The hotel looked run down from the outside. Inside it stuck to the theme, the interior was shabby and the carpets were dirty.
The room was a good size and had a reasonable view overlooking the pool area, however it was rather grubby. The duvet had some yellowish stain, so we had to discard it and sleep under the sheet. I woke up with a very long black hair in my mouth one morning (I have short brown hair, my girlfriend is blonde). The quality of sleep was ok if you're happy to get up at 8.
There was an annyoing man that wouldn't take no for an answer that intercepted us in the bar on the first night. He pressured us daily to go ride camels and go quad biking, he didn't appear to be hotel staff but took free reign around the hotel. We found ourselves having to hide from him as much as possible as he just wouldn't let up.
The bar was hideously overpriced, a vodka + coke cost approx £6 given the exchange rate at the time, water was £1.50 (It's about 20p from a grocery store). The best investment we made was a 6 pack of 1litre bottles of coke that we purchased from a supermarket for about £2.50, we bought vodka from the bar at £3.50 a glass and added our own coke at the poolside. Incidently, the nearest supermarket was a £12 taxi journey away, and didn't stock any alcohol at all.
The pool was very nice, however it was very crowded in the day, which we found odd as the hotel had very few guests.
The beach was very nice, clean and reasonably quiet. There were some people fishing which was slightly worrying, but I didn't find myself hooked so all was good.
The internet was very difficult to connect to in most areas we tried. It was not accessible in our room or in the lobby, so we ended up sitting in a corridor with our laptops on the 2nd floor .
If you enjoy flies landing on your face, hands and meal while eating bland, barely warm sludge then I can highly recommend the eating facilities here. The waiters cleared our plates sometimes the very second we put our cutlery down, so we felt rushed and uncomfortable. The food is all served as a buffet, so combined with the fly problem it felt like I was taking my life in my hands each meal.
We cut short our stay at Phebus due to the poor hygeine and the pushy Tunisian Del boy.
I would urge anyone considering this place to go elsewhere.
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- Also Known As:
- Sol Melia Gammarth
- Phebus Hotel Gammarth