. A part ces quelques petits désagréments, la note finale de l'hôtel est plutôt bonne et une fois rentrée on n'ene retient que les bons points.
OK, but what a palaver...
We made a last minute run for the sun and looked at the Miramar website and chose this hotel on a half-board basis. The hotel itself is OK, with clean rooms and good showers. I was able to hire a fridge for about £2 a day so we could keep water and fruit juice (rather than the cordial provided in the restaurant). The swimming pool was nice and clean, as was the beach.
The food was generally OK and the food, particularly the meat, was of a better standard than your average buffet. The only thing that lets down the dining room is the organisation. The line takes forever to work it's way along the buffet, and then you have to queue again if you want freshly prepared breads or eggs for breakfast. The waiters get particularly upset about their own ridiculous table allocation policy in the evenings, and we had generally finished our meals by the time they managed to get our drinks to the table. Considering that this was mid-season, I can only imagine the utter chaos during peak times.
The entertainment was poor, consisting of loud announcements in several languages punctuated by the same 3 loud euro-pop songs, with the kids club being held in the main hotel bar in the evening, so there was nowhere to relax with a drink in the hotel. These guys like their music loud!
The final straw was on our last day. Having agreed with the duty manager that we could have a late checkout at 15:00hrs without paying the surcharge, I was astonished when I was told that we had 5 minutes to vacate the room by a surly looking bellboy at 14:00hrs. I agreed to pay the 25TD (about £12) to keep the room when I checked out. The bellboy would not leave the room without the money, making 3 phonecalls from our room to reception. After 15 minutes of hassle I was marched down to reception to pay this immediately. The bottom line is that I was basically charged £12 for that last hour, and I spent half of it waiting for the front desk staff to process a VISA payment (I think they were a bit miffed that I didn't just hand them over a few notes off the record).
Hammamet itself is fantastic, and the hotel is in a good location between Old Hammamet and (new) Jasmine Hammamet, each are about £1 or £2 in a taxi.
The local restaurants opposite the hotel serve excellent fresh food at good prices, with smiles and courtesy. If there is something you'd like that isn't on the menu, then ask the waiters - they were particularly helpful when asking about local specialities such as briks and harrisa. We found the local Rose wine to be of good quality, though the beer was watery and expensive.
I would definately return to the resort, though I would be inclined to stay at a better hotel and take more advantage of the local eateries by staying B&B or SC.
ATMs are everywhere, easy to use, and I got a better exchange rate than the hotel offered.
Food at the airport is terrible and expensive, so before you leave the resort grab a couple of nice fresh sandwiches from a local bakery or restaurant, and some cold drinks from one of the local shops.
Be wary of being offered a present from the looky-looky men on the beach and market stalls. Nothing is free but keep a sense of humour and keep smiling!
Do not get on a camel without agreeing a price! We were told 'For you no-charge' then were asked for 30TD (£15) for a couple of photographs!)
Use your school-French! It's Tunisia's second language, and they appreciate the effort!
Review of Miramar Hotel
My husband and I have just returned from a week in Hamamet, staying in the 4* Miramar Hotel. I suspect the star rating is based on the facilities rather than the quality of the actual hotel, as there is no way I would class it as a 4* hotel - more like 3* based on UK standards.
To be fair, it was clean and tidy. No problems with that. But the bedroom was pretty basic. The staff were all really friendly and helpful. The hotel has beautiful, well maintained gardens and 3 decent sized swimming pools (2 outdoor, 1 indoor). It is situated right beside a really nice beach. Also, although the food wasn't fantastic by UK standards, it was the best out of all the hotels I've stayed in on package holidays over the years, and there was plenty of choice (even for vegetarians like myself).
2 things I found annoying though were that you have to pay each day to use the sunbeds, even by the hotel pool (only about £1 a day though). And also, they have an on site shop which you have to walk by to get to the dining room and it gets really irritating having the guy stop you each time trying to get you to go in his shop. There are also people on site asking you 3 - 4 times a day to book a trip on their camel ride / quad bike ride / pirate ship cruise and that's annoying too.
The hotel is situated in a really quiet part of Hammamet and there is NOTHING to do there (apart from the nightly reps cabaret / bingo / quiz nights). However, you can take a 5 minute taxi journey to another part of the resort where there are a few bars and it's a bit more lively.
Overall, if you're after a quiet relaxing holiday then it's fine, as long as you don't expect the hotel to be up to UK 4* standards. However, if you like a bit of nightlife, you'd be better off elsewhere in the resort.
Not 4*-Maybe 2* At A Push!
Our group of 5 have just returned from our 4* Half board -"A on A" with Airtours/Direct Holidays/Panorama company. How wrong can you go, if you op for 4* ?? ..........
We were allocated to the Hotel Miramar....what a nightmare!
Refuse to go there if you are allocated this hotel on arrival -If it was not for the brillant people we met when there, heavens knows what we would have done,as we were reluctant to pay the further £150 pp to be transfered to an other hotel.
This hotel is NOT 4*! Maybe it would meet 2* standards- but it still charges 4* prices at the bar/snack bar etc.
This hotel was built in the 1960's and one of the 1st hotels in Hammamet-so you can imagine the decor, marble, tiles etc.....they have not changed! Very tired,dirty looking and depressing!
We finally managed to get a suite for 3 adults in the group. The maid/cleaners failed to clean sink,bath, floors, toilet, change sheets(these had to be taken off beds by themselves on 5th day) -lucky they brought dettol in their 1st aid kit, as they used this for the cleaning.
Look out for the cockroaches, as they are in residence in the suites and these rooms are situated next to the kitchens....???
After speaking to other guests -everyone thought the same! You would have to knock this hotel down and start again to make it into the hotel that the travel companies advertise it as!
Maybe it stole the 4* from the neighbouring hotel's sign boards, as it has never earned them!
The travel companies who sell this at 4* should be ashamed and regrade it asap!!!