26 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
We have just returned from this hotel. P...
"We have just returned from this hotel. Please do not get infected by bad comments. The hotel was great all in one, the rooms were very clean (except the carpets), the furniture was a bit old, but repainted in blue, if you're not too fancy, i swear you get just to it, because it wasn't so bad, just their colorful style. The food. It was ALWAYS warm, even too much! But there is a thing with their spices. Most of the food you just can't eat, because the most normal food has a different taste. Even the salads. Once they had a 2 m long tuna, and it was prepared right in front of you! But I have to say they offered a lot vegetables, fruits and the deserts were great, especially crepes with chocolate. Drinks were ok, you just can' get drunk! The bad thing was that they had just 3 very sweet artificial juices. If you tip them, you get your drink served anywhere. The entertainment. God, they were sooo great!!! Those people are pushing you to be active, to play volleyball with them! Evenings were so funny, they had karaoke, striptease, old fat men dressed like Beyoncey,Shakira and Madonna. I am used to " same stupid woman singing same songs every day" entertainment, but the animators were young people, very friendly and communicative.
The beach was fantastic.
And the smell.. Dear Mr G. Langman what did you expect? Tunisia has a humidity of 80%, the hotel couldn't do nothing about it. After all you should get some information about the place you are going to vacations. And about weather of course. People like him make this hotel bad with facts which have no point. (Sorry for my english, im from slovenia)
This was a cheap holiday and we got everything we needed!
- Travel date: Tue 16th of September 2008
The hotel might be a bit worn to actuall...
"The hotel might be a bit worn to actually deserve the 5 stars it claims to have, but this is a really good resort hotel with spacious and clean rooms and everything you need for a good holiday.
We found the food both to be of a very good variety and quality with both locally inspired dishes and more well known european cuisine. Food and drinks are available throughout the day - outside the opening hours for the main restaurant, the pool bar serves fab pizza's and grilled fish and chicken as well as a good salad bar in the afternoon, so we all gained a few extra pounds that week!
A nice feature is that there is no road between the hotel and the beach - you just walk onto the beach from the swimming pool area.
Having been on several other holiday's in the mediterranean we found this place to be particulary nice and very good value for money - we would definitely go back to this hotel again."
- Travel date: Sun 7th of September 2008
great holiday, will go back again staff...
"great holiday, will go back again staff were really great very friendly. always willing to help. beach lovely. advise you to go to market on friday it is a really eye opener.
beach was lovely but watch out for those jelly fish. "
- Travel date: Wed 16th of July 2008
Just returned from a week's holiday in J...
"Just returned from a week's holiday in June. Just my husband and I for one week. We had the most relaxing week we have ever had. The staff are all just excellent, polite, friendly and caring.
The food was varied, though a little unusual at times but overall the holiday was excellent, and we are hoping to go back for another week at the end of the year."
- Travel date: Wed 11th of June 2008
we have just returned from aweek in this...
"we have just returned from aweek in this hotel and what a fantastic holiday. having read some of the reviews we were quite worried what we would find. the hotel was very clean the staff were always helpful and friendly. the decor in the rooms was very good with maid srvice every day and clean linen. there was a huge choice of food which was excellent on some days it could have been a little hotter we never had tummy problems nor did anyone we spoke with. the service was very good and yes we did tip the waiters but even those who did not did not appear to have a problem getting served. the food covered a wide range of cultures. there were lots of places around the pool but this could change in high summer. the hotel has direct access onto the beach which is very clean. you do get beach sellers but this was not a problem just keep walking and dont make eye contact it is the same in the towns if you dont want to buy. the area around the hotel was safe to walk around without problems. just over the road from the hotel is the train station this is very cheap and a real experience great way to see how the locals live. go through the station and out the other side and you will see the real tunisia camels in the fields and you can haggle a good price for a ride. tunisia is a closed currency so it is a good idea to take cash and just change at hotel in small amounts they give best deal as no commission the rate is set by goverment.shopping is very cheap but you have to haggle. we would definetly go back to this hotel. for those who only wish to lie around the pool all day eat burgers egg and chips english breakfast shop at m&s and look at english t.v then go to the costas. if you enjoy different culture and adventure then this is the place for you.
- Travel date: Tue 8th of April 2008
We have just returned from 2 weeks at th...
"We have just returned from 2 weeks at this hotel. Great sunshine and wall to wall blue skys. The room was adequate with on-suite and separate toilet. The towels and sheets changed daily and the maids took trouble to arrange little finishing touches to the room. Water left in the room every day.
The selection of dishes at meal times was huge and we always found something to satisfy us both. The staff are friendly and try very hard to speak and understand English.
The hotel is located on the beach with free sun beds and cushions. There is a free bus laid on by the hotel into Mahdia. Do some research before you go (I can recommend Rough Guide to Tunisia) as there's more to Mahdia and surrounding area than the Friday Market. We went on the train to Sousse independently and the hotel arranged transport with driver for a day in Sfax to a World Heritage site to see the flamingo's. We did the over night tour of the salt lake and Sahara Desert/Oasis. Well worth the money and the experience.
This was a very relaxing holiday which we really enjoyed. I don't think there's much there for youngsters looking for the night life as this is definitely not a lively resort. Overall a good holiday and we will be going back to Tunisia again!"
- Travel date: Sat 1st of December 2007
After reading the other reviews I must s...
"After reading the other reviews I must say that I agree with most of them by saying the food was rubbish it was always cold. If you didnât like chicken there wasnât much to worth eating, and at night there was supposed to be snacks and there wasnât you had to go into dining room and order pizzas.
We were unfortunate and was on the top floor and half the time we was there the lift was broken and also if you are lucky and get a room at the back of the hotel the dam donkey in the next door hotel goes of with the noise they make 3-4 times in the early hours of the morning!
I would say our room was spacious and our sheets got changed every day. The staff seemed friendly enough, but when we got there we noted that there werenât many English people there.
I think out of all the inclusive places we have been that was one of the worst we have had with regards to the food.
- Travel date: Sun 14th of October 2007
I agree with Mr Langman this hotel does...
"I agree with Mr Langman this hotel does not deserve to have any stars. Not only were the carpets stained and the fridge mouldy, the wall lights were dropping off the wall and there was a rubbish dump outside of our room of old air conditioning pipes.
The fridge was supposed to be a mini bar "get drunk on two bottles of water." The food was aimed at Germans, Italians and other Europeans; even the salad was draped in salami. I am a vegetarian so this was ruined I asked for some food without sauce and meat and they looked at me as if I had two heads.
I don't know whether anyone reading this was there when it rained in, but the rep told us that we should expect this!! I suppose if you slipped on the stairs where it rained in you might be able to claim on the insurance?
Description states 4 restaurants we saw 1 you had to book and the other buffet style that I had to be first in before the grotts used the same spoon for the meat as well as the veg.
Oh before I forget take a towel with you at all times because having used the toilets you have to wipe your hands on TOILET PAPER!! This was supposed to be my Honeymoon. The only thing I can say is 10/10 for the sunshine and the thunder and lightening storm (of which I am usually scared)
- Travel date: Sat 29th of September 2007
I had to comment on this hotel after rea...
"I had to comment on this hotel after reading the last review. Although I would not give this hotel 5 stars I certainly did not have the same experience as the last review.
I am not going to give you chapter and verse, but we had two rooms both enormous and clean, the maid was excellent. The reception staff I found to be very friendly and helpful during our two week stay all are needs and wants were catered to with a smile.
The bar service around the pool was exceptional and so was the service at lunch in the grill. The beach was perfect and clean. The pool was excellent very clean and large the animation during the day was enough and not too pushy.
The down side, evening entertainment was awful but still made you laugh at being so bad, karaoke was excellent both weeks.
The restaurant service was terrible, for a 5 star you would expect better service than was given, but we found that stick to one waiter/table and a nice tip and it will improve.
Oh and the al a carte restaurant is no such thing, you book in advance which of the three main course you want which is the usual fish, chicken or beef. Then sit for ages waiting to be served with everyone else, itâs a gala dinner.
The restaurant food was varied and good, loved the omelettes at breakfast, and the salads were great, there was always something different to try, even for me on a no carb diet.
Overall we had a great time we met some really nice people of all nationalities, and were definitely made to feel very welcome.
I would say just one more thing in Tunisia they will treat you how you treat them. A smile and a friendly greeting goes a long way."
- Travel date: Fri 14th of September 2007
Doesnât deserve any stars at all! Room...
"Doesnât deserve any stars at all! Rooms and corridors had an awful strong smell.
Boring entertainment in the evenings, very repetitive. Lots of rude German tourists
Dirty carpets in room which I wouldnât ask my dog to lay on. Mouldy fridge in room
Balcony doors wonât lock. Nowhere to hang clothes as wardrobes smell.
The staff on reception were rude. The only good thing about this so called hotel is the lifeguard who gives you cushions for your sun loungers
- Travel date: Fri 14th of September 2007
A lovely hotel good for kids and adults....
"A lovely hotel good for kids and adults. we went without children and had a great time.
The families that were there with their kids had a great time as well, staff very friendly and helpful, a fantastic swimming pool. A beautiful sandy beach, the sea water is even war.
The hotel also runs a bus to the main town, which has its market on a Friday, that is a place you won't believe until you see it, you must go.
I am looking at going back in a couple of years with my family."
- Travel date: Thu 30th of August 2007
As good as before.
"Hello all, back again !!
Just returned on Sunday 20th from 2 weeks at the el Mouradi and it was great.
I can understand some people being bored but for a pure relaxing time it suits us perfectly.
There were very few English at the Hotel (we had minibus to ourselves on the way out and a 4x4 on the way back) but we had no problems with the other nationalities, in fact we got to know loads of German & French people who were brill. Food was excellent but I will agree it got a bit samey towards the end of the holiday but the home made soups and salads were fantastic. We went into Mahdia town 4 times (Â£1.50 for taxi) and found some lovely places, the sailors cemetry and the Fort are fantastic, and we ate at a little restauant opposite the port called Le Quai and it was fantastic ( last day we had 5 couses and 2 bottles of wine for Â£14.00)
All in all we thoroughly enjoyed it, clean rooms, great staff, plenty to eat and drink just quiet on the nights.
- Travel date: Mon 21st of May 2007