19 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Have done this before.
"I am writing this on June 3rd 2014. My wife,her sister and her boyfriend and myself are traveling out to the Emira Hotel on June 18th for 2 weeks. My wife and I have been there before 3 times, the other persons have not. We told them not to expect a palace nor ideal location in paradise and they accepted what we said. Our experience of previous trips to the Emira are the staff are absolutely fantastic, always more than helpful and good for a laugh. Yes the hotel could do with a refurbish but do not be put off by this as it is just a 3 star hotel. If you want a bit more class and style go to one of the more lush hotels. Yes it is situated in the more residential old original area of Hammamet but you actually get to see normal life as the way these people live it. We always go bed B and B as we like to keep our options open as to where we eat etc,highly recommend the Black and White restaurant.A good example of the hospitality and friendship of the Emira staff.We arrived at midnight and had no local currency " as is closed currency country" was dying for a beer so they served us whatever we wanted and said it was not a problem and, send one of the other hotel staff out to get us pizza of which they paid for themselves. Make sure you visit the Medina, it really is an experience. And the Friday market at Nabuel is a must. Do not be put off by the reps in the hotel' they will ask you most days if you want to go camel riding, quad bikes or pirate boat trips. Just have a laugh and joke with them and tell them no, they are only trying to make a living as most of us are and they are good for a laugh, cheeky but fun. I could go on for a long time but, if you are thinking of going to the Emira enjoy, don't think you are going to the Ritz, enjoy the company of the staff, get a cab and look around at exactly what this lovely place has to offer. ENJOY ...I recommend it x"
- Travel date: 3rd June 2014
Basic clean hotel
"Just back from emira hotel stayed for a week b&b. hotel was basic, clean but dated, pool and surrounding area nice and clean,staff were very friendly & helpfull. location was quiet but isolated from the surrounding amenities ie BEACH,MEDINA,YASMINE although the hotel run a free mini bus to beach hourly after 10am.medina is roughly a mile by foot,taxi to yasmine from hotel is about 8 dinars after 9pm all taxis charge x1.5 the normal rate. not much to do around hotel at night so usually got taxis to medina or yasmine.yasmine medina is worth a visit they have i free live show every night and lots of restuarants. restaurants around the hotel are mainly cafe bars where all the locals go,there is one restaurant which is called cap azur which is pretty descent and very reasonabled priced this is opposite hotel azur taxi about 3 dinars. traffic absolute nightmare on sat night going to yasmine so would go early as possibe or go to medina. all in all had a good time at the emira hotel but if i had a choice i would probably stay in yasmine hammamet cater for tourists more. "
- Travel date: 12th July 2011
Stayed between 3/7-10/7 2011 - Good!
"I had read many reviews and was abit worried that the hotel was going to be of not a good standard. When we arrived at the Emira we had a very warm greeting from the staff and they provided us with a much need drink of juice. The porter carried all our luggage up to the first floor and was very helpful. Our room was a bit dated but it was spotless and the maid service was every day and we had clean towels and our beds made up so I was impressed with the cleanliness of the hotel. The surrounds were very pleasant and I found the hotel relaxing and plenty of places to sit if you didn't want to be by the pool. The location is a bit out of the hub of things but most places especially Yasmina are reached by taxi which is relatively cheap. My only critiscism is that the hotel had very hard pillows and didn't offer enough snacks at lunch time which would be easier than trying to find a shop to provide lunch. Breakfast lacked if only they provided some fruit which would have been a pleasant surprise other than bread, croissants and eggs. Liked the hotel and would go again and the staff were fab. The only thing to be aware of is that men approach you saying that they are waiters at your hotel just say, yes, that's right saw you last night and they walk away.. Didn't feel threatened at all.. Regards, The Smith Family "
- Travel date: 11th July 2011
Basic, Friendly, Good price, average location
"We went for two weeks at Hotel Emira. The hotel was one of the cheaper on offer but we found the hotel to be clean and friendly with a good pool. We were all inclusive and most of the time the food was above average but always a good selection of salads available. When there was a meal that wasn't to our taste (only two main meals on offer per evening) we ate out at some of the many places overlooking the main bay in the centre. The only downside to the accomodation was that the bathroom was very 70's but we spent little time there and if that had been updated we would have paid much more. What ever you do in Tunisia, be prepared to be ripped of. Take a taxi, haircut, get water etc, know the price or at least ask the price before you buy. If there is an opportunity for them to charge you more they will !!! In the medina, there are 3 fixed price stores. The other market stalls appear to get stock from these 3 main stores and can not compete on price. Also be aware that all that glitters is Not gold ! In Emira there was a local called Manos, who will arrange trips / jetski's / camel etc less than you can get elsewhere. If you get out there, call him direct on 94587587 and he will happily help or give advise. There is limited nightlife but appears to be good for families and couples, although it was circ 40 degrees in July 2010 and probably too hot for babies. Locals do not appear to care about littering and the beaches are not the cleanest unless you use a hotel beach. Most are happy for you to use them apart from the all inclusive resorts. Overall I enjoyed a relaxing break, great weather, accomodation was sufficient and I brushed up on my French!"
- Travel date: 29th August 2010
Basic hotel, a little dated. Breakfast i...
"Basic hotel, a little dated. Breakfast is by buffet but is also limited choice. Dinner is a set menu - no choice- consists of soup, salad, main meal and sweet. The main meal was always turkey or goat with chips and the sweet was melon every day I was there (9 nights). Hotel entertainment is mainly in French who most of the guests are. Staff are friendly and helpful. Hotel is located in a tatty area of Hammamet where the locals live and situated on the main road in and out of the town."
- Travel date: 29th July 2008
First and last time in Tunisia. The Hote...
"First and last time in Tunisia. The Hotel is now run down and dated, in serious need of some TLC. This Hotel is a 2* not 3* as advertised. We made the mistake for going during Ramadan and nearly everyone we met were obviously in a fowl mood serving and watching us eat, drink and trying to enjoy ourselves. Our room had not been cleaned very well. We asked at reception if we could move, which didnt go down well and she made it known to us. Most of the staff had a face on them and were not very welcoming. The hotel food was awful. The hotel manager/owner approached us, we told him our concerns that we were hoping for simlple Tunisian food not their attempt at pasta and meatball, he assured us it would be resolved and would put their special dish on for us SPAGHETTI BOLLOGNAISE!!!?? The up side was a two day trip around Tunisia, great views, camel rides, 4x4, oasis's, shopping. Well worth the money and long hours on the coach, but once was enough and we wont be back."
- Travel date: 8th February 2008
Give this hotel a miss!
"Hotel Emira Tunisia. Date:8th - 15th August 2007 After arriving at the "Hotel Emira" after a long and trying transfer from Monastir airport, we(my husband, teenage son and myself) were informed by the hotel manager that we were to stay at another hotel that night as they had overbooked- we objected but with nowhere to sleep we had very little choice but to go! We were packed off to what I can only describe as a hostel-it was awful.A view of an ugly brick wall and no pool! The following day we were returned to the "Hotel Emira" by camper van with our luggage balanced on top of us! we were not alone there was other guests being transfered back to the "Emira"! At the Emira we were taken to our room,clean and spacious! The pool is good but not enough sunbeds (Expect your sunbed to disappear if you take a dip in the pool)!! We booked half board- the food was horrendous!!!!! We managed to eat from the hotel BBQ???? It really is a poolside snack bar serving pizza, sandwiches etc....... Entertainment is laughable! Most evenings it was cancelled,believe me that is not a bad thing! We were one of the lucky peoplw we just went for a week!!!! I would seriously advise all travellers to Hammamet - give the Hotel Emira a miss."
- Travel date: 17th August 2007
Absolutely HATED it...
"After booking 3 months in advance, the Emira transfered us and lots of other people to another hotel for 2 nights. When we got to stay at the Emira, the air con was broken, the phone was disconnected so that we couldn't use it, the window lock was broken, and there was an exposed fuse box about 1 foot from the floor. Not good if you have young children especially. The food - was terrible, kids portions! And the waiters took at least 20 mins from sit-down to serving you. You have to pay for water even if you have your meals included. The starter was a few leaves of warm lettuce soaked in oil (the lettcue was black and curley round the edges). 2 menu choices for main course. The dessert was the same every day - a warm slice of melon that smelled like alcohol it was fermenting in the heat. We only ate the main course. And guess what... Me and my husband and plenty other people ended up with food poisoning!!! 5 days we were bedridden. This happened under 24 hours of arriving at Emira. Yes, apparantly they switch OFF their food freezers and fridges at night to save electric. We were told this by the catering staff themselves and they saw no problem with this at all. In these freezers was kept meat and fish used to serve the meals and food at the hotel. The receptionist staff - Extreamly ignorant and lie to your face, making empty promises that they would fix our air con. We were promised a change of room the next day at 12 noon. We came back at 12 noon and were told to come back at 1pm. Went back at 1pm and told to come back at 4.30pm. This continued until we finally spoke to the manager as the staff were of no use what-so-ever and could not organise their way out of a paper bag. Currency Conv - Was harly ever open and never had any currency when it was! The BBQ cook - working in the heat and dripping sweat all over the food, then going away for a cigarette, upon returning did NOT wash his hands and just went back to cooking. No gloves used - just to clarify, he was working with bare hands. Everything was greesy and tasteless. Evening entertainment - Agadoo, Barbie Girl, Okie Cokie, and other such irritating hits were played from 10am until 12 at night on FULL volume. The bingo and the entertainment was clearly directed at children. Which is fine if you have kids but everybody had to listen to it weather they wanted to or not. We are not picky people, by any means. We are both in our 20's and enjoy travelling. But honestly, we were thoroughly appauled at the hotel and it's staff. Do not go here if you can help it, it's a hotel from hell."
- Travel date: 14th August 2007
Please read this
"We booked this holiday last minute and found as soon as we got there, there was going to be problems. The first 2 nights our room had no air conditioning and we had to wait 3 days practically to be moved to a room with air conditioning that was like a wasp could blow harder .EVERY night there was music playing hardcore till 12 midnight .Most disappointing thing about our holiday was the food it was utter dreadful we spent most of our spending money on eating out. You might think Iâm going on a bit there were some good points the hotel staff and entertainment were very friendly and the rooms and the pool area were clean."
- Travel date: 12th August 2007
Fantastic little hotel
"Me and my partner stayed there last week, and we thought it was a fab little hotel. We were expecting the pits for a 2 star, but it was so much better than we expected. The staff were really lovely and friendly, the rooms were basic but exceptionally clean with fresh sheets and towels daily and fresh flowers from the grounds. We only stayed B&B as we like to check out other places to eat. The breakfasts were fine, continental (croissants, jam, meats, cheese etc and cereal) I would definetly recommend the Emira for a cheap and cheerful little holiday stay....certainly a lot more character than the concrete jungle of Yasmine Hammamet ----UGH!"
- Travel date: 17th June 2007
Underated Hotel !
"Having read some of the other reviews on this site, I felt I would have to write and tell you about our experience. We booked a last minute deal, cheaply, and knew from previous expreiences doing the same we might in in for a rough ride. I won't lie, the Emira is basic, but it has all the amenities you would expect, but it's appeal lies in it';s location. The Emira isn't in the main tourist hotspot, if you walk out of the entrance you actually get to see what life in Hammermet is like... the locals going about their daily business etc. We loved it and would recommend it to anyone who prefers more of a cultural experience holiday, than a sun, sea and sand one. Sure those types of holidays are nice sometimes, but we like to feel as though we have 'experienced' a country, not just been there ! Hope you all have a nice time ! Matt"
- Travel date: 3rd June 2007
"my husband and i stayed for 2 wks, we are just recovering from the shock.sept. 06 when we arrived.was there 1 night and asked to move room,as ours was filthy,woke up to a breakfast off green eggs, onions, spam,soggy tomatoes,and stail bread. the staff were very ignorent and always shouting at each other, unless you tip them every day they dont want to know you. The entertainment was for the staff only,3 young lads playing loud music, and bingo every night, 1 small alcohol free drink as the prize.Nothing at all for the children. You are hounded by the men who sell camel and horse rides,worse than timeshare touts,we went on the horse ride,one of the horses got sick fell to the floor, being sick a young lad got a knife and cut it from ear to ear ,in front off us holiday makers and a child of 8 and her cousin who was 10.Traumertized we wre made to continue on foot for 3 hours in the blazing heat.we have travelled the world and never experienced anythig like our stay at hotel emira hammemet."
- Travel date: 8th October 2006
Top traveller tips for Hotel Emira
"Just enjoy, absolutely fantastic staff"
"Restuarant Cap Azur ,Medina"
"Hotel needs to offer lunch time affordable sandwiches, snacks etc. Take taxis - very cheap!"
"Beach resort, limited nightlife, relaxing"
Hotel Emira is also called
- Emira Hotel
- emira hotel hammamet
- hotel emira tunisia