Stayed here for six nights in March 2007 with my fiancee. Sousse is a very convenient base from which to visit El Jem, Kairouan, Monastir, and Mahdia, but otherwise it is a truly AWFUL place. More on that later. I highly recommend louage travel from and back to Sousse. It's cheap, efficient, and relatively hassle free. Not all of the drivers are maniacs, but we found the Mahdia route more harrowing that others.
At TD32 per person per night, including a very big and pretty good breakfast buffet, this hotel was very good value. This is off-season however. Prices are more than double that at other times of the year, and there is an extra charge for a sea view despite what they told us on the phone or we read in LP. Room is pretty big and comfy. Bathroom is also roomy, with a good shower. The patio was a nice touch. We had a problem the first night with a highly suspicious blanket stain and possibly unclean sheets, but the reception staff changed the bed for us right away and the cleaning staff gave the room a thorough once-over the next morning. Staff are friendly and helpful. Location is good. Short walk to the train station and the medina. Metro station (to Monastir, Mahdia) is also walkable. Louage station is a TD1.5-2 petit taxi ride.
The worst parts about the hotel were the guests and the town. This is not the kind of place that many independent travelers stay. Typical guests come by the bus load on charter flights direct to Sousse. An alarming number of them were of the especially creepy variety as well. The hotel bar is the stuff of bad novels. And thanks to the pricey hotel spa, I don't need to see an old woman wandering the halls in a bathrobe and flip flops ever again. I can only imagine the Dantean Hell that this place turns into in summer.
And Sousse is awful. Awful. The level of harrassment is off the charts. Touts will block your path and even grab you to get you into their shop. Politely decline in any language you want. Smile. Ignore. Avoid eye contact. Whatever. It doesn't matter. We were mocked and cursed at for not going into shops in Sousse (and Mahdia as well). A cafe owner sat and complained to us about tourists who don't buy food from him as we sat there having bought food from him until we just had to leave. We were stalked by men in the Medina for vast distances who insisted on showing us where we were going even though we knew. Then they asked for money anyway. 100% of male children who weren't in the company of their parents were hostile. Even little girls would demand a pen or un dinar. An internet cafe employee totally flipped, started cursing us out, and threatened to call the police after we paid, all because we had said that we shouldn't have to pay for 15 minutes of being unable to connect to the internet. Zero to appoplectic in 2.5 seconds.
My fiancee was under siege. On her own, even just a few paces away from me, it was persistent and frightening. Walking along with me holding hands, she was still regularly approached and harrassed. Even in museums, she couldn't walk around on her own for more than a few minutes without getting a stalker. We'd never experienced anything like this through dozens of countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa. A new low. Be warned.
Unfortunately, I can't recommend an alternative to Sousse if you want to see the towns in this part of Tunisia. During the winter months, you could do a lot worse than the Boujaafar. I'd definitely go with a smaller hotel during peak tourist season, and try to keep my head very low.
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