Acqua Viva is a great hotel for those who are looking for clean lodging at a good price, and intend to spend their time outside of the hotel. I was there for 4 nights and was very happy with my booking. A clean room with air conditioning, a bathroom, and a small balcony (though the view is of a rundown parking lot) and breakfast for far less than the other large hotels in Gammarth (Ramada, Regency, etc). There is a nice looking pool, though the water slides don't work anymore, and free wifi in the lobby (pretty, though a little dim).
As for location, it is certainly not walkable to anything but the beach (maybe the new mall "Gammarth Center" which is about a 25 minute walk up the road). Taxis are the rule of thumb, though that's really the case everywhere around there. There are usually several in front of the hotel who will try to quote high prices for every destination instead of using their meters. But you can either hold your ground and wait for one to cave, or just walk out to the main road where you will find one driving by. It's between 7 and 12 dinars to go from the hotel to La Marsa, Sidi Bou Said or Carthage. Most of the taxis I took back to the hotel knew it by name. They will almost definitely know the Ramada by name and you can just direct them a bit further down the road once you pass it.
This hotel would be great for students or those who don't mind things a bit shabby and are on a budget. The breakfast was mediocre, some of the bathroom appliances were aged, and not many of the employees spoke English, but everything was clean. Mostly Tunisians, some Italians and French in the hotel. My friend and I are both young women, but we felt safe. If you are looking for a resort vacation, look elsewhere and pay more. But if you want reliable budget lodgings, Acqua Viva fits the bill.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the edge of Gammart's sandy beaches, in the heart of an eucalyptus and mimosa forest, Hotel Acqua viva Beach is the ideal location to discover Sidi bou Said and its picturesque village (7min), Carthage with its archeological sites, Roman amphitheatre and museum (10min), La Goulette and its well Known boulevard filled with tunisian restaurants, Medina of Tunis (30min) and le Bardo museum (30 min) Acqua Viva hotel have a seasonal outdoor pool, a giant water slide a children's pool and an indoor pool. Wired high-speed Internet access is complimentary in the lobby of the reception. Lunch and dining options, pool snack and poolside bar. The hotel serves a breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet. It features a children's club and gift shops / newsstands. Free parking. Acqua Viva offers 186 rooms including 31 family suites, bathrooms equipped bath or showers, telephone, balcony with pool or garden-view . The main building is served with lift. The bungalow have large rooms with private terrace and a very nice central garden. All rooms are air conditioned and have a bath or shower, blackout curtains, a telephone, a TV (with access to satellite channels) and a safe deposit box on demand. Housekeeping is offered daily, other amenities available on request include refrigerators. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Acqua Viva Gammarth