This was me and my boyfriends first holiday abroad together. As he has family in Sousee, this was one of the cheapest hotels we could find in the area close enough for us to go and visit them.
We got to the hotel at 3.30 am and a porter took our bags and lead us to our room. It was very large and clean. Bathroom was large with a bath and shower over to it. Toilet was separate. Beds were comfy. 2 twins as they don’t do double beds in a lot of the hotels there. We also had a balcony which overlooked the pool and the the side you could see the sea. It wasn’t until the morning that we realised the hotel manager (who is good friends with my boyfriends dad) had upgraded us from The Jinene to The Royal Jinene. He also helped us out with other little things like giving us a Tunisian sim card to save on phone bills and paid for our lunch a few times at the hotel.
BREAKFAST- there was a wide choice of breads, croissants, pan au chocolat, eggs and turkey sausages. There was also (unusual for breakfast) an array of salads. They also did fruits, melon, grapes and the chef cooked pancakes in front of you and eggs how you asked.
LUNCH- we mostly ate lunch at the hotel. We were half board and so had to pay for our lunches which was very cheap! A pizza was 6 dinar which is less than £3.00. Bottled drinks, fanta, coke, lemonade and large bottles of water were all 2 dinar which is about 80p.
DINNER- mixture of different meats every night, turkey, chicken, veal, lamb, fish, potatos, couscous, mixture of different salads. The 2 chefs would also be out cooking something for people in front of them each night too. Always something different like steaks, veal in wine sauce, chicken stew, fish,. Pudding was ice cream, water melon, cakes, mousse. Drinks weren’t provided at dinner time but the water would come and take your order. I had half a bottle of rose most night which was 7 dinar. Less than £3.50.
The pool wasn’t very busy. Also able to get a sunbed and table. There was a Lifeguard at the pool which enjoyed pushing people in when they weren’t looking! 4 workers who entertained the kids with darts, golf. They also did a daily aqua aerobics class on often took people out to the beach to play volleyball.
ACTIVITIES- We went quad biking which was fun but ended up in my boyfriend being driven to a doctors house to have stitches without and anaesthetic! His breaks packed in as we were going down a steep hill! We went on banana boats, fly fish , jet skis and had a great time. If you are planning on doing water sports try to go with the same people each time as they do recognise you and give you cheaper prices! The water park (Aqua Palace) is a 5 dinar taxi drive away. It cost 20 dinars to get in and 2 for a locker. There are lots of slides and a big waves pool. There are also sun beds and places to eat there too. All very cheap. Fair ground at Port El Kantaoui. Free to get in. You have to buy tickets with are 1 dinar each. Each ride requires a different amount of tickets. E.g. The main roller coaster cost 7 tickets. There are also some very nice shops there too, also plenty of places to eat and drink.
Medina- We got a taxi from outside the hotel to the Medina (5 DINAR). It is very nice. Little market shops. Everyone tries to get you into their shop but its all part of the fun. The further you go in the seedier it gets however so beware!
Taxis- driving around everywhere. Make sure you agree on a price before you get in. We paid no more than 6 dinar to the Medina in Sousee or to Port El Kantoui. After 9 o’clock they say its price and a half but still after 9 it was never more than 7 dinar.
The beach which is a 2 minute walk down a path from the hotel is very clean. It has sun loungers all the way up for use free of charge. We thought it would be nice to go for a swim at night time but quickly changed our minds when the jelly fish decided to attack us. Weren’t dangerous ones. Just made us a bit itchy for a few minutes.
The hotel has a VIP area which does massages, manicures and has a small gym. This seemed very expensive. The gym had 5 pieces of equipment and was 20 dinar to use for the day. A 10 minute walk down to beach to the Marhaba and there was a gym there everyone is able to use. It was a lot bigger and only 5 dinar. They also have a nice indoor pool which is open to everyone. Not just the hotel guests.
We would definitely come back to this hotel. All the staff are helpful and make you feel very welcome. The area we were in had everything we were looking for and at a perfect price for us. We really recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Jinene located between Sousse and Port EL Kantaoui direct on sandy beach Rooms with air conditioning bathroom TV balcony fridge on request sea or garden view Restaurant with buffet meals lobby bar Pizzeria Mini club Animation SPA Playground area for children Mini golf tennis court open-air Pool with sperate pool for children indoor heated swimming pool ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotels Jinene And Royal Jinene Hotel Sousse
- Hotel Jinene And Royal
- Jinene And Royal Hotel
- Jinene Hotel