The Residence Tunis
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Hassan and Hatem picked me up promptly at 8 and we set off for the ancient Roman ruins of Dougga and Bulla Regia.
Now normally I would be super excited about visiting Roman ruins (and quite frankly I was), but my guide Hassan (Mr. Excitement) proved to not only be very informative and very enthusiastic, but very, very chatty. The guy never …
I was up bright and early to catch my flight to Tunis. Unfortunately, when I arrived at the airport I learned that Tunis Air had changed the departure time to 11:30 a.m. so I was now at the airport 4 hours before my flight. When I could finally check in at 8:30, it took the two women at the desk over a half hour to get the computers working to …
... a college degree but is having to work as a security guard at a night club because he can't find a job. According to him he spent some time studying in England for his degree. What makes this man so interesting is he invited us to go get some coffee and him, an American classmate of mine and myself discussed the differences in culture between our countries. Some how the conversation got to ...
... His uncle accompanied his mom and we put all of our luggage in that car. Zac decided to drive back and on the way home we got stopped by the Tunisian police. After asking for Zac's ID, we remembered his ID and drivers license in his uncle's car. After fighting with the police for 30 minutes, they finally released us. It made for an interesting end of the night As far as TD 1, it was pretty relaxed, we got to the Language center Sidi Bou ...
... driver but he should take tips from guy, man that guy had spunk. - Young hoodlum taking too much time to cross the street? That's ok, just clip him with the front of the car to give a friendly reminder that roads are for cars you pretty boy. Yes, that was our driver. I cringed every time I say some poor sap on the pad in front of us. My knuckles white on the door handle as I tried to think up ways to explain to my almost 5yr old how in some countries they drive ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Residence Tunis La Marsa
I visited The Residence Tunis in Cathage which is a 5 star spa hotel in September 2005 for a long
Some more balance..
Whilst not in the 5 star class of a Chedi (Oman), in general we enjoyed our 5 night stay. I would agree with the immediately preceeding comments but also add that the prices for food and drinks were very reasonable at this standard and that although the Spa needs an update, its prices were also very reasonable. I would make one comment on the language - the reason the staff should speak some English is that the hotel is designed for all international guests - would they expect someone from Finland to speak French or Arabic?
Having returned from a five day break at the Residence on 20th October, we felt we had to write a review to try to add some balance to some of the other less than complimentary reviews posted. While we do agree with the previous reviewer and would echo his/her sentiments that it was not quite as impressive as other 5* hotels we have stayed in, we could find nothing that deserved the comments of others. It was almost as though we were staying at a different hotel from the one mentioned by some of the other reviews we had read. The room was lovely, very clean (cleaned and tidied twice a day), with fresh fruit daily and the bathroom was huge. L'Olivier restaurant was very good serving a combination of modern Mediterranean and traditional North African food. We were particularly impressed with Li Bai the Chinese restaurant on site. The pool is huge and again clean and well set out. The staff were superb and contrary to one of the reviews we read spoke excellent, Arabic, French, German and English (although why the reviewer felt they should speak English in a French speaking country is difficult to understand). We felt the only thing that could have been significantly improved was the spa, which is looking slightly tired when compared with newer, more modern alternatives. All in all a very pleasant, relaxing place to stay for a few days.
We have just returned from 5 days at the Residence and having read some rather negative reviews posted on this site we felt we should share our more positive experience of the hotel. Yes - it is a 5 star hotel and no its not as cosmetically impressive as other 5 star hotels we have stayed at. However the service was good, the staff, friendly and attentive and the facilities were first class. The spa offers a good range of economically priced treatments though the pool area decor is a little dreary. The food was reallly very good and each restaurant ( there are 4 different ones) offered a high standard of service and presentation. The L'Olivier restaurant offers a superb a la carte menu and runs themed buffets during the week. This was truly outstanding. The pool area is exceptionally large and the pool staff were great.
My husband and I just returned from a 6 day stay at the Residence Tunisia for our honeymoon. We were told by many its the "nicest hotel in Tunisia" and how wrong that statement is. It goes to show what a little word-of-mouth marketing can do among taxi drivers and travel agents.
Ok. I am English and we never complain right? People blow up our capital city and at best we are a bit miffed for a few days. V2 rockets rain down on us in their thousands and we barely grumble. I have eaten bits of old leather masquerading as steak at flash restaurants and when asked by the maitre d' if everything is Ok I will mumble that its perfect. So it takes a lot for me to log in here and take the time out to write this.
We have just returned from 11 days at the Residence. I went with my two children aged 4 and 2. I had become a bit anxious after reading the reviews and am sad to report that in many respects I have to agree with the poorer ones.
The Residence was a delight! After reading the previous review I was skeptical, but my husband did more research and and it lived up to all the glowing reports he'd heard. The staff was really helpful (Noormen was especially accommodating) and aimed to please, even though we spoke no French, like the majority of visitors. The restaurants were superb and I highly recommend the "Bedouin night" under the stars as well as the Italian buffet. Additionally the spa was a lot of fun and good value for money with the Tunisian Dinar against the Pound. They must have EVERY machine ever invented to make one feel toned, relaxed and pampered. The pool was very well kept and the rooms were clean with a very attentive housekeeping staff. Although the hotel has organised tours into Carthage and the Medina in Tunis, we ventured out on our own with a local taxi and had a marvellous time. As a country Tunisia has obviously spent a lot of time and money in building its tourism industry and we had a very positive experience and would most certainly go back. The weather was great and temperatures comfortable with a constant refreshing breeze. The Residence is a solid 4-star hotel which I highly recommend. The only reason, in my opinion, it is not a 5-star is that it lacks facilities for much recreation such as diving or fishing.
this place might have been a leading hotel 9 years ago when it was opened but now i wouldnt even give it a 3 star.. Since the opening they havent spent a penny on it.