traveled with my hubby and son aged 11.
we arrived at the hotel at about 11 a.m - porter intermediately took our bags to reception ( obviously had to tip )- our room was not ready so we were sent for late breakfast . we waited a while for our room , but we were happy to explore the hotel and grounds whilst waiting. i would advise if you are arriving at this time to either pack a change of clothes or travel in very light weight clothing as we were sweltering ). when our room was finally ready a porter took us up to our room ( now we tipped him and unfortunately my hubby didn't know the money so gave him 1 dinar - he said excuse me but do you know how much that is !!!!! about 17p - no it was 35p but at the time we were unaware ! so hubby gave him some more money and he said " that's better !!!"
we were then left in our room 226 on the second floor - the bed was huge and had two single beds in too - unfortunately the balcony was tiny and i mean tiny - you would not fit one chair on it as its not wide enough ! the room was spotless but the bathroom stunk of bad drains - we unpacked and hoped it would go away - the next morning we still weren't happy so went to reception and told them about the smell and also that we weren't happy with size of balcony . they offered to move us straight away - oh i am glad they did - we were moved to room 201 which is at the front of the hotel and the room was so much better - bathroom was bigger - walk in shower and spotless and NO SMELL ! the balcony was great and we could sit out - air con worked great .
food was ok - we certainly didn't starve and could always put a meal together .
the staff were lovely - yes we tipped and we were waited on hand and foot - all staff ( apart from the earlier porter were fab from the garden staff to the waiters - they were fab !
the pools - there are four and a baby splash pool - the main one is salt water - my son hated this as it hurt his eyes coming down the slides and diving in - all the entertainment is around this and the other pool . the indoor pool and a smaller outside pool were great .
little tip - you can get bottles of water ( large from all bars and also sparkling , we didn't realize this at first )
the snack bars are fab - loved the paninis at lunch time and also the pancakes late afternoon . you can eat at the beach snack bar but to be honest we prefer d the restaurant or the snack bar near the pool .
your drinks are served in plastic cups sometimes - especially around the pool area which is understandable .
the beach is lovley really soft sand - we saw a few jelly fish but fortunately didnt get stung. we hired a jet ski - worked out about 17 quid for hubby and son to go together - they said it was fab . - there are sellers up and down the beach all the time trying to sell their wears - we just firmly said no thankyou !
outside the hotel was a differnt matter - trying to constantly tell you they were you chef or waiter from the hotel - one even jumped out on my hubby when he was going to the chemist one morning ! also be careful in taxis - try to avoid telling them your hotel ( although the ones outside the hotel were ok ) and what ever you do don't make our mistake and say first itme in tunisia - tell them you are a regular !! we told him our first time ( big mistake) he was straight on his mobile and on to someone - soon as we got out and crossed the road we were hassled -" im your waiter from royal salem come with me i will show you around "! we said "no THANYOU YOU ARE NOT!" we were followed around the medina by a few young lads and felt very uneasy ! so we got what we wanted and left !
entertainment at the hotel - not our cup of tea and didn't really bother with it !
all in all yes we had a fab holiday .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marhaba Royal Salem Marhaba Royal Salem Beach Tax : SOLIDARITY STAMP for non resident foreign travellers leaving the tunisian territory are requested to present a solidarity stamp: * accounting 30 TND * It is sold at th finance offices, cusomer offices (including the borders ones), banks and tabacco shops. * Its entry into force is fixed on the 1st of October 2014, defined as the entry date into the territory. ... more less
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