Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba  

This grand beachside hotel makes an impression with its big pool and gourmet restaurants.

The pool is the first thing that’ll strike you about this hotel – it’s big and framed by glossy palms. Then there’s the dining scene – the restaurant line-up includes a great trattoria and an Asian place.

Walk through the manicured gardens and you’ll come to the white-sand beach. You’ve got shops just a few minutes’ walk away, too, and it’s a 10-minute cab ride to the marina at Port el Kantaoui.

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  • 5Floors
  • 366Rooms
  • 4Lifts


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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
All Inclusive

Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee.  Snacks at set times.

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Outdoor pool

From our pool you're not too far from the beach, in fact you can even walk through the gardens to get to it. We have sunbeds with parasols on the terrace and there are plenty of towels available.

Buffet restaurant

With cooking stations offering freshly prepared dishes, and assorted desserts are laid out for lunch and dinner. Themed evenings are held twice a week.

Daytime entertainment programme

Children aged 4 to 12 can come together to make new friends and take part in the hotel's entertainment. Available 6 days a week throughout the summer months.

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twin room with sea view

Twin room with sea view sleeps up to 3. Mini-fridge with soft drinks and water.

twin room

Twin room sleeps up to 3. Mini-fridge with soft drinks and water.

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overall very good

returned from Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba on 12 October. As a few guests have already stated this is not a five star hotel. Certainly a 4 star and in some areas 4+. We were very lucky and had a great week weather wise which helps. The room was clean and nicely decorated although the bathroom could do with a make over, certainly for the shower and hair dryer. The staff were always very friendly in all areas. The meals were ok for us but we don't try the local cuisine. I wasn't sure at first about always having the same table and time for your evening meal but it worked out ok. My husband was not happy about wearing long trousers. The outside restaurant for lunch time could get a bit hectic so we left it for half and hour or so. We liked the idea of help yourself to some drinks it saved you queuing or getting missed. We are not really evening people preferring to get up and enjoy the early start and sunshine. We went along one night but didn't enjoy the style of entertainment. Thanks for the movie channel. I took part in the aqua gym a few times which was very good. We didn't try anything else or the spa. Just enjoyed the sunshine and rest. We had a lovely beach walk down to the marina and back. Not sure if I would return to this hotel or try other areas of Tunisia. we did visit El Jem and we on the 4 x 4 all day trip which let us explore the local area. Sellers on the beach were no trouble at all. Don't let me put you off going but I would look at the number one hotel in Port El Kantaoui before Marhaba. The airport - shocking - 4 planes came in at the same time - chaos, they are soooo slow. Guess what 4 planes taking off to leave and again more queues. Also now you have to buy a stamp to get out of the country and another queue. Never mind for the money it was great to have a good room good weather and plenty to eat and drink.More

portaventurerlover, Leicestershire

Late summer holiday

Wonderful hotel the food was v-good weather was much hotter than expected, nice pool rooms nice cleaner was marvalous all staff we're realy good, shame about the 6 hour delay on the way home but a good tip have a private transferMore

Chas09, Staffordshire

Fully deserved 5star status - wonderful staff, lovely hotel

Stayed at the Riu Imperial Marhaba 5 star hotel Oct 5th 12th Oct. Weather was 28plus everyday. What a lovely hotel. Very well presented, very clean, the staff are very proud of their hotel and cannot do enough for guests. How anyone can suggest that the food is below standard is beyond me. The quality, the options, the presentation absolutely spot on. The main restaurant is large but you are allocated your table and that is yours for the duration of your holiday to use for your evening meal. We choose the later sitting at 8pm as it was quieter but the food selection was no less than the earlier sitting. The rooms are big, bright and 5star standard. Cleaned everyday, We did not have a sea view room and would have liked one but still not disappointed with what we had. Forgot to say, dress up for the evening meal. no shorts. The beach is a 5 min walk. The pool gets busy and we did spend one day there, but the beach is much quieter, the sea was warm, secure your own lounger and the day is made. I used the well equipped gym, lots of running machines, free weights, a swimming pool, excellent. Hotel staff use it from 630pm but its big enough to accommodate all. The hotel was about a 40min transfer from the airport. We went to Port El Kantaoui, it was a nice day out but you need to be prepared for the attempts at every shop to get you inside. We were very happy at the hotel. It catered for all our needs over one week, everything we wanted was available and we enjoyed our time very much. Its warm enough in the evening to sit in a tee shirt and enjoy the entertainment. Its basically some musicians, some dancing to the songs and generally just a fun atmosphere. We didn't feel we had to join in, it was very cool but at times just a bit cheesy, although I am being a bit unfair with cheesy, kind of just basic, but still a good atmosphere creator. So, hopefully that is of some use to anyone considering visiting. Oh, you get your money changed at the reception. Keep the receipt, any money left (notes) can be changed back no charge. Leave tips for room cleaners, tip the waiters in the restaurant. They like you to introduce yourself and get to know them. I gave our waiter 10 diner on the first evening and he looked after us all week, I gave him a further 10 diner on our last evening, that was about £8, but to them its huge. They are very friendly, kind and can give good advice about things like taxis etc. The Thompson rep Craig was really helpful with lots of information. So that's it. I cant imagine anyone would be disappointed with this hotel, the weather is amazing, the beach is lovely and clean and the staff very friendly. All the best.More

DannySuko, Oxford, United Kingdom

Excellent 2 weeks

Definitely not a 5 star hotel - more like 3 star, but the staff were definitely 5 star. Rooms ok, clean and comfortable but not luxury. Food ok and could always find something. The entertainment group worked really hard - thanks for the aqua gym. Two weeks of sitting by the pool and reading - weather perfect except for a couple of thunderstorms. Excellent spa and really good prices. The usual fight for a sunbed, but learned on the last day if you give the pool man a good tip and the beginning of your holiday he reserves your sunbed for you!!! Enjoyed the two weeks but would not return.More

William C,

Would come back again!!

I stayed her with my boyfriend for 10 nights. We are in our late twentys. When we arrived there was a welcome drink waiting for us. Our room was spotless and very spacious. We spent most days on the beach where you could do activities such a jet ski and parasailing. We did a double parasail and they have a photographer on the beach that takes photos of you going up. They are lovely photos and we paid about £35 for the photos and the parasailing!! Bargain!! The food was better than I expected after reading other reviews. We went to the Tunisian restaurant one evening and the food was ok. But it's a set menu so it might not be to everyone's taste. We went to the Asian restaurant twice and it's a buffet style. I thought the choice was fantastic and really enjoyed it! The main restaurant for breakfast and evening meals always had loads of choice and there is always a chef cooking pancakes and they are delicious!!! The staff at the bar and the waiters were the best I've experienced. Always really friendly and are so quick at getting you another drink!! The animation team are always about and trying to get you to join in with darts tournaments or table tennis but if you say no they don't keep hassling you. The evenings are quite quiet though and not much on after 11pm but it didn't bother us as we were quite happy just having a few quiet drinks in the cocktail bar or sitting on the outdoor balcony area. There is a fridge in your room filled with water and soft drinks but if you run out you need to order new ones at reception before 12 midday. Overall a fantastic hotel with amazing staff. Would definitely return here.More

Rachel W,

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