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“Great hotel, friendly staff and relativley quiet location”

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Hasdrubal Thalassa Hotel & Spa Port El Kantaoui
Ranked #11 of 33 Hotels in Port El Kantaoui
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Brussels
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“Great hotel, friendly staff and relativley quiet location”
Reviewed 16 September 2010

Located just a few hundred metres from Port El Kantanoui is the Hotel Hasdrubal – one of several large hotels in the area. The first impressions were positive as the light aroma of jasmine and citrus pervades throughout the reception. After the reception manager explained the procedures for breakfast and dinner, I then asked for the possibility to get wireless access for my laptop. This service was free and within minutes I had a secure access to the Internet.

With half board, the drinks are not provided at dinner but are reasonably priced. A good bottle of red wine costs 13 Euros, with cheaper ones around 11 Euros and the most expensive being 17.5 Euros. Diners may choose from around 7 different main dishes and a very wide variety of starters that are available at the buffet. Vegetarians are also well catered for. Friday evening dinner should not be missed as there is an excellent Tunisian buffet with many traditional dishes such as couscous and roasted lamb (mechoui). This is accompanied by traditional Tunisian music and a belly-dancer…

The waiters are well trained and very friendly. The room was very good and quiet. It helps that we were located on the side facing the pool and beach. The other side might be noisy at times due to the water-treatment facilities but maybe they are turned off at nights.

A small golf practicing course is available as well as several tennis courts, a volley-ball court and table-tennis facilities. The outside pool was very clean with a sizeable children’s pool annexed to it. A covered heated pool, filled with sea water (31° C) with bubble bath is also available. The hotel also has a Thalassa centre, but we did not use any of the facilities.

Our stay was during the first week of September and the last week of Ramadan and this might explain why the clientele seemed more of the mature type. It is quite possible that during other periods there are more lively activities, but during our stay it was very calm – but exactly what we were looking for. Overall, we were very pleased with the hotel and although it is only a 4 star hotel, it is better than some others advertised as 5 stars.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2010

We have stayed at the resort before 'pre baby' and have always loved the great weather, food and friendly people. Every year you return and everyone remembers you and comes over for a hug!!

We stayed at Hasdrubal Thalassa with our 22 month old this time and although there are lots of stairs we managed them with the buggy as the pool and beach are too good to miss. There is a large block of appartments being built at the moment but it doesn't take away the fact this is a lovely place to stay. The rooms are spacious and we payed for a cot which was kept as clean as the rest of our room. The wine and fruit is a lovely touch to welcolm guests aswell.

The food is great and we stayed full board with having the little person with us and they made special pasta dishes for her when she didn't fancy what was on the menu. The variety is great and quality very high. The spa does play a big part of the hotel but there is no pressure to book treatments but is nice for a treat!

We wouldn't stay anywhere else in Tunisia - as the old saying goes 'if it aint broken don't try to fix it!' We have a wonderful time even though it is quiet at evenings, that's just what we like

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 April 2010

The hotel itself is ok per se - if you like the company of elderly people, in supposedly quite surroundings. But please be aware that right next to the hotel, fully visible and (much worse) audible from the pool, garden, breakfast terasse, the beach (virtually everywhere) they are building a new (ugly) six story hotel. You're forced to listen to warning sirens from lorries, cranes, hammering carpenters and bricklayers from early morning to late afternoon. Consider staying elsewhere untill next winther.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 November 2009

Myself and a friend have just returned from a week at this hotel in Port el Kantaoui. From arrival, the staff were friendly and helpful whether tipped or not.
The hotel is clean, the rooms are nice and breakfast was good, ( we only booked B&B so can't speak for the other meals).
As we booked last minute and via the internet we didn't have a rep. The hotel was french and german speaking. As I speak french we were able to book onto english speaking trips via the french speaking rep who was there in the morning and was very helpful.
It is out of season and we must have brought the average age down in the hotel by about 40 years! So if you're looking for english speaking and younger groups out of season then this is not the place to go to.
The heated indoor pool was lovely, the outdoor pool freezing.
It is called the Hasdrubal spa hotel but apparently according to the staff the spa is completely separately run. The prices are not cheap for the treatments offered and to try to use the gym is expensive.
We booked a treatment each - Vishesh and Abhyanga (?spelling). They were awful and cost over £50 each. The treatments were in brightly lit rooms done by men who didn't quite seem to understand that certain things can make a person feel very uncomfortable. During my friend's massage she was played rap music and salsa and he sang songs from Titanic to her!! Dreadful and absolutely not to be recommended.
The hotel was within minutes from the marina and the centre and easy to get transport out of the town which was lucky because out of season there is absolutely nothing to do there other than sunbathe. The restaurants were deserted and the town seemed to shut by 9 or 10pm.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 August 2009

This is the 4th time I've stayed here, as part of a girls spa holiday. We adore it, and can't understand why Airtours have dropped the hotel! The hotel has fantastic facilities, with amazingly spacious grounds. Its so relaxing to know that you wont have to queue for sunbeds, or race to be first at the best spots! The grounds are lovely, a riot of flowers at all times. The spa is brilliant, and the staff speak enough English to cope, though nearly all guests are French/German/Russian. Its an experience, but well worth it. In fact, if we're honest, part of the attraction is that there are so few English speakers there. The Europeans are, I'm afraid, so much more civilised, and hardly any kids! Not that I don't appreciate kids on holiday, but on a spa break it tends to disturb the peace and tranquility of the gardens/pool area.
The food is excellent, tho we tend to go B&B. This year, for various reasons we ate in the hotel restaurant one night, and were amazed at how good, and good value it was. Usually we eat in one of 5 or 6 gorgeous restaurants in the marina area.
Hoping to go back next year!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with friends
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Property: Hasdrubal Thalassa Hotel & Spa Port El Kantaoui
Address: BP No 56, Port El Kantaoui 4089, Tunisia
Region: Tunisia > Sousse Governorate > Port El Kantaoui
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
#10 Spa Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
#10 Luxury Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
#11 Family Hotel in Port El Kantaoui
Price range (per night): $111 - $226
Hotel Class:4 star — Hasdrubal Thalassa Hotel & Spa Port El Kantaoui 4*
Number of rooms: 235
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