Let me start with the positives about this hotel.
Researched this hotel extensively, including the rave reviews on TA before booking the Iberostar Averroes for a much needed vacation with my teenage son and elderly parents. The building itself is wonderful with well cared for lush gardens and plenty of space to find quiet nooks to relax, if you so wish. Beautifully spacious, newly decorated rooms - with a calm soothing decor and a moorish ambience incorporated into the design of the building.
We had a pool / sea view with balcony on the 3rd floor - would highly recommend this - just to enjoy the sunrises and sunsets every day. Quite apart from which the rooms were impeccably clean - with large comfortable beds and a very relaxing seating area. Bathrooms were large, and kept spotless. Fantastic idea to have the toilet separate from the bathroom - saved a lot of arguments in the morning. :)
Now to move onto the highlight of the trip - the food. What can I say - absolutely fabulous. Wide variety every day - starting from breakfast all the way through to dinner. Would be difficult for anyone to be picky - everything from freshly made pizza's, running the gamut from international cuisine to local delicacies. The only disappointment was the a la carte restaurant. We were really looking forward to it - but lacked in variety and flavour. Would not waste your time - and just stick to the main restaurant.
Although food is supposed to be available all day - that wasn't quite the case. Leftovers of the cold meats, salads and desserts from lunch are set out - but can get quite unappetising after a while. There was a pancake station at about 4, which was a good idea - however queues for one chap making pancakes - sometimes didn't make it worth standing around for. Would have been better to have snacks available through the day.
Can't comment on the alcohol, as I don't drink - but from what I saw, the choice seemed limited.
Pool was lovely, with plenty of space, and varied areas, including a swim up pool bar. However, even for the end of May - the water was cold, and there were minimal people actually in the water. This also meant that the water sports that were scheduled invariably did not happen. Was expecting the indoor pool to be heated - but unfortunately this was at the same temperature as the outdoor.
Spent a lot of our time on the beach - were easily able to get sun beds at any time, and found the sand to be kept clean, despite the camels wandering up and down the sea line.
Now onto the key let down for the Iberostart Averroes - the animation team. One of the main reasons for booking this hotel, based on the TA reviews, were the rave reviews given to the animation team. I found the team lacklustre at best. There seemed to be a few guests that the animation team got on with - so it seemed to be more a private party than hotel entertainment. Very little happened during the day - unsure whether this was because when we were there it was still low season, at the end of May 14. The evening entertainment was painful and amaturish at best. Takes place after 22:00 hrs, in a hall separate from the main lobby. Every time we went in, found a packed hall, at the beginning of the programme, with guests gradually wandering off within the first half hour - to leave a handful of die hards by the end of the programme. After a few evenings of lacklustre performances - we decided to play cards in the bar area as a more enjoyable evening.
This was a shame as we were looking forward to the evening entertainment - but other than this, I would highly recommend the Iberostar Averroes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The IBEROSTAR Averroes is located on a large and wide sand beach and just a short walk from the centre of Yasmine-Hammamet. The complex features elegant Mediterranean architecture with touches of the local region and offers its guests a total of 266 rooms. Of note among its facilities and services are its outdoor pool with Jacuzzi and its spa with a wet area, massages, and treatments. If you’re a sports lover, this is your best option as the hotel features an outdoor athletic area, tennis court, water sports in summer, fitness room, and a golf course nearby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Averroes Hotel Hammamet
- Iberostar Hotel Averroes
- Iberostar Hotel Hammamet