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Dar El Medina

4.0 out of 5.0

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Right in the middle the medina, this hotel os perfect if you want something more traditional than the big hotels. The rooms a spacious and clean the top floor terrace offer a lovely view on the city. The breakfast is basic but very good. Note : you can't access the hotel by car and depending from where you are entering the medina, you will need to walk around 500 meters. Also, most of the medina shops closes with the sun going down and the streets are poorly lit. Didn't felt treaten by anyone but worth mentionning.

This hotel is an excellent choice for those who want to get a feel for life in the Medina. The hotel itself is a beautifully restored town house, marked by an unobtrusive sign on the right of a traditional wooden door. I arrived at night and had to ask for directions. The public rooms, courtyard and roof terrace are nicely appointed; my room was spacious and split level. Breakfast okay but not especially interesting. Staff very friendly and obliging. WiFi had a habit of tripping out.

I had a suite which was a spacious multi-level, well ventilated space. Lots of light with the shutters open, or as dark as one likes with them closed. Very clean, well maintained rooms and bath. Very comfortable bed. Very good, fast in-room Wi-Fi. All rooms seem quiet and well separated, unless you come as a group, in which case there are a few rooms grouped around their own courtyard. I did not eat there though the food is said to be good, according to other guests I met there. Rooftop dining at night is available. Very friendly, helpful staff able to assist with local restaurants and touristy sites. This Dar is a few hundred yards from the nearest taxi drop-off point, so expect a short walk to the Dar. It is right in the middle of the old medina, with all streets narrow and winding, but fairly easy to not get lost. There is a map of the area in each room, and just ask for directions from the staff if a little uncertain how to get to where you want to go. Many souqs and other attractions are nearby.

This is a typical old family house in the Medina, re-purposed into a characterful hotel. Not quite 'boutique' but worth visiting if you're ready for something a bit Tunisian, and are prepared to walk & drag your suitcase to it.

Our one night there was pleasant enough, but we did have the tiniest room imaginable, and the bathroom was a postage stamp. We enjoyed the balcony for our early evening aperitif, but the price was higher than we needed to pay (244 dinar which was $120 at the time). The young man holding the fort was overwhelmed and not very helpful with information. The view from the roof was worth climbing for!

Stayed here for a week in October 2015. The house couldn't be lovelier - each room is different, carvings, mosaics, lovely tiles. Really a gem. But I found the staff unhelpful and unfriendly. It has a rigid way of doing things and will not depart - so, we asked every day for fruit for breakfast. Not possible. There is fruit in the market, I had to go and buy for myself. But this hotel WILL NOT depart from their set way of presenting breakfast. In the same way they could not/would not help me with telephoning a taxi, searching for a gym, providing a kettle in my room. I'm working here in Tunis and this hotel is very unsuitable. There is no desk, no chair at which it's suitable to type on a laptop. Wifi is hit and miss. Stay a couple of nights as a tourist, you'll love it. But don't expect any flexibility to cater to your needs. Amenities are pretty much non existent. Restaurant (in my opinion) very poor.

The rooms were lovely. Spacious. Clean. Excellent location. Breakfast is simple fare. Usual the same every morning. Staff friendly and helpful. I highly recommend this hotel for one night or several nights.

I liked a lot the hotel, it is an old-style house with extremely nice rooms and decorated with taste that I would recommend to anyone. So nice place, the service is a different story: slow, they forget to bring you things (including salt and napkins) when you ask for them. They are extremely friendly and useful but also inconstistent...the first time I stayed I was served tea for free and the second time, 5 days later, they charged me 10 Dinars for 3 tea (how would you divide 10 by 3 by the way?) They also have rooms with window on the courtyard, very silent and quiet, and other on the street, relatively quiet but not so much I would go there again and again, just stay clear of meals (and tea)

It's always a good sign when you wish you could stay longer. My review of the Dar El Medina is being written months after we stayed there last June 2014 - but my sentiments still hold true: the hotel is adorable and perfect for a stay in Tunis' old Medina. When we arrived, Ramadan was in full swing. Upon check-in, the front desk attendant asked if we wanted to partake in Iftar or the sunset meal of Muslims when they break their daily fast. What a treat. We were able to share the occasion with locals, adding to our experience of Authentic Tunis. The rooms were cozy and clean - maybe a bit too warm for my husband. But there was AC and it eventually cooled down enough. I enjoyed the local interior design, a mix of antique and modern locally crafted pieces. And you can't beat the location. The hotel is within walking distance to small little shops throughout Medina and other tourist spots nearby. Because of Ramadan, things were shuttered until the sun went down, so we didn't get to experience much in the day. And because the streets come alive at night, the noise level was an issue when we finally turned in for sleep. But it was minor. You'll love it here for at least a one-to-two night stay on your way to the coast.

Was excited to stay here, expecting an experience akin to the riads in Morocco. Unfortunately we were very disappointed, enough so to cancel our second stay and go elsewhere. The room was tiny; couldn’t even walk between the bed and the wall without stubbing my toes on either the wall or the bedframe. The bed was rock-hard, and the pillows seemed like bags of cement. There was one small rickety chair to sit in, and no outlets to plug chargers in unless you unplugged the lamp. The bathroom was down a set of stairs, but had no heat, so it was freezing in the morning. The sink was stopped up on arrival, and we were promised this would be fixed, but it never was. Internet only worked in one corner of the room, next to the door. Stairs to get to the room were had no lights; needed to use our phone flashlights to see up the stairs. Needed ice for a knee injury; was promised it would be sent to the room right away, but ever received it despite several requests. The restaurant at which the hotel made a dinner reservation for us turned out to be closed. Breakfast was quite frustrating; took 45 minutes and 3 requests just to get coffee, despite there being two waitresses and only two occupied tables. Finally got the coffee and some bread and butter, along with a slice each of processed American cheese (yes, the singles in the plastic wrapper). Despite numerous requests, we never received the promised eggs or yogurt, and after almost 90 minutes we finally left as we were now late to start our day. Very disappointing experience; if you want to experience a charming restored intimate inn, wait for Tozeur and stay at the Dar Saida Beya.

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70% of guests recommend this hotel

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