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Hotel Iberostar Selection Kuriat Palace Hotel 5 star
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The Kuriat Palace will suit couples looking for pleasant, verdant surroundings in which to spend their holiday in Tunisia, with a beautiful swimming pool and a beach on their doorstep, as it certainly ticks all those boxes! Its only downside though is its unfortunate proximity to the airport; light-sleepers may find the early-morning chartered flight take-offs something of a problem, though others shouldn't be affected. Incidentally, the hotel does not offer an all-inclusive option, but the restaurant charges here are perfectly reasonable.

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      Iberostar Selection Kuriat Palace   -   © Kamel Agrebi /Ibérostar

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      Iberostar Selection Kuriat Palace   -   © Kamel Agrebi /Ibérostar

       
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    Location 7.0 /10

    On the seafront, in the hotel resort of Skanès, 1,640 ft from the airport and just over 4 mi from the centre of Monastir. The city is around 10-15 minutes away whilst the transfer time to the airport is just 5 minutes.

    Accommodation 7.00 /10

    The hotel has a total of 220 rooms and 30 suites, and the rooms on the third (and top) floor, at the far end of the gardens, on the beach-side of the hotel, have a sea view. Those on the lower floors or closer to the pool overlook the outdoor relaxation areas (gardens and pool). Try to avoid the rooms overlooking the entrance to the hotel (and the car park) if at all possible as these undoubtedly offer the least appealing of views, even though there are a few palm trees and flowerbeds on this side of the hotel. The double rooms which make up the bulk of the accommodation here have a floor area of around 323 sq ft and feature dark wooden furniture with a few original touches, such as the stars cut out of the headboard. With tiled floors and walls covered in nothing more than a few coats of white paint, the sound-proofing isn't the best, even though the corridors are carpeted. As far as amenities are concerned, the bare essentials are provided and little else. The bathrooms, for example, offer a few basic hospitality products, but no hair-dryer, except in the suites. All the rooms have a small-screen television, air-conditioning and a telephone and the balconies are equipped with a plastic table and armchairs. A refrigerator can also be installed in the room on request, though safes are only available at the reception and are charged at ?1 per day.

    Overview 7.00 /10

    The Kuriat Palace consists of a 3-floor building with a swimming pool and green vegetation at its centre, facing Skanès beach. Built in 1986 and renovated in 2000, it is representative of the traditional Tunisian hotel industry. The hotel lobby is impressive and unrestrained, with a star-shaped chandelier, red leather sofas and pink-veined marble coffee tables, but the nicest of the relaxation areas is undoubtedly the outdoor swimming pool with its paved terrace which runs on to a lawned area adorned with decorative shrubs leading down to the beach. This is the ideal setting for relaxing with a book on one of the deckchairs provided, although there is a charge for this (?1.50 per day)! Towels are also available for hire (?0.75). In addition to the outdoor pool (3229 sq ft) the hotel also has a glass-roofed indoor pool (1076 sq ft) and a jacuzzi, both of which are open to guests between 9:00am and 7:00pm, so you can have a dip even when it's cold outside.

    Food and drink 7.00 /10

    The hotel's main restaurant, located alongside the swimming pool, serves both breakfast and dinner as a buffet, and also has a terrace with a reed pergola, making for very pleasant surroundings for eating outside (and avoiding the sound of other people's conversations echoing inside), though there are only a limited number of tables out here. Lunch, however, is served a la carte, and can be enjoyed at the paved and shaded barbecue restaurant overlooking the sea, though the barbecue is only open in the summer (from June to September). For the rest of the year, your best bet is to head to the coffee shop, with its typically Tunisian decor and even an aquarium, where pizzas and salads are served alongside traditional dishes such as prawn 'oija' (omelette) or chicken with cous cous. At around ?10 a dish, the prices are very reasonable, too. In the evening, part of the coffee shop becomes an a la carte restaurant, serving dishes such as Tunisian lamb stew (at around ?16) and other notably less original recipes such as medallions of veal with mushrooms and fish à la Provençal.

    Beach 7.00 /10

    The beach here is much longer than it is wide since the Mediterranean has a tendency to nibble away at the coastline, so the area with deckchairs covers around 820 x 98 ft. The straw parasols are set out rather close together in 4 rows, which could be a problem on other hotel beaches, but not here, as there are also lawned areas overlooking the beach which are perfect for lazing around on. There is also an independent diving centre here, offering guests an introduction to the sport, and even the chance to complete a diving diploma (additional charge applies). Apart from this, there are not really any water sports available, other than a few pedalos available for hire.

    To know

    From October to June, the hotel welcomes numerous groups for conferences and seminars. It is not necessarily an issue for guests staying at the hotel (for leisure purposes) during these months, since they can have the pool and deckchairs all to themselves, and there is even a separate room in the restaurant to accommodate groups (though you should beware of the noise).
    The well-being centre is also worth a brief mention; it includes a hammam, a sauna and a double massage room - definitely worth a visit if you like to relax in very simple surroundings, particularly as the prices are reasonable (from ?9 for a massage and ?14 for a facial treatment).
    Accommodation tip:
    The best rooms are those which overlook both the gardens and the sea. Those facing the swimming pool are a little noisier (music during the day), and others overlook the entrance to the hotel, which is the least pleasant direction to be facing.

    Equipment

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

      keep fit, beauty salon, massage, hammam, sauna

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      paddle boats, squash, beach volley, tennis, fitness, gym, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The landscaped lawn around the swimming pool
    • The beautiful sea views from the barbecue restaurant
    • Spacious rooms

    disadvantages

    • Close to the airport (aircraft noise)
    • The well-being centre has only one treatment room

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Bouisse C. Bouisse C.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in octobre 2011 Posted on 2013-11-03 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        un bel hôtel réalisé avec des matériaux noble, marbre ....du bel artisanat. bien situé entre Monastir et Sousse.

      • Advantages

        picine interrieure, restaurant très varié et produit frais situation géographique, personnel chaleureux .

      • Disavantages

        hotel vieillissant mais bien entretenus quand même

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      • Overall Score 8.50/10
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