The Hafsi Hotel has lost much of its old splendour, which is a real pity! Ideally, the refacing and renovation work carried out in 2008 should have restored the building's lovely colours. Despite a friendly welcome at the reception desk, the setting is disappointing with its gloomy colours and outdated furniture. Like the first hotels that were built in Tozeur, the Hafsi would look a lot better if it were to undergo proper refurbishment work. However, it does have a backpacker's charm to it that some may find pleasant. The 3 stars it boasts were awarded back in 1973!
The hotel is found in a touristic neighbourhood in the middle of the Tozeur ridge, 10 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from the souk and the medina.
One of the first hotels built to accommodate the throngs of tourists in search of a desert experience, the Hafsi is a good starting point for the trekking enthusiast who isn't particularly interested in comfort and esthetics. However, don't be fooled by its Internet site, which can be a bit misleading!
Built lengthwise around large patios, the hotel's 142 rooms are found side by side along endless corridors. Among the palm trees around the swimming pool you will find the restaurant and a bar with a terrace. Further down there is a nightclub reserved for hotel guests. The only decorative touches that have some effect are the large Orientalist paintings and the artwork by the famous painter, Manoubi, depicting scenes of life in the Medina. The only source of entertainment is the tiny boutique that sells postcards and various tidbits.
The standard rooms are totally nondescript, with a battered bed, a small desk with a TV set, and a closet. In short, the room is small, but at least the terrace creates some added volume and light... Just pray that it doesn't look out onto the parking lot! The rooms that look out onto the garden and swimming pool are only just adequate. The bathrooms are tiny and the tiling and equipment date from another era. The term "suites" is clearly an overstatement, as these differ from the standard rooms only in the equipment they offer and their size. As for the garden on the large patio, it is unkempt. Once again, this is regrettable, as the establishment is wasting great potential.
The restaurant room couldn't be more unwelcoming (dull and dark with dirty windows), and we have to admit that we didn't have the courage to try it out. The fact that the orange juice we ordered at the equally dull bar never arrived set the tone. As for the rather enjoyable terrace overlooking the swimming pool, it seems the waiters thought it a little too out of their way. In short, you will see that everything here operates in relation to the arrival of groups... and the quality of the providers.