Although this hotel is classified as four stars, note that it is missing some amenities such as swimming pool or fitness center. But by Tunisian standards this hotel is quite good value, friendly and well-run, as noted by some other interviewers, esp. with a corporate discount rate (I paid 104 Tunisian Dinars per night, which is a very good price in Tunis). The lady at the front desk is very helpful and cheerful, and other staff are also usually friendly and competent. The restaurant is reasonable though choice is not extensive, and during my two week stay in Feb. 2012 the menu was the same each day, lunch or dinner, though for lunch they also offered a set-price menu ("businessman's lunch") which I did not have the chance to try, but looked like a good deal. As usual for this part of the world, water is not offered, and you will pay for a bottle of water. The room has a small minibar with reasonable prices for a hotel, and includes Tunisian wine and beers (some neighborhoods in Tunis are "dry" even in very expensive hotels, but that is not the case here). My room included breakfast, which was very good: excellent croissants and rolls, yoghurt, a modest selection of fruit and dates, and eggs and sausage which I did not sample. The coffee was strong though quite bitter, but on request the staff will prepare very good espresso (no extra charge).
I was initially in a room at the back of the hotel (room numbers beginning with 9 even though on the 2nd floor) and the room was a disappointment: very old furnishings and little light. I asked for a room at the front, which was cheerfully arranged, and the difference was substantial: much updated, and a nice view over the street lined with palm trees, much nicer than the view of air vents in the other room. Internet service was reasonably good, though not fast, and included in the room rate. The mattress was somewhat thin and firm, but acceptable, and the room reasonably clean. There don't appear to be non-smoking rooms, so the smell of cigarettes is hard to escape. The bar just off the reception area would have been inviting but every time I opened the door I was nearly overcome by the clouds of smoke).
The location is about two blocks from the large Belvedere Park which also has quite a nice zoo, which is a popular family attraction on weekends. A short walk away are Monoprix and Carrefour, large French supermarket chains. As with other neighborhoods in Tunis, zoning is non-existent, and walking toward the downtown from the hotel (a 15 - 20 minute walk) you are likely to walk through an area of auto repair shops and wonder if you have made a wrong turn. It is also walking distance from the old market area, the Medina, which is well worth seeing.
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- Also Known As:
- Le Belvedere Tunis