Houria Palace Hotel
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Josefina, Dad, Joss and I on a four night jaunt to Tunisia. Josefina had already been there, but she was kind enough to go again, as it is somewhere I had wanted to go since 2000, where I had to cancel my planned holiday. That was going to be 7 days in a hotel, by the pool and beach. My idea of a holiday has changed since then, and this was to be …
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 ...
... 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.
... Aghlabid period, and on the south side during the Fatimid era. Following works during the time of the Hafsids the surface area of the fortress expanded to 4,200 sq m.
Many consolidations as well as several polygonal and circular towers were added between the 11th and 13th centuries then the 17th and 19th centuries in order to accommodate artillery pieces.
In the past the ...
After a walk back in time we decide that a journey back to the hotel by cab would be preferable to the land train. We don't have any problem finding a cab, sitting just outside the medina under the shade of a tree seems to be a sign that you need a cab!
It's interesting ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Houria Palace Hotel Port El Kantaoui
We have just returned from our holiday 2 women together and found the hotel safe and pleasant.
i wish i had been able to read this site before we arrived here, our allocation on arrival hotel. we arrived in the hotel reception at 2am, with our toddler, tired and ready for bed, only to have 3 detailed forms thrust at us and told to fill in before we could have the key to our room, when we'd already filled in 3 similar forms on the flight an hour earlier i was almost reduced to tears. The hotel was shabby and the receptionists arrogant, and miserable. This attitude was continued throughout the stay.
On arrival at the hotel, our initial impression was that it looked a little tired and dated, but nothing too worrying. We have travelled to many parts of the world and stayed in many hotels, but nothing compares to this one! The rooms are very basic, and despite suggestions of room facilities, the rooms are very basic. No chairs, tables, drawers or a fridge. Cleanliness of the rooms is OK at best, and I do not believe it was just our room, as we changed twice hoping for some improvment, but did not get any.
We have just returned from our fourth holiday in Port El Kantaoui, our first staying at the Houria Palace.
Holiday from hell at the horrible palace!!!!
What an awful hotel, don't know how they can rate this 4 star, i would not even give it 1!!! food awful, rooms filthy, staff arrogant, an overall holiday from hell!!!
4star you're having a laugh
If this is a four star hotel all the £15 per night B&B's I've stayed in must be at least 7 star.
The place was filthy, the staff are ignorant, the food is an absolute disgrace, the room we had was tiny apart from all that Port el Kantaoui is a very nice palce
Just had a week in this '4star' hotel - well thats the official rating (must be the owners!) It's a big hotel that's got some clean parts (reception, restaurants, most public areas) and some grubby bits (rooms are looking tired, lifts are dodgy, exterior is scruffy)
We arrived at 2.00am Monday, just wanted to crash. About 5.00am woken by air con unit starting outside.
Showered went to make bed, blood on top and bottom sheet, not mine!
Went for breakfast, wife had coffee spilt on arm, cattle market, butlin's in the 60'. Food eat out!!!!
30 odd guests surounded the rep( which we felt sorry for) with complaints.
Changed room 2.30 pm. next morning found t-shirt in bed belonging to earlier occupants.
Got room and beding changed, and cleaned on thurs. after complaining to the tourist info board. Not bad only 4 days.
Icing on the cake one lady had her jewellery go missing on the thurs.
Sorry PANORAMA not 4**** maybe 2**
Quite nice actually!
Just returned from this hotel and wonder if we visited a different one to the previous review!!!!
The hotel was fine, quite smart. Our waiter was politeness personified. The food was fine, remember you're not in England, if you want 'bangers n mash' and a 'Full English' stay in the U.K. As for the country being muslim, yes it is, and supermarkets tend not to sell alcohol but in Port El Kantaoui right next door to the supermarket is a shop exclusively selling alcohol!!!
I suggest visiting Tunisia in general with your eyes and minds open and it will be a good experience.
Just returned from this hotel 1week holiday on the 30th October, rooms clean and that it. The kids pool was dirty, my bikini top went walkabout, waiters paid lip service to wantering about aimlessly. The food was terrible and I mean terrible, bread and jam for breakfast and the dinners were rubbish we call them dog meat. Drinks in hotel are very expensive ie: £4.50 gin and tonic average bottle of wine which you can only get in hotel or restaurants were abour £9.00. Started laying carpets just outside our room and painting and decorating. The staff are okay if you really do not need anything. Hubby had sickness and diarrhoea and needed medication from pharmacy he was not the only one and I was ill two days. Just remember this is a muslim country and the supermarkets do not sell alcohol and no bars