Dar El Medina

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Dar El Medina

Date of travel

Mar, 2012

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Culture / Sightseeing

The hotel is about 5 minute walk from the Government buildings in the medina. It is a refurbished old house with 12 rooms. The hotel entrance is directly off the street with only a small sign at the entrance. Through the doorway, a passage way with steps lead to the reception desk with a courtyard to one side. The restaurant was off the passage way at the front of the hotel.

Reception staff were charming, very friendly and spoke some English. They were very keen to help and were very flexible in arranging meal times to suit us.

Our room, Beja, was on the first floor overlooking the street. It was a large room with steps leading down into the room from the doorway. This was a hazard and could be dangerous if you weren’t careful. I did fall down the steps one evening but fortunately didn’t do any damage to myself. There were steps up to a sitting area with marble floor and cushions arranged round a low table. There was TV although the only English channel was Al Jazeera.

We had a comfortable bed with two bedside tables, large wardrobe and two easy chairs with a small table. A bowl of fruit and bottle of water were brought to the room on the day we arrived. The bathroom was off with a bath with central shower and good supply of towels and toiletries. Washing dried overnight.

Although there are several eateries around, we ate in the restaurant each night. The restaurant staff had limited English and we learnt to arrange the evening meal with reception. Food was freshly cooked and good although the jury was out on the Mloukhiya, a Tunis speciality.

Breakfasts were simple but filling and always started with freshly squeezed orange juice followed by an egg and bread or croissants.

We enjoyed our stay here. It was an excellent location for exploring the medina on foot and a quiet and relaxing place to stay. However the downside is that streets in the medina are so narrow we were dropped off with our luggage in Government Square where we were met by the hotel porter with small trolly who wheeled our suitcases to the hotel. As they wouldn’t all go on the trolley we ended up carrying the carry on luggage. Fortunately it didn’t rain! Also all the steps in the hotel could make it unsuitable for anyone with walking difficulties. There is no lift.


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