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Dar El Medina

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

First impression of the street was a little off-putting, smelt like cat urine and at night seemed dodgy. However once inside it was quaint and homely and a feeling of calm came over us as we enjoyed the traditional Tunisian hospitality.

Warm weather made the first days easier as after that the Dar became very cold and the fan heating somehow doesn't warm the way an indirect heating system does. I preferred the rooms higher up with an external view rather than those overlooking the courtyards but that is just a question of personal preference. For longer stays a better price can be negotiated than through booking agencies. But be prepared to fork out in cash not cards. Breakfast options adequate and served with a friendly smile by Mustapha the chef. I spent a lot of my time feeding the poor stray cats and hope someone else carries on where I left off. At least it is a quieter end of the Medina and you can avoid the hassling of the traders in the centre.

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)

64, Rue Sidi Ben Arous Tunis

Hotel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Dar El Medina places you within a 5-minute walk of Souq Trouk and Souk El Attarine. This 12-room, 4-star hotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. Centrally located in Medina of Tunis, the hotel is also a short walk from Palais Khereddine and Mosque of Youssef Dey.


Dining

Free breakfast is included with your stay. Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with 24-hour room service, or entertain your taste buds with bite a the onsite restaurant or coffee shop/café.


Rooms

The 12 air-conditioned accommodations feature balconies or patios and afford space to spread out with separate bedrooms and sitting areas. Guests can expect free WiFi and plasma TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Refrigerators, coffee makers, and safes are also standard.


Property features

Guests of Dar El Medina enjoy free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a computer station. If you drive, take advantage of free parking. Helpful staff can provide dry cleaning/laundry services, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include a terrace and laundry facilities.

Room options

Executive Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite, 1 Double Bed

Full 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

70% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 134 reviews