Hotel Tunistar Marina Palace Hotel 4 star
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The Tunistar Marina Palace hotel is a practical, modest establishment with a 4 star rating that seems a little over-generous in some of the rooms (especially in terms of cleanliness and freshness). All the same, it does have enough facilities for you to spend a few relaxing days enjoying yourself on the Tunisian coast.

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    Location

    The establishment is in the tourist area of Yasmine Hammamet, a very busy seaside district full of shops and leisure facilities. Despite the abundant activities in the area and down to La Marina harbour, which is also near the hotel, the Marina Palace is in a fairly peaceful street away from the nearby hustle and bustle. The beach is about 150m away.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The guest rooms are comfortable, and are all equipped with the kind of facilities you expect of a 4 star establishment, for example a telephone, satellite television (about 20 channels), a hair dryer, and a bathroom with a separate toilet. There are no blankets, and no safe is provided either. For about £1 a day, you can have any valuable objects stored at reception in a safe monitored 24 hours a day. Minibars can also be hired for £2.50 a day. Each room has a balcony furnished with a table and 2 chairs, and you can enjoy the views over the swimming pool, the garden, or the neighbouring hotel, depending on which side of the hotel your room is located. The floors in the guest rooms are covered in a carpet that could do with replacing sooner rather than later, or it at least needs to be given a thorough clean in some of the rooms.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    The hotel was built in 1998 and fully renovated in 2003. Since then, modifications and improvements have been carried out every year in various areas of the establishment, as is common practice in hotels of this category. In spite of this, parts of the Marina Palace could really do with freshening up, in particular the bathrooms, corridors, toilets, plumbing, etc. All in all, the hotel has 172 guest rooms, including apartments and suites, and can accommodate up to 394 guests at any one time. It has 2 swimming pools, one outdoor and one indoor. The outdoor pool is another feature that could do with some maintenance work, especially to the walls, which are slippery in places. The hotel has a conference room designed rather like a theatre, with enough capacity to seat 250 people. Next door to this is the business centre, which is equipped with all the facilities conference attendees could need, for example a photocopier, fax machine, big screen, Internet connection, and so on. There are various bars on the ground floor. One of these is open 24 hours a day, another from 4:00pm to 2:00am (karaoke evenings and concerts are sometimes held here), and a third opens from 8:00am to 12:00pm. These venues serve beer for £2, a half bottle of house wine for £4, and cocktails for £5.50. The owners were planning to open a brand new balneotherapy centre in 2010.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    Food is another disappointment in this establishment. The only highlights are a few dishes and products like pastries and pancakes served up at breakfast, just after they have been freshly made. The main restaurant operates as a buffet and is really a letdown, due to the lack of variety in the dishes. To illustrate this, if you opt to stay here for a full week, you cannot help but notice some of the same dishes cropping up more than once. In spite of this, the quality is acceptable. In addition to the Oasis buffet restaurant, the hotel has a pizzeria called Pizzeria Marina, which boasts views over La Marina harbour. Bear in mind that it is only open in winter. In summer, a barbecue is set up next to the swimming pool. Guests can choose between grilled meats and fish, in addition to sandwiches, pasta dishes, and a wide range of drinks.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    The Marina Palace has its own private beach about a 5 minute walk from the hotel. It is reserved exclusively for guests staying at the hotel, and provides hammocks and plastic parasols for your convenience. The beach is covered in clean, white sand and is serviced by a beach bar, which belongs to the hotel and opens from 9:00am to 6:00pm during high season. You can buy snacks and drinks there without ever leaving the seaside.

    To know

    The Tunistar Marina Palace is an establishment designed for holidaying, and mostly attracts families and couples who have come to Hammamet to relax and make the most of the water sports activities. Given the hotel's 4 star status, one or two things about it might raise an eyebrow. Basically, it could really do with a bit of freshening up, particularly in terms of refurbishing some of the spaces (corridors, bathrooms) and improving the overall cleanliness of the place. The carpet in the rooms and corridors is not as well looked after as we might have hoped. Wifi Internet access is available in the lobby, for a charge, but the connection speed is sometimes too slow for hassle-free browsing. There is a water sports centre offering a wide range of activities just next to the private beach. Guests come here from all over the world, but most visitors are Spanish, German, and English. The hotel is open all year round. Activities and shows are staged 4 times a week for the entertainment of guests. At this frequency, they get repetitive, and usually consist of a one-man band.

    Equipment

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

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

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      sailing, water skiing, canoe, gym, dance, aqua gym, tennis, fitness

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Some of the food on the restaurant buffet, for example the fruit and desserts
    • The area is peaceful, and there are lots of leisure activities nearby

    disadvantages

    • The staff are not very dynamic
    • The building could be cleaner and kept in better condition
    • The entertainment gets repetitive
    • The condition of the toilets and the plumbing in the bathrooms

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Samira B. Samira B.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in juillet 2012 Posted on 2013-09-26 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Grand hotel, chambre spacieuse, très bien situé, propre

      • Advantages

        Situation de l'hotel pas loin de la ville, Plage à proximité accessible à pied, chambre spacieuse bien entretenu,

      • Disavantages

        Manque d'animation dans l'hotel en journée, et en soirée une à deux fois par semaine Pas d'animation en journée

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      • Overall Score 8.50/10
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