12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
After reading some terrible reviews i wa...
"After reading some terrible reviews i was really unsure! But i loved it i'm 21 and my partners 30 were used to going to club resorts self catering so this was very different for us.
The hotel was really nice, the pool was brilliant and the hotel was on top of the beach.
The rooms were nice the maids made a real effort each day arranging fresh flowers on the bed etc
The staff were cool and the entertainment staff although pretty cheesy tried really hard.
It caters more for the italian and the french rather than the english, current english newspapers are hard to come by and no sign of baked beans LOL
The food i have to admit cud have been alot better but i'm not fussy, lots of salad and lots of pasta if u dont like the stews or doggy mash!
The holiday was great it is a relaxin holiday nothing much happens of a night but u can always get a cab off the resort.
I'd say overall you will enjoy it as long as ur not looking for extreme luxuary if you want a nice holiday chillin out in beautifal surroundings and aint a fussy eater you'll love it!
- Travel date: Wed 28th of May 2008
We arrived at the hotel, at about 1:30 i...
"We arrived at the hotel, at about 1:30 in the morning and were greeted with helpful staff who carried our luggage to our rooms.
Our holiday excelled from here on in. weather was brill. the food was good, but needed more variety, by the end of the week we were sick of the same old stew, but chips were on offer, but you had to ask. Entertainment was ok, more so for little ones though. Deano and Djo, etc. made our holiday. Good luck guys."
- Travel date: Fri 1st of February 2008
All I can say is this hotel is definitel...
"All I can say is this hotel is definitely not a 4 star!!
We arrived at Coralia at about 1:30 am to be greeted with a dark hotel and no welcome drink, or welcome pack. Our first room had a broken shower and broken door. The toilet was also blocked by previous occupant!
The second room had cockroaches in it, my partner chased one and it ran out into the corridor into another room. We managed to kill a few smaller cockroaches, which the cleaner never cleaned up.
The food is awful, snack bar consists of leftovers from breakfast, which the flies are free to fly around. All it is pasta everyday, they cater for the French and German more.
As far as I could tell there were no free beach towels, no beach towels at all! You have to pay a charge for the TV remote in the room to use the TV.
Thomson informed us they are dropping this hotel in 2008 due to the number of complaints.
- Travel date: Thu 21st of June 2007
It was fab! All great food and fantastic...
"It was fab! All great food and fantastic people!
Every night they had a different food theme and were based on different kinds. E.g. English, Mediterranean, Mexican and so on.
They have New Year dinner, salad, roast, wine, sea food soup and so on...
They have entertainment that was very good and after that a club until 3 in the morning!
Be aware... outside the hotel, if someone helps you then you have to give them one dinar. Also they come and bombard you at the big massive shops like the medina.
Outside they have loads of sun beds and umbrellas with a pool in the middle, also a little pool for kids.
All you have to do to go on the beach is go down a little path way and your there but when your on the beach sometimes people come and sell stuff like cigarettes films and plants.
They do massages, henna tattoos and a spa. Also in the summer I think they have barbeque for tea and stuff, but remember I think.
They have cake time, they will tell you the times there. The times for the food are: breakfast, 6:30 till 9:00, dinner, 11:30 till 1:00, and tea, 7:30 till 9:00. All reasonable times.
They have maids that do your room but take some nice smelly stuff because the disinfectant stinks!
Before the entertainment they have a kids show.
Like some people might say, the spag bol is like water without meat. They do pizza and nice stuff for all the family.
Overall I think it was a fantastic holiday and I hope to go again, you can have a nice relaxing time. 8/10"
- Travel date: Wed 7th of March 2007
I gave it a go and it was awful. First i...
"I gave it a go and it was awful. First impressions - lovely hotel, its on the beach.
All snack bars closed, decorating them ready for season. 3 meal times - loads of food out-all in spices and mainly stews, loads of mixed salads, and pasta, no ice-cream in all inclusive.
10.30-11.30snacks -croissants cake dried up pizza. 3.00-5.00 snacks same again but you feel quite sick as the birds fly over them and you hope they donât poo on them, as food is not covered. Tea/coffee/milk-in church like urns but luke warm.
Rooms are quite nice but take extension lead as only one point, behind the TV. I forgot to take travel plug and you cannot buy them out there.
Donât cater much for British, entertainment team work hard and are very friendly but its all in about 4 different languages.
If you smoke take ciggys with you as you can only buy their brand on resort.
Walks - there is nowhere 2 go after your 1st walk-there really is nowhere to go, we had taxis to other places. You have to get price off taxi man first - or you get ripped off at other end.
The shopping centres have plenty of shops but we couldnât stick the hassle of being dragged into stalls, it is the poorest country I've ever been to, they just want you to spend your money in their shop.
On arrival in Tunisia airport everyone has to fill in visas - keep your copy as on way home you wont have to fill in another.
Personaly if you want to go 3 star in Tunisia I think you have to book 5star. I have been on 3 star Thomson holidays and this is not 3 star."
- Travel date: Thu 8th of February 2007
Arrived here after a long night with no...
"Arrived here after a long night with no sleep to be shown to a dirty room. It was just as the last occupant had left it and judging by the mess the occupant was a pig. We were told to go have some lunch and a drink and they would sort it out which they did quite quickly and we were shown to a different room that was ready, they then brought our luggage to us and we settled in.
Overall the hotel is fairly clean and the room maids do a good job and they are very friendly. The entertainment team are mostly friendly and they try hard with their shows but overall the entertainment was rubbish and there was nothing around the area to do instead. The food is not good. Although they put a lot of effort into presentation itâs the same old stuff day in day out and its rarely more than slightly warm.
The bar choices on all inclusive are extremely limited. The best part of this hotel is the pool area and the gardens which go all the way down to the beach which is also very nice. We didn't hate it here but we wouldn't go back. If you do go here say hi to Billy boy in the hotel shop. Heâs friendly and very helpful."
- Travel date: Wed 17th of January 2007
First of all I would like to say that th...
"First of all I would like to say that the hotel is lovely. The rooms are cleaned every day, and the cleaners are all lovely, friendly people. Unlike the staff who are mostly ignorant, and arrogant. The pool was always spotless, and the beach is a stones throw away.
The entertainment was generally good throughout the day, with a variety of sports including volleyball (twice a day), football, tennis, water polo, aqua gym and a variety of pool games (swimming, dancing etc) all of which were good fun. We never had any children with us but from what I heard the kids were well looked after. The evening entertainment was not so good. I personally only enjoyed 2 evenings, but unless you got a taxi into town thatâs all there was.
Myself and my partner Leanne booked a trip called sail away where you go on a pirate ship for a trip around the coast. Sounds nice yeah, well I donât know because we waited for 2 hours and the bus never came. We got a refund but that ruined our day as we had been up since 6am.
Now the worst part, the food. Breakfast is breakfast so I didnât expect more than what was there (pretty good choice actually). Now lunch and evening meals, Iâm not saying the food was horrible or anything like that because it wasnât. It was always well presented and fresh, just the same stuff every day. Thereâs only so much pizza and pasta a person can eat. There was other stuff but as I said was virtually the same every day, and the dishes with meat in (e.g. lamb stew) was mainly bone. As for children, best to avoid here. There was only ever pizza, spaghetti, a bolognese sauce (which was like water with no mince) and maybe chips. Not good enough for a week, or 2! Also there was only 1 self serve drinks machine (which didnât work properly) so you can imagine the queues.
There was only 1 bar outside for us to get free drinks from. These included beer, wine (like vinegar) and soft drinks. Cocktails, spirits and ice creams for the kids were all at an extra cost. There were hardly ever any snacks, if you were lucky in the evening you could get a sandwich. This was a small crusty baguette with a bit of ham, cheese and lettuce.
There were a lot of British people saying at the same time as us, and all complained about the food and lack of free stuff at the bar. The rep for Thomson didnât really want to know. A number of people did eat out in the evenings, including us.
To summarise, the hotel is excellent just the staff and the food which let it down. Hope this helps anybody planning on going."
- Travel date: Fri 11th of August 2006
Before leaving for our holiday we had re...
"Before leaving for our holiday we had read bad reviews bout this hotel. Glad to say they are not true. The hotel was clean and tidy, rooms cleaned every day. The food was well presented and a good choice, they do try to vary the food, but if you or your children are fussy you could struggle!
Location is excellent for the beach but not much outside the hotel but you can take a quick taxi ride to more. the staff are very friendly and love to talk to you so they can learn more English, the guest are mostly French and Dutch so a lot of the announcements and entertainment are given in those languages. But they do try.
Entertainment in the day is usual. Aqua gym, volleyball etc. the evening entertainment is interesting to say the least. But worth a laugh cause they try so hard! All in all would recommend this hotel mainly for families or small groups of friends who want a relaxing holiday."
- Travel date: Thu 3rd of August 2006
My wife and I visited this hotel between...
"My wife and I visited this hotel between 18-25 June 2006. At first, seeing all the reviews we were pretty concerned about what we were going to experience at this hotel. We were pleasantly surprised that on first arrival, everything seemed in order and we had no real complaints to make.
The big thing to remember is this: This is a 3 star hotel...and don't therefore expect any better than that! For what we paid for our all inclusive holiday, we certainly got our monies worth!
The hotel has got one of the best pools that we have ever seen and a fantastic beach with calm and clear water. There is a pool bar that opens around 10 and serves drinks throughout the day.
Food: Well this is something a lot of people have been critical of in some reviews...There is nothing wrong with the food at all, there were always plenty to choose from, BUT if you are looking for your standard food you eat at home, Then stay at home! The food was delicious, warm and always well presented with a great choice.
Staff: They were great and always seemed to try and entertain everyone, morning till night, in their own Tunisian way...Once again, this may not be what you get back home but you are abroad and there are lots of different nationalities to please. In my opinion this hotel is quite a good family destination as the children especially were always kept busy.
See and Do: Get one of the yellow taxis outside the hotel gates, they are metered and won't rip you off. The Medina at Hammamet is the better choice compared to the one at Yasmin Hammamet as the vendors are not as pushy! We were warned prior to our departure to watch out for the pushy vendors who can't take no for an answer...We had no trouble with this, just carry on walking if you aren't interested, don't say anything, just walk. It was actually quite a laugh once we got the hang of it! If you do wish to have a night out, go to Yasmin Hammamet as there are plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, including some British one's. Most tour operators also offer a good selection of trips.
Security: We felt safe throughout our stay and could go on the beach at night or walk outside the complex at our own will, unlike many other destinations.
If you wish to purchase alcohol or tobacco, do so at the airport, it is a lot cheaper!
Final word of caution: Although we had a good time and enjoyed our stay, a pair of shoes went missing from our bedroom, strange......as we had a lot more valuable items around.
All in all, if you are thinking of going here...GO FOR IT! - Just remember, you are a short way away from the Sahara desert, it gets HOT!"
- Travel date: Thu 6th of July 2006
Me and my husband and 15yr old son (who...
"Me and my husband and 15yr old son (who isnât easy to please) LOVED this hotel! Iâm on line now booking to go back in September! It isnât 5 star but location staff and food were all excellent.
The entertainments team Freddy in particular made us laugh until we ached with his comedy sketches. I can honestly say it goes down as the best holiday we have had, wonderful people who always have a smile, the food was freshly prepared lots to choose from. no not a lot of English food but your in north Africa not Blackpool! Child care and kids entertainment first class Houda was brilliant.
Spotless rooms maid service good, lots of trips e.g. camel rides pirate ship Sahara offered through locals at fantastic prices you canât go wrong! Iâm going back 2 weeks this time. See you there!"
- Travel date: Sat 20th of May 2006
Actually despite what the other review o...
"Actually despite what the other review on this hotel says... this hotel isn't too bad. Itâs not your dream five star hotel - but thatâs not what you're paying for....
We also got there quite late, but were greeted with a welcome drink and the bar were happy to serve us even though we were really pushing the limit of when the all inclusive time finished.
The rooms are basic but tidy and the cleaners and room maids were lovely actually, we came back each day to find our bed made so prettily with sheet 'sculptures' and petals and flowers on it (and we weren't on honeymoon!). And no, we didn't have anything stolen. At all. We even left some money out in the room without hiding it away and it was never touched.
The food was fine. There wasn't much meat but Iâm a vegetarian so I was happy, but even my hubby (a standard meat-eating northerner) was also happy with the food. A typical north African menu, lots of couscous, salads, vegetable stews, chickpeas etc. For the unadventurous there was pizza and pasta and yes, I guess if you only ate the stuff that they made to cater for the really boring and unwilling-to-try-anything-different type of guest then maybe you would get bored but frankly if you want English food - stay in England!!
Bar staff were lovely and friendly, and I certainly never got the impression, as I have seen on some other reviews, that we were treated less favorably because we were English and not French or German, by any of the staff.
There are lots of cats around, although I never saw one in the dining room, they were always shoo-ed away by the waiters, they did come in the bar areas, but this is not limited to this hotel this is a Tunisia-wide thing, and they never caused us any bother at all. We were at the hotel at the very beginning of the summer season, and itâs true there wasn't a massive amount to do, however the entertainments team were pretty lively and did try and get everyone involved, especially the kids.
All in all, we had a lovely holiday, we didn't really want to do much anyway, except lie in their nice grounds and soak up that sunshine, drinking endless beers that never ran out!!!!!"
- Travel date: Thu 6th of April 2006
Beware. Having arrived in Tunisia at 22....
"Beware. Having arrived in Tunisia at 22.30 we were then drove in darkness for 1 hour 20 mins to Coralia palm beach Hammamet.
On arrival me and my wife as we were on our honeymoon were met by 2 young men who were apparently also part of the so called entertainment team.
As we were on an all inclusive holiday we thought it wouldnât be asking to much to ask for a bite to eat. After some muttering 2 small crusty cobs were brought out joke. To cut a long story short avoid at all costs. Please. Vodka ran out after 3days.4 people in the so called disco ripped of by the rep who didnât want to know. Evening entertainment people either banging on a drum or cards?
Lots of the same food for French or German but nothing for the English no toast. We had to pay for cups of tea. Snacks between meals consisted of wafer thin pizza with pinch of cheese and rub of tomato or piece of cake if lucky. Me my wife and all the lovely English people who we met during the week are now in the process of claiming full monies back.
As we also found out on coach home 17 people asked to be moved 2 days prior to our arrival. But of course Thompson are not going to tell us that. One other little thing my wife had money stolen out of her bag. It might sound like a moan but there are no lies. Oh sorry there is a pool table but donât ask for chalk was none? Satellite channels BBC world news only in rooms no TV in lounge. We are so glad to be back home I can finally eat bliss. Good luck things might improve. Iâm not holding my breath.
- Travel date: Mon 9th of January 2006