We are recently back from the Imperial and had a relaxing and very lovely 2 weeks there. The hotel is very grand and maintained well, all of the staff were very friendly and courteous and the service in the restaurants and bars was very good (even if you didn't always tip).
There is 1 main restaurant with 2 sittings-6.30 and 8.30, as well as this there are 3 other restaurants that you can book into. A traditional Tunisian and Mediterranean (both of which have a set meal brought to you) and Chinese (which is buffet style). I'm allergic to fish and don't eat meat either but I always found something to eat every night. I was advised not to book the Mediterranean restaurant however as it was a choice of either fish or lamb only. (Tunisians believe vegetarians eat fish and are shocked when you tell them otherwise...) We both thought the food was well done with a good variety each night.
On an evening you can choose to sit outdoors, in the quieter piano lounge or go into the conference room for the entertainment. The entertainment is what you would expect when on holiday; it's up to you what you make of it! We both got rallied into joining in a few times but actually didn't mind and it was a bit of a daft laugh really. The slight downside to the entertainment is that it's mainly on a 1 week rolling programme so if you're there for 2 weeks you'll already have seen it all in the first week! If you venture into the Port on a night time expecting a more 'livelier' night you won't find it; there is only 1 pub (puka irish bar) and although we went down to watch the football it was quite quiet and expensive-£20 for 3 drinks!
During the day we sat around the pool-yes we did hear drilling, grinding etc...but not enough to put us off our sunbathing! The noise level isn't that bad at all and we only saw the builders now and again. There are games around the pool during the day (darts, boules etc...) and there is no pressure to join in, although they were quite fun when we did join in. We did find getting a sunbed a little tricky some days and also the pool could be quite busy as well, however in the main we enjoyed lying by the pool all day and now and again taking a stroll over to the pool bar for drinks. The self-service pumps do run out quickly and we definitely found lemonade in the white wine helped a lot!! Watch out for the wasps though-I know some people thought they were quite docile (what we also thought) but we saw a few people get stung by them even when not swotting them away. We ventured to the beach only to go paragliding and on the flying fish; we found that we didn't get long at all on the paragliding (maybe 5 mintues?) so make sure you haggle for the price. The same applies if you go into the port; we haggled successfully quite a few times and other times not so, but hey it's got to be done! We did find that some of the Tunisians were very pushy, bordering on quite rude, but we just stood firm with a 'no thanks' and that worked.
We also booked a few trips with Thomson-a catamaran cruise (a 2 hour sail which was just long enough, very relaxing too!) el jem (great to see the history, not so great being taken to a mosaic museum for 45 minutes afterwards though...) and Balboloum (a circusy type night out-no animals though-again with a set menu and free wine only-not free flowing drinks as the rep told us! But still a great night out though!) We thought the value for money for the 3 trips was good overall.
On the last day we did get told our AA band would be cut off us at 1pm but we still managed to have our lunch okay (served from 12.30 at the outdoor restaurant) and we were also allowed drinks on the afternoon from the lounge bar before we left. We originally were going to keep the room on until we left but the receptionist told us not to waste our 40TND and we could have a courtesy room for an hour (it turned out to be approx 40 minutes that we got in the end, but still enough time) so our last day wasn't a let down in terms of service.
Overall if you are happy to have a quiet and relaxing 2 weeks-both day and night-then this place is for you. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 weeks at the hotel and although we don't like going back to the same place again, we would definitely recommend it to other people.
Ask for a room with a double bed, much nicer than the twin beds!
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