El Mouradi Hammamet
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Tired of all
before we went to Tunesia, I had a look at the forum, so we were warned already. Nearly ALL NEGATIVE comments were confirmed by own experiance!
Living in Spain, we booked Travelplan, but the mix of spanish "organisation" and maghrebinian livestyle showed itīs results.
Delayed arrival - no dinner available, therefor we asked at reception for some recommandation. They shoehorned us into a remote and deserted restaurant with exorbitant prices by offering a free drive with a hotelīs car. The way back we had to take a taxi because the hotelīs car was not available any longer. Next day we discovered a lot of decent places round the corner...
Reception guys were unfriendly and useless in general.
We booked a 2-days Sahara visiting trip, VERY recommendable. The only snag: uncounted hours in the bus and you have to get up very early, 04:30 !!!
The hotel at Douz, also from the Melia-groupe, was perfect, service and food better than at Hammamet.
Do a trip to Karthago / Sidi Bou Said, a nice old village nearby Tunis, / Tunis (cost 120 DT), but do it on your own by a microbus taxi. Ask for Mohamed Bouafia as driver, he speaks perfect english and is a competent driver. If you get 4 or more persons together, itīs much more economical than the standard excursions offered by tour operators.
DONīT shop around at Hammamet but visit the Nabuel market, Friday ONLY. Peple are selling much less aggressive than at Hammamet.
Avoid the free trip to Hammamed offered by a hotelīs employee, itīs just o get you on a carpet selling journey.
Definitely we will visit Tunesia again, but book a smaller hotel.
The hole holiday was great!
I have been on holiday with the family at least 5 times to Tunisia and this is the best time I have had! There was my sister who is 14, my brother who is 10 my dad who is just over 50 and I am 18.It was perfect for all of us.
The hotel is in a perfect position, just over the road from the really clean beach. Behind the hotel are the medina (shopping centre) and also the theme park. Also 2 mins walk away down the promenade that reminded me of Miami was the marina and the ice rink (yes ice rink in Africa).
The bedrooms in the hotel where well kept clean and occasionally there would be surprises like flowers in the bath room.
The restaurant in the hotel had a wide variety of food some plain while others a bit more adventurous. Starters, main meals and desserts had about 100 choices for each. Us kids ended up just drinking Fanta my dad was on the local beer called Boca I think. The bars were really nice in the hotel and the hotel staff were always friendly but remember to always tip them.
The hotel it self had a lot going for it, there was a great outside pool and an inside heated pool. They also had a gym and lots of different pampering sessions type things. There is a little shop in the hotel where they do henna type of things, pool table and a mini club. There is also a club in the hotel but it is not that noisy and you can avoid it if it's not your scene.
The entertainment was great and was put on each night by the animation team the group that run the mini club as well. There was bingo and a Miss Tunisia type of thing that I got roped into! It was really fun though, the animation team became really good friends by the end of the holiday and the guys are sooooo cute! There were also shows like the strongest man and belly dancing and at the end of our holiday there was a cabaret put on and performed by the animation team, very well done and it was amazing how many languages they spoke, they made our holiday, thank you, Rosa, Wissem, Zizo, Ronaldo and the rest of the team!
The mini club was great with lots of activities and a mini disco every night for the younger ones.
All of the staff were great, the pool man always help full running out to give you sun lounger covers and towels, the bar staff always friendly, there is also always a friendly smile in reception even at 5 in the morning when I got in from clubbing one evening or should I say morning. Also the cleaning ladies and the restaurant staff where always there to help.
We stayed for xmass and it was a great time because they tried to make everything Christmassy with decorations and even on Xmas morning the mini club gave out presents and all had Christmas hats on. A great party on Christmas Eve in the Broadway club in the hotel. Also when we stayed there was this guy called Billy who was soooo funny, he was from England and he wore England shorts, woolly socks, an old medal during the day then traditional Tunisian wear during the evening and he would get up on stage steal the microphone and sing all the musical songs at the top of his voice really badly that had everyone in hysterics!!!!
It was a great holiday but I don't think its everybody's choice!
By Marissa Notman
Excellent care from housekeeping, restaurant, bar and pool staff. Reception staff rather remote. Great buffet, though it was ditched for a Valentines Day 8 course meal which was unsuitabl for small children. Very clean. A bit of noise form the Yasmine Beach next door and MeM disco at night at times, though we were tried out enough after long outings to crash out anyway. Probably 3-4 star, and you have to buy stamps from the hotel next door. Watch out for the Health and Safety at the Mini Club-there was no written logging in and out system and my small child was left crying, alone and locked out right next to the pool while the rest of the children were taken off to practise disco dancing indoors. Hopefully the system has been improved since I formally informed the tour operator about it.
One not to miss
The hotel is no way 5*, the receptionists were unfriendly & very unhelpful. However the entertainment team were extremly friendly and not to mention good looking, especially the DJ!!!! They were brilliant, we looked forward to going down to evening entertainment everyday & didnt need to go out for a good night. They also have a disco within the hotel, which was quiet as we went in low season, the entertainment team finished their jobs and then came over to join us. Its a shame the receptionists were not as nice as one would expect.
The hotel is opposit the beach and a prime location to restraunts, shops, bars, pubs & marina. The locals tend to drive you made they always have something nasty to say if you dont buy from there shop. Once you have picked up something consider it sold!!!! This can really put you off but if you go out of hammamet like Nabul or to the captial its not so bad.
We decided to go on tours privately with a local taxi driver, as the ones organised by the tour operator were a complete rip off. Also all the taxi drivers try and convince you to go with them, but be carefull as there are some real crooks out there!!! However there are some you cant excursions you cannot do alone for example the desert tours, the 2 day one is well recommended!!
Nice relaxing holiday
Nice hotel not a 5 star by our standards but generally ok. Dissappointed with initial reception, arrived late to hotel no refreshments or food were available. The room was a nice size although a little bit tattered around the edges. Large balcony with lovely sea view. However slightly ruined by horrendous music played over and over and over by bar next door. Such a shame as it is a beautiful area and would have been gorgeous if we'd had the peace and quiet. There is a spacious outdoor pool and nice indoor pool which was fun to use when the weather turned. The food was not bad get in early though to both the breakfast and evening buffet for a full choice. Would also recommend ordering your breakfast into your room which costs about Ģ2.35 and you get enough to feed you for lunch too ! Most of the staff were friendly although they speak very little english so is really helpful to know your french too. One thing I would def recommend is the hamman - it is a little basic but for the under half the price of english spas you can really get your moneys worth of massage, mud packs, facials, turkish baths etc... I myself booked the beauty care 3 day package which I spread out over my weeks holiday. You get 12 treatments over three days for just under Ģ100.
The entertainment in the hotel was a little bizarre but we tended to shy away from that. We did however go to the gala dinner which the hotel put on which you have to pay extra for - this was a little bit of a rip off - don't let them con you into the expensive wine. Having said that the food was nice and the traditional entertainment including belly dancing was fun.
ONLY THREE UK COUPLES IN HOTEL
My husband and I stayed at this Hotel as part of a two center holiday with Panorama. On arrival we found the reception staff to be quite rude and unhelpful, was told, our room was not ready and asked us if we would like a drink which we said yes please but it never came, good start !!!. This was my 50th birthday treat from my husband. He paid for a Sea View Room and requested if possible highest level, we got lowest level with the roof of the Disco obstructing our sea view. The room was OK but a bit tired, in need of a paint job but was cleaned daily. The main Restaurant was buffet style (half board) the food was not very good in general nor were the waiters, however the two pool attendants were very friendly (perhaps they should work on reception). The entertainment was very basic mainly in-house. Official rating is a 5*, Panorama rating QQQQ+. I rate it 3 plus. I would not reccomend this Hotel
Hotel was more of 3 star than 5 star... Staff at reception were not very friendly and could just about speak english.
No real choice of food- didnt look forward to the breakfast.
Don't know who chose the colours for decor in the bedrooms because its gross!!! - Green carpets with grey curtains!
DONT DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Stay in Lala Baya instead... i visited this hotel it was the best one on the block..
Not bad for the price charged
Advertised as 5 stars it is actually a solid 3 star hotel. Very common situation for North African hotels. Clean, but rooms need upgrading. Fittings are pretty old. The double room size is generous, enough space. Sea views are magnificent (compensate for old green carpet and greyish net curtains). Staff is friendly, small tips are customery, but not a burden for your pocket. 50m from the beach. Meals are a bit repetitive, but Ok if you stay for a week. Would recommend the 'Cafe Maure' for fab crepes, great service and low price along Yasmine promenade. The best shop to get decent gifts is at the side of the hotel 'Safa' (three hotels to the right) - fixed low prices, no bargaining (very refreshing) and good quality. Overall holidays matched the price.
Certainly not a 5 Star!
We have just returned (quite literally) from the Melia El Mouradi Hammamet. Whilst on the whole we had a good time - there are couple of things that should be brought to your attention.
It's a great hotel if you just want to lay on a sunlounger by the pool - which is what we mainly did (when the weather was good enough!). Watch out for the "Camel Man" who will come round, sit on your sunlounger and show you pictures of how you could spend a day riding around on a smelly camel. And if you'd like a henna tatoo - you can get one done in the shop on site. If not, be prepared to be asked every single time you walk passed the shop ... They even get bored and offer to do them for free - I don't think so!!
The hotel staff are friendly - the "pool man" is lovely! Always rushing about with towels and mattresses - make sure you tip him well!! And the waiters in the restaurant and bars are very helpful.
The food is okay - buffet style - although there are two other restaurants in the hotel - they weren't open when we were there. And if you like cake - you'll think you're in heaven!! Watch out for the salads though - some ingredients may be washed in the local water - you have been warned!!
The "entertainment" is okay - the lads try their hardest! They speak 45 different languages between them and it's hard to keep every nationality entertained all the time. The hotel also hosts a number of conferences throughout the year - so you may be invaded by delegates - we escaped just before a Pharmacy conference of 450 people arrived!
And if you want to use things like the gym expect to pay 10 dinars each, per day. If you book yourself a nice relaxing 3 day spa course of treatments (around 1 million dinar - exaggerating slightly here) then you can get the use of the gym for free - but it's really not worth it.
To be recommended!
We stayed at Melia El Mouradi Hammamet for 4 days only, but we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The services was very good, staff friendly and helpful, the area nice, if a little quiet, but if you are looking for a beach holiday, it's something for you! Relaxing by the pool is just as nice. The only faults we found were the boring animation (bingo every night???), noise from the adjacent Yasmin Beach hotel (sometimes there would be music pouring from behind the wall while our own hotel's animation team was also turning their own music full on), and the boys selling flowers outside the hotel in the evenings. They would chase you and poke it in your face with a sweet smile until you buy. We didn't, though. Re entertainment, just behind the hotel there is a newly built (in the original Arabic style) Medina (city centre), which is a very charming place to visit, with its souvenir shops (if somewhwat expensive), cafes, cosy streets and small squares, with live entertainment.
The food was good and abundant, but not too varied, e.g. there many kinds of cake but they were all the same type - sponge, or there were many salads, but somewhat boring. I am a great salad lover but I wasn't impressed. My husband loved the food, though. Every night had a different theme, but again, for example, I expected more traditional food on the Arabic night, which I didn't really find. Couscous was Ok, but not as good as the one we get from the local Turkish kebab outlet. Breakfasts were quite good, though, with a choice of veg dishes, omelettes, pastries, pancakes, but the ceareals were rather boring. The jams were superb, a lot of different kinds, a very different sort of jam it was, too, not like we are used to in Europe, rather a paste, not jelly, but I absolutely loved it. Fascinating flavours, too. My favourite was tangerine. Yucky, said hubby.
Eating out in the Yasmin Hammamet area is very expensive compared to usual prices in Tunisia, but luckily we were on Half Board, and usually had our lunch elsewhere while out on a trip. There is a small supermarket in the area, about 5-10 minutes walk away, where one can buy all the necesseties. A trip to the nearby Hammamet by taxi takes about 10 minutes and costs 5-6 dinars, while by "train" (which takes three times as long and leaves you covered in the road dust) 2,5 dianars per person. Hammamet is a really nice place to visit, very relaxing. My advice is to try out the Marabou and Abu Sidi Hdid cafes just outside the Medina walls. Prices on souvenirs are not very cheap, one should bargain hard, but we found a small shop just outside the city centre - if one walks the main street from the centre, it will be on the right side, some time soon after a kiosk selling souvenirs, there were two girls working there. It had really cheap ceramics, and no need to bargain, unless it's something you enjoy. To get there only takes some 5 minutes walk from Medina.
Tours. Don't go on a half day shopping tour to Tunis, you won't manage anything in that time, and don't waste your time in the Tunis Medina, it's only a huge dirty market palce with exorbitant prices. Buy souivenirs in Hammamet, or the neighbour town of Nabeul, which has an artisan market.
Hope my review was helpful.
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