First the positive - the woman on reception has excellent English and was very helpful - she should be working somewhere else; she's way too good for that dive!
The negative's - everything - a walk out of Hammamet - a walk that was too long on busy, noisy, dirty roads smelling of sewage all the way.
The apartment - bed that creaked with every move - could hear neighbours every time they moved too. Bathroom and kitchen wall and floor tiles cracked and damaged; toilet bowl cracked and glued together. The shower floor space was an 18 inch square as it was actually a hip bath to sit in, which I gave up and did to feel safe. We had to keep the plugs in the bath, basin and sink to stop the constant smell of sewage. The apartment wasn't and remained unclean - god knows what the chambermaid cleaned with to leave as much dirty as she did. The cleaning trolleys were left permanently on each landing, not a pretty site! The balcony table had a tablecloth on it - obviously to hide how dirty, stained and worn it was.
The pillows were so thin, only one each so had to use folded up blankets as well - I think the chambermaid thought she was doing us a favour covering them with a sheet. The equipment for self-catering was 2 cups & saucers, 2 small glasses, 2 dinner plates, 2 knives & forks, 2 teaspoons, 2 tablespoons,1 blunt bread knife and 1 saucepan without a lid. I had taken a corkscrew/bottle opener/penknife and we had to buy a knife and potato peeler as well as 2 decent sized glasses. We took another saucepan with lid off the cleaning trolley. Luckily I'm an experienced and inventive cook so could improvise and I did cook more nights than we ate out. The reason we wanted to cook was because it wasn't worth the walk there and taxi back to go into Hammamet; a dirty, scruffy, primitive and dead-end town with meals not as good as I can cook.
Antiquated air conditioning positioned at the head of the bed didn't help either.
The pool - small and on the first floor with music played low/high/not at all by a young lad who thought he was a DJ when he wasn't chatting up older woman for drinks and cigarettes. The pool area and saggy, old, mattressless sunbeds were scruffy and dirty. The beach was a bit rough as is usual in Tunisia but this extended to the 'private' beach with old, dirty, saggy sunbeds without mattresses except for the ones 'reserved' by some guy dependant who was his favourite that day. The old guy who was running the bar and food tried his best but was ruled by the owner of the beach area who came each day, expected the best table in the shade and proceeded to talk loudly on his mobile to god knows who to show how important he was. Then there were the beach sellers approaching right up to sunbeds; previously they haven't been allowed on the private area.
If this had been my first holiday to Tunisia I would have never returned - we have previously been 6 times to Port El Kantaoui to a apartotel which knows how to look after and treat their guests. We only didn't return as we fancied a change and it had gone all-inclusive, which isn't for us.
Coupled with a man trying to rob both our bags on the beach and two women having a man come into their apartment on the ground floor in the night, this did us with Tunisia, it'll be somewhere else definitely next year for our 2 week holiday - we are currently planning to go somewhere else to get over this experience.
I'd chosen these apartments as so few are available in Tunisia and had had to go down a star to do so - big mistake, never again!
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