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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 ...
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. ...
... Aghlabid period, and on the south side during the Fatimid era. Following works during the time of the Hafsids the surface area of the fortress expanded to 4,200 sq m.
Many consolidations as well as several polygonal and circular towers were added between the 11th and 13th centuries then the 17th and 19th centuries in order to accommodate artillery pieces.
In the past the ...
... which makes it all the more pleasant for us.
After enjoying the treasures inside the museum we walk around the courtyard or garden terrace oustide. It's good to feel the sun and enjoy the views from the elevated position of the Kasbah. We look over the port, the medina and other parts ...
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!
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Saadia Hotel Monastir
Before i went i read a few of the reviews below and thought it was going to be terrible, but whether they have change the hotel completely or not, it seems to have improved a hell of a lot. Could imagine that at the height of the season it would be a bit hectic though. The Only really down points would be that we went all inclusive and they aren't overly happy to serve you but after a while and when you get used to the barmen and waitors there ok! If you can, get to know a few people who are also all inclusive and take all there cards up and by bigger rounds later in the night as otherwise you'll be up the bar all the time!
Am thinking of going back already!
Saadia ok now
OK just got back from Gatwick via the saadia Monastir.
It's just been opened for two weeks after refurbishment, has been closed for two months prior to that, new carpets you can tell by the smell, chairs in restaurant still covered in plastic which are new, staff very helpful and friendly. We went all inclusive and found the food good for the first few days but then the spicy sauce they use gets to you. However, today we had omeletts for lunch and they were great, keep away from the salads, tap water, ice in drinks, and the height of the season, March is a lovely time to go and also the end of september the weather is about 28-30 c and the pool cold at first but great to cool off. The beach isnt up to much out of season but the bonus is there's no flies the birds in the courtyard in the morning are an absoulute delight singing, but the students arn't when it gets to two in the morning from the disco. Rooms are basic but cleaned everyday with bleech and you can have fresh bed linin everyday if you want to. New matrasses on the beds very comfortable. Go Again? YES WE HAD A GREAT STAY but out of season.
We have just come back from our second holiday at the Saadia.
Last year was fine (not fantastic but passable)
Was fantastic... If you consider sharing your bed with 14 cockroaches fun.
Every night when we went up and turned the lights on you could just catch the floor moving. On many occasions we would watch them walking up and down the wall going into the air vents.
Whilst having a shave they would walk along the top of the sink and wave at you as they went by.
I'll not mention the toilet as its still giving me nightmares.
THE FOOD (?)
The cold food was lovely (cold eggs, cold chips, cold pasta, ect, ect, ect)
In fact the cold milk was warmer on most days
The pudding was the same EVERY day of the two weeks.
(A three layer thin sponge coated in pretend cream) with bowls of pretend cream beside it.
The only difference was that the cream colour changed on a daily basis. (Not sure if this was by design or mother nature taking a hand in things)
Oranges where there beside the pudding (thank god) these you could eat as many as possible and most days we did.
Take as many spoons as possible and sell them to the other guests (you'll make your money in the first day.)
The waiters are ok apart from standing and watching you eat and stretching over other guests whilst they are still eating to get the plates.
The roaches highly recommended the milk on more than one occasion.
These guys really try to entertain you from being sworn at to having your game of American pool being interfered with to the point where the pool balls are placed down the pockets for you when its not Evan you're turn, or losing the white ball as a member of the animation team walks past.
You must try the discothèque there (all sorts off fun and game go on in there)
From watching you beer being used as a swimming pool by the local insect population. To the racing roaches on the seating or the floor.
But if you're into nostalgia it is very 60's (in a strange kind way).
The best entertainment of all was when most of the hotel guests tried to spot the rep,
When he was found we all told him what a fantastic hotel it was and that we was concerned that the insect population couldn't afford their bill so could we pay it for them.
MALE STAFF IN GENERAL
These are a lively bunch of guys, always trying to get the female guests to go with them so that they can try it on and maybe score a little fun (not that I mind this but when a female guest said NO this still didn't stop them from trying again and again and again.) and it doesn't matter if they are married or not.
THE HOTEL IN GENERAL
We know it was their winter and that maintenance was going on in the grounds but very little was going on inside the hotel.
We found the wonderful smell from the drains a real pleasure whilst sat at the poolside on a hot day. (It really made you're appetite get going in time for dinner)
NOW FOR THE GOOD BITS.
We can highly recommend the Sahara beach hotel for good entertainment, food and friendly staff.
The liberty hotel for the same but its closer (easy for staggering back to the saadia after a few drinks too many).
The cleaning staff at the Saadia where fantastic, they really tried their best and always had a smile on their faces.
O.K. but wouldn`t go back
My wife and i just got back from a 7 night stay at the Saadia Hotel,and after reading the comments of previous guests,we were not expecting to much,which was just as well,as this is what we got `not much`.First let me say what we thought was good about the hotel.The reception staff,we asked for a different room after the first night, because of the noise from the people next door.This was done right away without any fuss.The grounds around the hotel are very well maintained,and the pool is of a good size.The bar staff in the evenings were allways very cheerful.The hotel itself is clean,but in need of some serious T.L.C.
Now the things we thought could do with some improving.The rooms are very basic,and the walls must be paper thin has you can hear every sound from guests above, below and next door.The pool, although i said it was a good size, i did not see anyone clean it in the week we were there.The rubbish got more, and more has the week went on,and you could see the scum floating on the water.Also the indoor pool was cold,and the heating was only put on 2 days before we left.The day time bar-tender,`we called him mister happy`.One morning after missing breakfast,has we were all-inclusive we could have a sandwich between 10-12am,it was 10-15am when we asked for a sandwich,and was told to come back after 11am.So off we went for a walk to pass the time,got back at 11-15am,asked again,was told 10 minutes, still with no smile `hence the name mister happy`.So i asked the wife to see if see could entice him to do the deed.Not a chance.So being a bit miffed about all this i reported him to reception,the matter was sloved in 2 minutes flat,we had our sandwich,and that was the last time he spoke to us.Now the food i saved the best for last or should i say the worst.Most people who go on holiday manage to put on a few pounds,i lost 7 pounds in a week.Out of 21 meals breakfast,lunch,and dinner for 7 days we never had one hot meal,warm was the best we recived all week.There was little to no differance between lunch and dinner,with the same food just being re-ashed until its was gone ,or went off.What makes matters worse was the fact that there were only about 40-60 guests staying in the hotel for the week that we were there.I would hate to think what the chef dished out when the hotel is full.It`s says a lot about the food when both my wife and i said the meal on the plane was the best we had all week.
I stayed at Hotel Saadia with my boyfriend and his family in August of this year and found it to be a wonderful experience. I agree with another comment about flies but that cannot possibly be blamed on the hotel staff or its cleanliness. The bedrooms, although basic were very comfortable and very well air conditioned. The food was lovely and we only suffered from bad stomachs due to the fact of drinking too much a few nights a week!
On the whole I loved my holiday and would not hesitate to go there again as the staff are very friendly, the atmosphere is wonderful and everything was just as expected.
J.Bradley aged 18
Not as bad as people make out
I stayed at the Saadia with my Mum for a week. I can honestly say i thoroughly enjoyed it. Before going I looked at some of the reviews about the hotel and i was petrified. I'm glad I did because when I arrived I was pleasantly suprised. The hotel is very clean, but the decor could do with a touch up. The staff polite and helpful, although I did have a couple of issue's with certain people on the bar and reception area, but it didn't come close to spoiling my holiday. The food was nice, alot of veg and salad, meat and pastas, fruits and desserts. Most of the british people I spoke to complained like crazy about it, but not once could I fault it. Pool area was very attractive to look at, and if you want to relax by the pool you can only reserve sun loungers with your towels after 7.30. I never had a problem finding one later in the day.
The beach area was very clean and better for those who wish to sunbathe in peace.
If your looking for a clean, friendly place to stay then this place is recommended. I have already booked my next stay.
To give you an idea of my demographic: I'm 28, enjoy socialising, eating out and clubbing. I don't have children.
I stayed with my girlfriend at the Saadia Hotel in Skanes for 1 week. Firstly the hotel is clean, the staff are friendly, the pool and grounds are beautiful and the hotel is situated close to the airport (but not so near that the noise will bother you) and half way between Monastir and Souse.
The food is sub standard and I recommend that you cut all meat in half to ensure that it is cooked. A dodgey meatball put me out of action for half a day. There is very little variety and I guess the logistics of cooking for a vast number of people means that food won't be cooked to perfection. I can't help thinking that if they concentrated of cooking local dishes rather than trying to pander to westerners tastes they would not produce such lousy food. The Tunisians also have issues with freezing meat for religious reasons I think. In the sort of temperatures that can be encountered you can imagine that the opportunities for meat to go off are plentiful.
The beach is about 300 meters down the road, there is a horse and carriage that will take you down there for free, but the horse looked so dilapidated and knackered we walked. There are sun loungers and a bar down there that belong to the hotel and a section of beach and sea is cordoned off for the use of guests. We did some snorkelling and saw a few fish but nothing all that interesting. The beach is fairly clean and the water is very clean.
Monastir and Souse both have Medinas. Medina is the word for the oldest part of the city but it is always where the markets are situated. The only thing worth buying are the leather bags, the rest is tat. They will try and rip you off and they have an arsenal of tricks to do it. Never buy anything that the store holder picks up and gives you, there will be something wrong with it. Always make him say the price of the item before shaking hands on the deal. They will start obscenely high so that you feel bad about starting low. For example I went to buy a large humbly bubbly tobacco pipe and the shop owner opened the bidding at 200 dinar, that's about £87. I told him he was crazy and went in at 10 dinar; I eventually got the thing for 18. If they won't budge walk away, it always gets their attention and lubricates the bartering process. In Tunis (the capital) don't buy from the stalls at the beginning of the medina, they don't need to drop their prices because they have a good location, get into the heart of the market for a better deal. You can pick up a good size leather hold all for about £20, leather hand bags for £9, heavy olive wood salad bowls for £11. All the stalls are pretty much the same in Tunis, Monasitr and Souse which is a shame as you never feel like your buying anything unique, the place has been homogenised. There are bargains to be had but you have to work for them, my girlfriend was far better at haggling than me; everyone's getting handbags for Christmas.
Restaurants are similar to the markets in that they all offer the same pseudo European food. The best meal we had was in Souse where we had a three-course meal with a few beers for £15. Do not order anything with ham in it, it will be Spam, and Tunisian Spam at that. This is the consistency of pate and the chances that it's ever been near a pig are slim to none. Same goes for Salami but they do do a good omelette. In restaurants fish is often priced by the ounce, this leaves the door open for the waiter to fleece you and he will try to convince you you've just eaten Jaws. They will also offer you dessert, ask for the menu or they will start inventing prices.
Take a taxi and take your life in your hands, Tunisians drivers make the Italians look cautious. Want a seat belt in the back? Can't have one as they are all trapped behind the seats, without exception. They are cheap but the price goes up 3 dinar after 10 PM. You can usually get your ride cheaper by waiting at a bus stop, a taxi will arrive eventually and try to persuade you to ride with him. We got from Monastir to the Saadia, a 10 minute drive at speed, for 4 dinar, less than £2. You can usually expect to pay 6 - 7 dinars to Monastir and 8 to Souse. The bus is less than a dinar but takes longer.
Our tour operator was Thompson and we went on two of their organised trips, one to the El Jem Coliseum and the other to the capital Tunis. Both were very well organised and good value. Our Guide on the El Jem trip was very entertaining and brimming with local knowledge. The coliseum is well worth the visit, the dungeons are still intact and you can investigate the whole place from top to bottom. Probably the highlight of the holiday for me.
The room we were given at the start of the week overlooked the pool and grounds and I initially thought we'd landed on our feet. Then the music started and I realised we overlooked the stage too. You should know that I go clubbing and I'm not adverse to loud thumping music. But I don't want to listen to it for six hours a day while I'm trying to relax by the pool or on my balcony. One day the DJ played the song with the chipmunk singing "lonely, I am so lonely" 6 times, and Shania Twain's "gonna get cha" twice... IN A ROW! It got worse. At 9pm the children's entertainment started with possibly the most irritating children's TV type music that I have ever heard, once this repetitive abomination had finished boring into my skull like some jolly brain eating maggot, we were treated to the birdie song, in French, (with the voice of a duck, with the voice of a duck), Agadoo and various other "fun" songs that left me feeling persecuted and longing for a crossbow. The reason I can describe the children's entertainment so accurately is that it was the same every night, and so loud you couldn't escape it.
Next the adults had to be entertained which usually involved audience participation and subsequent humiliation. One night there was a drag act which consisted of two blokes dressing up in various women's clothes and pretending to be famous singers by miming over their songs, Edith Piaff and Tina Turner were among them. Watching from our balcony my initial amusement at the depths to which the entertainment had sunk was rapidly dissipated when I realised we had an hour and a half of this trash to endure. The volume was such that even when we were moved to another room we couldn't escape being brutalised by the music and the MC who's talents began with being able to utter every sentence in 4 languages and ended abruptly there. The most pleasant night we spent in the hotel was when the entertainment was rained off and we were able to sit on our balcony drinking our duty free and listening to the Cicadas. Just to nail the coffin of variety shut every evening was rounded of at 10:45 with a German version of the conger. The entertainment seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator, common being the operative word and the only way I can account for the numbers in the audience. This is but a droplet of the pints of venom I have to spill on the subject. More than anything else this ruined the holiday for me.
Do not go to the Saadia and I don't recommend Tunisia as a Holiday destination. The people are friendly but only because they are trying to rip you off. You constantly have to be on your guard and this in it's self I found tiring. The place looks like a building site, as there seems to be some tax loophole, as in Spain, that means unfinished buildings are exempt from building tax. Hence no one finishes their houses. There are pictures of the President everywhere and the same party has been in power for about 40 years, this party won the last election with a 99.9% majority. Tunisia is not a democracy. Walk anywhere and you will be confronted by a fowl smelling drain every 100 meters or so. Every menu is limited and basically the same. Tourism seems to have ruined the place and in their eagerness to please the Tunisians seem to have lost their cuisine and their markets have just become outlets for factory produced tat, it's a real shame.
Attractive and lively
Saadia Hotel, Monastir is a very attractive hotel and I was pleasantly surprised upon our arrival. Although it has 300 rooms it is spread over a large area and the buildings have no more than 2 floors above the ground floor - quite different to some of the enormous complexes we drove past! The grounds are well maintained and very pretty, and the interior of the hotel was also very comfortable. I would say that rooms were fairly basic with a rustic feel, perhaps in need of a little updating, but they were clean and comfortable, all with air conditioning. The only problem we had with the rooms was that the hot water would occasionally suddenly run out, but we found that if we took a shower before about 6pm this didn't happen. I over heard some guests complain that their rooms were not cleaned very well, but I cannot say that this was a problem for us. In fact I felt that the hotel was very clean indeed. The floors were washed every morning and there were always waiters around ready to clear away empty glasses.
Some reviews I have read seem to be very critical of the cleanliness of the hotel, but I believe that this may be mistaken for shabbiness. Admittedly some of the furniture and carpets were a little worse for wear, but I certainly wouldn't describe the hotel as filthy, only in need of a little refurbishment.
My family and I went for the half board option and I would say that the food was fine. For breakfast there was a wide range of food available from fruit and yoghurt to croissants and cooked food. It would have made a lot of difference if they had served real orange juice rather than a very sickly sweet fruit squash, but overall the breakfast served was what could be expected of a 3 star hotel. The evening meals were also perfectly acceptable. The quality and choice of the food was good with a salad bar, a hot food section and also a desserts section. The only disappiontment with the evening meal experience was that it felt rather like being in a school canteen. Dinner was served over 2 hours, unlike breakfast which was served over 4 hours, so it felt much busier in the evenings. It was also very difficult to get good service, and we got the impression that the Tunisians are quite laid back in their approach to such service. One night we had ordered a bottle of water to drink with our meal but had finished before it came! However, a few days into the holiday things were much improved when we decided to go down to dinner half an hour before they stopped serving. By this time it was much quieter so consequently the service was much better, and the choice of food was not compromised either. It was also much more pleasant to eat outside by the fountain rather than inside. We found that giving a small tip to the waiter, (be it just the small change left over form the drinks), resulted in much more efficient service.
Not being able to drink the tap water resulted in quite a big hidden cost in all the bottled water we had to buy. However, during the second week we realised that the water was a fraction of the price when bought at the mini market ('Miami supermarket') a 10 minute walk away rather than at the hotel shop. Although we had ice cubes in our drinks, (more than likely made using tap water), none of us became ill throughout the entire holiday, just the odd inevitable bout of travellers diarrhoea.
The pool was a lot smaller that it seemed in the photos, but nevertheless clean and very attractive. Unfortunately it felt a bit small and cramped for the number of guests, and the constant noise of the loud music by the bar seemed to spoil it. However, perhaps we were in the minority - it depends whether you want a lively holiday or not. What was annoying however, was the daily session of aerobics that took place by the pool, or rather the music the accompanied it. Every afternoon the same track played continually for what seemed like a good hour, and it was very noisy too. I was under the impression that other guests found this a little irritating as well. Consequently we preferred to spend our days at the beach. The cleanliness of the hotel area of the beach was not bad, although I have to admit I did spot a crushed syringe on one occasion washed up on the beach, but I was very surprised at this and am certain this was just a one off. The hotel staff at the beach seemed to look out for the guests, for example by making sure those taking part in water sports kept away from the areas marked off for swimmers. It would have been better if more sun loungers were provided (at the pool as well), since they would all be gone by about 9.30. It was particularly disappointing to find out that some guests would purposely go to the beach very early in the moring to 'reserve' some of the freely provided loungers by placing towels on them, only to return again hours later in the afternoon while many people went without. We were quite astonished that people could be so selfish, having so little regard for other guests, and felt that the hotel should not have allowed this since it caused bad feelings between guests on a few occasions. My advice would be to get to the beach early!
I only went to the evening entertainment a couple of times since it is not really my cup of tea! It seemed a little tacky, and quite noisy considering that many if the rooms faced towards that area, but other guests enjoyed it, so I think I must have been in the minority again.
The facilities available were pretty good. There was certainly plenty to do and the majority of staff seemed perfectly civil. The female receptionist was particularly helpful and spoke excellent english.
The hotel is situated a 5 minute drive away from the airport which is really convenient. We regretted paying for transfers since it would have been cheaper and far quicker to have used a taxi, since upon arrival we waited a good hour in the coach for all the other holiday makers to board the coach. Also, despite the airport being so close to the hotel, the noise form the aircrafts was not at all disturbing and we hardly noticed it.
Overall I would say that the Saadia hotel provides perfectly acceptable holiday accomodation, and you get what you pay for. It is the ideal hotel for this who want a lively holiday, but if you do prefer more peace and quiet it is good to be able to wander down to the beach. My family and I would have preferred a quieter hotel, but we still had a pleasant holiday. One thing to mention is that we didn't come across any jellyfish. Four years ago we went Tunisia and stayed at a hotel without a pool. Two days into the holiday we found we couldn't swim in the sea due to the number of jellyfish there which did spoil things a little. Although we didn't have that problem this year I would definitely advise booking up a hotel with a pool just in case, since the heat does get quite intense at this time of the year.
Thomson seems to be a good tour operator, but I felt they could have provided more information regarding the culture and nature of the natives. Don't be fooled if the locals appear to be particularly friendly and helpful. We were in Sousse one day when we were stopped and asked where we were going. Although we knew our way and did not ask for directions, the man took us 100 yards and gave directions for the rest of the way. We thanked him, but he demanded money from us. Naturally we refused to pay so we were spat at! Also, at the airport a porter will gladly greet you with a trolley, load up your luggage and take you to your coach. However, once there he will ask you for money which you then feel obliged to give. Hence it's important to make sure you don't get pushed into accepting offers of help because it always comes at a price!
Disgusting standards at hotel saadia
I have just returned from a ten day stay at the saadia hotel, Monsatir. It was my first holiday abroad with friends and alll I can say is that the hotel completely spoilt my experience.
Cosmetically the hotel is unatttrative to look at, the building is in need of major renovation. Corridors are long and shabby, carpets are stained, paintwork needs attention and the rooms are very basic.
Hygiene standards left a lot to be desired, every meal time we were swamped by flies settling constantly on our food. The water from the taps in our room would sometimes be muddy brown in colour. Cutlery and glasses were smeared and dirty. We all suffered with diaroheaa the whole of our stay,in fact it has not improved and i am waiting to see a doctor. I do believe it is the food in the hotel.
Having booked half board we were obliged to eat at the hotel morning and evening. I cannot express in strong enough terms how totally horrid the food was. The menu lacked variety and we were saved the same fayre pretty much everyday. Most of the food was bland or undercooked-stay away from the meat in this place!! I am very very angry that having paid so much for my holiday, expectin a relaxing break we had to put up with such a shabby,unhygenic hotel. It reallly was a big dampener on our holiday.
I definetely do not want anybody else to spoil their holiday experience by staying in this hotel, if your travel agency recommends it-run a mile!I certainly will not be going back to this place. Absolute disgrace.
When in the hotel we drank beer and wine as we had paid all inclusive and thought we might as well get something out of our money. Nearly every drink we had was served in either a chipped or cracked glass or most of the time they were dirty. The water behind the bar used to was them in was filthy. When we ordered a beer we could only have a small one, in every other all inclusive hotel we have been to once you have paid you can have what you want and this could be a large beer. It was absolutely ridiculous and felt that we were being treated like children. The soft drinks which are in the all inclusive were served in white disposable plastic cups and if you asked for it in a glass you were just laughed at, it felt like we were still at school. People who bought cola and lemonade etc from the bar were given glass bottles with a straw. The people who were all inclusive were given it in cups from a plastic bottle which tasted very sweet rather like soda stream I suspect as a cost cutting method. This should not be the case we should get the same treatment as everyone else. On a few occasions the outside bar was not manned and the barman would be hiding behind a screen eating his dinner and would make it obvious he had seen you but still not serve you, this is just arrogant. A lot of the staff were very rude with the odd few been friendly. If you were sat at a table you got waiter service but if you had a blue band indicating you are an inclusive guest then they would ignore you as they did not think they would get a tip from you. One bar man in the inside bar was very suggestive and made rude comments he even followed one female guest into the toilets to harass her and when she threatened to get the manager he left. You do not expect this behavior on holiday and it was most unwelcome. We would like to know why you had to sign a chit/receipt every time you got a drink when you have a band on to indicate you are an all inclusive guest. The glasses and tables and general bar area we thought were not kept very clean. We observed a table with a spillage on it which attracted about 30 bees the waiters walked past it for over an hour. Anyone could have been stung. The bar was a disgrace and for most of the holiday we purchased drinks outside the hotel.
As previously mentioned we both suffered diahorrea and sickness for the 10 days we were on holiday and we were not the only ones. On day two of our holiday we complained about the hotel and hygiene standards to the 1-2 Fly Representative, but he just said that it would improve which it did not.
Firstly meal time at lunch was supposed to be at 1230-1400hrs. On numerous occasions the doors were not opened until 1255hrs. People were stood queuing which is not good when you are supposed to be on a relaxing holiday. The food itself was mostly the same choice every day for the whole ten days. Breakfast was croissants, which were hard, bread which was like rock and you could hardly cut through it. Boiled eggs, fried eggs, sausages on some occasions and beans which were drowning in some sort of congealed liquid. If you were brave enough to sample lunch or dinner the meals were nearly always the same. The food was disgusting and most of the time there were trays running out and the chefs were not very quick at replacing the food which had been taken on the buffet. The chips and potatoes were rarely cooked properly. On one occasion we both got meatballs and when we cut them open they were raw. We told the waiter who just told us that the chefs were busy.
The chefs uniforms were filthy and we witnessed the chef in the pizzeria which is a separate restaurant wearing the same uniform for the whole ten days we were there. This is unacceptable hygiene. The floor in the kitchen of the pizzeria was always filthy even when the kitchen had just opened and there was no wonder that so many people at the hotel were ill. The pizza which was cooked for the guests was cooked fresh if you were all inclusive you got slices from a big tray which can only be described as cold bread with tomatoe puree on. The all inclusive pizza did not resemble pizza in any way. Also pasta was supposed to be served in the evening as part of all inclusive but never was.
On several occasions in the main buffet restaurant we just eat pasta as the rest of the food did not look edible. Most of the time we just took one look and ended up eating elsewhere. We witnessed a chef again in a dirty uniform come out take some paper napkins wipe the hotplate down. He then brought out a tray of meat took the old meat off and used the same napkins he had used to wipe down to push the old meat onto the new meat. This is disgusting practice. The waiters in the restaurant would ask if you wanted a drink with your meal and then bring it when you had finished your meal and it was often warm beer with dirty glasses. There were flies everywhere and the window sills were full of dead ones. All they need to do is invest in some fly zappers. Instead of plates being taken away straight away to be washed, they and the unwanted food was piled high on side tables which attracted even more flies. Our dining experience at the Saadia hotel can only be described as feeding time at the zoo.
The entertainment at the beginning of every night was a kids mad half hour. The entertainment team would get the kids up and play the same naff songs every night, this was rather irritating to most guest especially those without children. Why not have the kids entertainment separate or if they must do it vary it. The entertainment itself was some of the worst we have ever seen relying most of the time on audience participation, rather been like at Butlins. The CDs played during the day were the same day in day out. The so called DJ was annoying as he kept spinning the records and slowing and speeding up the music which irritated a lot of people. The Nightclub we thought would be great to escape and unwind, wrong again. On the door as you would expect it clearly stated 'No Under 18's' yet every single night you would have under eighteens running around playing chase. This was brought to one of the nightclub managers attentions on several occasions who just laughed it off, or told them to get out then let them back in. The all inclusive drinks stopped at 2400hrs which meant you had to buy your own drinks in the club which were served from the same bar area as the ones you got all inclusive before 2400hrs. This is absolutely ridiculous. You were not allowed beer at the beach bar if you wanted it you had to buy it, this All Inclusive deal was a total rip off we have never known anything like it. The toilet at the beach was in an absolute state most of the time with toilet paper on the floor and faeces around the seat, has this hotel never heard of hygiene. The carpets in all the main corridors were badly stained and the hotel smelt unhygienic, especially the pizzeria. There were electric sockets without coverings which is a serious health and safety risk. Down the corridors were cupboards with pipes in that we witness children opening and shutting and this could have resulted in a nasty fall. The door to the hotel roof was left open and children would run around up there and again a serious risk to life. The cleanliness and hygiene in the entire hotel was disgusting and I would not send my worst enemy there. The towels in the room were supposed to be changed if you put them in the bath. On a couple of occasions ours were taken out of the bath still unclean and placed back on the rails. When they were changed they still smelt disgusting and sometimes wet. We witnessed maid using dirty water to clean the rooms and the bath was absolutely filthy. In the morning when guests were going to breakfast the cleaners would fill the floor with soap suds, why not clean before guests go to breakfast this was a serious risk, anyone could have slipped and hurt themselves. In the morning the patio area would also be scrubbed with detergent and swept into the plants and into the swimming pool, absolutely disgusting. One day we were in our room with a 'Do not Disturb' Sign displayed. There was a knock and the cleaner asked when she could clean our room. We said in five minute, two minutes later she knocked again to ask if we could changed some UK pound coins for Dinars, we said no. She then returned immediately asking us to change Euros. If it says don't disturb then you shouldn't be. we would like you to know that we have traveled to many parts of the world and stayed at many hotels so we are experienced travelers. Our holiday which we paid All Inclusive for was an absolute disgrace it felt like we were in a prison camp for 10 days. By day two we requested that the 1-2 Fly representative move us to an alternative hotel or get us a flight home, he told us that this was not possible. When you complained about anything you were just laughed at because as far as the staff were concerned they had your money already. We spent a lot more money than intended on food and drink outside the hotel as everytime we eat in the restaurant we would then spend most of the time in the bathroom.