This was our first all inclusive holiday and was booked fairly late so we were limited to the choices we had in the time available, Club Tropicana looked to be excellent value for money.
Arrived late on a Sunday evening to a warm welcome by the hotel reception staff. We had a second floor room towards the end of the corridor so well away from the noisy lifts though there if sitting on the balcony there was the noise of the restaurant air con fans to contend with. We were happy with our sea view room and for the majority of our 10 day holiday it was extremely quiet at night and we were not disturbed. Our maid was lovely, rooms were cleaned and beds made everyday with fresh towels daily. Having stayed in a variety of different 3* accommodation abroad this was by far the best.
Staff were excellent on reception, at the bars and in the restaurant during the day. Evening waiters were a bit hit and miss, some giving excellent service others not so. Waiter that served us at breakfast and lunch was excellent, very attentive and hard working. Tipping bar staff ensures you get drinks brought to you both at the beach and at the pool bar.
The pool area was very busy and sunbeds seemed to be being reserved very early in the morning despite numerous signs saying that 'towels would be removed before 9am' if used to reserve beds. The sun lounger areas were quite claustrophobic and therefore we chose to go the beach where there is a lot more space and you get the benefit of the sea breeze. Whilst we were there the sun lounger area around the pool was being extended in to some of the garden areas which may help reduce the crowding.
Food was very varied and you could always find something you liked to eat. Restaurant is much quieter later in the evening after 8ish which means you don't really have to queue for anything. However, by the end of the holiday we had had enough of the food as much of it was variations on a theme. OK for 10 days if we'd been there for 14 days I think we would have got fed up of it.
The Tropicana was in a quiet area so if you're looking for the hustle, bustle and shops of a resort this isn't for you but it is exactly what we like.
We went on 2 Thompson trips, lights and lasers which is an evening meal and show that details the history of Tunisia. The second was a day trip '3 cities' which we really enjoyed. Lots of culture and history and the guide was exceptionally knowledgable, seeing the coliseum in El Jem was probably the highlight. A good value trip that I would recommend.
Pros: great value, excellent service, lovely beach, clean and tidy rooms
Cons: pool very crowded and busy, only local drinks available at the bars (we would have paid extra for branded drinks)
Overall a really enjoyable holiday that I would recommend to others.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Marmara Tropicana
- Resort Marmara Tropicana
- Hotel Club Tropicana & Spa Tunisia/Monastir