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The Sindbad
Ranked #29 of 119 Hotels in Hammamet
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 November 2010

I found the Sindbad excellent. I did not come to the hotel as part of package, but simply dropped in for short stay.
Unlike some of other "zone touristique" resort hotels I visited while touring Tunisia, I found the Sindbad management very welcoming to an independent traveller. The accomodation exceeded my expectations, the hotel is relaxed and stylish, everything ran very smoothly, and from my experience there was none of the careless or grasping attitude I heard complaints about at other tourist hotels. I would definitely stay there again.

Stayed: October 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 November 2010

This is a revered high end hotel and ( I am informed by an ex-pat Hammamet resident of 15 years) the suites which front the beach are a hide out for celebrities politicians and high society in Tunisia.

The rooms are private and spacious each having a lobby/dressing room; separate bathroom and toilet; and huge king size bed and a small terrace for sitting outside looking out into the gardens and colonnades leading down to the beach.

We found the staff at the Sindbad generally very helpful and housekeeping in particular did a good job - especially as it was the rainy season. A couple of dinar a day go a long way to ensuring excellent service.

Foodwise - the Voiliers restaurant is excellent and was packed out with locals at lunchtime - a good sign - we saw a waiter there expertly take a fish off the bone for a customer using only a teaspoon. The main guest restarant Sheherezade performed best at breakfast and in the evening buffet options - otherwise the fare tends to cater for the majority of guests from Germany and meat dishes particular are pretty bland. Very good quality fruit and vegetables and excellent bread and local wines however.

Demographically the hotel was populated by a majority of older 50+ groups on golfing breaks from southern Europe. There was a heart surgeon, a tax lawyer and a Frank Sinatra impressionist in my yoga class at one point...

The Pool Club Bar is stylish and has an amazing view over the infinity pool. However - beware - the prices are double those of the Djinn Bar next to reception which is also charming.

Would have liked to have seen more local specialitiesin the hotel restaurants generally. There are number of good local cafes and epiceries nearby where you can while away the time and the International Cultural Centre 10 minutes walk away is worth a visit. I would avoid venturing into Hammamet and the Medina - and take a 8 TND cab ride over to Nabeul - local town specialising in ceramics. A lot less hassle and better quality products. The Hotel organised a camel ride to a Berber village at one point overlooking olive groves and the motorway to Tunis which was surreal as it coincided with a dramatic thunderstorm and we were in local costume!

Enjoyed excellent semi private yoga and meditation classes on a roof terrace overlooking the sea provided by Madame Christina of the British Wheel of Yoga and a couple of good Ayurvedic and Hot Stone massages in the Spa. Not sure the Hammam is up to scratch for the price in comparison to 5 star experience in Marrakech for example. The Hotel would benefit from having a fitness centre - there seems to be plenty of space for this. The WIFI connection in reception seemed to work OK - couldn't get it to work in the room - but we were pretty near the beach.

To sum up - if you want "bling" go to Hammamet Yasmine - this is not it - but it is one of the most peaceful relaxing hotels with plenty of space to chill out and catch up on sleep. ( If by any chance you are feeling "hard done by" when you get here take the tourist train down to Yasmine and make the comparison - Carthageland - ew!)

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2010

I'm struggling to understand if the reporter from Atlanta went to the same hotel. We found the overall experience of the hotel to be excellent and had one of the most relaxing holidays ever, beside the beach, being very well looked after. Our rooms (176,177)appeared huge and one of them had another single bedroom of it, some of the furthest from the beach but not a problem at all.

We went half board with three vegetarians out of a party of four. Buffet nights were good for them but a-la-carte nights were a bit more difficult with limited vegetarian options, but the waiters were really good at letting them select vegetables from some of the meat dishes to make up a dish of their own.

The hotel is a nice 20-30 minute walk along the beach to the town centre for some good lunches (recommend Resto La Plage for excellent pizzas, pasta & seafood).

We'd definitely go back to the hotel but struggled a little bit to find things to entertain teenagers in Tunis and Cap Bon out-of-season. Note the outdoor pools are unheated but indoor one is.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 October 2010

We booked this hotel as part of a wellness package and had no idea what to expect. The vacation turned out to be the most relaxing and nice wellness vacation ever. The facilities in the hotel are just great and the staff is multilingual and very friendly. The hotel has three restaurants with all kind of food choices and a great bar for the night. It is more a place for people who are looking for silence than parties or young crowds. The guests are mainly older people who are playing Golf in the closeby Golf areas.

The spa area is very modern and nice. Even though the spa staff is not on a European standard and in some parts semi professional, we liked it a lot. Dont expect too much and then you will enjoy it a lot more.

We loved the big breakfast buffet, the pool area and our lovely room with a balcony towards a great garden area.

If we ever come back to Tunis, we would stay there again. Hammamet is a very touristy place, so we recommend not going there in the high season.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 October 2010

This hotel has a great beach and is in a nice location close to the old city. However, the staff (at the restaurants, pool, gates, beach, etc.) is simply horrible. They manage to nicely blend inefficiency, ignorance, and arrogance. The exception was the staff at the spa; but then, we were told that they work for another company and are not hotel employees.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2010

This was our 9th trip to Tunisia, so we knew more or less what to expect.. We chose the Sindbad as seemed to have had a recent makeover, and looked to be a little bit different.
We arrived at about 9.30pm and anticipated dropping our luggage and settling in for a nice drink before retiring after a long days travelling..... We were shown to room 218 - a small, but pleasantly furnished room. The smell on entering was overpowering....sewerage! We turned on the air conditioning and went to the bar, hoping the smell would be gone on return. It wasn`t!! A call to the front desk brought a maintenance man who changed a filter in the bathroom. However, after a shower, the smell was even worse, and another call was made. This brought same maintenance man armed with air freshener!!! After another call, we were eventually moved, at 2a.m. to a room on the ground floor which was fine.

Towels on sunbeds very much in evidence - thanks, I think, to the large number of Germans staying. (We only met 2 other English speaking couples) This extended to the reserving of tables around the pool bar in the evenings! Often these table would remain unoccupied for the entire evening. The manager did apologise, stating that it was common practise, and "What could he do?"
At weekends , whole swathes of the beach were reserved for day trippers who arrived en masse from Tunis. Beach service was surly and inconsistent, despite tipping.
Although the Sindbad boast 2 pools..... neither had the facility to sunbathe nearby. There were only table and chairs around both of them - not an issue for us as we love the beach, but worth pointing out for those who love to sit around the pool all day!
Meals in the restaurant were a hit and miss affair. Food was ok, but the waiter service was chaotic.
On the plus side, the beach restaurant was a pleasant experience for lunch, with
excellent choice and good service, and the breakfast served in your room was a nice touch.
Altogether our stay in the Sindbad was a rather disappointing one, especially when we knew that there were several excellent other hotels nearby!
We will not be back.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2010

The Sindbad has the benefit of being located right on a great beach, so if lazy days in the sunshine is your thing - then the Sindbad won't disappoint.

The service throughout the hotel is excellent especially in the restaurants and on the beach, where the beach waiters work really hard to serve you ice buckets of wine or water, cool beers and a full lunch menu. Well worth starting your holiday by finding your favourite spot (ours was far left, plenty of space) and tipping the waiter with a couple of quid.

The food throughout the restaurants was very high standard (we were just B&B) so can't comment on the half board fare. Personally I'd never stay HB or AI as there's so many restaurants in places like this that it would be pretty boring to stay in the hotel each evening.

For just £2 cab fare you can go into the town. We tried 4 different restaurants in Hammamet, the best by far being le Barberousse, which is located in the medina. Worth booking in advance and asking for a table with a view of the sea.

If the Sindbad needs any improvements it's in the bedrooms which, whilst comfortable, lacked any hint of luxury that a 5* hotel needs. The maid looked after us well (again a small tip each day is a good investment). Some of the communal walkways were not kept as clean as they should have been - nothing horrendous, just not prisitine.

Overall, I'd recommend the Sindbad if you like a beach hotel with good food and service to match.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Sindbad

Address: Avenue des Nations Unies, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia
Region: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Hammamet
#20 Romantic Hotel in Hammamet
#22 Family Hotel in Hammamet
#23 Spa Hotel in Hammamet
#26 On the Beach Hotel in Hammamet
#27 Luxury Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range: £46 - £152 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Sindbad 5*
Number of rooms: 154
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in a magnificent lush garden surrounded by palm trees and exotic plants you will find The Sindbad, a charming hotel. Guest accommodation is in Moorish-styled bungalows with all comfort and amenities necessary to ensure a relaxing holiday. The 145 rooms and 9 suites have been entirely refurbished and are decorated in a contemporary style with an oriental touch. Be seduced by our exceptional service and our refined cuisine, offering flavours from around the world at any one of our four restaurants. For your well being and relaxation, the hotel offers a choice of three swimming pools, one fitness room, a spa centre, yoga courses and in close proximity a horse riding centre. The Sindbad is a part owner of one of Tunisia's most beautiful golf courses, Citrus Golf. Guests at our hotel benefit from a free shuttle bus and reduced green fee rates. Enjoy the charm, tranquility and pleasure of The Sindbad with us. ... more   less 
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