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Our vehicle is a fair step down from Algeria. There are only three empty seats. Noubi Wan Kenobi has a microphone to interrupt our discourse and/or chills at his whim. Microphone Man told us there are some eleven million Tunisians of which 1.25 million live in Tunis.
... before packing it with my other stuff.
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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.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Marhaba Royal Salem Sousse
Fantastic friendly Hotel
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Marhaba Salem start of March for a week, half board. We both had a fantastic holiday even though weather wasnt that good. Our room was adequate size, cleaned and fresh towels given everyday.
The restauarant was excellent for breakfast there is a wide variety from cereal, fruit, salad, cold meat, bread, pastries,large selection of hot food and even your own freshly cooked crepe with various toppings. Thats just breakfast, dinner was buffet style but only for starters, your main course and desert is served at the table from a choice, however you dont have to have this as the buffet selection was enough on its own. Brilliant variety even for the fussiest of children where fries, pasta's and pizza was available.
Entertainment was constant throughout the day, children were always occupied with the "animation team" who did an excellent job. There was evening entertainment everynight to suit both adults and children.
I highly recommend this hotel and I wouldnt hesitate in going back, all in all the hotel had everything I would look for, friendly staff,clean hotel, beach front, beautiful gardens, excellent food and entertainment. 10/10
Must go marhaba salem
i recently stayed at the marhaba salem hotel in sousse,its the smaller 3* version of the marhaba royal salem,what a fantastic hotel.okay,the rooms were basic but the staff were incredible.they couldn`t do enough for you.in my opinion this hotel should be at least a 4*.the facilities were good,the entertainment was excellent,the waiters were superb,the food was excellent and the trips to the sahara were mind blowing.complete and utter value for money.i paid £370 for two people half board for a week.i would definatly go back again year after year.
the only drawback is the shop on site,everything is overpriced and they rip you off.there was only one pool(outdoors)and it wasnt heated,but you could use all the facilities next door at the royal salem literally 30 seconds walk away.the beach also was about 2 mins from the door.
When In Rome
I stayed in the Mahaba Royal Salem in 2004 on my 3rd trip to Sousse and was delighted. The hotel is beautiful to look at, perfectly situated on the beach, and not too close to the hustle and bustle of the city centre but close enough to walk. The rooms were brilliant with the biggest double bed I have ever seen!! And the food was equally as superb. The royal salem has some light evening music until 10 pm, then its over to the sister hotel, the marhaba beach for bingo and entertainment with Rashid, Moo Moo and their team of entertainers. This gang was fantastic providing all day entertainment and going out of their way to help you. The Hotels also have their own nightclub on the site, perfect for dancing till the early hours to cheesy club music! The indoor pool at the royal is brilliant although the outdoor pool is very small and in shade for much of the day, the pool of the sister hotel is only 100 yards away and is big enough for everyone to share.
As for life outside the hotel, many reviews tell of experiences of being hassled and pestered, threatened and worried. I myself find it enchanting, the Tunisian people are a very friendly nation, and as long as you respect them I have found they respect you, when walking through the medina, cover up, I can guarantee you will get far less hassle, and please understand that although they are desperate for you to buy their goods, it is how they make a living!! So for a relaxing, fun holiday in Tunisia, regard their culture. When in Tunisia, do as the tunisians do!
lovely hotel,clean good food friendly staff.
would visit again.
close to town,but away from traffic.
should be rated 5*
Not my cup of tea !!!!
Just getting back from my first and last Tunisia holiday.
The hotel was ok if not a little old-bathroom and furnishing.
The hotel staff was first class!!!! very friendly and very helpful.
The food was not so good...every day was the same.
But when you went outside the hotel the surroundings where shocking. Litter everywhere you looked. All the men were hassling me and my friends.
We went further afield but it no better in most other resorts.
Taxis are very cheap and I got told there are 1300 taxis in Sousse alone.....but most of them are not road worthy. There also very dirty.
And another problem was the toilets in the surounding resturants...minging!
We absolutely loved this hotel
We absolutely loved this hotel, the hotel was clean,rooms cleaned every day, maid left notes on how to get fresh towels. Staff was friendly, helpful and polite.
We will be going back again.
Having stayed at various hotels in Tunisia over a period of twenty years, the Marhaba Royal Salem in Sousse exceeded all expectations. The staff were always extremely friendly and most helpful. Our bedroom was enormous, with a king,king size bed (7ft wide)! and the room was cleaned thoroughly every day.
The food in the dining room catered for all tastes, even to providing bacon at breakfast. The indoor pool was excellent with a superb jacuuzzi. During the evening there was a singer/keyboard player, who was adequate for a pleasant dance or just to sit and relax over a drink. (If a disco or more lively entertainment was required then a walk to the Salem Hotel in the same grounds only took a couple of minutes.) We enjoyed it so much we have already booked for next December!
Just returned from 2weeks at Hotel Salem,Sousse,Tunisia which was an"on arrival"package and we were made welcome even at 3am when we arrived!
Hotel in need of refurbishment but clean and situated in beautiful gardens leading to an equally beautiful beach. Staff exceptionally attentive and concerns/complaints were dealt with immediately. Restaurant rather large and tables are assigned for holiday duration which is unfortunate if you don't "bond" with your fellow diners,(as some we noticed didn't and spent their evenings dodging each other)!Dinner is 6.30-9pm and breakfast 6.30-9am.Food was of an exceptionally high standard,varied and plentiful. Dinner-soup,huge hot and cold buffets followed by a menu of 6 hot plate meals to choose from and 4 desserts.Breakfast-manycereals,toast,fruits,dates,salads,yoghurts,bacon,eggs-fried,boiled,scrambled,tomatoes-hot+cold,freshly cooked crepes etc etc. Several nights each week are themed buffets eg Italian,English,Tunisian.
Didn't buy from the bar but others happy-did buy coffee-small cappucino 1.3dinars(1dinar-45p).Sunbeds on beach and pool are free.Security man,of sorts,patrols beach around hotel to remove nuisance sellers who become over-enthusiastic at times with cigarettes,nuts,rugs,camels etc but if you don't want things a firm"no" usually works!
During our visit the very friendly manager told us about an inspection taking place in the hotel which,if successful,will give them the first certificate of its kind in Tunisia to be issued by a high level inspection board from Switzerland.At this point I do not know the outcome though stage1 acheived 85% and stage2 will happen this week.Such was the friendliness of the manager that when he heard of an elderly lady needing hospital treatment he personally took her on 2 occasions and would not allow her to pay anything! A pleasant bank lady attends twice a day and a photographer 3/4 times a week. Entertainment is provided 10-12+2-4 then all evening until 11.30.Big problem we found was not the quality but the decibells!!!!!!!!!!!!!! June 1st all entertainment is around the pool and you can't escape it if you want to.Rooms in an adjoining annexe are available if you find it too much but since I had a broken leg,(took it with me), I had to stay near the hotel reception for convenience. Incidentally, the hotel has 3 floors and no lifts so if no ground floors are available you need to be agile enough to cope.
Our hotel room was rather small-just enough room for the twin beds,1bedside table,a pouffe and dressing table then a separate bathroom and toilet.The french window of our ground floor room opened onto the patio and gardens-beautiful!
The location of the hotel is half way between Sousse and Port el Kantaoui so a bit out of the way but taxis are cheap and plentiful-about 1.50pounds each way and twice that after 9pm.
A really good value holiday we thought and hope you do too if you visit-temperatures in the 80/90's most of the time.
Hassel free Tunisia not!
My daughter & son & i went to sousse as a quick get away from the hussel and bussle of england looking for a relaxing break this was far from the truth the hotel was very good staff very friendly but people outside and around area were very pushy and menaceing to say the least, every bit of advice from locals was then met with now give me a couple of dinhas watch if you have young daughters like myself they are pestered constant to buy silver & jewelery they become intimadating if you dont buy thats the shop keeper i add after you browse.I would not advise to go if looking to relax choose greece or spain any where because its a very dirty& run down country
Lovely hotel, but disliked tunisia
my wife and I went to marhaba royal salem last january and found the hotel to be beautiful! situated on the beach (2 minutes walk) with an indoor heated swimming pool - this we used all the time as the sea and outdoor pool were cold due to time of year. the brochure claims that the hotel is in Sousse, however we found it to be approx 2 miles from there. we didn't mind as the walk along the beach to Sousse was good.
If your'e allergic to cats or dislike them then don't go to royal salem at all, as whereever you go within the hotel grounds you'll find cats lingering waiting for food - (my wife could'nt stand them so never went in the gardens much).
we took a half board package for our week stay. the service was v.good and the food was brilliant. I'm very fussy when it comes to food and I enjoyed their meals.
they give you a card rather than a key to open your rooms with which is no problem except that they don't inform you that once inside the room the card needs to be placed in the card holder for the lights etc to be switch on!!
I disliked Tunisia itself. most people there are determined to make you buy and are pushy and bothersome. it was ok for the first two days then it got rather crap!! overall would reccomend royal salem hotel to everyone but not the country. for the same price would rather go elsewhere