Hotel Marina Palace Hotel 4 star
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Hammamet Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Marina Palace opened in 1998 and still looks about the same as it did then, in spite of two renovations since 2000. However, this slightly outdated style is sure to win over certain categories of guests. The sports facilities are hidden away and the organised activities and children's club are quite simply non-existent. The hotel is therefore best suited to couples looking for peace and quiet.

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    Location 10.0 /10

    The Marina Palace is nestled at the heart of the Yasmine Hammamet tourist area (the newest in the region), about 200m from the beach and the marina from which the hotel takes its name! Transfer time from Tunis airport is around 45 minutes, whilst Monastir airport is around an hour away. You might also be interested to know that the hotel is 2.5 mi from the Citrus and Yasmine golf clubs.

    Accommodation 6.05 /10

    When it first opened, the Marina had 116 guest rooms, growing to 152 following the first extension. It now boasts 179 rooms in the standard, triple, family, and suite categories. Although the small rooms are newer, they are decorated in the same manner as their more spacious counterparts, with wood and fabric-covered furniture, and red bedspreads and curtains. The only difference is the floors, which are finished with pretty, modern tiling rather than carpeting. Some of the older rooms have also been fitted with a brand new carpet.
    As far as the amenities are concerned, the rooms contain all the features usually provided in a 4 star establishment in Tunisia, including: a television, a telephone, a fridge on request, a safe at reception (£1 per day), and a standard marble bathroom with a bathtub, hospitality products, a hair dryer, and a separate toilet.

    Overview 6.95 /10

    Even though the Marina Palace does its best to put up a good show with the splendour of its facade and marble lobby, you don't need to explore much before it becomes obvious that the place has failed to move with the times... Even in its renovated areas, the hotel looks very much like it belongs back in the 1990's. There is no North African decor here, and in all honesty the Marina could be in any sunny part of the world, or even the UK, thanks to the carpeting throughout the hotel, in the lobby bars, the corridors, and even the lift. All the same, this old fashioned decor is not totally devoid of charm, and will probably be to the liking of guests with a strong sense of nostalgia.
    The facilities are kept to a bare minimum and amount to a tennis court, two swimming pools, a mini golf course, and a balneotherapy centre managed by an external company. It consists of 4 massage rooms, 2 beauty treatment rooms, 4 water treatment rooms and 2 hammams. Entry is charged.

    Food and drink 6.45 /10

    Not all of the guests staying at the Marina enjoy the same catering options because the 'all inclusive' package has not yet invaded the whole hotel. If you do choose this option, you will be given a bracelet that lets you eat free of charge at any time of day at the little snack bar. It opens from 11:00am to 11:00pm and serves hot and cold drinks, pastries, pizzas, etc.
    Guests (half- and full-boarders alike) can eat at the snack bar on the beach and at the barbecue by the swimming pool (both open during the high season) or in the main restaurant. The tables in here are well spaced, and the room is a decent size, but the decor is in keeping with the rest of the hotel. The buffet counter displays a range of appealing international dishes, cheese, and a few Tunisian specialities. Drinks are served at your table. In winter, a pizzeria replaces the barbecue by the swimming pool.

    Beach 6.70 /10

    The Marina Palace is200m from its own private beach, where everything you need for a lazy afternoon is provided free of charge by the hotel, including plastic deckchairs, beach towels, parasols, and so on. The setting is second to none, with fine sand and clear water for all, as well as background music! There is also a water sports centre offering a variety of different sports for an additional fee, including jet skiing, parasailing, banana boating, ringo, windsurfing, kayaking, pedalos, canoeing, and water skiing. It is also worth bearing in mind that grill sessions are organised from time to time.

    To know

    Although the Marina does not provide organised activities, its music-friendly policy means musical shows are staged here, and melodious tones can also be heard wafting around the swimming pool, in the corridors, and in the lift!

    Equipment

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

      beauty salon, hammam, keep fit, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, golf, jet ski, sailing, kayak, paddle boats, canoe, fitness

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The peace and quiet of the place
    • The different catering possibilities
    • The new rooms with tiled floors

    disadvantages

    • The outdated decor of the whole hotel
    • The lack of activities
    • Breakfast is a real disappointment

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Alexandra L. Alexandra L.  
      3 Opinions
      • Package deals in octobre 2013 Posted on 2014-04-01 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        hotel sans interet, desagreable, aucune animation, n y retourenreai pas

      • Advantages

        bien place ds le centre d hammame

      • Disavantages

        aucune animation, serveur desageeable

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      • Restauration
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      • Overall Score 2.14/10
    • Alexandra L. Alexandra L.  
      3 Opinions
      • Package deals in octobre 2013 Posted on 2014-01-12 Affaire - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        hotel avec aucune animation, les serveurs désagreables, rien à proposer aux clients, hotel insalubre, avec une chambre sur les cuisines de l hotel voisin, hotel bruyant, hotel tres sale, la moquette jamais nettoyer, mauvaises odeur, edt ne parlons pas des piscines

      • Advantages

        bonne situation geographique

      • Disavantages

        aucun interet pour les touriste , mais alors aucun, regrette d avoir payer ce prix la pour sejoiurner ds cette hotel

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      • Overall Score 2.43/10
    • Isabelle B. Isabelle B.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in novembre 2012 Posted on 2013-07-06 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Bel hôtel agréable, sympathique, un peu vide durant la période d'automne mais bien au niveau de la tranquillité

      • Advantages

        beau cadre belle piscine propre

      • Disavantages

        - Pas d'animations actives durant la période de octobre/novembre -Grande Différenc de tarifs selon les périodes

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      • Overall Score 7.50/10
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