We stayed here in the first week of October 2011. Even though Hammamet itself was coming very much to the end of the season and everything seemed fairly quiet, there was always a helpful member of staff around.
Our room was clean and quite big (albeit a little dark as we were not overlooking the pool and only had a small balcony) and was cleaned every day by a very polite and lovely maid. The bathroom was clean but could do with a bit of an upgrade - the shower tray leaked a bit, and the shower head was powerful but a bit uncontrollable (prone to flying around spraying water everywhere if the water was turned on too quickly). The only thing was that there tended to be some noise from the road (the Route Touristique) at night and dogs barking etc. When its cool enough, like it was for us, shutting the balcony door helped a lot, but hotter nights might pose a problem from a noise point of view (unless you pay for airconditioning!)
The little restaurant produced some lovely food, we tended to go for the more Tunisian style dishes (we did try their pizza but cheese in north Africa just isn't the same...), dishes like the Ojja, brik and couscous were very tasty.
The beach was very close and we tended to walk through the adjacent Royal Azur hotel (which is between Residence Romane and the sea) and pay five dinar each for a sun lounger which were out for the Royal Azur guests. This was pretty expensive (£5 a day for the two of us adds up) but we were provided with towels and some shade. The beach was quite clean and the sea glorious. One tended to get hassled slightly by vendors of Pirate ship trips, camel rides etc. but who are open to some haggling on prices if you stick to your guns.
Hammamet centre and its old medina are about a 20 minute walk away (nicest way to go is along the beach, keep going and you get right to the medina walls) or a taxi which tended to be around 2 - 3 dinar during the day and 4 - 5 dinar at night. Try and go on the meter if you can, although quite a lot of taxi drivers wanted a fixed price.
The breakfast at the hotel was good - pastries, bread, jam, fruit, good coffee and yoghurt. Sitting outside for a leisurely breakfast, very enjoyable. A few stray cats around to pester you for some food, but we did not find this annoying (I know some people do).
The staff were very helpful when we were changing money at the reception, giving us an extra pillow, sheets etc, and when we booked a trip up to Carthage and Sidi Bou Said for our last day they were very accommodating at arranging to drop us at the airport for our journey home instead of taking us back to Hammamet.
Overall we had a very enjoyable stay at Residence Romane. While I'm not sure I would go back to Hammamet itself, if I did, I would certainly stay at this hotel again. Incredibly good value, friendly staff and very comfortable.
- Also Known As:
- Residence Romane Hotel
- Residence Romane Hammamet
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- A wonderful residence near the most fabulous beaches of Tunisia Kelibia beach. Well and richly furnished, TV satellite, garden, parking, kitchen, bathrooms, near cafes and entertainments leisure. ... more less
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