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Hotel Palace Oceana Hammamet
Ranked #4 of 118 Hotels in Hammamet
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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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“Several Holidays to the Oceana”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2010

This is the 1st time I have ever bothered to write a review of a Hotel, but felt it only right as my wife and I avidly read all reviews before booking ourselves! We have stayed at the Oceana many times over the last couple of years, we tend to book for 4 weeks at a time. I cannot praise the staff highly enough from the cleaning ladies to the reception staff, their open friendly approach always with a smile and a "how are you", goes a long way. Cleanliness of the Hotel is 2nd to none, clean sheets/towels every day and usually flowers etc on the bed. Staying for 4 weeks puts a different perspective on the food as I know several people report on repetative food. To be honest, as a very fussy eater I have to say that overall the different menus were about as far as the chefs could go. My wife (known as the Shrimp Lady) was given prawns/shrimps etc every night as she is not a big meat eater and she enjoyed the fish very much, thank you if you read this. There is a new manager at the Hotel from Portugal ( Mr Neves, really nice guy)who is trying to improve what is already a good standard trying new things etc, and my wife and I feel that once he has implimented his ideas a currently very good Hotel will become excellent. Of note, for those of us that like to try and keep a little slim over our hol's he is planning to renovate the gymnasuim in the near future. To finish, all I can say is please remember to give a smile and a how are you occasionally to the staff, it goes a long way, unlike some of our friends from other countries! If you go to Yassmine Hamammet and the weather is ok, a 20 min walk along the beach is great, but a 4 Dinar taxi back is better! The Medina at Hamammet, take your husband, that's all I will say. Shops, any not fixed price, you must haggle or you will be ripped off. Beach sellers with Sarongs, don't pay more that 10 Dinar, even if he starts at 35, he is taking the mick and trying it on. Will stop now as I have dribbled on enough, bottom line, smashing Hotel, not for kids as there is nothing for them to do, if you are looking for 5 star entertainment again forget. If though you are looking for a relaxing, friendly, clean, away from it holiday, then I guess like us you might just have found it. Of note we have just booked for May 2011, might see you there.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2010

this is a very well run hotel and the staff are excellent, friendly, attentive and helpful. Food is good and selection is varied, predominantly buffet. Amenities generally are well conceived and in good order. Despite having 2 days of rain, the break achieved everything that we sought and we would happily return when next we want a lazy getaway.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2010

Firstly I would like to say to all the people complaining that this is not 5*- YOU R NOT PAYING 5* PRICES!!!!!!!! I think it is a very unfair comment, and also what means 5* to some, doesn't mean 5* to others. A 5* anywhere else in the world would have cost at least double. We paid for a family of 4 in 2 junior suites, half board £6.000- you are looking at that being doubled anywhere else in Europe during high season.
Anyway, aside of that- this hotel is 5* and so much more in my opinion.......No there is no pool with swim up bar and jacuzzis, turn down service with chocolates on your pillow, cold towels and ice lollys round the pool etc etc etc....but frankly I find that all a bit "new money tack", which is a fun novelty at first- but frankly, highly unecessary.
This hotel is what I would call "tired elegance", and as one reviewer remarked, very reminiscent of La Cote D'Azzure 30 years ago. The hotel is 90% French guests, and at first, you are made to feel this a bit- but treat the staff well and like old friends, get in with the right people, (Paolo and the French/ Italian crowd of about 25 who come several times a year for several weeks), and they will treat you like their own- also being able to speak a little French helps.
Ok let's get down to it.
Beach- stunning white soft sand and crystal clear mediteranean sea, which most days was as calm as a bath and had no seaweed etc in the sea. It is one of the most relaxing beaches I have ever been on. There are the occasional camel and horse that ride up and down for the kids to ride on, a great beach bar, (thank you Kamel and Wallid for always having my vodka and freshly squeezed orange juice ready before I'd even ordered it! LOL), and some water sports/ volleyball. Loved swimming inthe sea every day.
Pool and gardens. One of the nicest pools I have been in- really clean. The pictures don't do it justice. No swim up bar- yippee- I'd rather have my drinks brought to my sun lounger thank you very much! By the way- there are always plenty of towels and sun loungers by the pool or on the beach any time of day. Gardens are well kept and beautiful.
Hotel- It is spotless everyhere, and has an air of tired elegance- I liked it.
Rooms- We had 2 ground floor junior suites- huge rooms, (about 14ft x 20ft), with seperate bathroom with good size bath, (great water pressure), seperate power shower, seperate dressing areas with LOADS of wardrobe space- and beleive me, I take 14 bikinis, a different dress for every night and matching shoes and bags etc etc etc!! :).. We were lucky enough to have no carpet- I prefer a tilied floor. Great dressing table, with good lighting and plug nearby- definately designed by a woman LOLLOLLOL! Spotlessly kept with dressing gowns, slippers and fresh towels and bedding daily. They also did little things like put fruit in our room, and rose perals on the bed etc. Rooms are basic- but fine.
Food- ahhhhh, I have left the best for last......it was magnificent at dinner- breafast was fine, but dinner was lovely- how anyone can say it got repetative is beyond me There is an abundance of agriculture in Tunisia, so there is always plenty of fresh fruit and veg, including aubergines, peppers, carrots, broccoli, caulifower, spinach, green beans and peas, all the usual fruit, and the meat isn't mass farmed and tastes like meat did here in the 70s- really tender and tasty. There is always a huge hordeuves table laden with fresh salmon, tuna, beef cappacio, egg mayonaise, prawns lobster, loads of different salads and tasty canapes, just to name a few, cooking stations providing, differetn pasta dishes, fish, and meat- the pepper fillet beef was superb and they even make the sauce fresh in front of you. There is paella, and traditional Tunisain dishes such as cous cous with lamb, or fish, brik, (yum), or ojay- which is gorgeous. Something I never eat on holiday is desert- but these were the best, home made and fresh- especially the kiwi tart and the lemon merengue pie- there were also traditional Tunisian sweets. There are no carton juices- all are freshly squeezed.
As I said treat them well- and they will do anything for you- my family were treated like special guests to be honest, beciause they really liked us- we were given the best tables on the terrace when we requested it and they really fussed round us for out anniversay.
I woke up one morning and couldn't open my eye. It was 7.30. My husband called reception and a doctor came within the hour. Took one look at me, correctly diagnosed me and gave me a prescription and an injection- then charged us about £20!!!!!!! When Glyn went to reception to enquire about where to pick it up from- they were horrified and said, "Non Monsiur! We will send someone to get it for Madam" And they did, by the time we had come out of breakfast! My eye was back to normal by the evening.
All in all, a wonderful place, with wonderful people, and we would go back. We did have one issue the first day, and if you want to know more, email me- but it would never happen again now they know us, and is irrelevant as the holiday was so lovely.
But please don't come here if your kids are the type who need constant entertainmant or you need all night entertainment, (though there is s fab kiddies club which is open till midnight), but not much for the teenagers to be honest apart from the water sports. Excursians are great- but give the Zulu night a miss :)). Sidi Bu Said and Cathage were great though, and had the kids been older, I would love to have done the Star Wars trip into the Sahara. Another tip- do not go all inclusive- u r treated differently in that they thought we were and told us there was no juice for the kids at dinner, or champagne for us- until they realised we were paying for it!! There was only Fanta and Coke type drinks, for the kids and cheap wine or beer for the adults- but I'm a princess and like to have what I want. Also, if you r paying you get Absolute vodka, if ur all inclusive- it's cheap local- it's up to you. Also, weekends seem busier in the hotel- the local gentry and diplomats and hotel owner's friends do use it, (you can see all the Porches etc up the drive), so I booked excursions with private guides at the weekend- and they were quieter then. It may irritate you- but the local diplomats do get preferntail treatment, ( although we were very well looked after)- it is probably the best hotel in Tnisia though, which is why they use it.
Avoid this place also if you are "new money"- you will hate it- stick to Marbella, Potal Nous or Dubai- this place oooozes old French money and style- it clearly isn't their main holiday :). The themed night was wonderful and outside and everyone dressed up like it was a wedding- my family always dress up on holiday- so we loved it!
All in all a wonderful, sun drenched, relaxnig holiday, being spoilt rotten in lovely surroundings- what more could one ask for??:))))xxxxxxxx PS I haven't put any pictures up, and haven't got a link, but if you go onto my facebook, (Jacqui Le Roy Bunting) photos- Tunisaia I and Tunisia 2 these are my holiday snaps.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2010

We have just returned from 10 days in the Oceana Palace, we travelled here on a Thomsons A la Carte package and we were dissapointed. We have been to most Gold Hotels and a few Platinum and this is not as good a hotel. The hotel is very remote,,not even a shop within walking distance..you can easily get a taxi to Yasmin Hammamet but it is a long walk along the beach...regardless of what the brochure tells you. The rooms are spacious and clean but the beds are uncomfortable. The main restaurant food is quite good but is very repetative.There is a restaurant at the side of the pool for lunch but it has a limited menu and is expensive if you are not all inclusive.... You cant get a quick snack...you have to have a meal. If you want ice cream there is a fridge at the bar on the beach...but it doesnt work...and the ice cream has been frozen and thawed out...many times !!! On the positive side there is no problem getting a sunbed and the pool is very clean and quite big !!
The Thomson rep was only seen once at the welcome meeting and then he just seemed to want to get through it and couldnt wait to leave !!!
We wouldn't stay here again unless there was a major refurbishment and the French guests (who are the most ignorant we have come across) radically changed their attitude, this is a hotel that panders to the French & Italians.
We did however meet a great English couple who made our stay more enjoyable !!!
If this is an example of the best Thomson has to offer then give me Gold any day !!!!!!
One last thing...if you charge anything to your room with the intention of paying your bill at the end of your stay ( which the hotel actively encourage ) be warned...you will pay 12.5% tax on top of your bill !!! which you dont pay if you pay csh as you go along !!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Lancashire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2010

My husband and I together with my sister and her husband have just spent 2 weeks at the Riu Palace Oceana. This was our 2nd stay at the hotel and first for my sister and her husband. Had a good holiday fantastic junior suites which were kept spotless by our maid. The pool and garden areas are beautiful with plenty of sun loungers. Food and service was excellent. The 2nd week of our hotel they opened the italian restaurant and we had a superb meal. Whilst there, the new manager of the hotel started and within a few days he started to rearrange certain aspects of the hotel.

They have introduced all inclusive this year and it seemed to work well for the people who had chosen to take this option. Drinks whether it be alcholic or non alcholic are all reasonably priced especially for a 5 star hotel.

Overall a very good holiday and if you just want to relax then this is the place to go. We are going back in September 2011.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2010

The location was paradise only three hours away from home. The Hotel has large rooms and is ideal for people looking for a quiet vacation and in need of a week to rest. You walk five minutes and are in a private beach with beautiful sand and a clear sea, where you can stay for hours because the water is warm and there are almost no waves. The staff at the beach are very nice and when we were there the beach was almost desert except on Saturday when large Tunisian families occupied some of the places.
The food although not gourmet was plentiful at the buffet restaurant - where we had breakfast and dinner . and I recommend eating at the veranda.The other hotel restaurants were not working but the Barcacue restaurant between the pool and the beach served sandwiches and light meals at lunch time. Avoid Saturday there because the large families occupied most of the tables and the service was slow and poor.
The best thing about this hotel is location. If you like to stay for hours in the beach and be able to come back to you hotel room if you forgot the suncreen ot to sleep a siesta this is the hotel for you. Bring books because there will be not much to do when you return from the long hours in the beach.

Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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LOndon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2010

Already familiar with Morocco (over half dozen trips in as many years), Egypt, Gulf etc so took a look at Tunisia with a bit of intrepidation given area’s overall reputation for an inexpensive package location for European travellers. Stayed at up-market Riu Palace Hammamet Oceana after reading countless reviews and blogs on this and other hotels in area. Very pleased to say that on arrival the concerns vanished and feel hotel is a pretty much an undiscovered gem. Not too sure if I want to write this as do not want to give away the secret. It is similar to France 20 years ago or Morocco 15 years ago but with some differences.
Hotel has vast interior spaces and yes there is smoking inside but one goes there for the outside not the inside. Free Wifi access and reasonably fast. Yes, probably 4 star not 5 star but one is not paying 5 star European prices.
Accommodation- we were three in one room and never bumped into each other. Very large bathroom and dressing rooms, plenty of storage, at least 25ft by 25 foot bedroom facing the pool and the sea. Equally wide balcony. Comfortable seating. Wonderful views of palms and sea and pool. Yes, the decor is a bit dated but quite comfortable. Excellent beds, linens, and yes they do innovative things every day with flowers scattered in rooms. Very quiet save for the Club Med which seems to play loud music about 30 minutes to 1 hour at unpredictable times but never after 9 pm ( go figure?). AC works fine and with doors closed you can’t hear anything. It is spotless- disregard any blogs which say anything to contrary. Yes, there was some construction to one of the 3 sides side of the hotel, but we never heard anything save the waves.
Large buffet (we were on half board). Good assortment of cold and hot. It does not get repetitive, quite good selection of European and Tunisian food, overly attentive waiters who after the first day remembered our room number and the wine we drank. But this is 4 star Euopean. Wine- Grise de Hammamet- Rose and red was more than adequate and not overly expensive £8, but one can easily make the short cab trip to town and buy the same for £3. Not bring it to table but no problem bringing one’s own to beach. Yes, there are people who go there with the apparent objectives of eating themselves into senility but don’t let it bother you. Very seldom did they run out of anything and no, there was not a rush to the door at 630 or 830. One does not have to commit to eating at the same of the two services every night and strangely many chose to sit inside rather on the wide outdoor balcony with wonderful views and no mosquitoes.
The pool is massive and not over used. Many of the guests ( June 2-16th ) were retiring and retired and never made it beyond the pool beds of which there were plenty. Some families but most guests in their 40s-60s. We often had the very large pool entirely to ourselves even at mid day and mid-afternoon. Equally many did not make it to the beach, a one minute walk and the principal reason for going here. The beach beds were well separated, there were more than enough of them . The beach was quiet and magnificent. The sand is” vacuumed” by the municipality leaving almost no seaweed (and raked by the hotel) , is very high quality off-white powder-soft coral . The hotel beach is private but not with fences or aggressive noticable guards. Only one day out of 14 was there any seaweed in water or on the beach. The water was overly clear, some small fish and not much else. The beach stretches for well over 4 miles and having walked most of it, can say it was uniformly spotless. Mix of gentle surf with a couple of days of wind driven 2 foot surf. Shallow shelving so good for kids, Well supervised, life guards every 500 meters and attentive to aggressive swimmers not going out too far. No undertow. Good range of water sports, jet skis, sailboats, kayaks, camel rides, horse rides on offer. No crap on beach as was suggested by one blog. But not a busy beach, in contrast to Spain or France; no hassle from the occasional banana/pareo seller. Just say no and they get the idea. Beach bar at hotel serves no food (a negative) but attentive in terms of drinks. Weather fantastic- high 20s and constant gentle wind, means you don’t swelter as you might do in Cannes.

This is a quiet place; if you want discos they are a £4 cab ride away but if you want to sun, swim, eat,read and watch the world go by, it is perfect. Yes, it helps to speak a little French but you can get by in English. Why not learn 5 words in Arabic and see the positive response! Most of the guests were French, German. Only a few Brits, Russians. Most were grownups- no noisy beer blags on the beach or at the hotel. Perhaps the cost keeps them away. The Tunisians were uniformly hospitable, welcoming and engaging. They depend on tourism and it shows. A good sense of humour is helpful if you go into Hammamet to do local shopping; bartering is a way of life. But if you want to buy fake Prada bags, Rolex watches and Izod shirts, they are there. No one pretended that they were the real thing. Tunisian women are very liberated for an Arab country (65% of judges and lawyers are women). This is not a fundamentalist country and has a live and let live attitude. Women can do topless on beach but probably not stroll down the beach in that fashion as they might do in Southern France. There is no ogling as there might be in places like Dubai.
Just don’t want all of you to go and spoil it. It will probably be like it is for the next 5 years and then who knows!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Palace Oceana Hammamet
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
#3 Spa Hotel in Hammamet
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Hammamet
#4 Luxury Hotel in Hammamet
#13 Family Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Palace Oceana Hammamet 5*
Number of rooms: 208
Official Description (provided by the 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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