The smart Riu Palace Hammamet Marhaba combines a beachfront setting with a relaxing pool scene. It’s got fans on TripAdvisor, too – reviewers rank it among the top 20 hotels in Tunisia.
Set on a long, gold-sand beach and surrounded by palm-filled gardens, the Riu Palace Hammamet Marhaba has bagged one of the prettiest spots in town.
This hotel makes the most of its setting. Expect whitewashed bungalows metres from the sand, restaurants with open-air terraces, and winding footpaths on manicured lawns.
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Optional dining in the themed restaurants 1st May-31st October and Pecheur restaurant July-August. Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Coffee and cakes.
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2 outdoor pools
Cool off in either of the 2 pools. The first is encircled with a capacious sun terrace, and the second is surrounded by landscaped gardens. One is a saltwater pool, and so the children don't feel left out, one of the pools has a separate kids' section.
For breakfast, lunch and dinner. With show-cooking stations and dishes being prepared right in front of your very eyes. You can choose to dine indoors in the well-dressed dining room, or out on the terrace. There are also themed buffets held 3 times a week in summer, and twice a week in winter. Highchairs are available. Please note - bottled water is not served from the bars.
Pecheur beach restaurant*
During July and August, Pecheur beach restaurant offers Mediterranean cuisine. Don't forget to make your reservation in advance. Please note - bottled water is not served from the bars.
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Hotel is clean, staff are friendly. Restaurant staff are good but let down in the mornings a little as it takes a while some morning's to get drinks. I was let down by Thompson as we payed extra for a sea view but there isn't such a thing at this hotel unless your on the 3rd floor with a pair of binoculars so don't be fooled. The pools are busy but we have never failed to get a bed so plenty to go around. The beach is very sandy and not many pebbles getting in and out of the sea there is also plenty of sun loungers to go around. There isn't a lot to do at night entertainment is not to our taste and indoors so gets very hot. There are 4 bars scatted around and open and close at different times but there very quiet after 11 as most people have gone to bed. In the day there's water sports nearby and very few other things going on, the hotel has an animation team but we rarely see them so atmosphere was a little flat. All in all this is the place for you if you want a very quiet holiday and bring a pack of cards for the evening entertainmentMore
Could do better!
We stayed for a week in august 2014. The staff were all so friendly and very helpful. We travelled with our two young children and the staff made extra effort to keep them smiling. We were given a bungalow room on the garden side. However after our first night we asked to be moved as we had to walk up several steps to our room with a push chair and also the local club next door plays 'music' until 4 am which causes the room to vibrate. The hotel moved us the next day without issues and gave us a bungalow on the beach side. Even on this side the noise from the neighbouring hotel was loud but did stop at 11pm. The bungalows themselves are lovely and I would recommend them for a family. The beds are comfy the room has all the bits you need. The fridge was restocked with one bottle of drink a day which can be an issue when you have four people staying in the room.The maids came and changed our beds and towels everyday but they did like to let themselves into rooms without knocking even with the do not disturb sign on the door The pools are nice and clean and we never seemed had an issue getting a sun lounger although there is an issue with people reserving loungers with towels early in the mornings. The food in the hotel was good and varied. We were disappointed with the evening entertainment which was of a very poor standard. The beach was lovely and although locals did try and sell you things they were friendly and didn't hassle you if you said no. The hotel waiters were very helpful. Although the choice of cocktails is very limited. Overall the hotel is very nice but as you walk around you will see damaged items and some bits and pieces look tired and outdated. The jets in the pool did not work the entire duration of our stay. This is not something I would expect from a 5 star hotel and I would say it is closer to a good three star.More
Ed L, Guildford, United Kingdom
A few tweaks would vastly improve it.
2 weeks of sun and relaxation was what we hoped for and had! Tunisia itself has some lovely places to visit and some very cheap shopping, the locals are very friendly and do not hassle you as much as Egypt. The hotel is graded as a 5 star but in my opinion is more like a good 3 or lower 4 star. The rooms are spacious and clean with a few toiletries provided but there is no coffee or tea making facilities, nor an iron and board. Beds comfy and walk in shower is a nice touch. If you are a light sleeper make sure you book a room overlooking the pool as the garden view faces the nightclub next door that raises its music until 4am every morning. This did not bother us as we got used to it and are quick to fall asleep. 2 pools outside the hotel offer enough space for beds and parasols but throughout the holiday the water seemed to be very murk. Beds in the pool were quite nice to relax on, especially when the children were not around and fighting each other! Only visited the beach a handful of times, first time it looked clean with beautiful sand and crystal clear sea but on returning a few days later it really was full of camel and horse dung and it was filthy with litter, broken bottles and general rubbish. Food generally good with a reasonable selection but make sure the chicken is cooked through! As we always say there is always chips and salad which were great. The Tunisian restaurant serves a lovely meal but by far the best, was the fish/beach restaurant at night, the fillet steak was fantastic. The bars serve a good selection of drinks but to be honest the cocktails were a little rough but the wine, mixed with some sprite was fantastic. Now, the one thing that was truly outstanding and above 5 star was the service. This topped any hotel I have ever been to. Yes a small tip goes a long way, but that's exactly what it is. 10 dinar is about Â£3, but even without a tip the service is excellent. The pool girl and guys were truly, well, you could not fault them. They worked extremely hard and would do whatever you wanted from cocktails to milky coffee. They serve you at your sunbed so no need to move. The waiters at the main lobby bar and terrace constantly fill your glasses never leaving you empty. Most of the restaurant staff are just as attentive and really do work very hard to make sure the tables are cleared. There is a constant presence of management and directors of the hotel about and wanting to chat to you to find out how everything is. The pool guys who set the mattresses out run around like headless chicken, if you can't find a bed they will bring one to you. This also runs to the outside terrace where if there is no tables available they will literally magic one up for you. Now having praised the staff who really do stand out there were three things that let it down. The first thing was the pool area, it really does need a good clean as glass and rubbish litters the area. The second is the cleanliness of the tables, we were shocked to find that table cloths are used, turned and reused with stains and food all over them. The Tunisian restaurant may have been a lovely meal but the table was littered with bread crumbs from the previous night or maybe longer and a variety of stains covered them. The main buffet restaurant tables were just as stained and cutlery was reused off other tables where people had finished eating. I understand Eco friendly but this is not what I expect of a 5 star! I know it sound petty but this brings me to my final problem. 3 of our party, including myself, have suffered with an upset stomach for the entire 2 weeks. This also may sound petty but after travelling to Egypt and beyond we have never been ill, we did not expect this to happen and I'm sure it would not if the cleanliness in the dining areas was improved. Even the waiters knew what was up when we were missing from dinner, but always asked how you were when they saw you next. We avoided the ice in drinks and also brushed our teeth with bottled water but nothing helped. Fortunately there is a pharmacy that is 24 hours to aid helping this problem. Also when getting around make sure the taxi has no dents or scratches on it as they really are a loony bunch who drive more erratically than anything I have ever seen. Overall it's not 5 star but does have some very good potential, and there are more positives than negatives to this holiday. Will I come back, probably not as I would like to try another resort in the country before I make my mind up about Tunisia as a holiday destination, but I will say, value for money wise, Tunisia is a good destination for a very cheap holiday that's only 3 hours from the uk. As a bonus though, coming back off holiday and having lost weight is probably a first!More
Fairy_hel, Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
Brilliant relaxing time
Just back from to weeks at this hotel. Whilst my husband and I spent the whole time relaxing by the pool (never done this before) being well looked after by the pool bar staff, our two teenagers enjoyed meeting lots of other teenagers and joining in with activities. Whilst the animation staff are not as intrusive as the phenicia hotel next door, they were around if you wanted to join in. Having said that the evening entertainment was POOR. Tips, if you love horse riding then the adjoining stables are some of the beast I've seen. Our daughter has been riding there two years running and both times had a brilliant time both in a private lesson and riding on the beach. The paragliding and jet ski hire on the beach is great fun. If you want a Henna then there is a lovely young artist who sits in the gardens neAr the pool in the Phenicia grounds. Beautiful work, again been to her two years running. The hotel, lovely and clean, very helpful staff and Tracey our Thomson Rep was always there to help and advise. The main restaurant was busier on the second sitting but 8.00pm on the first one was very civilised. Also we ate several times in the Tunisian Restaurant, beautiful food. Dont take notice of anyone who says not enough choice on food. This is someone who obviously always has chicken, steak, seafood, spaghetti, pizza, fish, every vegetable under the sun with salad on their plate on a regular daily basis at home! Icredible choice of food done in different ways. We had a beautiful room in the hotel facing towards the sea. Our maid was exceptional, every day she would surprise us with decorations in the room! We didn't do the excursions but others did and enjoyed them, we chilled. Last tip, book the taxi service to and from the airport, so much quicker.More
Mandy F, London
"Not a 5* hotel"
My daughter and myself returned from Tunisia Sunday 24th August 2014 After a 6am flight we eventually got through Enfidha airport and into the hotel at 12noon. We were given a welcome drink and left sitting in the lobby without information about our rooms. After asking we were told our rooms were not ready and we were to wait. Once in our balcony , very spacious although well worn, the patio doors did not close and the mini bar-an old style small fridge, only had water in it. swimming pool very busy most of the time and the saving of the beds continues even at 0530 when we left, towels were there.Patio doors took two days to repair even though I was there with my teenage daughter. Mini bar only ever filled with one soft drink, we did ask reception, nothing improved.Staff always friendly and helpful.The noise of the disco continues to ricochet around the bungalow's - ours was near the beach and we had asked for a quiet one when we booked. Thompson rep was not that visible after the first two days and never was there for help with excision departures.We are still awaiting settlement for an excision that went wrong. On the final departure to the airport the coach driver was waiting for the rep to no avail and after setting out at 0625 we arrived at the airport at 1015 for so much waiting,bag drop with a women with a concrete manner,passport control queue and then security search queue followed by the alarm going off all the time. All in all the amount we paid for the one week I do not feel it was worth it for us and i don't feel we will be backMore
Claudette21, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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