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Hotel Skanès Sérail Hotel 4 star
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Built in 2004, the Skanès Sérail is a club that holds few surprises in terms of its location, its services and its holiday atmosphere. The interior decor is that of a typical hotel, but there is quite a lot of entertainment put on for those who don't want to get bored. The more guests there are, the livelier the atmosphere: indeed, it is a good place to meet other holidaymakers, as when it is fully booked, the relaxation facilities are chockablock with people. Goodbye tranquility, hello drinking games!

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    Location 6.75 /10

    The hotel is by the sea, in the hotel zone of Skanès, about 2 mi from Monastir airport and 4 mi from the town-centre. The trip to the airport takes about 10 minutes, and it should take you about a quarter of an hour to get into town.

    Accommodation 7.00 /10

    The hotel has 212 rooms that occupy the ground floor and the three floors of the building that partially surround the outdoor swimming pool. A balcony (with an armchair and a plastic table) increases the available space in the room, which can be 430 sq ft for the quadruple ones. The efforts put into the interior are seen in the wenge-wood furniture (dark African wood), and the patterns on the carpet are reminiscent of local craftsmanship. Half of the rooms face the sea, whereas the other half face the entrance to the hotel. As far as facilities are concerned, you have to pay extra if you want to use a fridge (?5 per day) and if you want to use the safe (?2 per day). The rest is included in the stay: air-conditioning, a television (not the most modern) and a telephone. As for the bathroom, it includes a bathtub and a liquid soap dispenser.

    Overview 7.25 /10

    The entrance hall of the Skanès Sérail looks even bigger than it is because of the clear marble flooring, the scarce furniture and the bay window that opens out onto the swimming pool. During the high season, when the hotel is fully booked (500 guests), this space is particularly enjoyable but can become quite noisy. However, be careful on rainy days or cleaning days: as soon as the marble is slightly damp it turns into a skating rink. As far as relaxation is concerned, in the summer guests congregate around the outdoor swimming-pool (which is large enough to swim in and shallow enough to paddle along the side). The surrounding terrace stretches towards the sea and gives access to lawns that call for a nice snooze. Plastic deck chairs are provided beneath straw huts. However, you do have to pay for the use of beach towels (?1.5 per day). In the winter, it is still possible to find something to do that requires a swimsuit thanks to the indoor swimming pool (you can also swim a few laps here, although it's much smaller than the outdoor pool). There is a jacuzzi next to it and you can use it without paying an extra charge. However, it only works 3 and a half hours per day, in the morning and in the evening. A 4,300 sq ft spa is currently being built and its opening is eagerly awaited.

    Food and drink 7.00 /10

    Depending on the season, the hotel proposes half-board or all inclusive options. This doesn't change the venue, nor does it affect the buffet dishes on offer. The main restaurant (where the buffets are found) is a huge room with a little terrace sheltered by a wood and palm-leaf roof structure. For breakfast in the morning, we recommend the local oat porridge. Otherwise, you can ask for an omelette, British-style baked beans, cheese and meat cuts, bread, pastries and fresh fruit. For the other meals, it is mainly local food that is favoured (served in clay pots, or presented as part of the buffet): for example, rice from Djerba (with spinach and carrots), which is more tasty than the fries or potato gratin; veal couscous, oat soup (delicious) or chicken in tomato sauce. For those who are fussy about their food and who don't want to discover new cuisine, there are mixed salads, pizzas, pasta and barbecues. You won't be disappointed, unless you yourself are a top chef. Other catering possibilities: the a la carte restaurant, with a room facing the road and a beach barbecue open in the summer. The first option is a good alternative to the buffet meal and the second should be tried out for its seaside atmosphere. Unpretentious

    Beach 6.75 /10

    The space prepared on Skanès beach (facing the lawns between the outdoor swimming-pool and the sand) covers an area of 600 x 150 ft. As the solarium, the swimming-pool and the beach are designed to accommodate the 500 guests of the hotel during the high season, the beach huts are bunched together in tight rows. The deck chairs are therefore very close to each other, which is a pity, as otherwise the beach is quite pleasant in the summer, with its fine sand and turquoise water. However, the massive development of the hotel industry in the Skanès area, along with a significant rise in the level of the Mediterranean sea, have already damaged the beautiful beach of Monastir, which is not what it was 15 years ago.

    To know

    The metro (that stops in front of the hotel) travels all the way from Monastir to Skanès, past the airport; it is a good solution for daily excursions but not so suitable to get to and from the airport.
    Accommodation tip:
    ask for a room with a sea view (most of them also afford a view of the swimming pool. You will thus avoid the view of the entrance to the hotel and the car park.

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, hammam, stretching, spa, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, beach volley, jet ski, sailing, kayak, paddle boats, dance, step, bums and tums, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The relaxation areas (swimming-pool and spa)
    • The rooms with sea views

    disadvantages

    • The tables are bunched together in the restaurant
    • Slippery marble floor

    Traveller Reviews

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    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in septembre 2012 Posted on 2014-05-01 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        belle piscine restaurant assez agreable mer a coté et aeroport belles rencontres et bons moments de vacances

      • Advantages

        aeroport grande piscine plage

      • Disavantages

        un peu eloigné du centre ville

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      • Overall Score 6.57/10
    • Candice G. Candice G.  
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      • Package deals in avril 2011 Posted on 2013-11-12 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        très joli hôtel, personnel sympathique et très bien situé !!

      • Advantages

        Près de la ville, super piscine

      • Disavantages

        Mer pas très jolie, pleins d'algues

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      • Overall Score 9.25/10
      • Package deals in août 2011 Posted on 2013-09-25 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        hotel parfait tres bon accueil ambiance chambre restauration plage piscine et animateurs

      • Advantages

        accueil chambres restauration. tout est parfait

      • Disavantages

        aucun..........................

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      • Overall Score 9.75/10
      • Package deals in mai 2013 Posted on 2013-09-16 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Un séjour d'une semaine au Skanes Serail nous a permis de profiter d'un hôtel très agréable. Le personnel est serviable, les animateurs enthousiastes, les femmes de chambre souriantes, la clientèle sympathique. La chambre d'angle était très spacieuse, le balcon agréable, avec vue sur la mer et le coucher du soleil. La piscine est propre. Le petit déjeuner est correct. Nous n'avons pas testé la nourriture midi et soir. Internet est payant. Pour accéder à la ville de Monastir il fa

      • Advantages

        la piscine et la plage

      • Disavantages

        La décoration des chambres est à revoir

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      • Overall Score 6.50/10
      • Package deals in août 2011 Posted on 2013-07-31 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Jolies vacances et repos garanti

      • Advantages

        à proximité de la plage Taille de la chambre Taille de la salle de bain Rapport qualite prix satifaisant

      • Disavantages

        animations restauration

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      • Overall Score 7.25/10
      • Package deals in avril 2013 Posted on 2013-07-04 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Un séjour d'une semaine au Skanes Serail nous a permis de profiter d'un hôtel très agréable. Le personnel est serviable, les animateurs enthousiastes, les femmes de chambre souriantes, la clientèle sympathique. La chambre d'angle était très spacieuse, le balcon agréable, avec vue sur la mer et le coucher du soleil. Internet est payant. Pour accéder à la ville de Monastir il faut avoir une voiture ou bien se déplacer en taxi. L'aéroport est tout près mais le bruit n'est pas gênant.

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        La piscine extérieure est très belle, propre et très agréable.

      • Disavantages

        La nourriture est tout juste correcte

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      • Overall Score 6.50/10
    • Chris Tonik R. Chris Tonik R.  
      8 Opinions
      • Package deals in décembre 2011 Posted on 2012-04-07 En famille - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Pour noël repas excellent et chanteur à la voix de Barry White

      • Advantages

        Pas cher avec Groupon. Accueil barman et porteur super sympa, magnifique! . A 5 minutes de l'aéroport.Chambre grande.En déc il fait froid

      • Disavantages

        jus d'orange, versions gouts médicaments !!!! en bref plus mauvais.... on sent que l'hôtel manque de moyens financiers...plage déguelasse

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      • Overall Score 5.43/10
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