We were looking for a cheap week away in the sun, we feel like we got more than we paid for in a good way. Like others have said, the porters at the airport will make it seem like they are part of the service when they aren’t and unless you are happy to tip them then a polite "no thanks" will do the job.
First impressions of the hotel where pretty good, check in was quick and easy. The porter here was helpful and insisted that he took our bags to the room, showed us inside and made sure everything was good which it was. Everything looked clean and relatively newish inside. The maids all polite and clean the rooms daily.
The pools, the main one is most lively and it had the slides there, the other one seemed more chilled out and had a nice swim up bar. During the time of year we went the pools were pretty cold and we found the sea was actually warmer. The chap at the pool bar is very friendly and polite, on about the 3rd day we tipped him 10dinar as he offered to bring some drinks round to where we were laying, and after that he was always asking which was nice as he didn't have too!
The animation team, the activities are there if you want to do them, we were being lazy most of the time so didn't take advantage but although it may not be everyone’s idea of entertainment, the team there work so hard, 9am until about 12 at night! They are always cheery and chatty and make a real effort to make Ur holiday fun, but at the same time are happy to leave you in peace if that’s what you want. Can’t comment on evening entertainment that sun really takes it out of you!
The food, it makes me laugh when people complain about there not being much variety! Really, what are you expecting??? British are not the only holiday makers that they are trying to cater for in an all-inclusive hotel. In our opinion the food was excellent, and although I kept to the same sort of things (beef, chicken, rice, potatoes, salads and veg) I enjoyed every meal I ate! Deserts....amazing, I’m not usually a desert person but I couldn’t help myself here. No complaints what so ever.
The beach, lots of sunbeds any time of the day. The beach bar although basic does the job. We didn't have any food from here so couldn’t comment. Quite a bit of hassle from the locals outside of the roped area trying to sell you stuff, trying to befriend you but I admire them for trying, maybe some people in the UK could learn a few things as there is no benefit system there and money doesn't land on your lap. I felt sorry for one guy as he was carrying two heavy looking fruit baskets up and down the beach trying to sell the fruit in the baking heat, tbf it actually looked pretty decent!
The only negative things I can say would be the beds weren’t that comfortable and the noise from the evening entertainment could keep you awake if you want an early night. To be fair to the Marhaba, I think the music was coming from the hotel next door.
Tips: large bottles of water are only available after 7pm, so get them in the evening for the following day. If you have an early departure home, ask the restaurant about opening early so you can eat before. Tunisians aren’t all trying to sell you something, talk to the the staff because at the end of the day they are people, you may even learn something.
Overall great holiday, we would recommend this hotel and if we were to travel back to Tunisia we would have no problem staying in this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Classe 4 etoiles et faisant parti du Marhaba Resorts, reference par la prestigieuse chaine Marhaba Hotels, le Marhaba Club est entierement dedie a anticiper vos besoins et satisfaire vos attentes. Situe au coeur de la zone touristique de la ville de Sousse, a : 10 mn du centre ville de Sousse, 10 mn du Port el Kantaoui et du terrain de Golf, 20 minutes de l'aeroport de Skanes-Monastir, 40 minutes de l'aeroport d'Enfidha et a 90 minutes de l'aeroport de Tunis-Carthage ... more less
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