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Hotel Palace Oceana Hammamet
Ranked #3 of 119 Hotels in Hammamet
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Just stayed 7 nights at the Riu Palace Oceana Hotel - a lovely relaxing hotel with welcoming, friendly staff. The hotel rooms are spotless and spacious, along with the public areas. The buffet food was well presented and fresh and the spa area was superb. Great value for money and I will definitely be returning.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

If you are looking for a lovely, relaxed holiday then this is the hotel for you!!! The staff are excellent and attentive and cannot do enough for you (please please go in a free tour of the Medina with Mr Moustacheo, you will find him outside the jewellery shop selling golf tours, he is a gem and we loved him, it is free but please tip him as he does a great tour!!!)

Food at this hotel can yes be a little repetative as others have said but in my opinion, if it ain't broke, don't fix it!!!! It is amazing, hot and fresh and they do a different theme each night. The desserts are out of this world, do not miss out on those!!!!!

Rooms are very spacious and clean with wonderful views all around!

All in all this hotel is great, it was very quiet when we went due to it being the start of the season so it was a bit of a shock after the chaos that homelife brings, but we soon settled in a really didn't want to leave!!!!

We will be back as soon as we can get there and would not even bother looking at going to another hotel (unless we went to another area, Hammamet is not the place to go if you like lots to do!!!)

Thank you for a lovely week Oceana!!!!!!! See you again soon

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1  Thank Merriman88
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Just returned from a week at the Oceana Palace, never been to Tunisia before so was unsure what to expect, have to say things did not get off to a good start taking 90 minutes to clear passport control at Enfidah airport, why Thomson have around 9 flights arriving within a 20 minute window is beyond me the airport just cannot cope.
However the Oceana, what an entrance, absolutely spectacular, the reception staff were excellent, we had a room overlooking the gardens,pool and sea, the bedroom itself was enormous, never slept in a bed as large, hardly saw the wife all week, seriously I would imagine at least 4 people could have slept in the bed. There is a dressing area, decent size bathroom and shower. The gardens were quiet (no kids) and well manicured, plenty of room,beds etc were well spread out, with the man providing the covers/mattresses small tip required, 1dinar is fine (40p) the outside pools are clean, there is also a heated indoor pool, and a spa area.
We went all inclusive, the food is all buffet service, the choice is tremendous, the breakfast is mainly set up for European's but you can get your omelettes, bacon eggs etc. lunch has a vast array of salads, hot fish, meat, pasta dishes the waiters are very attentive in serving the drinks and clearing the table, evening dinner once again is buffet with themed nights, Italian and Tunisian whilst we were there.
Coming now to the staff, the maids left decorations of all types on the bed each day, the drinks waiters were very good, little tip each time is good, and the general manager Mr Zaibet seems to be always around and available for a chat, as was Mr Aissa the front office manager, we cannot reflect in just a few words just how good the staff are.
Evening entertainment, I have noticed in previous comments the pianist gets non favourable comments, well maybe that's for the purists, but for us to listen to a guy play for 2 hours some popular songs was fine, didn't play from sheet music just from memory. Some of the other entertainment was no more than average but as background music it didn't interfere with conversation around the bar area.
At the start of the week the hotel was no more than 30% occupied, it was between seasons for them but the weather was good all week (Easter)
We went to the new part of Hammamet (jasmine) few times through the week, can walk it on the beach in around 30minutes or take a taxi, we were advised to make sure the meter was on, however once we had been and saw the cost of 4 dinar, we used to jump in give the driver 5 dinar (2.00) and off we went. You do have to put up with the shop owners inviting you to look at their products, firm and polite sees them off!!.
If you want to go to the old part of Hammamet the hotel has a free bus (see Mr Moustache),he takes you in shows you around and you don't get the same sort of hassle from the traders when he is with you.
To conclude, having been taking holidays for some 30 years this hotel takes some beating, would we go again? Without hesitation!, even though it is a little expensive during the school hols, wife's a teacher.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

Just back from a very relaxing week at this lovely hotel. Had beautiful room on top floor-spectacular views, clean and very spacious. Hammam well worth a visit: my daughter and I enjoyed the seaweed wrap and exfoliation; prices better than UK. As has been said previously, all staff are charming and courteous. The hotel tour with Mehir (affectionately know as "moustache" by his colleagues) to the medina in Hammamet was excellent. Beware, you will buy a carpet you never even knew you needed!! Food was great, good variety and fresh.
Few suggestions:
The 19 y old daughter thought the 10 am cut off for breakfast was a bit early. Maybe a later option?
Water in room-should be complimentary
Charging for a room safe? Sends wrong cheese-paring signal...
These are tiny points-would return to this hotel. Recommended!

Stayed: April 2014
3  Thank Carol111525
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

We booked this hotel for a complete relaxation break and it didn't disappoint! When we arrived we were greeted with the customary fruit drink and check in was very easy and quick. We were given a quiet room which suited us. We stayed in room 500 which is on floor 3 and right at the end of the hotel. It had ocean views and also a 270 degree view to the mountains in the opposite direction (this view is across an industrial looking roof space but doesn't detract too much!). I would recommend this room if you want a quiet time as the entertainment can be heard throughout the hotel.
All the staff we encountered were great and nothing seemed too much trouble. The hotel was only 43% full when we stayed so whether this would be the case at full capacity I can't say. Everyone had a smile on their face and we were greeted cheerily everyday. The food was good quality and it was kept fresh throughout service. I would say that if I'd stayed for two weeks I would have possibly become bored by the selection. The wine was very nice (the first time I've stayed in a Riu with drinkable wine!!). It was all local wine and we tried the red and white (Magon and Ugni Blanc respectively).
The only down side I found with the hotel was having to sign for all our drinks and food and that not all drinks were included. We have stayed in a number of Caribbean Riu's and were used to having a full choice at the bar. It is only a small issue and definitely doesn't detract from the overall experience too much.
I would recommend this hotel to couples who just want to chill out and enjoy the sunshine!!

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

In simple terms - great hotel to chill out in - staff are readily available to help and extremely friendly . A good variety of all different cuisine and class. Ideal surroundings for tranquility- beach and pool area with comfortable beds and 1st class service from staff . If I were to nit pick, the gym could do with air conditioning and the beds , although large could do with being a little firmer . Not a lot of activity outside hotel but you can always taxi to town (cheap fares)
Overall, you will not be disappointed- but you will need to get to the gym when you get back JR. Penarth South Wales
1st time in hammamat Tunisia
Will return again

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Reviewed 14 April 2014

We first visited this hotel in June 2013 largely because of the reviews on Tripadvisor ! I won't bore you with details just to say it is a beautiful hotel. Without a doubt the best and most attentive staff I have ever had the pleasure of meeting ! The food is amazing and the prices are very cheep for the quality of service provided ! Going back in 7 weeks ! Cannot wait !

Room Tip: Ask for a see view room ! Stunning !
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Barraket Essahel, B.P 58 | Hammamet Sud, Hammamet 8056, Tunisia (Formerly Hotel Riu Palace Oceana Hammamet)
Region: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Hammamet
#2 Spa Hotel in Hammamet
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Hammamet
#3 Luxury Hotel in Hammamet
#13 Family Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range: £50 - £263 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Palace Oceana Hammamet 5*
Number of rooms: 208
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Adults only Hotel * Located in Hammamet-Jinene * Situated on the beach * Complimentary sun loungers and parasols on the beach * 4-storey building surrounded by 70,000 m2 of gardens * 8 km from Hammamet's old quarter * 2 km from various shops * 60/95 km from the Tunis/Monastir airports * 40 km from Enfidha airport * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa ... more   less 
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