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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!
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One to come back to
We, a family of three with a 7-year old daughter, stayed in the Skanes El Hana for one week in early April 2006 and had a great holiday. Sure the decor and some fittings are a bit tired but overall the facilities are very good and the staff could not have been better. There was a good choice at meal times, the 'animation' team were dynamic and always working hard to entertain, the reception staff always happy to help and the ever-present waiters always smiling. The pools and the sun-bathing areas were very clean.
We would be pleased to stay there again.
What do i say? Well, stayed here for two weeks a couple of years ago, and would NOT recommend it. It may be ok for senior travellers, but not for younger ones. While photos of the hotel look AMAZING, don't be fooled. The hotel does looks fantasic from the outside and the lobby is fab, but rooms are SERIOUSLY dull, dark and depressing. For the whole two weeks i tried to stay out of them as much of possible. Also, found a lot of litte red dots all over the sheets-don't even want to think what they were!!!!
Although the pool is nice, it is very difficult to find a deckchair if your not there at 8am!!!!Also, staff in the hotel with something to sell are serious pests, especially the little man selling photos outside the restaurant, who WILL NOT leave you alone. However, this is a problem throughout Tunisia, not just in the hotel.
Those thinking of booking the hotel should also be aware that it is in the middle of nowhere, with shops etc a good few miles away. Also be sure to get a price from taxis outside the hotel if you plan to go into Sousse/Monastir etc, as otherwise they will TOTALLY rip you off-a major problem there.
On a more positive note, we had a very nice waiter (same one for two weeks we were there) in the restaurant who could not do enough for us.
To be quite honest, i couldn't wait to get home-worst holiday of my life.
Treated like Royalty
Hotel and beach spotless. Genuinely polite & helpful staff. 4 choices of main course meat dishes + veg. option+ cakes & ice cream. never saw the same meal twice. Salads washed in & ice bottled water. Good security on the beach. Beach & hotel games for all, day & night. Good choice of drinks at the bars incl. 3 choices of whiskies. Not too busy this time of year. Wheelchair access. Supermarkets 5 min walk out the front door & head 11 o'clock direction. Bottled water there 500 mille a litre! (21 pence). Staff speak English-helps if you know a bit of French. Good government shop trip to Sahline recommended by the Reps. Free drinks & transport. Found the goods to be good quality & genuine Tunisian. Staff very polite & genuine and did not hassle us whereas the large Yasmine shop in Monastir had a lot of imports. Mauseleum worth a visit. I wore a head scarf and long sleeves & they appreciated that respect by an excellent tour. Waiter service on the beach-excellant. Camel & horse rides on the beach-good fun. Very cheap shop at the airport for small nick nacks to use up your Dinars. Able to exchange notes & 5TD coins before Duty Free shops where you'll need your own currency.Treated like royalty-going again next year !
Peace and Quiet
My husband and I actually stayed in this hotel in 2003, but revisited a few times in July 2005 (when we were staying with our children in the Sahara Beach Hotel next door). This hotel is to be recommended if you want to lie by the pool and have a relaxing holiday. We did not stay in the El Hana with our children for that very reason - there are very few facilities for active kids), but it proved to be a quiet retreat when we wanted to escape the larger, noisier hotel complex next door!! While the decor outside the reception area was dated, the rooms were adequate (who goes on holiday to stay in their room 24/7?) and reasonably clean.
The food is excellent in both the buffet restaurant and particularly in the poolside pizzeria, where the service was friendly and efficient. Yes, there are flies in Tunisia (what can you expect in the climate), but the excellent service in this hotel with it's beautiful beachfront location makes up for that. The short transfer time from the airport is handy after travelling all day.
The staff in the shop on the lower level were persistent in trying to sell leather and jewellery, but if you don't want to buy a simple, firm 'no thank you' will do the trick.
The nearby towns of Sousse and Monastir are to be recommended, particularly the mausoleum in Monastir and the medina in Sousse is spectacular (but don't forget to practice that firm 'no thank you' before hand!). Reception will call a taxi for you - you should agree the price with the driver before getting in (check beforehand with your holiday rep. for the current rate for your journey), and you should be fine. Do not be taken in by people approaching you in the street who tell you they are the waiter in your hotel and then offer to 'show you around'- usually to the nearest carpet shop - we're still waiting for our rug to arrive 2 years later!!!! Needless to say, on this years' trip, we were wiser!
The marina in Monastir is a great place to go to eat, with a good selection of restaurants and bars. For souvenirs, visit the government run shops in either Sousse or Monastir (the one in Sousse is easier to find!) where the same goods on sale in hotel shops are available for approx. 1/3 of the price.
Tunisia is a great place to visit - certainly the people are not the same as those at home, but I wouldn't agree with other reviewers who say they are rude and that Tunisia should be avoided. Children are particularly fussed over by waiters, etc. and as they are badly paid, you cannot blame them for looking for tips for generally good service (in fact I admire their persistence!). Nobody would try walking out of a bar or restaurant in New York without leaving a tip - same applies in Tunisia.
Enjoy your trip!
Love the people
I had a great holiday at this hotel the rooms were nothing special but big and had everything you need a maid came in every day so it was clean and tidy ,the food was really good but repetitive for the second week, I
could not face a sausage for brekfast for some time after i returned. I found the pools and the beach areas first class for clenliness and safety with a great sun tanned life guard on the watch all day .with paragliding,camel rides volly ball.and many other things going on all day on the beach it was never boring.all the young men on the entertainment staff were really good and nothing was to much trouble for them.The waiters rushed about in terrific heat most days to fetch drinks and food and were very courteous i was very sad to say goodbye to them all as they made you feel really special. Tunisian people in the hotel and in the towns were great. the only thing i found personally was it was to hot but great in the pool would recomend it to families any time.
had a wonderfull time, a great hotel and the serviece was so fiendly.can recommend this hotel
Would not return to tunisia
We stayed at this hotel in april 05 despite the poor weather we had our ups and downs at this resort! as as an avid user of trip adviser i felt it is necessary to pass on some advice to potential holiday seekers to this hotel and Area
In general tunisia is a beautiful country with some excellent excursions the two day trip to see the sun set and salt lakes and riding on the camels in the sahara desert is an absolute MUST! However be prepared to look a little silly dressed in arabic attire. Getting on the hotel do not be fooled by the initial reception of lavish 70's chandeliers as we did when we eventually got our room it was a MATRESS ON BREEZE BLOCKS considering this was meant to be 3-4 star hotel. we obviously refused this room and was placed into a more sufficient room and sea view.
The front of house team extremely rude and arrogant especilly to women not accompanied by a male chauvanistic was not the word.
BE WARNED OF A LITTLE MAN WITH A CAMERA WHO TAKES YOUR PHOTO WITHOUT PERMISSION AND THEN CHARGES $5 TO REMOVE IT FROM THE NOTICE IE FOR YOU TO PURCHASE.
The indoor warm pool was hideous as we could not see the bottom as it was so dirty and smelled damp and as for the gym ( three items) at least 20 yrs old is beyond the joke.
Have to also state the chefs who served the food obviously have not seen a woman in years very slimy and creepy. However the waiting staff were excellent and friendly. Shame about the food as i expected tunisian cusine but got turkey curry and chips every nite .
BE warned when going to the medina and sousse be assertive and be ready to be prodded, pesstered and prounced upon to buy items " luvely jubbly"
I have spent the best two weeks ever in SKANES EL HANA.
Althoug this hotel is a bit old it has a wonderfull swimming pool. It is 3 meter swimming pool so there is noone who can stand inside and interrupt those who would like to swim! Great food! Very nice animators. Best regards for all who work there!! I will be back there for sure.
Had a Great Time at THe El Hana
We have just arrived back from the El Hana hotel in Skanes ( 17th August 2005). I spent a lot of time looking at the reviews and almost changed hotels, having gone with much trepidation, I am please to say myself, my partner and our three children had a great time. The hotel is dated and could probably benefit from a makeover, however the room suited our needs, in fact our original booking was for two rooms, I had telephoned the hotel the day before departure to ensure the rooms were together as we had two young girls in our party. I was assured that they were. on arrival I was pretty inpressed at the look of the hotel, and on checking in we were offered a free upgrade to a suite. this consisted of a large bedroom, sitting room, with TV and a kitchenette and separate bathroom and toilet. The towels can look and bit grey but they are clean and are changed every day, also dont expect to hear a hoover.
The Swimming pool was fully functional as of yesterday with no sigh of lighting hanging off walls the lights are proud of the side but are fully secured and fitted correctly. the main pool is 3m deep all over so it is a bit of an effort are you can really rest, but there is a smaller pool with a max depth of 1.2m - .9m and a baby pool. the surroung tile can get a bit slippy when wet, and be prepared to pay 1.5 dtr per day for each sunbed( approx 70p).
The poolside food is great, spag bol is 4.5 dtr and a 10 inch pizza is 4.9 dtr steak and chips approx 11 dtr.
The fact that Tunisia is probably classed as third world means the quality was ok, pretty much on a par to Corfu, much a much higher standard than our last holiday hotel in Tenerife. The staff were never less than courtious and the Animation team worked there socks off to entertain the holidaymakers ( often working 16hrs a day). Full marks to Nader and his team Didi, Joe, Sam, Rambo, Mario, and Kimo.
The food at the Hotel is excellent, always cold and hot starters, 3 main courses and lots of friut, cake and ice cream for dessert.
The only real problem with Skanes is that there is nothing at the resort except hotels, if you want to venture out in the evening/day then its a taxi ride to Monastir ( 5DTR) sousse ( 8 DTR) or port el kantaui (15DTR).
I booked to Half day trips - the Camel caravan and the Pirate adventure ( on the high seas in a Galleon)- excellent value for money and a great day out.
I also have read the comment regarding Kamal and the trip to the free leather goods factory - nobody is going to give you anything for nothing, the nature of the traders in Tunisia is barter, its great fun and if you stay at the price that you are happy to pay nobody loses out.
otherwise dont go expecting a spanish resort, remember your in Tunisia. we will be going back without hestitation.
Avoid it if you want to experience the real Tunisia
This was our second visit to tunisia, so thankfully we have an idea how nice Tunisia can be. This hotel was very run down and in need of a refurb. The games room, pin ball machine and alien game give out electric shocks. The lighting in the room was only wired up on connector blocks, nice with two inquisitive children, Not. The duplex rooms are to be avoided, they are like a cell, with windows you are unable to see out of as they are so dirty. The staff are desperate for your money, and this shows through terribly. Not many are genuine there. The men who offer to take you to the government shop on the reccommendation or our rep, are not to be trusted. They ask you for money when they drop you back even if you have bought something, this was free supposedly. You can barter for the goods there which in a government shop you are not allowed usually. The outdoor pool had light fittings hanging off the wall under the water, presumably this is why the lights were never on outside the hotel of a night. The 5th floor entertainment room is dark and dingy with a number of broken seats. However the only saving grace is the food, which was lovely and top quality.