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“Third stay here, still love it”
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Hotel Movie Gate
Ranked #56 of 117 Hotels in Hammamet
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“Third stay here, still love it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2009

First stayed at the Barcelo (then the Miramar) in February 1996; I was attracted by the description of 'old style elegance, faded a bit around the edges' and the location. I liked it and Tunisia so much I went back in May the following year with friends. Had a week's holiday to use up this year and persuaded boyfriend to drop the idea of Iceland (cold and expensive!) and dragged him off to Hammamet instead.
Based on three stays at this hotel this is my view.

If you want hamburgers and partying into the small hours you won't get it here.

If you want peace and quiet in a convenient location and an attractive hotel I can recommend the Barcelo. The hotel is reached via a cul-de-sac on the outskirts of Hammamet, so it's quiet but not far from town. It's an eccentric, charming hotel laid out in several seperate wings and smaller bunglalows over a large plot with very mature, well-tended gardens that are fabulous in late spring and full of bird song. The hotel is maximum 2 stories high (not a modern high-rise concrete block) and is right on the beach, which you can walk along into Hammamet town. It's a good mile, but walkable. Our room had a sea view- we could (and did) throw open the french doors and doze to the sound of the waves.
Unusually the Barcelo has 3 pools, 1 indoor, 2 outdoor. The indoor pool is in a huge conservatory with a glass roof, so has plenty of sunlight for sunbathing when the wind picks up outside, and the pool has currents, water jets and jaccuzzis which are turned on every so often - we were sipping wine in the jacuzzi one afternoon (bliss!)
The hotel is in need of a touch-up here and there, but it's currently undergoing renovations by the new owners; the refurbished dining room opened while we were there. I'm not so convinced by the current replacement of the wooden balcony doors by UPVC.

The practical bits:
The food served is locally grown and freshly cooked so they're restricted to what's in season; they cook fresh omelettes, fried eggs or crepes for breakfast along with cereals, continental etc. The brik is divine (squeeze lemon on it and eat with your fingers).
Our main complaint being non-smokers was the extremely smoky bar. We ended up taking our drinks outside, which was fine.
The reception desk was very helpful and friendly.
The room was cleaned and towels changed daily, we found our bed was fine (very wide) and we had a fridge and hairdryer and enough hangers! The shower was great, strong and hot.
To visit the Villa Sebastian (Hammamet Cultural Centre) just walk out of the hotel, turn right, walk to the end of the cul-de-sac, turn right at the junction with the main road and keep walking. The villa is a little way down there on the right.
Cash point - cross the road in front of the hotel and turn left. It's little way along on the right hand side.
There's a lovely coffee shop a short walk from the hotel - cross the road in front of the hotel and turn left. Take the next right and the next right again. On the left hand side of that road, a little way down, is a corner cafe with a very large purple pottery cup and saucer and coffee pot either side of the gate! Lovely mint tea and pistachio milk shake.
Still love the hotel - we'd both go back happily.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2009

This is a new Barcelo acquisition previously known as the Miramar and is a collection of two storey buildings set in fine gardens on the beachfront. Our first floor seaview accom. was excellent with cleaning and fresh towels provided daily. The only downside was the food ,which unlike my previous Barcelo stays in other resorts, is unsuitable for the Brits who headed en masse to the Zo Zo cafe 200mtrs away and my favourite only 400mtrs away, the Les Citronniers Hotel which served a good two course British fare and a fine Magon red wine for aprox £15 for two persons, and had the bonus of showing Sky sports, unavailable in the Barcelo.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Aldridge, Walsall West Midlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2009

I visited this hotel in mid February (half-term) with my 9 year old grandson. The hotel , previously the 'Miramat' is a large hotel 300 plus rooms and well spread out There are about 7 distinctive blocks of rooms with three floors maximum. There are extensive grounds and the hotel is adjoining the beach which has sun shades and a bar. As it was winter none of the outdoor facilities were in use. During our week it was very cold and we had two days of rain. The main attraction in the hotel was the large heated indoor pool one of three in the hotel. Twice a day it becomes a giant jacuzzi with water cascading from many features and high pressure jets everywhere.
The food is reasonable but my grandson was not keen and lived mainly on the bread until he discovered the Pizzas. Breaklfast did not vary at all and dinner had little variety with some strange mixtures. There was however a wide assortment of food including a salad section. All meals were buffet style.
I would consider this hotel to be excellent in the Summer but would be very crowded.
Rooms were large and we had a distant sea view. It was clean and in a reasonable state of repair. Beds were made daily with sheets and towels changed twice weekly
All staff were friendly and helpful with most speaking English. The hotel appears to be popular with clients from Germany.
There are a few shops in the locality and the main town of Hammamet is an hours walk by road or beach or a 3 Dinar taxi ride (about £1.50.)
We went on a two day Desert Safari which I considered good value but it meant a 5am wake up call on two days and over the two days we travelled 830 miles by coach- in the main - Camels, Horse Buggys, & Toyota Land Cruisers Travelling to Southern Tunisia we saw sunrise over El Jem the 3rd largest Roman Ampitheatre in the world, and probably the best preserved. Sunrise over the largest Salt lake in the Sahara. To see sunset over the desert with camels in the foreground is a sight not to be missed. Our final sight was to the largest mosque in Africa in the 4th holiest city of Islam
Very tiring but worth it especially when the weather in Hammamet is poor.
On the whole not a holday hotel for children out of season.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
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Ballymote, Co. Sligo, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2008

Just returned from a week long holiday. We found Tunisia to be a great destination with lots of history and culture to soak in. Our stay at the hotel was very enjoyable with friendly staff. We were half-board and found plenty of choice for breakfast and the food to be very good - if you expect an English breadfast go to Blackpool. There are several very good cheap and mid-priced restaurants within walking distance nearby. The grounds around the hotel are nice and are a more natural setting than found at the modern Las Vegas type hotels in nearby Yasmine Hammamet. The man across the road in the money change was very helpful and you can get a good deal on renting a car if you are brave enough to try driving.here. The beach at the hotel was beautiful apart from the litter (plastic bags are everywhere in Tunisia) and quite quiet at this time of year. There were a few hawkers around but you soon learn to deal with them in a friendly manner. Don't sit on the camel for a photo without negotiating a price first!

  • Liked — Friendly staff, nearby shops/restaurants, short taxi trio to medina etc.
  • Disliked — Nothing comes to mind
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2008

i went to this hotel on the 9/11.08 and it has seen better days but it obviously has lots more good days to come the staff were extremely polite and helpful the bedrooms were excellent and the food although basic was edible but as long as you dont come down with malnutrition or a stomach bug what does it matter you eat to live not live to eat i found the hotel to be clean and spacious and the beach was lovely i would definately go back alone as the staff made you feel important right to you putting your bags back on the coach if you are expecting a 6 star hotel dont go but if like me you want a safe and peaceful holiday then its for you whenever i visit tunisia i will go to the miramar every time

Stayed November 2008
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2008

We have recently returned from two week stay at this hotel and was not very impressed. There was myself, husband ,daughter, son in law and grandaughter aged 8.

We were greeted on arrival with a fruit cocktail which was very nice. We didnt have to wait long and was given our room keys.
The rooms were okay with nice bathroom facilities but nothing over the top.

The food in the restaurant was terrible there was salads which were ok on the first night but over the two weeks got less and less choice each night. The soup was always cold if there was meat or chicken that was mostly cold due to being lay there too long without being topped up or changed. Desserts sometimes were all gone unless you got them on going in the restaurant.
Breakfast wasn't much better, at the start of the holiday there was fried eggs or pancakes or omlettes available however these were changed for pancakes or flat bread as fresh cooked only. there was plenty of bread or cheese or salami, jam etc also left over vegetables from the night before (yuk). We have been to Tunisia on several occasions and never had food so bad.

The reception staff were okay but a bit hit and miss we asked for more blankets three times before we got them. We were told there was a kids club however this was non existent while we were there I suppose it was the time of year.

Drinks in the hotel were very expensive and the bar was not very pleasant as it was too smokey (like a mist). I think we have got used in England to the non smoking law. We ate out on several nights at ZoZo's just across the road. The food was excellent and the service was good . However it was a cafe /bar/restaurant and once again the atmosphere was very smokey. We also ate out during the day and most of the restaurants were very good much better than the Hotel.

We have normally stayed in Port el Kantoui or Sousse but we did not think much of Hammamet we found it to be dirty and not a lot to do . Yasmine Hammamet was clean and quite nice except it seem to be very empty of tourists and has never got off the ground as a holiday resort.
We would not return to this hotel again.

  • Liked — Nice gardens and lay out of hotel
  • Disliked — Food
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2008

We booked this holiday for a relaxing chill out through yourholidays.com for thomas cook 4star!!! . We arrived at hotel around 9.30pm to be met with a cloud of smoke so thick we could not see!! and a transvestite show going on!(v.bad) we had paid extra money for a triple room,we only got a double. room was so sub standard, what you would imagine a 1to 2 star to be! There was no food on offer anywhere. We quickly got up next day ..went to breakfast..(we were hungry).. and could not face to eat anything there. . so many cats running around begging for food!!yuck! met our rep and hastily got moved (we had to pay more money) I am so angry that thomas cook have the nerve to place a 4star rating on this run down smelly excuse for an hotel!! never stay here! When we did get moved we had a great holiday!!

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  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Movie Gate
Address: Rue de Nevers, Hammamet 8050, Tunisia (Formerly Barcelo Hammamet)
Region: Tunisia > Nabeul Governorate > Hammamet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#43 Luxury Hotel in Hammamet
#45 On the Beach Hotel in Hammamet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Movie Gate 4*
Number of rooms: 338
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Also Known As:
Primasol Miramar Hammamet Hotel Hammamet
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Miramar Hammamet Hotel

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