Hotel Happy Days Byblos Hammamet Hotel 0 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Although it may be the size of a charming hotel, the Byblos doesn't exactly have the allure of one. A small, 4-star establishment located in the second row of hotels (in other words, 500m from the beach) in Hammamet North, the Byblos doesn't skimp on its entertainment (even if there is less of it than you would find in a resort) or its all-inclusive formula. These two sine qua none factors are essential to be able to be called a boutique hotel Despite having undergone renovations in 2010, the decor remains a little outdated. We recommend this establishment to those who like small structures who are scared of being bored.

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    • Hotel Happy Days Byblos Hammamet

      Happy Days Byblos Hammamet   -   © Alexis Bidegain/Easypresse

    • Hotel Happy Days Byblos Hammamet

      Happy Days Byblos Hammamet   -   © Alexis Bidegain/Easypresse

       
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    Location 6.0 /10

    In the Hammamet North zone. It takes 45 minutes to reach the Tunis international airport.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    It would be difficult to find a decor that is 'busier' than the one you will come across in the 79 guest rooms (which include two apartments and four suites) in the Byblos. Everyone has their own tastes, of course, but guests won't be able to help but notice certain elements that just don't work, such as the mix of colours or one bedspread laid on top of the other! At least the decoration on the walls is limited to one simple painting. Things aren't much better when it comes to the amenities since, despite apparently being a 4-star hotel, it costs extra to use the safe and refrigerator (at the time of our visit, 3 and 5 dinars, or £1.20 and £2). As for the bathrooms, they offer a more sober and rather uninteresting decor. We did, however, appreciate the welcome toiletries and the separate WC.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    Despite having a rather promising name, there is nothing special attaching Byblos to its namesake. It is true that some effort was put into the furnishings in the lobby but the architecture is the same as in the rest of the resort area. Although it was renovated in 2010 (the reception, guest rooms, restaurant), the Byblos still has a long way to go before it can be ranked as a true boutique hotel. For the moment, it still has too many elements that are specific to a holiday club resort: entertainment, an all-inclusive formula, facilities for relaxing, etc. Even if these are all small-scale. Also, the hotel may only have 79 guest rooms but the building isn't exactly small. In fact, the smallest thing here is the park! Nevertheless, guests can take advantage of the large and pleasant swimming pool, the small spa managed by an external company (there are plans to expand it), and the petanque pitch. Don't bother looking for a kids club or a tennis court, though, since the Byblos doesn't have either.

    Food and drink 6.90 /10

    A boutique hotel or not, the Byblos has the same main restaurant as its 'holiday club' neighbours. All three meals are served as a buffet but at least the size of the room (which can seat 150) is not off-putting. There is nothing very original about the cuisine, which includes international and local dishes and a Tunisian theme night once a week. When the weather is nice, the deckchairs disappear and a terrace that can sit some one hundred people pops up! Sometimes, depending on how busy the hotel is, a snack bar is opened by the pool. The rest of the time it serves as a refreshment stand. You might want to note that there are also three other bars in the hotel: one in the lobby, a piano bar and a beach bar. Except that this last one is 500m away.

    Beach 6.70 /10

    Of course it's great there's a beach, but you do have to walk 500m to reach it! Or, there is a barouche that leaves the hotel around every 15 minutes. According to the guests we crossed along the way (as well as what we were told by management), the Byblos beach is a veritable 'place to be'. A beach during the day and a snack-bar at night and the weekend, it is open all the way up to around 11:00pm during the summer. And it definitely doesn't lack any ambiance! There is a lifeguard on duty all day long, and deckchairs (but no mattresses) and parasols are provided for free for guests of the Byblos. Note that there is an extra fee for all of the water sports.

    To know

    Open year round, the Byblos offers all types of formulas, ranging from the half-board to the all-inclusive.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      water skiing, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, volleyball, beach volley, jet ski, sailing, kayak, paddle boats, dance, bums and tums, water-polo

    • Whirlpool bath

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