Hotel Steigenberger Marhaba Thalasso Hotel 5 star
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There are few 5-star establishments in Hammamet. Opened in 2009, the Riu Palace Marhaba is in what was once a Sheraton hotel. However, despite its status as a luxury hotel, the Riu Palace offers entertainment, an all-inclusive formula, a kids club and even sports pitches. This refined establishment with its luxurious rooms offers its own version of a palace, between a holiday-club and a city hotel.

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      Steigenberger Marhaba Thalasso   -   © IMAGES ET MEDIA

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      Steigenberger Marhaba Thalasso   -   © Images et Media / Steigenberger Marhaba Thalasso

       
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    Location 7.0 /10

    On the seaside just over a mile from Hammamet's town centre. Transfers to and from the airport of Tunis (35 mi away) take about 1h.

    Accommodation 8.25 /10

    Of the 361 guest rooms, 200 (standard or large) are found in round-shaped bungalows that bring to mind 'menzels': lodgings that are typical of Djerba. They all have either a small terrace on the ground floor or a balcony on the first floor, and most of them have a view over the gardens. Only some of them have a view over the sea. One thing you will notice is that they have a lot of character, with their vaulted brick ceiling, salmon-coloured tiling, green fabrics, etc. As for the furnishings, you won't be able to help but like the wooden pieces and especially the huge bed with a splendid headboard. The same goes for the guest rooms in the main building, where the only difference is that the fabrics are red and the furnishings consist of both wood and glass. Being a 5-star hotel, all of the rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, a large plasma-screen television, a safe that is free to use and a mini-bar. Sober but elegant, the bathrooms include a bathtub (plus a shower for the rooms in the main building), a telephone, a hair-dryer and hospitality products.

    Overview 8.25 /10

    Two years of renovations were needed to transform the former Sheraton into the Riu Palace Marhaba. Even though the infrastructures are very refined and elegant, it is still just a luxury resort and not a real palace! As soon as you see its façade, you'll understand that this isn't a small hotel. The spacious lobby only further confirms this. Marble-clad, it comprises columns, a basin with a statue of a horse and furnishings that mainly include pretty, beige leather armchairs. Most of the common areas are in the hotel's large park: a tennis and archery pitch, large outdoor swimming pools, a kids club, etc. First built in 1971, the former Sheraton Hammamet Resort was one of the oldest hotels in this resort town. The new Riu Palace has splendid gardens planted with lots of Mediterranean-style vegetation, including a large variety of trees: palm, olive, apricot, fig, pine and pomegranate. In terms of equipment, you can tell that you're in a 5-star resort, as everything is of the best quality: thick canvas parasols, solid plastic lounge chairs and cloth mattresses. Towels are provided. One of the establishment's most popular spots, though, is its spa. With its indoor saltwater pool, the well-being centre attracts both guests staying at the hotel and the general public.

    Food and drink 8.00 /10

    With an all-inclusive formula and the capacity to hold 800 guests, there was no other choice here than to offer a buffet restaurant. Although the decor is slightly more elegant that what you might find in a holiday-club, it is just as large and noisy. Three theme nights are proposed: Asian, Tunisian and Italian. Guests also have the possibility of dining at the Italian and Tunisian restaurants. However, typical of any resort, they can only dine here once a week under the all-inclusive formula. The final possibility is a barbecue, during high season. Located at the edge of the beach, it includes a mini-buffet of light dishes. It is open midday from 12:30pm to 3:00pm and snacks are served from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.

    Beach 7.50 /10

    Vast and very well-equipped, the beach stretches out for around 300m. You can access it via a concrete alley at the far end of the gardens. It is laid out with cramped rows of parasols and deckchairs with mattresses, which is a bit of a shame since this takes away from the view of the sea. At least the turquoise water and the quiet atmosphere serve as compensation. Guests can participate in various water sports for an extra charge: banana boating, pedalo rides, jet-skiing, kayaking, parasailing, etc.

    To know

    Open year round, the Riu Palace Marhaba works exclusively on an all-inclusive formula. You might want to note that the Wi-Fi is only available in the lobby.

    Equipment

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

      keep fit, hammam, sauna, spa, wellness, massage, beauty salon, thalassotherapy

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      golf, (nearby), aerobics, aqua gym, fitness, gym, beach volley, football, tennis, archery, paddle boats, jet ski, kayak, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • Accommodations in small units.
    • Typical decor.

    disadvantages

    • The swimming pool, a bit small.

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Ameni L. Ameni L.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in août 2013 Posted on 2014-04-01 En famille - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        un superbe hôtel! une vue magnifique sur la mer restaurant extra piscine merveilleux, un très bon rapport qualité prix

      • Advantages

        Il est pas loin de la ville.

      • Disavantages

        Il n'a pas beaucoup d'animation

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      • Overall Score 8.29/10
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      • Package deals in février 2013 Posted on 2014-04-01 Seul - 1 nuitée (Chambre sans vue)

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      • Overall Score 5.00/10
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