Travel Blogs from Hammamet
... 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 ...
Tonight is our last dinner at the Marhaba Palace and so not unexpectedly we receive exceptional service this evening. It's a ritual - which sometimes descends to pantomine - we've seen acted out a few times now. Waiters rushing round guests at their last meal, presumably to ensure that they get a good tip.
So we play our part and let our waiter go through the ritual. ...
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 SENTIDO Phenicia Hammamet
My husband and I stayed here for 2 weeks and it was our first trip to Tunisia. When we arrived in the early hours we were shown to a room which didnt have the sea view we had paid for. They said we could move rooms in the morning and after a well needed sleep we did change rooms and the hotel staff were very accommodating and friendly.
We stayed in the Phenicia for a week and found it to be excellent particularly compared to other hotels in the area. The room was very nice and clean as was the rest of the hotel. The pool area was excellent, with lovely surroundings. The beach was also really nice. We found the staff friendly and helpful - most of them had a reasonable level of English comprehension. The resort itself was a little way away - 'old' Hammamet (where the Medina is situated) has quite a few places to eat and drink - we particularly recommend the Berbere (above the Brauhaus) for it's views, food and service. The 'new' Hammamet (where they're building hotels) was not so interesting.
Clean and friendly
This hotel was spotlessly clean the rooms were basic but again clean.All the facilities are modern and fresh looking.The staff were frienldy and helpful.The food was ok a bit boring for me but there was plenty of it, and always something you could eat.I would recomened going all inclusive well worth the extra. The pool and beach were excelent. All in all well worth the money would recomend it to any one wanting a relaxing holiday.
We stayed at this hotel in May and wanted nothing else but a relaxing place to stay and enjoy some sunshine.The hotel was spotless and the service was excellent. The food is served by way of a buffet and was excellent,always fresh with numerous different dishes at each sitting.The pools and beach were clean, well maintained and with an abundance of sunloungers.
We decided to get some Winter Sun in November 2003 and chose this hotel as we often stay with Iberostar. When we arrived we were impressed with the hotlel and the spacious lobby gave it a bit of a WOW factor.
We've just returned from a week at the Hotel Phenicia and cannot recommend it highly enough. Service is excellent and friendly, and the layout, pools (one heated - indoor/outdoor) etc first class. The weather during our visit was poor so we really valued the hotel's facilities.
Great Hotel, Great People
We stayed at the Phenicia for the first time, although we have been to tunisia many times. (Our usual hotel was closed for referbishment).It was really Great the people were friendly and helpfull, as we walked in we were very impressed everywhere was so clean, the reception was like walking into Ikea, spacious and modern. Our room was clean and Ive never seen such a big bed, (the only critisimn was no drawer space). We were very impressed every where we went in the hotel pools were clean, garden was well maintained, right on the beach. I would recomend this hotel for anyone, and would certainly return.
We had a great time.
its nice to meet such nice people! they where all so helpful and friendly! we loved it so much we are going back as soon as we can!
We stayed at the Phenicia Hotel over New Year and had a wonderful time. The weather was pretty poor so we spent a lot of time around the hotel which is spotlessly clean, the public areas are modern and tasteful, the bedrooms are large with a minibar and safe (which costs 1 dinar a day) and the food is excellent considering the number of guests they have to cater for. We ventured into Hammament one evening for a meal at a top restaurant and it wasn't much better than the food at the Phenicia. We stayed all inclusive and made the most of breakfast (the chocoloate crepes are wonderful), lunch, afternoon snacks, the moorish cafe, the bars and dinner. Even the wine at dinner was absolutely fine and all part of the inclusive deal. The only complaint we had about the hotel was the coffee but that's about as far as it goes.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. We went on 6 June 2004 for a week and were very impressed. Our advice would be to pay that little bit more to go all inclusive. It is so nice not to have to put your hand in your pocket for every little thing. We met some fellow Brits out there who wished they had chosen the all inc option. At the bar, all our drinks were 'free' and they had to buy theirs. Food was amazing with a great deal of choice. No upset stomachs. I looked forward to every meal.