Hotel Diar Lemdina
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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 ...
So after the final supper, the final breakfast. We are treated to exceptional service from the waiters this morning. Breakfast like lunch and dinner is self-service so all the waiters have to do is clear away and lay the tables.
Without being harsh, service at breakfast isn't slow it's nearly non-existent with waiters more intent on chatting with each other than clearing the tables. But this morning we seem to have captured their full attention and coffee ...
... 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.
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 Hotel Diar Lemdina Hammamet
Just returned from a week staying at the Resdiences diar lemdina in Hammamet Yasmine, Tunisia.
Staff were very friendly and helpful and the hotel was lovely. Rooms are all suites. We had the Junior (ie basic) suite, but it was a good size and had everything we needed. The hotel has two outdoor pools and an indoor one, so good for families and couples alike. Food in the hotel was buffet style with plenty of choice.
I would recommend for couples and families,but probably not group holidays as there's not masses to do. If you want a nice chilled out holiday in the sun then it's great though!
I've noticed that other reveiws aren't as complemantary as they could have been, and I say if you pay for a cheapie, that's what you get!! My partner and I have just returned from the hotel and we had a great time. Yes, the windows look directly onto walkways, but there are other windows you can open should you require ventilation which are in the kitchen and bathroom.
The medina itself is a bit souless, kind of like staying in a mini Disneyland, but that might suit some people. We didn't care as we only booked the holiday as a last minute break. However, there are plenty of places to eat (some a bit dodgy, some nice, some mediocre) and even a casino which we visited and made some extra spends! There's also a souk, and to those who complain about the hassle, you should remeber that these boys work on comission only, just say no politely and firmly.
Yasmine Hammemt is a bit of a concrete jungle, but only becasue it's fairly new. You can walk down to the Marina for a nice meal or go to the beach (a bit cold while we were there). It also makes a good base should you wish to visit other resorts nearby (Sousse and Port El Kantoui). We did this by using combinations of Noddy trains and louages (shared taxis) both of which are cheap.
My only complaint was that our rep was new to that resort and as a result was completely non-plussed about it. If you're booking with MedHotels, then swat up before you go!!
Very nice but quiet
My wife and I have just come back from a week's holiday at the Lemdina. We were looking for a cheapie holiday in a decent hotel but with some guaranteed warmth. I had been to Tunisia before and realise that a 5* Tunisian hotel is the eqivalent of a 3* to 4* hotel elsewhere.
We were at the Lemdina for the week Nov 19th to 26th having paid £264 for B&B flying out of Heathrow.
The hotel room was very comfortable and the kitchenette included was reasonably furnished with microwave, a good fridge and usual cooking utensils. We only used the fridge and the kettle as we ate out every night.
The breakfast was a good buffet and, on 3 mornings in the week when we were there, you could have a freshly prepared omelette whilst you waited. The buffet was a range of hot and cold foods with plenty of fresh fruit.
I agree with the comment about the lack of privacy. If you wanted to open the window at night, people were able to walk straight past it and look in if the wished. This was a downside as was the noise. The rooms were in a courtyard around the pool and, although we were staying out of season, where anyone walking about late or early the noise reverberated around and woke us up. I can imagine this being a problem when the hotel is more full.
We didn't use the hotel bar and, apart from the internet (which was pricey at £4 approx per hour!), there was no entertainment at the hotel itself. This should create no problems as the medina is on the doorstep with things going on (although, the crowds weren't around at the time of year we were there).
The resort is actually quite a classy one, along the promenade, with some nice looking hotels and retaurants (although some were closed for the winter). Most of the beach bars were closed up also. The beach is really, really nice and I would strongly recommend a nice 4 mile walk along the beach into Hammamet itself and then coming back via the "road train" which runs quite frequently from the Hammamet medina entrance.
One thing I would add, being a non-smoker, is that there appears to be no smoking restrictions whatsoever. Everywhere you go, it seems, there are people smoking. This includes supermarkets and you often also catch waiters having a puff of a fag before serving your meal. This is very offputting and is something that I am not comfortable with at all. I think it is a long time before the country introduces smoking restrictions as it is a big part of the culture there.
I stayed in Diar le Mdina, Yasmine hammamet for 1 week in October 2006. This accommodation is graded 5 star but I would not give it this grade, maybe 3+. I have previously stayed at the kanta Hotel in Port El Kantaoui and it is a 4 star gem so I was compering both and I must say The Kanta wins hands down. However, Yasmine as a resort is still developing and although pretty it is very quiet. I would describe the resort as not having any heart and soul.
The Diar le mdina apartments are really beautiful inside. the rooms are very airy and big and the kitchens are well equiped. I cannot fault the accommodation, however the balconies are really just porches with not much room to sit out with a glass of wine. people walk past so you do not have privacy. There is no entertainment at all the foyer and bar are very small. The restaurant is pretty especially at breakfast time when you can sit outdoors and watch the medina opening for the days trading. The food choice is limited but ok, it is better than most of the local restaurants.. The staff in the restaurant are really nice and friendly especially the man in charge, Lotfi, he is very friendly and nothing is too much trouble.
All in all I had a very nice holiday but if I am returning to Tunisia I will return to Port El Kantaoui and The Kanta Hotel.
Belfast.. October 2006
Pretty good all round
On the whole we enjoyed our trip to Tunisia staying at the Residence Diar Lemdina Yasmine Hammamet. The hotel is clean with daily maid service, and the staff were polite and helpful. There are no facilities as such in the hotel apart from the restaurant that we tried once and found to be very poor, a small lobby bar with a few sofas and chairs and the two swimming pools (there is an indoor pool but this was shut). However this is more than compensated by being in the medina itself as there are bars, restaurants, evening shows etc on offer nightly. There are also shops and stalls selling the usual leather goods and hubbly bubbly! The standard of food in the restaurants that we tried in all but one was very good and we did not come across anyone who had been unwell. Yasmine is a fairly new resort, if you are looking for historic buildings you won't find them here, the medina was built in 2002 but looks good enough. A trip to Hammamet will be worth the time where the medina is authentic and the whole place is steeped in history. It should only cost about 8 dinar to get there from Yasmine(the taxi driver will expect 10!). If asked if I would recommend the hotel I would say yes, it is quiet at night, clean and the accomodation is well equipped and comfortable and it is centrally situated within easy walking distance to the beach.
I Have just returned home from Hammamet Jasmine and really enjoyed it! We stayed in Diar Lemdina which was built within the walls of the medina, i went with a group of young girls for a chilled out holiday and that is just what we got! The hotel was beautiful as was the beach and hammamet jasmine itself but we did find it quite hard to find alcohol! Although the wine is good!Food is cheap although its usually just pasta and pizza! And knowing french is always a bonus as the vast majority of menus are in french! We Went on the Sultan Boat trip and saw dolphins! Would definately reccomend that trip! and also the trip to Friguia Park which is an animal park. In the week we were there i only spent £200 and we only payed £257 for the holiday itself inc flights, transfers and accomodation!We booked with Panorama.Overall it was a lovely holiday!
My friend and I have just got back from an amazing two-week holiday in Hammamet Yasmine (Diar Lemdina Hotel). I have to say we travel a lot and everything from the room to the food to the locals to the beach and sites exceeded our expectations.
The hotel itself is charming and friendly - we had a bathroom each and slept in separate rooms! The hotel has a great position very near to the beach but right at one end of the buzzing medina which has loads of nice restaurants. There is a little hassle to go into the medina shops - we called it the 'gauntlet', but like anywhere else people are just trying to make a living and a polite no causes no problems.
The beach is beautiful - white sand and clear sea, with security and a few beach bars - it's pretty busy though! We also went to visit Carthage, El Jem and the desert - all of which I'd say are a must.
Even though it's 'purpose built' Hammamet Yasmine definitely has soul and Tunisia has something for everyone - highly, highly reccommended!
This is a great place to stay as it is part of the new medina (built 6 years ago) which has just over 20 bars and restaurants and a million market stalls where a haggler can have so much fun.
me and my hubby went with another couple and had a great time. although the hotel is mainly self catering we went half board which worked out better as we didnt spend half ad much money on food as we thought we were going to (lots more on more important things like alcohol : ) ). the beach was only a walk away - beautiful white sand and gorgeous blue sea.
Yasmine hammamet was alot better then hammamet itself - we found hammamet very touristy and the market people alot more brutal in there selling techniques.
the only thng i would advise against is - BLACK HENNA - DO NOT HAVE THIS DONE - me and the other couple had it done on our arms and the smalls of our backs - it burnt like hell after a while and was still hurting for a werk after (you could barely touch it) I was lucky i didnt get burnt but the other couple did. So please do not have this done.
apart from the above.....
this holiday was well worth it - would advise everyone to go regardless of whether you have children.
I wanna go back......... : )
U will love it!
Hi! we r just back from a week in diar le medina and had 1 of the bst holidays ever, both my husband & myself totally loved it!! The hotel itself is beautiful and looks so impressive when u 1st pull up outside the medina; looks like a big walled medieval castle r something!
In my opinion 1 of the best located hotels as u have instant (free) access to the medina itself which, apart from the marina area, is the main attraction in hammamet yasmine, offering cafe's, restaurants, entertainment, cinema, massages and of course shopping! Shopping is initially daunting but turned out to be a lot of fun to haggle, ul probly get mint tea, 'hubbly-bubbly' (make sure its only apple skins!), and meet thier entire family!
The entire resort, being so new, is so clean yet appears really authentic and a lot of the hotels etc r very grand r unusual in appearance.
Anyway, back to the hotel; even the foyer is wonderfully fashioned in stone and marble. The 2 pools r beautiful, water really cold tho once ur in its fine! Very quiet, no music r silly games etc.. blissfully relaxing! No trouble gettin a sun-bed tho i dont think the season had really started, so dont know what it'l be like when busier.
We had a studio room which turned out to be great with a living area, kitchen, 2 bathrooms and big double bedroom. The other rooms r lovely as well, spacious with fully equipped kitchen (microwave, coffee machine, toaster, the works). The room was cleaned every day with all new towels daily, and the bed/towels made up decoratively.
The food in the hotel was ok, but probably the best ur likely to get in Tunisia and much nicer than any of the restaurants we tried in the resort (outside all u can really get is pizza, bit of pasta, burgers, chips). We both prefer veggie options and this was limited, ended up eating a lot of rice and salad and bread. but if u like meat there was plenty to choose from. lovely crepes and sticky pastry rolls in the morning.
The staff r quite friendly and helpful but didnt interact much (i suppose this is better than in ur face all the time?) However we did notice that kids were adored and got the v best 5* treatment!
The only real negative thing i can say is that this hotel seemed to b the only 1 that wouldnt change travellers cheques 4u, and other hotels wont do it 4u unless ur staying there so u have to go to the bank, which is only 5mins away but we wasted a lot of time finding this out. The hotel will change sterling cash, but not cheques. (we think they could but couldnt b bothered!)
For such a new, seemingly quiet resort there was plenty to do and a wk didnt seem long enough. The beach is a short 5-min walk away (max). Its ok, beach nice enough and clean but the water didnt tempt me to go swimming. plenty of activities on the beach like parasailing, jet skis etc. we went to a 'african dreams' night which incorporated a visit to the zoo, a meal and entertainment with zulu dancers and belly dancers etc. food not up to much but still a good night.
Depending on what type of hol u want, u may find it quiet at nights. We went for walks round the new marina which is beautiful with lots of restaurants etc. perhaps more suitable for quiet drinks rather than mad parties. if u want to party we were told its a short taxi ride to a busier area and other hotels which provide entertainment (the diar le medina dosnt but apparantly u can go into any of the nearby hotels which do) (carthage land was closed due to an accident so wouldnt recommend that!)
So all in all a beautiful, clean, luxurious place. we felt safe and very comfortable, found the people to be lovely and found plenty to do. If u want to know anything else just ask! il try to post some photos.
ps when we were there it got quite cool once the sun went down so unless its dif later in the season it was comfiest in jeans and some kind of zip up top etc.
Not too big, not too small
The Diar Lemdina is tucked in a corner of the resort Medina (a traditional walled market) which looks medieval but was built just a few years ago. The Diar is a five(ish) star three storey hotel of about 100 rooms and therefore far smaller and, we found, more friendly than many of the mega hotels in the area.
The rooms are round a small centre pool (which is great for idling days away, though sometimes it gets full of kiddies), a good size and are kept spotless. It's well run and staff are helpful and efficient.
Hammamet Yasmine is just three kilometres of hotels so having the medina literally on your doorstep makes up for the otherwise negligable nightlife. The traditional architecture also give it a bit more character than the high-rise competition.
We went on a package trip from England and paid £339 for seven nights and flights.