Iberostar Saphir Palace
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... lines & large coloured squares, a head scarf & a straw hat on top. It is quite a crowded place famous for its Fort dating from Roman & mediaeval times & its old Jewish Synagogue which apparently is a place of pilgrimage. This is guarded by armed police & we had to go through a half hearted bag search & detector to enter it. The design appears unusual to us as it has adjacent rooms for women & men rather than a ...
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... Corrie has been running a little hot in the North African heat. This has caused much stress at home, and we are currently trying to send a new fan to Egypt. The situation has caused less stress in the car, as we feel the same heat Corrie does, and feel its pain. The crew has been keeping an eye on it, and all photos taken with the bonnet open are only precautionary stops, and not forced stops to let Corrie ...
... out for that oncoming car…big puddle…more shrubs and cactus…"
Seriously. This is Jerba.
During the tour, we stopped at a small mosque on one of our breaks. I climbed to the top of the minaret. Ed was willing to come up to the mosque roof. On another break we stopped on the beach among a cluster of locals selling camel rides, horse rides, or the service of taking your ...
... weather was a bit warmer! We visited the oldest Synagogue in Africa, very interesting!!
Besides that, the island is mainly a holiday resort for Europeans in the summer, so we only spent two days there.
Next stop was Tatatouine, to visit the old fortified Berber villages. Worth the visit, a few of the Star Wars scenes were filmed here.
Last night we camped about 20km out of town, the scene was set! We headed off the tar road into a few hills nearby, and set ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Iberostar Saphir Palace Hammamet
Je reviens de mon séjour dans cet hôtel. J'ai trouvé le cadre élégant et confortable. Le personnel est discret et à votre écoute. Le room-service est rapide ainsi que l'intendance (moins d'une demi-heure pour venir déboucher un lavabo).
Como ya se ha dicho, no os dejéis engañar por la recepción y el bar. Las habitaciones no son más que pasables y, lo que debería ser lo mejor en un hotel de cinco estrellas, el servicio, es muy, muy pobre. El primer día llamé al servicio de habitaciones y me costó una media hora y dos llamadas que me trajesen una cubitera de hielo (supongo que estaban haciendo los cubitos). El segundo día, tras 3 llamadas y una hora de espera me rendí, porque no aparecía nadie. Cuando hablamos con el gerente de ventas, nos dijo que la persona del servicio de habitaciones no había ido a trabajar aquel día y listo. Genial. Supongo que nadie más sabía hacer un trabajo tan complicado como subirnos una cubitera de hielo. Cuando hicimos el registro de salida, no debía de funcionar la máquina de las tarjetas (cuando les pregunté no me dijeron nada más que que no la usaban) y se llevaron mi tarjeta a otra habitación sin informarme (ni pedirme permiso). Les pregunté si aquello les parecía atención al cliente ¡y sólo me contestaron que SÍ! Así que, si no quieres más que una cama para dormir, vete a un albergue. Pero si además de una cama buscas atención al cliente... ve a un albergue (o a cualquier otro hotel de la zona), ¡PERO DESDE LUEGO ESTE HOTEL NO VALE EL DINERO QUE CUESTA!
Nous sommes partis 1 semaine à 3 dans cet hotel (du 14 au 21 aout 06). C'est le plus bel hotel de Yasmine (nouveau quartier d'Hammamet) : il n'y a que 2 ou 3 hotel de 5 étoiles dans Hammamet.
Je viens de séjourner au Sofitel Saphir Palace à Hammamet Yasmine et tout s'est très bien passé.
Chambre (4ème etage , vue mer) sans double vitrage = bruit de la rue (heureusement pas trop fréquentée en mai), décoration basique, salle d'eau avec un minimum de produits , apparition d'un porte-savon le 3ème jour ? chambre faite aux environs de 15h // fort bruit (non permament)en provenance d'un local technique adjacent au mur de la salle d'eau.
As it was said before, dont get fooled by the reception and bar area.
Après un court séjour (4 jours) dans cet hôtel "palace" 5 étoiles frappé du logo Accord Sofitel, une seule chose à dire: 2 étoiles de trop (même aux normes locales)!!!
First a comment about Yasmine Hammamet which should be borne in mind.This is a custom built resort comprising a large number of hotels and a nice marina with a good number of restaurants .There is also a reconstruction of a Medina with restaurants and a souk which is worth visiting if you do not mind the persistent hassle.Other than these the resort offers very little and in the low season if the weather is adverse there is absolutely nothing to do except walk along the esplanade in your anorak.Much is made of the beach and whilst it is very nice it is seriously spoilt by what can only be described as shacks on the beach erected by each of the hotels claiming proprietorial rights to a beach section,They are an absolute eyesore and this situation really should be addressed as it looks quite ghastly.
I have just returned form a business trip to this new hotel. Set in the rather sterile area of yasmine hammamet , this hotel only opened 3 months ago. It is very plush. The public areas are large and airy , well lit and very comfortable. When I can figure out how to , I will post the many pics I took. The staff are excellent . They run the place as any Sofitel , business like and very upmarket. This is not for the general tourist brigade. In fact the hotel was full of corporate types when I stayed . Not that this is a problem . However there are few if any child facilities. The pool is accomodating but I didn't see any kids areas as such. However for the discerning adult traveller this place is great. The rooms are superb and the beds very comfortable. The bathroom has a walk in shower and a bath. The Tv has channels for all languages. The views are great from the sea view side and acceptable from the other side. Breakfast is European in standard and the staff are as ever helpful. I have read a lot of reviews of other properties in this area that say the hotels are 3*etc and not 5* . the sofitel is definitely 5. Even when it gets busier I am sure that they will cope. Their ethos is different to the other hotels in the area. I didn't get a chance to eat in the restaurant but there are a lot of reasonable places nearby. A few tips. When arriving in Tunis, beware of the touts and their scouts. These guys see how much money you have changed and then base their taxi quote on that . Tunis to Hammamet should be 80 Dinars max. Also get a white "large" taxi as these are the only ones allowed to leave Tunis. In hammamet , do get a taxi to old town and see the Medina. However head back to the new medina and marina at Yasmine Hammamet which is cleaner and safer and the food is better . I ate at the Voila and the food was good. The beach at YAsmine is great but the area is a little Disneyfied.I think for a holiday it is great but do not expect much in the way of charatcer. It is clean and safe and that is a lot nowadays . You can walk at night no problems and everything is a 10 min walk away. Thanks to the staff who made my one day stay so good. They really do seem to care that all goes to plan and will do whatever they can to help.