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... that sells refreshing mint tea, so we are forced to quench our thirst from a can.
We're flying back to London Gatwick on a charter flight TOM 353 which is scheduled to depart at 12:05 and arrive at 15:10. Insha'Allah.
... to our table and dishes cleared away with a flourish.
There must be some sign that marks us out as departing guests and an expectation that we'll leave a tip. Unlike the dining room, where tables are reserved and looked after by a specific waiter, guests sit at any table in the breakfast room and tables are cleared by whichever waiter appears to fancy a break from talking! Unfortunately their performance is in vain and we leave without dropping the tip they ...
... ve not had bad service, it's just that the reaturant is self-service, with guests helping themselves from the buffet and waiters relegated to clearing away. It can't give them much job satisfaction, just clearing away dirty dishes, no opportunity to tell people about what is on the menu and what they'd recommend.
Occasionally there is a florusih of activity, helping people to carry ...
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!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Le Zenith Hotel Hammamet
De vrais vacances!!!
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Good Value for money
We almost cancelled this holiday after reading the reviews, but glad we did'nt because we had such agreat time and would recommend it to all our friends. We took our three children who loved every minute and the animation team were great keeping them occupied. All the staff spoke english so i can not understand the bad reviews saying that no one speaks english. Weather was great but getting too hot on the last day 43 degrees and was forever running round after the kids to keep them creamed, highest factor recommended.
Food was plenty and always covered and it was nice for a week not having the kids saying i'm thirsty as they could go and get a drink whenever they wanted. Rooms were basic but clean and the flowers in the room every day made a nice change. Daily activities were plenty if you were feeling energetic but were not pushed or hassled if you did not want to join in. It was nice as we met quite a few english couples and families who would definately go back again as it was a great value holiday.
All i can say about the people who left bad reviews, you must be hard to please, this hotel is 3* and if you want more then pay for it (you get what you pay for).
Great weather, friendly people, will definately go back.
Great Holiday But.........
My partner and I just got back from Le zenith hotel complex. We went for two weeks and the weather was fantastic. Some days were 35+. We decided to go all inclusive and the normal we would have expected food allday long, however the food is only available between set times. The food in the buffet restaurant was good except for the meat where we found it uncooked. At the end of our first week he got food poisoning and was very poorly for four days. We called the local doctor and he claimed it was viral infection. I also suffered with this but not the same extent. We heard plenty of similar stories as we were one of the only couple to be there for two weeks.!!!! watch the food!! make sure that you get sealed bottles of water too, as they tend to fill up empty bottles and hand them over to you. We had booked a trip to the sahara which was great- a lot of travelling but we saw so much!! However our rep took our money for this on the first day and would not give us a refund as he was so sick!!!! I came back with a great tan but we were not impressed at all!!
The hotel is fine, maids are good. service elsewhere is good. The animation team are very annoying while you are trying to sunbathe.
We paid in total £400 for two weeks allinclusive each but then had to pay medical bills!!! Be careful.
I just returned from a week in Tunisia and stayed at the Le Zenith. I travelled there on my own and even though I was one of the only english speaking guests there I cannot express how welcome I was made to feel. The rooms are basic, but very clean and the all inclusive was better than most places I've been. And yes, you can have more than one drink with each meal. The waitstaff was also wonderful and would always make you feel welcome. The Animation team was great and I loved watching them interact with the children! Even though the hotel is a 3 star the hospitality deserves the rating of a 5 star!
If you have a chance to go on the Sahara excursion, it is well worth it. And special thanks go to Jamil, Abbul, and of course, Shems the driver :) Superb!!
Great value beach (almost) hotel
We spent three days here, and had a great time. This hotel is NOT on the beach as some ads (and even some reviews) might lead you to believe. It is about a 10 min walk from the hotel to a beach that the hotel seems to have abandoned.
This is not a five star property, and it's getting a little threadbare in anticipation of a remodeling scheduled for next winter. Other than this, no complaints. The people are friendly (even to non-French speakers, despite what another reviewer experienced), the rooms are large and airy, the buffet is excellent and served something different each day, including fresh in-season vegetable and local specialties.
We highly recommend this hotel.
Just got back from the zenith north hammermet it was excellent value .
couldnt fault anything it was clean friendly and large complex i would definatly go back again .
for all inclusive the food was very good wide choice compared to other all inclusives ive been to before.
the weather was amazing 30 degrees and getting hotter.
the animation team were really good very friendly it was my birthday while i was there they got me up in the bar and sang to me which was a nice gesture.
the drinks are local drinks which is standard on all inclusives.and as for not bein able to have more than one drink in the restaurant with ur meal thats rubbish you can have as many as you want ur all inclusive we didnt pay anything on check out and we have two or three every meal.
those people who winge should pay a little more if they want it 5 star .
i would say its a nice relaxing break didnt venture out as the locals are very pushy they dont take no for an answer so just to warn you.
so go with an open mind and you will be pleasantly surprised.
if you read bad reviews its people who want to pay peanuts and have it all and that isnt the way.
have a nice time we did .
My review of the Zenith
We went in the third week in March. Booked the holiday at the very last minute. It was for a couple and I will try and be as honest as I can in my review.
Flight to Tunisia - Very basic, no option for vegetarians - 4/10
Trip to hotel - Very smooth coach journey - 8/10
Greeting upon arrival - Made to feel welcoming - 7/10
Food - You have 3 meals a day, breakfast which is usually croissants, pastries, coffee, tea and oj etc...and cereal as well. Luch which caters for all types (chicken, pasta, salad, curry, potatoes, rice, veg etc) and then tea which again is different each day (my advice is DON'T try the rabbit). 9/10
Drink - Though you are all inclusive you are only entitled to one drink with each meal, any others you will have to pay for upon depature. 7/10
Reception - Can be very difficult to speak to, they were always friendly but at times could not be bothered to listen.
Bar - The all Inclusive offer is from 10am - 11pm. The free drinks are beer (served in half pints), red or white whine, coke, fanta, orange juice, coffee, tea, or local drinks of muscat (tastes a lot like martini best served with sprite), bouka (a VERY strong local brandy, best served with coke) and also local brandy. You can purchase cocktails for 6 dinar (£2.80, but my advice is don't as its just bouka and muscat and you can get this for free!!) The bar has a pool table which is 2 dinar (£1 a game). 9/10
Entertainment - There is a team of staff called the Animation Team, they were excellent and they play Bingo at 9pm every night and also put on shows for the guests, the shows are average but great if you are staying in the hotel for the week. They especially love children! 10/10
Rooms - The rooms were 2 single beds pushed together, the tv had one channel and no volume control (this was for every room that I asked about), the shower is a very powerful power shower and the bath is large, beware, before you have a bath look to see if the bath has any cracks in as I cut my back badly the first night!).
Excursions - If you are staying for a week the 2 day Sahara Trip is a MUST. For £60 each you get to see the Colleseum where Gladiator was filmed, The berbers (local Tunisians who live in caves), a Mosque, you get to see an oasis which is truly breathtaking, and also ride camels in the Sahara, its a fairly lenghty trip but well worth the money (ps if you do take this trip, despite what you are told at the welcome meeting you will need to pay an extra £18 for the Oasis trip) - 10/10
Shops - There is one shop situate inside the hotel grounds, please beware that all the goods they sell there, (Nike trainers, Diesel Jeans, Ralph Lauren shirts etc) are FAKE and they will take you for a ride. My adivce is steer well clear of this shop and head to the Medina. 2/10
Shops - There are 3 or 4 shops right outside the hotel that do not hastle you for anything and they are twenty times cheaper than the hotel shop, I advise going in them.
Taxis - Taxis are fairly cheap, we only took cabs to Hammamet and prices ranged from 3 Dinar (£1.50) to 10 dinar £5.
Whiskey - You may hear stories about locals buying Whiskey for Leather jackets or offering you extorniate prices for a bottle. I took a bottle of Red Label and Glenfiddich and to be honest the locals were just not interested at all in swapping, in fact they seemed a bit insulted when you try it. If you do manage to swap some then fair play! Take some anyway as one shot of Black label is nearly £6!!!!
Medina - The Medina is the local market and you are expected to haggle, they start at their highest price and you have to start at your lowest and meet somewhere inbetween. I spoke to a few locals who said that the ususal rule is to pay a third of what you would expect back home. Don't be hassled into buying anything you do not want to. If you say NO firmly they tend to leave you alone. 8/10
Pubs/Clubs - There are two pubs that I reccomend if you fancy a night out from your hotel. THe British Pub (dont expect British beer on tap!), this is a nice pub with a friendly atmosphere and great price of drinks, the Stella is a local brew and only £2 for a huge bottle!
But by far the best bar is the Latino Bar (aimed at the 20 somethings) its a bar that is open till 5am and serves great price drinks, has a dance floor and lots of great music, both western and local. GO here at least once, we had two cracking nights there.
Other - We went Quad biking and the bike had no brakes, had an accident and found out the company were not insured, if in doubt check with the Rep.
There is also a hidden gem no more than 100 yards from the hotel, its a Resturant called The Lotus, its open beyond midnight so if you fancy something after the bar has closed, then head there, menu is nice and the price is fanstastic (two meals for 4 people and 2 beers each came to £18 in total!).
Hope this review helps.
We stayed in Le Zenith over Easter and had a really nice stay. The weather was very variable - it was hot all the time but not always sunny and there was quite a wind some days.
The hotel itself is very pretty, the communal areas were impressive - especially the beautiful fountain in the middle of the reception area.
The rooms are less tastefully decorated but very clean and air conditioned. Our balcony was tiny (it was hard to open the door while the furniture was out there) The bathroom was good - great shower (looks little and plastic-y but powerful) and clean.
The food (we were all inclusive) was good though I have heard other people say they didn't like it so much. We'd never been all inclusive before so didn't know what to expect but I thought there was a good variety - loads of lovely salad but chips and stuff as well if that's what you like. There was also speciality stuff - so fresh pancakes some mornings, a Tunisian night with lovely local food - we really enjoyed it. There are lovely looking desserts too - though we only had room for them once as we'd eaten too much salad and couscous.
We didn't go to the evening enterainment at the hotel but took cabs into Hammanet (about 15 minutes cab away) and Nabeul (15 minutes in the other direction) Hammamet is lovely though apart from the German pubs we found it quite hard to get an early evening drink (it is of course a Muslim country so it's understandable)
Two restaurants in Hammamet are worth trying - there's a kind of cafe style place outside the kazbah to the left of the square with the fountain in which is lovely and very Tunisian (it's where the locals eat) The other one, which is more upmarket, it along the sea road with a glass windowed area outside - I'll update this review when I remember the name but it's quite obvious.
The one place to make sure you go is to the Gelateria Artiganale which makes some of the best ice cream I have ever tasted!
We loved Tunisia and I would reccomend Le Zenith hotel but I could imagine it being a bit much in the summer months. By the end of our week there it was starting to get fuller and I can imagine that at peak residency it's be a problem getting a sun lounger maybe. Maybe not but we felt it might be a bit much.
In terms of the food, we could eat whenever we wanted but I'd imagine they'll be stricter about serving times in the summer too as it'd be really busy.
A trip to Tunis is a must. We're not really package holiday people so went it on our won which was really simple and excellent - we felt like we'd really seen a bit of the country instead of getting a coach trip there.
On a final note, before we went we'd read all this stuff about how dangerous it could be for women. In our experience that's not quite right - even when we did get some low level hassle the moment we said we were married they actually apologised!
In summary, good clean rooms, very nice communal areas and gardens / pool area though could get busy in the peak season. VERY friendly waiters in the food area- some of the kindest people I've met. A good place for a week relaxing.
stayed at the le zenith dec 04....lovely hotel..clean. indoor swimming was lovely and warm....went ai. food very good, nice selection of foods. Xmas eve good entertainment and a 5 course meal served. Entertainment was excellent, kept kids busy most of the day and evening.......transfer from tunis airport by taxi took approx 45 mins....Outdoor pools looked very nice, but weather too cold to venture outside ...will definately stay at the zenith again but in the summer....