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This classical-style hotel is primarily designed for adult guests (although children are admitted). It used to be the private residence of the man who created the group to which it now belongs (El Hana), before becoming a casino. It is a place of pleasant contrasts, in particular between the (nearly overdone) luxury of certain lounge areas and the simplicity (and age) of the guest rooms. Despite the 5 stars it boasts, you shouldn't expect more than a 3 star hotel.

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    Location 10.0 /10

    The Hana Palace Hotel is located on one of the main streets of the touristic neighbourhood of Port El Kantaoui, some 300 meters from the town centre. There is a pedestrian street nearby with numerous shops and restaurants, and heavy traffic. The closest town is that of Sousse, just over 4 mi away, and you couldn't be any closer to the sea, as it is just behind the hotel. The closest airports are Monastir, 15.5 mi away, and Tunis, 93 mi away.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The Hana Palace hotel includes 116 rooms and 7 suites, which makes it a relatively small hotel compared to the other establishments in the neighbourhood, where most of Port El Kantaoui's hotels are concentrated. The rooms are approximately 34m² and have wall-to-wall carpet, a safe (about £1/day), a balcony (with views of the sea and the swimming pool view or of the garden), a TV (rather ancient, but with 15 channels), a small fridge (restocked upon request), a phone, a hair dryer, etc. The bathrooms are a little out of date, both in terms of tiling and equipment. Some of them can only barely conceal the many years that have gone by since they were installed.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The Hana Palace Hotel opened in 1992 and occupies a building that until then served as a casino. Before that, it was the home of Ali Mheni, the founder of the Tunisian hotel group El Hana. The design was the work of Olivier-Clement Cacoub, the famous architect. The structure and interior decorating of many of the sitting rooms would not seem out of place in a royal palace. Some of these lounges are particularly modern, such as the Moroccan-style television room (with a huge LCD screen), where you can follow football matches or watch a movie in one of the comfortable sofas, in a trendy and well-lit setting. As is standard practice in the region, the hotel frequently undergoes renovations. Changes are made on a yearly basis, and during our stay, the rooms and the spa were next on the list of renovation plans. The furniture in the rooms was to be changed, and a full makeover of the spa centre was envisioned and definitely called for.

    Food and drink 7.45 /10

    The cuisine on offer is not one of the hotel's stronger points, in fact it's pretty terrible! The food served shows much room for improvement, both in terms of quality and variety. The main restaurant serves a buffet of meat, fish, soup, vegetables, salads, etc. The menu is mainly of Tunisian inspiration and drinks are not included in the price. Other restaurants at the hotel include one that mixes pizzas and barbecues, and a second canteen-like restaurant on the beach. There is a choice of several bars where you can enjoy a drink; the piano-bar near the entrance, and a poolside bar.

    Beach 7.45 /10

    The hotel offers direct access to the beach, which boasts clean sand and water all year long, except for a certain period when the sea is littered with seaweed. The private beach is a little small for the size of the hotel, although it only becomes overcrowded in the high season. Also, there are no showers, but you will be able to enjoy free use of the hammocks and sunshades.

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    Until recently, the hotel catered exclusively to an adult clientele, but now children are welcome too. However, activities and facilities for the younger generation are scarce so there is little for them to do. Take the entertainment for example: it only happens in the evenings and is more often than not provided by a pianist or a small orchestra that changes every fortnight. Generally, the atmosphere is well suited to relaxation. The spa is rather ancient and, unlike what one would expect from a centre dedicated to well-being, it is not the most relaxing of places. During our stay in this establishment, the construction of a new spa centre was being planned. There is no proper business centre but there are 3 computers available to guests (free access). Some of the hotel's rooms are over-the-top in terms of luxury (common lounges and suites) compared with the overly humble standard rooms. The establishment also lacks the usual facilities that one normally finds in a hotel, such as a games' room, a night club, a beauty parlour, etc. It is the ideal establishment for guests who want to spend a few relaxing days by the sea.

    advantage

    • The hotel offers direct access to the beach
    • It's located in a calm area of Port El Kantaoui
    • The level of comfort and luxury in the communal sitting rooms

    disadvantages

    • The quality and variety of the cuisine leave much to be desired
    • The fabric used for the curtains and wall-to-wall carpet is totally out of fashion.
    • The spa is in urgent need of a makeover

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Ángel F. Ángel F.  
      59 Opinions
      • Package deals in abril 2008 Posted on 2010-07-26 En pareja - Una semana o más (Habitación con vistas)

        De Palace tiene algún salón con nostalgia de poderío, pero del resto, nanai. Ambiente tranquilo y junto al mar. Tanto, que casi no hay playa

      • Advantages

        Pegadito al mar. Es un barrio tranquilo y en coche se llega en poco tiempo al centro de Sousse y Port El Kantaoui.

      • Disavantages

        El spa me decepcionó bastante ya que esperaba darme masajitos y conocer el hammam de Túnez, y aquí se me quitaron las ganas.

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