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Marhaba Palace Hotel
Ranked #8 of 33 Hotels in Port El Kantaoui
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Reviewed 6 January 2007

my boyfriend and i stopped here for a week in may, it was a birthday treat for me, from the moment we stepped into the hotel which was late at night, we was treated excellent.the room was lovely, very clean cleaned everyday, great views.
we was staying half board but has we found it rather noisy and busy in the evening at dinner time we asked could we swap our meal to lunch time which they did with no trouble and it was much quieter. we tried the al a carte restaurent twice while we stayed there and it was excellent and very cheap in price.
one day my boyfriend was too ill to go down to the dining rooms so they actually fetched him his meals to him in our room for no extra cost, the even went to the extreme of fetching him 2 pats of butter on a tray because they had forgotten it the first time round. which was amazing we was shocked. when we where there it was my birthday and they fetched us a big piece of cake each which was a nice surprise. we couldnt fault any of the staff from cleaners, receptionionst, waiters, barstaff, bell boys all excellent and none asked for tips we gave them freely, the marina is a nice place to go at night for a walk we had a meal there every night has u enter the marina on the left its on the corner on the right, very good service. over all an excellent holiday would go again even take my teenage kids we never got any one asking for tips or begging only once on the beach but if you politely say no thank you they dont bother you. has for shopping we did it all in the hotel shop great prices.

  • Stayed: May 2006, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank marinerEngland
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Reviewed 23 December 2006

Hi we have just returned (18th dec) after 5weeks at this hotel and having read the reviews before we went wonderd what to expect , But we were not dissapointed every thing about this place was good eg food ,staff ,facilities, the best thing was obviously the location right on the beach and near the marina we have been to tunisia before so know what to expect of the people staffing the hotels and as long as you are couteous to them they respond in the same way we encountered no problems whatso ever and intend to return for another long stay next year

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank saintyYorkshire
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Reviewed 18 December 2006

The good bits were the location which was excellent and the accommodation which was also very good.

The bad bits were the attitude of some of the staff who could be surly and were always looking for tips. Also the measures for spirits were miserly, even smaller than English ones. The worst of all was the loss of money from the hotel safe deposit boxes which also happened to several other guests. The management refused to accept any responsibility and were most unhelpful. I would advise anyone to keep a careful check of their money each day. These negative aspects would put us off returning to the Marhaba Palace.

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank clydey
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Reviewed 6 December 2006

returned today from the greastest holiday at this hotel ... never been to Tunisia before but it is the most wonderful place with the kindest people. This hotel was a fantastic choice.. great variety of food beautiful setting but most of all we shall remember the staff who made our holiday so marvellous. We would recomend Marharba Palace Hotel to all & everyone and would be sure their holiday experience would be as excellent as ours...Frank & Pat.. (age 61).. delighted guests !!!

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Posiepusscat
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Reviewed 4 December 2006

Stayed at Marhba Palace nov/ dec just back this week . The hotel is very grand and comfortable the food is good can find something to eat for most tastes at the evening meal though the carvery chefs are very carefull with their portions and you wont get any extra from them. The breakfast omellets are lovely and cooked on request, some of the breakfast waiters especially the one that does the tea or coffee ignore you completely and you have to hound them for a drink until the last day that is and then they wont leave you alone.

BIG W ARNING. We took out a safety deposit box and along with 2 other coples we had £40 streling missing from the boxes so check your money every day and keep a record of what you change. this matter is still being looked into . The Thomsons rep was not relly interested and we felt fobbed off. However Slim one of the managers was very nice and made us feel that the matter was being looked into and took the time to seek us out and let us now of any progress and he gave us a bottle of wine at the evening meal for the inconvienience This was only 5 dinars at the local shop but it was the thought that counted
The shops really hassle you and so I came away with out buying anything as you could not look without feeling intimidated.

The entertainment is not worth a mention, but across the road to the left of the giraffe as you leave the Marhaba the hotel Kanta as opened an Irish pub where you get decent measures of spirits for about the same price as the thimbeful you get at the Marhaba in both bars. The boat trip on the catamaran in the harbour were they take you out to see the dolphins if you are lucky is spoilt by the crew asking on the way back for a tip of 5 to 10 Dinars for the captain! If I tip I like to decide how much. We found this to be the same on the rubbish reps night out from the waiters there, who strangly coul;d not have gone any slower when serving drinks which you have paid for in your excursion. This is also the case on the organised trips to the mosque the con men are even in there trying to hassle you to buy and trick you into having water/oil pored on your hands then asking for money for this

Overall it was a stressfull holiday which was sad as the hotel as the best location by far in PEK but it as put me off ever visiting Tunisia again

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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12  Thank kerrada5
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Reviewed 30 November 2006

hotel was very good and staff where friendly and keen to help. the hotel itself is pretty good but room could do with maybe update.
food is very good and has a great choice, but expected more flavour in some dishes kind of same same after a while, cooking for the masses.
beach very clean and sea clear weather still 23-25 c during the day which was not to hot cooler at night.
not a lot to do in the evening unless you go to sousse (ie legends, san siro rose and crown)as mos clubs closed at this time.
never played golf but the courses looked great and where reasonably priced (14 h-cap)
taxis cheap but always check price or go by meter(note press button once for day or, 2 for night)just watch. travelled to monister in taxi 20 dinar(£8.00) 45min good deal. 4-6 dinar to sousse.
all in all a good hoilday would go back again but only for a week next time as i did most of my travelling this time. maybe to play golf.
shopping soula center fixed price goverment run no hassle and prices pretty good, souk is fun and a great experience but can be a right hassle just be careful what you buy as you get some crap dodgy watches etc.
go and have fun and enjoy the counrty and people

  • Stayed: November 2006, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank nals
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Reviewed 21 November 2006

This was a fantastic holiday and I don't have anything bad to say about it at all. The hotel was clean and I found the staff friendly. I absolutely fell in love with the harbour and at night thought it was a really romantic place to take a stroll. We were there only for 7 days but we did lots of the trips . We wenett to the ampitheatres, the ruins, and also stayed a night in the Sahara and dressed up in Arabian attire and rode uncomfortale camels. It was so funny when we were in the desert, a man on a camel came up to the group to sell cans of Coke and other drinks. We saw the sunset in the desert and took some wonderful pics. The hustle and bustle of the markets can be daunting if you have never experienced it and you do have to realise this is how they do it and not be offended or scared.

I recommend staying in this hotel when visiting Tunisia.

  • Stayed: June 2002, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Marhaba Palace Hotel

Address: Jinane El Kantaoui | Sousse, Port El Kantaoui 4089, Tunisia
Region: Tunisia > Sousse Governorate > Port El Kantaoui
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
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
#7 Luxury Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
#8 Spa Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
#8 Family Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
#9 Romantic Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
Price Range: £20 - £71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Marhaba Palace Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 322
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wake up across from the golf club, have a walk on the seafront, explore the paved alleys of Port El Kantaoui or simply unwind at the pool: Marhaba Palace is a dream place for an unforgettable stay. In the restaurant, a collection of great wines and local cuisine with the flavours of thyme and basil pamper the palate. This charming hotel, in the heart of the resort of port El Kantaoui, will seduce you with its personalised hospitality and efficient, discrete service.Welcome to MARHABA PALACE ... more   less 
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