Hotel El Kanta Hotel 2 star
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If your holiday dates are flexible, avoid the El Kanta hotel during the school holidays and especially during the manic period in July and August when the whole place - just like the rest of Port El Kantaoui - is overflowing with tourists. During the mid-season period starting in March and ending in November, it is nice to take a dip in the outdoor swimming pools (there is an indoor pool for the more cautious), and the hotel is close enough to the marina for you to explore it without having to hire a car. In short, this is a good place for a simple but enjoyable holiday.

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    Location 10.0 /10

    In the residential area of Port El Kantaoui, 1000 ft from the marina and 1300 ft from the beach. Monastir airport is 14 mi away and transfer time is 30 minutes.

    Accommodation 6.95 /10

    The hotel has a total of 253 rooms. The superior rooms were renovated in 2008 and are recommended, particularly as they overlook either the gardens and one of the swimming pools or El Kantaoui golf course. Unlike the standard rooms, they have a hair-dryer and bathrobes in the bathroom and the safes in these rooms can be used free of charge. In terms of floor area, the double rooms are around 215 sq ft. Plastic armchairs and table are provided on the balcony, whilst other amenities include a (fairly small) television, air-conditioning, a mini-bar and a telephone. The bathroom consists of a bathtub and two bars of soap in the way of hospitality products.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    The El Kanta hotel is a white 5-storey building with painted wooden balconies. It is built to a charming design and would pass as a very peaceful holiday location were it not for the fact that it has 253 rooms. The numerous armchairs in the entrance hall to welcome holiday groups on arrival is a reflection of the high number of rooms at the hotel. Patience is of the essence when making your way through these rows of seats to reach the palm, bougainvillea and olive tree-planted gardens. Once outside, there are two swimming pools of roughly the same size (around 65 ft by 30 ft), one for families, the other for couples without children. Deckchairs under straw parasols are set out all around them, and cushions are provided at no extra cost. However, you do have to pay to hire beach towels (?0.55 per day). If you like massages, jacuzzis and body wraps, head for the small treatment centre. Bear in mind that it is very basic and that the small number of treatment cabins are quickly booked up due to the overwhelming number of guests the hotel can accommodate. A 30 minute massage here starts at ?14.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The restaurant, its tables set out in tightly packed rows, is the sort of dining room you come to expect of hotels where more guests are checked in than the facilities can reasonably accommodate in order to maximise profits. Even when tables are set up outside during busier periods, the overall atmosphere is reminiscent of a company canteen, despite the efforts made in the decor and the best attempts of the service staff to keep all the guests happy. Breakfast is served as a buffet, whilst the evening meal alternates between a buffet (3 times a week) and various menus with table service. Looking over the breakfast spread, you might find yourself wondering if slices of beef in sauce with steamed peas and carrots is really what you want at 8 in the morning. If you are really hungry, you are better off asking for an omelette to be prepared for you, or a Tunisian doughnut. If you prefer a more wholesome option, help yourself to the freshly sliced seasonal fruit (grapefruit, watermelon, orange, peach, apricot, etc.), yoghurts, bread and preserves. Pastries, salami and cheeses are also available. Only the main course is served at your table in the evening, with starters and desserts being chosen from the buffet. Choose a local speciality wherever possible, or something not far off, for example seafood spaghetti.

    Beach 6.95 /10

    Even though the beach is not far away, try to avoid walking the 1300 ft in the hottest months of the year. Neither the hotel's access road nor the sandy pathway leading to the beach offer any shade if you decide to go on foot. It is well worth taking the shuttle service which operates between the reception and the beach from 9:00am to 5:00pm. When you get there, head for the stretch in front of the snack bar, which is on a concrete terrace under a reed pergola. Deckchairs are set out over an area measuring 330 ft by 130 ft and cushions are also available. The straw huts are quite close together, in 3 to 6 rows depending on the space available. This is because of the rising sea level, which is appreciable in Port El Kantaoui as well as Tunisia's other beach resorts. The sand here is fine and the bathing area marked out by buoys. Some watersports facilities are provided at extra cost.

    To know

    The hotel is not located right on the seafront, which you should bear in mind if you want a beach holiday. During the season, a free shuttle service (a wooden minibus) transports guests to the beach 1300 ft away. This does, of course, mean that you are restricted by the shuttle timetable.
    Port El Kantaoui marina, with its cafes, restaurants, craft shops, companies organising boat trips, etc., is just a 5-minute walk from the hotel. This is ideal if you wish to eat outside of the hotel or take a stroll around Port El Kantaoui.
    Accommodation advice
    The rooms either overlook the hotel's swimming pools and gardens or the surrounding area (the small houses and golf course of El Kantaoui). The view is nice in both directions, but you will hear traffic noise from the balcony if your room overlooks the surrounding area.

    Equipment

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

      sauna, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, aqua gym, aerobics, golf, kayak, paddle boats

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • Several swimming pools.
    • 1000 ft from Port El Kantaoui marina.

    disadvantages

    • Not directly on the seafront.
    • Cramped tables in the restaurant.

    Traveller Reviews

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    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in juin 2014 Posted on 2014-08-25 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Hotel a recommander rapport qualité-Prix,infrastructure,propreté,qualité de la nourriture,chambres agréables,amabilité du personnel a la hauteur de leur fonction dans chaque service et a tous niveaux,équipe d'animateurs très sympathiques et dynamiques,c'est un vrai paradis que de séjourner dans cet hotel.Nous y passons ma femme et moi chaque années depuis notre retraite le mois de juin et le mois de septembre.

      • Advantages

        calme et repos car l'animation reste discrète meme en soirée,ce qui fait que cet hotel convient aussi bien aux jeunes qu'aux plus agés.

      • Disavantages

        aucun,meme si la plage est a 10 mn de marche,le trajet est très agréable ou alors prendre les tuc-tuc qui font la navette en permanence de 9h a 18h.

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
    • Aj M. Aj M.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in septembre 2012 Posted on 2014-03-02 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Colon perforé et à fortiore avec poche, j'ai fait mais deux convalescences dans cet hotel....Non seulement reçu comme un Roi mais suivi gratos par un médecin-chirurgien et qui plus est deux gardes du corps qui à mon ainsu me suivaient jour et nuit et faisaient rapport à la direction. Je ne puis que remercier cet établissement et le conseiller.

      • Advantages

        Plats concoctés suivant mon régime draconnien

      • Disavantages

        Aucuns....j'ai beau chercher....

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      • Overall Score 9.14/10
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