3 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
I believe Thomson have taken this hotel...
"I believe Thomson have taken this hotel out of their brochure now and I can understand why!
We have mixed views...
The hotel was basic and the staff wonderful but it was grubby and we did have cockroaches in our room on 3 occasions.
The food was plentiful but not much choice. On the first day my son cut himself on broken tiles in the pool which meant we had to go to a chemist every day to get it dressed.
In Sousse itself we felt very safe the men look but they are not intimidating at all...you do get hassled by taxi drivers every 2 minutes asking do you need a ride but a no and a smile does the trick.
The shops are a different story...there is no pleasure browsing because the of the constant harassment, If they only realised they would sell much more by letting people browse! The fixed price shops are great though and we picked up a lot of nice things.
We only went for 1 week so we didn't do the Sahara trip but we did do the Camel Caravan and it was great...Highly recommended by us all.
We would go again because we feel there is so much more to see and do but next time we would stay in a different hotel."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of September 2007
I have been going to the Hill Diar for y...
"I have been going to the Hill Diar for years after discovering it by chance. I'd been to many Hotels in Sousse and found them rather impersonal. The Hill Diar is a family run hotel which has, regrettably, been allowed to deteriorate.
The second time I visited, as soon as the staff saw me enter the reception came out to greet me, remembering me from the previous year. This has set the tone for subsequent visits. Not only that, there has been a crowd from the UK, Germany, Sweden and Holland who all congregated around the same time each year.
Sadly, over the years, although the bedrooms have been re-furbished, the bathrooms have not, the furnishings in the lounge and reception areas are very outdated, and dare I say, rather tatty. The food also went down hill, but I still went because of the atmosphere and friendliness and seen how, a guest in trouble, either medically or criminally has had 100% support.
The Hill Diar closed last November for updating and was scheduled to re-open in April but I have heard nothing."
- Travel date: Mon 12th of June 2006
We found the hotel to be below average....
"We found the hotel to be below average. The rooms were small and not very clean. On 3 occasions we found cockroaches in our room and countless ones in the corridor outside our room. The grounds outside were absolutely crawling with them! On the first visit to the pool my son cut his hand open on a broken tile of which there was many. The pool attendant poured iodine over it but for the rest of our holiday we had to go to a pharmacy every day to get it cleaned and dressed!
The beach was beautiful...clean pale sand and turquoise sea but beware the beach sellers who harass you to buy their cheap tacky goods every 5 minutes. Even when I pretended to be asleep they wouldnât give up!
We went half board and on the whole the food was okay. Always hot and quite good choice...the service was excellent. We tipped our waiter a couple of diners at every meal( about 90p) and he looked after us really well he arranged a big flower display on our table on our last night. In fact all the staff were friendly and helpful which made a bad holiday bearable.
I believe Thomson have taken this hotel out of next years brochure which doesnât surprise me at all!
I would describe Sousse as bustling...the people seem friendly but the shop and stall owners are a pain in the backside ..they constantly harass you and try to pull you into their shops. They donât give up! We ended up doing most of our shopping in fixed price shops...much less stressful. Walking down the street you are stopped every 2 minutes by taxies asking do you want a ride. We used the noddy train a lot and that was fun.
To sum it up. Donât go to Sousse expecting Spain but its good if you want something different...just choose to stay in a different hotel!"
- Travel date: Tue 31st of August 2004