Melia El Mouradi Palm Marina Hotel, Port El Kantaoui
Reviews - Melia El Mouradi Palm Marina Hotel
- Age Group: 31 - 40
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- Age Group: 41 - 50
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Melia El Mouradi Palm Marina Hotel
Ok ... Alright. Grand.from Patrick777
It's clean and staff are friendly enough although they have a strange accent which can be difficult to understand.
The beach is very close, ie less than 200 metres and having been there last week in high season, there's plenty beds available and lots at the pool.
The beach has lots of activity on it ... all the usual stuff like banana boats/parachute thingy/jet ski's.
The private beach section, which every hotel has was very clean with seaweed being swept off it.
I found there to be a lot of eastern european, very few irish and british and this was interesting to see such a lot of different nationalities ... although it did make for hard listening on the karoke night.
Nighttime entertainment was only ok ... the highlight of which was the final 3 songs where the kids get to dance to the latest summer/singalong/dancealong song.
The activities during the day were very good ... lots on all the time if you got bored ... beach volleyball, acqua aerobics, water polo, etc
My ONLY real gripe was the food ... canteen does describe it well. Suprising they actually had nicer cornflakes than anything I have tasted ever ... but there was a distinct boredom and sameness to the food.
Myself and my wife had a week there but after that, you would be looking for another place to go to ...which leads me onto one final thing to say is that ... this is an underdeveloped country so if you are leaving your compound and going to a market or looking for a restaurant down the road, expect the usual haggling/hassle you get in an underdeveloped country.
However there is plenty to keep you occupied for a week in this resort.
I would give it a 3.5 star rating.
The food lets it down ... if they had 2 other decent restaurants on site where you paid for dinner, then it would have improved my stay. Having said all that, it was enjoyable overall.
Good Timefrom Mussette
I didn't like the food much (roasted chicken - not recommended, veal was not cooked enough, they have no idea what a soup means...) but the sweets are great and the breakfast with hot croissants and arabian coffee - treat of the day.
Many russians there, so if you haven't already spoken this language, had all the chances to learn it there... Evening entertainment wasn't a big hit, but at least they're trying to do their best.
I really enjoyed "The Bellevue" restaurant (the italian evening) and to see the sunset from the terrace is quite an experience.
Room service was something I most appreciated ( I've got my breakfast at some impossible hours, like 3.20 AM or 4.30AM, and the coffee was hot as well as the croissants)...
Since I plan on going back next year, I really recommend this hotel.
Great for Tunisiafrom ladyinredk
The rooms looked really good (I am adding photos to this message). The hotel restaurant was spacious and we had our table reserved for every meal. You have to buy the drinks on half-board at dinner time, and they are not cheap. The food was delicious and we came back with a few extra pounds unfortunately.
The sand on the beach was one of the finest I have ever seen. On the beach you have to pay for the beds, but at the hotel swimming pools they are free. About the swimming pools, the one indoor has a free Jacuzzi and heated water, and the one outdoor is really big, but unfortunately, in January it wasn’t the time for an outdoor bath. But we did take a bath in the sea, which had about 18°C. We also sunbathed between 12 to 3 p.m., when the sun was shinning strongly.
Bad parts, because it would be unrealistic not to mention any: The New Year’s Eve meal was not what we expected. We had to buy the drinks of course, the show was really bad (we had some men dressed as women doing playback, a fat belly dancer which came out of an enormous cake, a folkloric moment) and it all ended at 12 o’clock at night. After that we were advised to continue the party at the hotel’s disco. It wasn’t as a normal New Year’s Eve for us, as we were used to party till down and at the hotel’s disco there were only a few people.
Other bad parts: the TV remote didn’t have batteries, but the hotel staff fixed it rapidly and in one of the 4 rooms we booked the air conditioning system (the heating) didn’t work. But in a day it was fixed also. Everything can be fixed rapidly in this hotel with a little tip. So if you want to have the most pleasant stay, tip the waiter, chambermaid and the receptionist (for a better room). They all have very small wages and they are poor, so they won’t be getting rich out of your tip.
Do the trips that your hotel is planning. Tunisia has a lot of wonderful places to visit. If you do not want to go on the bus tours, you could also talk to the hotel’s receptionist, and he would arrange you to rent a car, or a minibus. We rented a minibus with driver and it was much cheaper than going on the bus trips. We visited Cartage, Tunis, Sidi Bou Said (I loved this city, don’t miss it) and Port El Kantaoui (the hotel is situated near the city, but you have to take a cab, because there is some distance).
I loved Tunisia, although I don’t think January is the best time to visit it. It is not as warm as Egypt, so February-March or October-November would be better.
pretty goodfrom lazzle
Mouradi Palm Marinafrom sorsara
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fantastic placefrom trinity_girl
all staff were friendly and helpful. the entertainers were the best i have come across. they knew everybodys names and made a special effort to get everybody mixing so we all left with many new friends. there was no escape from water arobics or the evenings shows so this hotel would not suit people who like to keep to themselves.
the pool has lots of sunbeds and the pool itself is bigger than normal. it even has steps for sunbathing! the beach was small but clean with free sunbeds. the sea was clean but i did get stung by jellyfish twice.
breakfast was nice but got slightly repetitive. the fruit salad and pancakes were fresh and delicious.
try and be there on 25th july tunisian independance day, as the evening show is impressive and professional.
Not the Bestfrom errol01
We arrived early morning and first impression of the hotel was good, entrance and lobby were large and clean and seemed to match up to the hotel's star billing. Things quickly went downhill, reception was surly, checking-in was inefficient and took an age even though we were the only people there at the time . The porter pounced on our luggage then took 20 minutes to deliver them to our rooms and would not go away until we gave him a tip.
Rooms are large and clean - but very tired, could be nice with some minor modernisation, switches, phones, plugs etc.
Room service not the best, it took 2 days of constant requests to get an extra pillow.
Meals - what can I say, meals were served in the large restaurant which felt more like a canteen because it was so disorganised. Breakfast can only be described as a joke, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower and some cakes, next to no variety during our week and the general standard of what was available was poor anyway.
Dinner was better, more variety but still not what you would expected from a 5 star hotel. You would have thought a complimentary bottle of water would have been provided at each table - (5 star claimed afterall) - but this hotel aims to get as much cash out of its customers as possible and this is evident in so many ways.
The hotel has a small supermarket which does not sell water (this in Tunisia in the middle of summer!!) however you can buy water from the bar!!!
The bar, we spent many nights there playing cards, staff were ignorant and deliberately ignored us, definitely got the feeling that service would have been better had we been white Europeans.They are also quick to try to overcharge - so watch out!!!
Use of the gym cost 5 dinars per hour - didn't see this mention in the brochures anywhere - not a lot admittedly but once again not what you would expect from a 5 star hotel.
The rooms have a safe - 15 dinars deposit for the key, which you then struggle to get back when checking out - yet another little annoyance.
There is an indoor pool and large pool outside - both are kept in good order. The beach is literally at the back of the hotel, less than 5 minutes walk, the hotel has it own section of beach which is nice.
The hotel is located about 4kms from the Marina at Port El K (3 dinars by cab) and perhaps 10k from Sousse Medina which is definitely worth a visit (cabs cost 6 -7 dinars).
In summary, Tunisia is nice place, very up and coming, this was our second visit in 13 years and they have made great strides since our first, people generally are welcoming and friendly would definitely recommend visiting - but could not recommend
this hotel with a clear conscience.
Plenty sun but no funfrom fishbone1
Night life was pretty poor, not much entertainment laid on for guests and the bars had no atmosphere or people in them! We spent a alot of evenings in bar at The Royal Kenz across the road - slightly better fun and teh staff here were far more friendlier.
This hotel is ok for middleaged couples who are not into mad nightlife. Most guests were from Russia, Germany or France...we met only 2 Irish families.
Just backfrom jcbeeEssex_England
The pool was fine and spotlessly clean, the entertainers also arrange aqua aerobics, volleyball, archery etc etc and there are numerous watersports available on the beach (also beach horseriding for less than £10 per hour). The gardens at the front of the hotel were immaculate and quite stunning. There is a disco that has obviously had a lot of money spent on lighting, sound systems and decor, it would not be out of place in the heart of London. Unfortunately, there were never more than a dozen people in it, I can't work out why (or indeed where all the younger bods went), but it was ok for a late bevvy or 6.
All in all, it was much better than I expected having read the reviews on this site.
definately not 5 starfrom jane18
The buffet got tedious and was greasy and I would expect a 5 star hotel to have a table d'hote with waiter service but this was only in the a la carte (£60.00 for a steak alone)
The entertainment was noisy and akin to butlins, the sea was dirty and full of jelly fish and numerous guests were bitten, tedious hawkers along beach.The only decent place was the spa and piano bar which was heavenly quiet, The disco went on to 2am and if you were in the west wing dont expect any sleep til then.We visited other hotels and they were not any better. On the plus side you can shop til you drop barter hard and walk away if you wish. We went to the south (when ailment permitted) and this was far more refined, and the people friendlier, we even eat out there with no problems.
Top Local Tips for Port El Kantaoui
barter hard if you go to the shops or marina, they will try to pull you in every shop or restaurant go in if you want to but if you dont,( beleive me they will try and try) just tell them no and keep walking...
Negotiate Just negotiate for everything, since there are no fixed prices in Tunisia:) ... I've negotiated even in airport's duty free shops, so... enjoy
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Other names for Melia El Mouradi Palm Marina Hotel
- palm marina
- el mouradi palm marina hotel
- el mouradi palm marina
- Address: Hammam Sousse - Port El Kantaoui - 4089 - Tunisia
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