80 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"My wife and I once again went to this hotel and once again it was full of moaners and groaners, ok the hotel is not perfect but for what you pay to stay here its very good value. The staff are all friendly and cleanly dressed, the waiters are very helpful and the cleaners work hard. The food in the restaurant is good and there is always a good choice. When we were there the hotel only had about 70 guests so the entertainment team did not have much to do, the entertainment starts at 9.30 and this is to late for some people to wait up for. The hotel has now been taken over by new owners who are going to do some changes and bring it back to its former glory, the beach at the back is taking over and a few of the bungalows have been demolished because but there is not a lot that any one can do about that nobody can stop nature. Before you moan about this hotel think what you are paying and just take a look around you, this hotel is not for those who want to get drunk every night and go to what a top of the bill London show, its a very nice place to go to and chill out and relax and people watch. My wife and I are going back in January for another 2 months so it can not be that bad this will be our 7th visit"
- Travel date: 22nd December 2010
dirty filthy hotel
"i returned from this hotel 19/9/2010 i was rushed into hospital diagnosed ecoli spread into my liver and my bowel i have been in hospital 22 days still waiting for my operation to remove some of my bowel might b all yet doctors have said i am very lucky to be alive 75percent of people would of died with this if my ammune system hadnt of been so strong i have given my permission for the surgeon to put a write up in the hospital medical journal as was told my condition was fatal hotel was dirty flies all over food in dinner hall moldy bread food was never hot u spent all your time beating off flies tour operator doesnt want to know not their problem take your life in your own hands if dare regards to anyone daft enough r siddon blaydon tyne and wear"
- Travel date: 14th October 2010
Just Back Too !
"FANTASTIC - Thr Mirarmar is a SUPERB hotel with SUPERB staff, SUPERB food, SUPERB entertainment, SUPERB facilities and SUPERB rooms. The "Animation Team" are SUPERB too. They do everything to make your stay pleasent and they are always eager to help. We all know they get paid to do so, but they don't get paid much. Tunisia is not a holiday for the weak minded or those that find saying "no" over and over again hard. If you can't relate to what the people are about and how they do things in THEIR country, go to Europe or stay at home. The taxi drivers here are no different to the mini cab drivers found in and around the West End, London, after the pubs and clubs 'kick out'. They're simply touting for business. Despite what some might tell you, the drinks are CHEAP and the taxis even CHEAPER. If you order a branded scotch, you pay about Â£3 and get the UK equivalent of 4 measures. Monastir, Souse, El Jem etc. are all well worth a trip, but make your own way there and back (unless you find it difficult to communicate with the locals) because it's far cheaper and you're not restricted to a timetable. The toilets are mostly clean but some are dodgy to say the least. Unlike the UK, the bars and restaurants are happy to let you use their toilets without having to buy a drink and/or food etc. Only one place had a key and I simply paid him 50p. In Souse there is a VERY clean public toilet on the West side of the mosque. It has an attendent whom you simply tip (about 50p). There is also a public toilet in Monastir to AVOID. It's to the right of the Grand Mosque (on the roundabout), on the left side of the tomb entrance. IT IS FILTHY. There is an attendant outside, whom I suspect is self appointed, and charges about Â£1. Once inside the WC, you will want to turn and run out - there is urine all over the floor where the pans leak, no seats on the pans, broken basins etc. etc. Fresh, cold bottled water is alvailable everywhere but keep an eye on what you pay. At El Jem, there is a small bar called Micolas, who charges Â£2 for a 1.5 ltr. bottle and next door is a small shop selling the same brand, same quantity for 20p! There is far too much to say about Tunisia, Skannes and, in particular, The Mirimar - There are always negatives to any holiday, but overall, my fiancee and I had a holiday of a lifetime here - At the end of the day, we looked for the positives AND FOUND THEM IN OBUNDANCE !!!! "
- Travel date: 21st September 2010
"We're just back from a 2 week stay at the Royal Miramar. First impressions is that this is a tourist zone in the middle of no where.All hotels built along a beach strip with no amentities outside of that apart from 3 shops. If you want a holiday where you stay completely in the hotel by the pool or beach this is ideal for you. There is nothing to see around this area and if you venture out you will be surged by taxis looking for business, even if you are at the bus stop! You are also hounded by guys in the hotel selling tours. Especially a guy called Camille he spent a week after us, 3 times a day selling trips. He organises a boat trip that claims to bring you to dolphins, it doesn't! He claims to work for Panorama but he doesn't so beware! In general I found the hospitality despicable, you are automatically a victim when you arrive in the country. Its a constant barrage of telling people no. Everyone looks for tips and for you to buy off them and they can be very insistant. If you venture into any of the Medina shopping districts be prepared for guys accosting you into their shops, and every shop sells the same thing! We ended up doing a lot of travelling on the 2nd week to see some sights. Hammamet worth a visit fantastic beach and much cheaper than Skanes for shopping. El PortKantoui also a must to see as is El Jem. Taxis cheap but haggle well, they will rip you off! The hotel itself is lovely. Rooms are good and kept very clean. Food is good enough but make sure and bring tablets for tummy most of the holiday makers on our trip picked up bugs. The beer and wine are not great, so if you are expecting a boozed up holiday forget it! Drinks in general are expensive enough in the hotel.There are 2 types of beer and one type of local wine.My advice stock up in the duty free. The animation team work really hard to put on activities for guests but the night time entertainment is appalling. A kids club which plays the same music every night. The adult entertainment is bad karoke or the niteclub which plays arabic dance music so loud that you cant talk!They bring in some outside acts but you are charged for this.You are also charged for the tambola draw they put on to win souvenirs! The daytime activities are good, aqua aerobics, archery, darts. So theyll keep you busy. The pool is lovely if you like a saltwater pool. You are charged for sun loungers so factor this cost into your holiday. The pool guy will be down to you in a shot for his 6 dinar for 2 beds. You are also charged for the use of a safe for the duration of your holiday. The beach is quite nice but can be dirty with seaweed, and further up theres a dump with plastic bottles and alsorts of rubbish. For a proper clean beach choose Hammamet as your destination. If you are going on a 2 week break my advice is to do some travelling to other regions while you are there. It will give you a better perspective on the country. Skanes hasnt a lot to offer and it's expensive in comparison to the other places we visited while there. Its a great place to go to for a serious sun holiday, bring lots of suncream as it is very hot. I would go back again but for better value I feel all inclusive is a must with the price of drinks. Be savvy with your money and the locals.What we take as hospitality is generally someone trying to get into your pocket!"
- Travel date: 22nd August 2010
"Visited hotel in July this year with 16 year old daughter for a week. On arrival staff very friendly and helpful, taken to our room which was a great size and spotless. Bathroom with bath and shower. Plenty hot water at all hours. Loads to choose from in restraunt both in the morning and evening excellent choice, always found something to suit and very fresh. Animation team worked round the clock to help entertain you around the pool area and also put on some great shows in the evening. If you are after a relaxing holiday away from the bustle this is the place for you. Although a taxi costs next to nothing from outside the hotel and the drivers will agree a price to take you out and about and will often wait for you to return if you like. 2 shopping centres and some restraunts close by the one round the corner from Safari was better, did a nice pizza at lunch time too. Large air con. centre with 3 floors where you could spend ages browsing. All in all a bril holiday, I would highly recommend it to people of all ages although if you are young free and single you might want to go somewhere busier and leave this hotel to families."
- Travel date: 5th August 2010
do not waste your holiday by going to this hotel
"Can't find a good thing to say about it.It is not a 4 star hotel by any stretch of the imagination.It is dirty ,poorly maintained and the beach was tiny and covered in rubbish.The food is very basic and there were lots of flys in the dining room.I changed hotel after 1 day."
- Travel date: 2nd August 2010
"Just arrived back from Tunisia. I read some reviews before i went and they nearly put me off. Don't be put off by reviews as experiences can differ. On arrival it was quite busy at the hotel (alot of people arriving at same time) and the staff were helpful only if asked. The rooms were cleaned on a daily basis and to a reasonable standard and the food was fine - it had the tunisian taste but it is expected. The rooms are very basic with only aircon (sometimes didn't work well). There is no fridge, safe or tea making facilties in the rooms and the telephone never worked. I would recommend you hire a safe from the hotel. Be aware there are alot of workers at the hotel who are constatntly trying to sell something from rings to food etc. They're very expensive and its wise to say no striaght away otherwise they constantly look out for you at the hotel to try and persuade you. The animation team were great and did not charge for taking the kids for a couple of hours each day for activites (god-send) - make use of them if you decide to stay at this hotel. Overall you get what you pay for. It was good for a 4# hotel and i had a memorable holiday. The gardens and spa centre were great and compared to other hotels in the area it was quite good especially for families. If i visited Tunisia again i would probably go 5# just for the luxury that comes with a 5# and maybe select a hotel nearer to the main cities - its easier to get around cheaply."
- Travel date: 2nd August 2010
"i have to admit when booking the holiday to tunisia i didnt know what i was going to get but i have to say i was very suprised how much i enjoyed myself the people there are very friendly ofcourse to start off with they will try to get you to buy things people can find that annoying but if you politely decline they are such a laugh t get on with. Hotel itself was nice cleaned everyday and the cleaner was very nice. We went through thomas cook for 7 days and did 3 excursions i would recomend the slide n splash water park and the African dream but would stay clear of camel caravan as its not very well arranged. the entertainment at night was good cabaret shows kareoke etc and the waiters are very efficient i would ask for the waiter ben if you go as he does an excellent job and is a really nice guy."
- Travel date: 1st August 2010
Review from a child's perspective
"When we got to the hotel it was 2 o'clock in the morning. The bus driver dumped our bags and left us at the entrance. We were on our own with no lights. 1 hour later we got to the room and first impressions were terrible. The noise from the other hotel was unbearable and the room was sweaty and moist (due to the a/c not working). Next morning, i was up first. My mum and sister snoring away. That is when i realised how nice the room was. It was spacious with a double bed and two singles upstairs. Brilliant if you are booking as an average family. The balcony was semi-detached which with no privacy, which was dissapointing. We got a lovely view of the ocean. I guess firt impressions are not always the best. 3 hours later we went to breakfast ravenous and left feeling that we were never going to eat again. The breakfast was the same thing over and over again. Carbrohydrates was the only thing to eat for a child like me. After we met the Thomas Cook Rep we learned that everything intresting to do was 150 miles away from us. We did book camel rides and a trip to Port el Kantoui after we realised there was nothing really else to do nearby. So after this we got or sunbeds and jumped into the pool, realising later that it was saltier than the sea! It gave me sore eyes due to the fact that I had suncream on my face. That night we were very entertained by a mini disco and a show after. Well not me as I was forced to do the mini disco. The next day camel riding was brilliant and so was the evening entertainment again. On the night of the world cup final there was a T.V to watch t which i was suprised by as i missed the 3rd/4th place playoff the other night. On our last night we went to Kantoui and were very dissapointed as it was a rip-off for Â£70 as you could go there yourself in a bus! When we left we were devastated as of course it was raining in Belfast. Overall, a good holiday. We are going again next year. If i have to add more, the service was great in the hotel. Anything you wanted they had ready in 10 minutes. The down side was the begging you to buy things on the beach, in the markets, in the HOTEL! If you do go watch out for taxi drivers, always get the bus. If someone trys to sell you something, Say no. If they continue to threaten phone the police. If you are a lively person, looking ofor stuff to o all the time, I would not advise this hotel. If you just want to pick up rays and relax and be entertained, then this is the holiday for you. Also the rep was excellent and was mostly always on sight. She was able to x any of your problems.Bad point of the rep was trying to get you to buy 'needed' excursions."
- Travel date: 25th July 2010
Bit disappointed... But not all bad.
" On arriving at the hotel, the porter helped us with our luggage to the allocated room but the a/c didn't work. He got the room changed straight away, the new room was lovely with a/c that worked and had a better view of the sea and the pool. the downside to this though was the continuous noise from the disco every night. This was very loud and kept us up past the early hours!! ok for a couple of nights, but it was every night. got to know all the songs by the end of the 11 days.lol. The food was great till half way through when it seemed to be the same and we had bad bellys. So we started to go to the bed rock cafe across the road and decided to watch the world cup final there. great atmosphere until half way through when an overwhelming smell of c*@p filled the air. everyone tried to ignore it. But it lasted for the rest of the game. We found a better place to eat up the road by the folla market its called the westside, very very nice good quality food. The only place up to scratch. the fruit stall man is really nice too. We also found the staff great especially ali and the guy that always says 'cheers mate'. Just one to watch, we called him wolfy, he chats up all women especially when their bloke's back is turned. Joking aside, enjoyed the holiday as something different. The weather was roasting hot 40 degrees etc, there was tennis court, table tennis, mini golf, pool, entertainment for kids/ adults all really good. Beach was a let down as we like our beaches to be big and clear/clean from seaweed. If i am honest i would say do not go here, but it can be as good as you make it. room was clean and the hotel was not as bad as some of the reviews i have read. but i like to explore the local area and this place is in a tourist zone with nothing really close nearby "
- Travel date: 14th July 2010
"read so many bad reviews about this hotel but went there with a open mind , got to say fantastic hotel staff very friendly had a great holiday met some lovely people ,only one bad point we only saw our rep once the whole time we were there ."
- Travel date: 17th June 2010
Very nice spacious hotel
"Pleasantly surprised at the hotel as we read some reviews at time of booking which didn't describe hotel favourably. Our room was clean and very spacious which we really enjoyed and had wonderful views over the med. The staff were very friendly and helpful apart from one waiter in the American bar who needed some coaching in the art of making cocktails and being a bit cheerier to the customer. All in all a very relaxing holiday in a nice spacious friendly hotel. "
- Travel date: 17th April 2010
Top traveller tips for Miramar Pirate's Gate
"Hot Hot Hot - Superb Superb Superb"
"If you are looking to relax and have young children aged 1 - 3, Excellent place"
"very cultural-different from your average beach holiday"
"Hotel very nice but not much to do in Skanes"
"Quad Biking Excursion booked through Hotel, El Jem and Kairoun tour are a delight."
"Good for a beach holiday"
"Boat trip on an old galleon ship well worth the money."
"Not a great deal outside the hotel but good bus service into Monistir/souse.Every 20mins and cheap."
"Not much because there's not much there!"
"Karouane medina, Sousse harbour, Monastir Presidents Palace + Ribat + marina."
"The Sunlounge bar food wasn"
"Got to see: Carthage and the Friguia Animal Park with Zulu entertainment! Unmissable."
Miramar Pirate's Gate is also called
- Royal Miramar Thalasso Hotel
- royal miramar thalassa monastir
- hotel royal miramar thalassa