Tej Marhaba Hotel
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... the medical wisdom of the Arabs? I didn't want to hold a steaming glass of coffee to my eye, that sounded painful!
-----But, anything was better than paying for a taxi.
-----I allowed gray-skinned Haikl, Semia's brother, to become my doctor for the evening. To my surprise, he didn't try to burn my cut closed with a hot cup of coffee. He simply placed dry coffee grains onto my cut. After a few minutes and a bit more coffee, the bleeding was stopped. And I ...
We walked to Carthage's military harbour, inward from the commercial harbour. In the distant left was the de-consecrated Cathedral of St Louis [IX]. The world's seemingly smallest museum held replications of the Punic harbour and the later Roman harbour.
A slipway has been reconstructed. Carthage was about half way between Tyre and its Spanish mining interests. Carthage means 'new town'.
We reached the WHS portion of Carthage by 1115. ...
... in beach attire. In addition, there were a number of buildings symbolizing the height of hedonism: casinos! Hassan asked if I wanted to stop and go inside one and I told him no. I said I have money in the U.S. stock market and with the way the US Government was behaving that was enough of a gamble for me. (I am certain he did not “get” my comment.)
Anyway, beach and casinos aside, our first stop was the Sousse Archaeological Museum and Kasbah. The museum had just ...
... the columns were brought from the Roman and Byzantine ruins in Carthage and no two columns are alike in the prayer hall. However, because I was not permitted inside, I couldn't tell you what it actually looked like.)
We left the mosque and went over to the La Kasbah Hotel to check in. (The hotel is a converted kasbah and has an incredible ceiling and wooden paneling).
Now the first think I noticed about the hotel (and for that matter the town) was a very strange, ...
After a walk back in time we decide that a journey back to the hotel by cab would be preferable to the land train. We don't have any problem finding a cab, sitting just outside the medina under the shade of a tree seems to be a sign that you need a cab!
It's interesting ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tej Marhaba Hotel Sousse
Not a Tunisia fan but hotel ok.
Hotel was really very average, i cant say i feel compelled to write about it at all - was clean and tidy, most staff were pleasant (except for a lady on reception - rude as you like...) - pool as we are now in summer (first week of May) is unheated but that wasn't a problem for us.
We moved rooms when we had a few windy days because the patio door wasn't sealed properly and caused loud whistling that kept us awake.
Tunisia on a whole was not somehwere i would ever return to - Sousse being a major city was full of locals and fewer tourists, meaning city bars and restaurants rip you off left, right and centre. We were charged £4 for 2 cans of coke, were told the sandwich was less than 1 dinar and 5 dinar for a pizza and then were asked for 17 dinar, we questioned this and the waiter added it up in front of us and claimed it was 15, by my calculations it should still have only been 11.
One local approached my husband and i and tried to kiss me on the lips after mumbling in French - i wouldn't accept this in my own country - i didnt tolerate it else where.
The Medinas can be very hard work, one man stood in front of my husband and refused to let him by for at least a minute, until i grabbed the mans arm to make him move, at which point he became aggressive towards me so we moved very quickly.
If you really want to visit Tunisia, i suggest you try Port El Kantaoui, much more touristy and far less threatening - the atmosphere is completely different.
First impression was a false one
Our first impression of this hotel was not a good one. The carpet in corridor leading to our rooms (we had two) was stained and shabby, and the one in the rooms was pretty much the same. To cap it all, we had asked for twin beds in one of the rooms for my daughter and her friend, but they had what appeared to be a double. We went to reception to complain, but we were told (I think) that they didn't have such rooms available, so decided to take it up with the tour rep the next day.
However, after spending some time in the main lobby and having a little look round, our opinions began to change. Dinner on the first night changed our view of the hotel totally. The food was excellent - well prepared, presented and of good variety, and our waiter was great fun.
After a week, we came away very impressed with the Tej Maharba. It's in a great location, very close to the beach and within easy reach of the town centre. The evening entertainment leaves something to be desired (apart from the bingo), and the indoor pool can be a little overheated (to the temperature of a very warm bath), but I would have no problem recommending the place to anybody.
And we never bothered to complain about the beds.
Just returned from Tunisia spent two weeks at the Hotel Tej Marhaba. This hotel is well situated for Sousse and Port El Kantoui. Service from the staff and cleanliness of the hotel were excellent. Food was of a high standard.
I would return to this hotel and recommend it to any one visiting Souse
20th-27th march 05 ,great holiday we are from london, england
worth every pennie spent, great hotel, enjoyed breakfast in bed which is 2 dinar extra if you go half board, food was plentiful,shopping complex on hotel was great and hotel right near to local town and you must visit the medina, the lacal market, be prepared to haggle and be hassled , but apart from that can get a great bargain on jewelry and clothes and designer fake bags, very humorous day out,
hotel entertainment was very good , especially as my partner was called up most night to volenteer, they called him rambo.....
hotel was very clean, rooms basic but very clean,
money exchange rates are same everywhere, but if you change in hotel get down for ten as thats when it opens and does have long queues some days ,,,entertainment staff and waiters were very friendly and funny,does also have a disco which goes on till 3am.
.all in all a well spent holiday as was first time in tunisia and found even having a camel ride a great experiance, our whole party of 6 laughed laughed ,laughed all the holiday, indoor heated pool was so warm, enjoyed sauna, and massage too, will go back again ...
Food fantastic, bathrooms need an upgrade
Had a week at Tej end of February 2005. The hotel has friendly staff and the service and standard of food in the restaurant is excellent. The croissants being extra good and the eggs must come from very happy hens! The only negative comment over the whole week is that the bathrooms need upgraded, although have been in worse! Like the previous review we also had hammering noise as they replaced the marble on the reception area, it would have been better NOT to do this at 4am! For all those people who like to wash their hair there are definitely no hairdryers in the rooms, TAKE YOUR HAIRDRYER! You will also need to buy an adapter when you arrive as normal european adapters do not work at this hotel. You can pick up an adapter at a local supermarket and may have to take a pin out of your plug to make it fit. Have fun at the medina, do not take it seriously, just have a laugh! Single ladies be warned, you will be chased relentlessly by the locals. A tip is not to make eye contact, unless you want to of course! If I had to go back to Tunisia I would go back to the Tej and enjoy it again!
Tej Marhaba for winter break
February 20 -27th 2005
Four ladies of a certain age ~ Sutton Coldfield UK
Just returned from brilliant week at Tej Marhaba. Quality of food and variety excellent, staff very friendly. Hotel spotlessly clean, apart from normal wear and tear in bedrooms. Some minor plumbing problems which were quickly and efficiently dealt with. Only complaint, buldings works going on in the reception area during the night and hammering noises could be heard in the bedrooms.
Evening entertainment excellent, the "Egyptian" dancer being the highlight of the week.
Would definately return.
We have visited Tej Marhaba on three previous occasions and have found it to be great value for money.
You do have to be careful of some of the waiters as they make friends with you then you end up buying all their drinks and their friends too !!!!
Overall the staff are excellent especially Mohammed who looks after the pool area.
We are looking forward to our fouth visit when we will be staying five weeks.
This hotel was fantastic!!! Lovely marble, clean reception! Tej Marhaba has its own shopping centre attached to it which is the biggest in Tunisa! Here you can find great clothing and shoes that are much cheaper than back home. Large swimming pool and plenty of sun loungers...no rushing to reserve them with towels early in morning!! The hotel is spotless, with maids cleaning every minute of the day. The rooms are nice and large and are also cleaned everyday! The staff are fabulous, very friendly and efficient. The food is varied and is suited to all tastes, from lasagne and chips to typical tunisian dishes. Only 5 minute walk to the beach, where the tej marhaba has its own designated area on the beach.
Will def be going back, well worth the 4*s!!
a few problems which occured during my stay at the above hotel from 15 08 04 until 29 08 04
being a scot i had only my native currency which the cashier in the hotel was quite happy to exchange for dinars until saturday the 28th when my wife went to exchange two bank of scotland ten pound notes the cashier refused to accept them telling my wife that he could not accept them as if the bank refused to take them he would be left with them on hearing this i then went to remonstrate with the cashier and asked why for thirteen days my money was acceptable why not today he gave me the same story that my wife had been told further adding you do not see scotland on the currency exchange board so i do not have to exchange your notes i added scotland has not appeared on your board on any of the previous thirteen days but my notes were good enough and further if there is a problem you have my home address passport number and my travel company and for twenty pounds after what we have spent here it is a disgrace to treat your guests in this fashion fortunately we had some friends from manchester who came to our aid and offered us some dinars to tide us over as no one in their right mind wants to be left with a load of dinars on the last day of your holiday but if we had not had friends coming to our aid or if we had had a couple of children and no means of changing money in the hotel we would have been left high and very dry
then later on the same morning a spokesperson for the hotel came and said that after conferring with the bank they would accept our notes my wife out of curiosity asked exactly what had been the problem to be told that some scots ten pound notes were out of circulation and that was what was causing the problem she said if they were out of circulation it taken a long time for you to query it she then asked would a bank of scotland twenty pound note be ok they said that was acceptable further adding that the cashier only did this to help my wife but not for me the mind boggles
the emergency stairs at the right hand side as you walk in the hotel front door besides the lift they had latterly started to keep drums of paint and containers of turps in the stair well at thebottom if their is a fire you are not supposed to use the lifts so how would you get out if it was these hazards which were on fire
a scam to watch for being perpatrated by my friend the cashier which unfortunately i slipped up on if you hire a safety deposit box as most people do to safeguard passports money and jewellery they charge you 5 dinars a week which is pretty reasonable with a ten dinar deposit for the key but on checking out you hand the key back in but if you do not ask for your deposit back they do not offer it so that can be a nice little earner as a few people on the bus to the airport admitted like us they had forgotten all about the deposit
if you have a late flight home and you wish to keep your room on after twelve noon it will cost you fifteen dinars again not a great deal of money for the room but when you hand over your fifteen dinars you do not see a receipt could that be another nice little earner
as you no doubt can guess i was not exactly enamoured with the reception staff but the other staff ie waiters, bar staff doormen and cleaners were very obliging and helpful
it is the first hotel i have ever been in where we had cats in the dining room in fact on the second last day of our stay the woman at the next table to us was so terrified of cats she would not go near her table as a cat was underneath until my wife chased it away and this is a four star hotel