Travel Blogs from Monastir
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!
We have just come back from our second holiday at the Saadia.
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.
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
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.
To give you an idea of my demographic: I'm 28, enjoy socialising, eating out and clubbing. I don't have children.
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.
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.
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.