55 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
French spoilt it
"Went with my partner and 2 yr old son, its a good job we have good sense of humours as if we didnt laugh we would of cried! I paid for a pool view you could only see a fraction of the pool from our patio! we complained but nothing done, later our room flooded and then we got moved to a very nice room may i add.All the entertainment was in french so my son didnt understand any of it although he did enjoy it, my partner ate most of the food but my son and i i lived on croissants! Someone pinched our designer towels when we complained we did get complimentary towels and any choice beds the fllowing day!There was only 3 english families in whole hotel it was full of igfnorant rude french people who have totally put me off france for life, we did meet a lovely scottish couple with their granddaughter who looked after us nicely if it wasnt for them we probably would have got a flight back home after day 3 or sojething! we made the most of it anyhow and when we came back home they gave me a lovely present i was taken to hospital with viral meningits!! Wouldnt go back however definately would have if it was an english hotel."
- Travel date: Wed 20th of October 2010
Excellent value for money
"We stayed at Hammamet Garden resort hotel last week. We were pleasantly surprised with the quality of service. Staff were very politeHotel rooms were cleaned twice daily. Each room has balcoony with the view of beautiful gardens and swimming pool. Plenty of food freshly cooked. Excellent variety for breakfast. Good evening shows, entertainment for children and adults. Spa fascility is excellen catered for both male and female guests.
Beech withing the five minutes walking distance. We felt safe and welcome in this hotel. "
- Travel date: Sun 28th of February 2010
Excellent value for money
"Me and my two daughters went on a half-term hoiday. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of service in the hotel, the beautiful surrounding and the variety of activities suitable for all age groups. We felt safe. You will be spoilt with the choice of food. There is always some sort of activity going on. The entertainment in the evenings are fun. Treat yourself to a spa while you are there."
- Travel date: Mon 19th of January 2009
will deffo go back
"Myself and my 12 yr old daughter loved our stay at Hammamet gardens. The entertainment was great the animation staff were very friendly with the kids and adults alike. Our room was lovely with a mini fridge to keep cold drinks in your room. Some of the bar staff in the hotel and on the reception could have been a bit more approachable, but overall the staff were great. The pirate ship trip was brilliant we loved it and got to see the dolphins. We will definately go back to this hotel! :-)"
- Travel date: Sat 17th of January 2009
The best holiday I ve ever had been to....
"The best holiday I ve ever had been to. Hammamet resort like an ancient Arabic city where you can enjoy the ancient design but in a new building and the hotel was really clean. The staff were great they tried to help in every possible way .don't miss the Pirate trip although you have to pay separately but it really worth it . Hire a car just opposite the hotel for about 100 Dinnar and you ll have a driver to take around the major cities in Tunisia remember to visit sidi bo said it's fab where the sand meet the blue sea . It worth every penny we have paid , the cleanness , the night entertainments the staff, the daily morning water aerobics my kids dreaming of a come back. The Tunisian people are great. "
- Travel date: Sat 16th of August 2008
the overall cleanliness was poor, the ro...
"the overall cleanliness was poor, the rooms where sometimes cleaned but more less than often.
the sink and bath water in our room was filthy dirty.
the indoor pool was filthy dirty after and about 3 days into our 2 week holiday (and only after complaining more than once) they closed it down and finally cleaned and re-opened it towards the end of the holiday.
the water slides had been promised to open every day of our 2 week stay and never did.
the food was bland to say the least, the same dishes seemed be in the evening that where served at lunchtime, most mornings I had an omelete from a sweet lady over at the back of the food hall as the main breakfast food was very bland and poor.
there was no area for non smokers so even in the main entertainment area it was thick with smoke, not so great for all the kids eh!.
the club/disco was the same thing, thick with smoke so non of children could really see the shows, unless you dont mind smoking your kids lungs out.
all in all us and at least 6 other couples found the hotel to be very poor and were certainly not in a hurry to go back.
I got sick ater 2 days and a couple we met had a young son who also had the same symtoms (wiped out, bad stomach) I personally put it down to the pool and the dirty water in the rooms.
- Travel date: Sun 18th of May 2008
I ended up with severe food poisoning an...
"I ended up with severe food poisoning and a three night stay in the local hospital / clinic. We hadn't at that time eaten anywhere else. Also numerous people were poorly when we arrived back.
One really postive point that the holiday rep was fantastic. She went above and beyond her duties.
- Travel date: Fri 25th of April 2008
I have recently stayed with 5 other peop...
"I have recently stayed with 5 other people which included 2 teenage girls at this resort and have to say, I am slightly surprised by some of the negative comments and poor reviews. I have travelled extensively throughout my adult life and was for the first time ever concerned prior to my departure about holidaying at this hotel due to some of the comments. The lesson I have learnt is take these sites as a loose guide only. The hotel was of good order and the rooms we occupied were of a good standard, they were cleaned daily, tip the cleaners daily with 1 dinar (30 pence) and they will ensure you are looked after.
I will warn you about the all inclusive drinks; it is local drinks only, Beer, water, Coke, Sprite, Brandy, Wine (white, red & rose) and brandy. Any other drink has to be imported (including diet coke) thus it is not local, so it is not all inclusive, you are given a sheet of paper on your check in to the hotel, read it, tells you what you are going to get for your all inclusive. I must contradict people on here who say the beer and wine are watered down; I can assure they are most certainly not. I never had to queue for a drink, simply because I tipped the waiter 5 dinar daily, this ensured that when he came on duty at 1600 hrs I never had to leave the pool to get a drink because he brought them to my party, when in the bar he frequently delivered our drinks to the table.
The animation team are fantastic for young children and old, they will try to get you involved but do not pressurise you if you have no interest. Attend the belly dancing show, it is excellent.
Food was very European; if you are expecting fish and chips and full English this hotel is not for you, in fact no where in Tunisia is, go to Blackpool! The food was of a good standard and plentiful, we did not go hungry. We all ate the salads and were not ill!
Trips, attend the African dream, visit to a wildlife park followed by an all inclusive meal with Zulu dancers, bloody excellent.
If you havenât been to Tunisia think about it before you book. Remember this is Africa. It's quite poor, a bit scruffy, and quite smelly and attitudes are different. It is usual to tip for services. The people are friendly, but it's quite an in your face approach and women will get comments especially if you have teenage daughters. Expect to be hassled and they are very persistent until they get the message. You must be firm. If you go to the Medinas smile and walk on and they leave you alone. At no point did I find it intimidating, the teenage girls did, however if you are concerned try the medina in Yasmine first, itâs newer, wider and less intimidating.
I much preferred the older end of town. The old Medina is really something else. Its 9th century, very narrow and winding and the shop keepers are very persistent, but manageable. You have to haggle and remember they are the experts. You will likely as not pay too much, but it's not a fortune and the experience is good fun. You will be offered Mint tea in shops it's traditional.
All in all Tunisia is a challenging and different place to visit and Hammamat Gardens is an adequate hotel as long as you know the facts. Would I visit again, the answer is yes and I hope to do so next year
- Travel date: Mon 21st of April 2008
I went to garden resort with a large num...
"I went to garden resort with a large number of friends. There were many young people, but the animation was a bit weak, we didn't have much to do in the hotel. Some of my friends complaind about the cleaness in their rooms, but mine was ok, and i tought it was very pleasent. The pools are ok, but it was very chilly outside, we all get sick because we weren't counting with so much cold.
Near the hotel there are 2of the best discos in the area, Havana, and British, go there!
The food was very poor, not much to choose, and in their 2 days of holiday, there were many Tunisian people in the hotel, so we had to wait a longggggg time to get served."
- Travel date: Sat 29th of March 2008
If you are looking for a quiet, laid bac...
"If you are looking for a quiet, laid back holiday where you are waited on hand and foot then this could be the holiday for you. The Hotel was immaculate and the rooms were beautiful, when the maid came to make the bed she left sweets and flowers. There are plenty of tours to go on but i only went on the night time ones I just chilled by the pool in the day or took a stroll to the beach which was also beautiful."
- Travel date: Tue 29th of January 2008
We spent Christmas and New Year at this...
"We spent Christmas and New Year at this hotel and we had a fantastic time. The hotel is beautiful., very clean, the food is good and varied.
The rooms are very comfortable and the maid service was excelent. The indoor pool was a joy to use.
The staff are very friendly and helpful and the waiter service for drinks was excelent,I did not have to queue at all in 3 weeks.
The entertanment team work very hard and try to include everyone in the activities whether young or old.
I would recomend this hotel to anyone...young or old, families with children, or single travelers....they would be assured of a great time
- Travel date: Mon 21st of January 2008
Me, my husband and my son who is 1 1/2 h...
"Me, my husband and my son who is 1 1/2 have just spent Christmas there and we loved it. The staff were really friendly and the hotel was beautiful. The indoor pool was really warm the outdoor pools were nice but it was too cold to go in.
The staff were really helpful and loved my little boy he got so much attention he was in his element.
I have to say the food wasn't great but wasn't bad there was always a good choice but the chips was undercooked. I enjoyed the breakfast which started at 6am which was ideal as my son gets up early and we enjoyed freshly made pancakes everyday.
The surrounding area wasn't that good but a short taxi drive away to Yasmine is definitely advisable it is beautiful.
Overall I would love to return to this hotel and would like to try it in summer because it is a beautiful hotel."
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of January 2008