Step inside the Riu Imperial Marhaba and you’re greeted by a grand lobby. All polished marble, galleried landings and chandeliers, it’s impressive to say the least. Move through to the bedrooms and freshly-painted pastel walls and new tiled floors strike a more contemporary vibe. You’ll find all the essentials, too, like air-conditioning, mini-fridges and satellite TVs.
When it comes to eating and drinking, the buffet restaurant serves up favourites like salads, pastas and grilled meats, as well as themed dishes several times a week. Plus, during the summer, there’s a Mediterranean trattoria, an Asian restaurant and a Tunisian eatery to choose from. The latter offers up all kinds of national specialities, such as a spicy meat stew with couscous.
Outside, a big pool weaves its way around lawns and terraces. Sunloungers and palms are dotted around the edge, and there’s a separate section for children. Head through the neighbouring gardens, meanwhile, and you’ll come to the beach – a long ribbon of white sand that gives way to the Mediterranean Sea.
Finally, there’s one more thing about this place that deserves a special mention – the staff. They go out of their way to really look after you, and reviewers on TripAdvisor are constantly singing their praises.
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Snacks at set times.
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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.
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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A great value break
Just spent a thoroughly enjoyable week with our daughter and 4 yr old grand daughter. Hotel is well run and the staff certainly make the holiday special. We were both on the first floor rooms 127 / 128 only problem is they are at this time of the year on the shady side and are over the public rooms below so much of what you see is an extended roof ,This did stop us having a sit on balcony to be honest. The pool was perishing but this added to the fun of getting in and Daisy our grand daughter braved it any way We may have just become immune but felt it was warming up as week progressed !! The weather was pleasant & sunny however there was a cool on shore wind so wise to find a less open spot, this made the beach a bit too chilly when we were there but still good for sandcastles and a dash back to the pool area . Generally everywhere was spotlessly clean. Animation team were short on ground but were unobtrusive and offered activities. Daisy loved Sam in particular. Kids disco was made up of about 4 children but that's down to the numbers of children which was surprisingly low as it was Easter holidays. Some of the sun beds were cracked but you are supplied with cushions, Towels can be swapped throughout the day . Ample and varied choice of food albeit most days it was warm as opposed to hot. Lots of choice. Hotel runs a 2 evening meal sitting system which allocates your table which you retain through the week. You retain your waiter throughout . Our waiter Mohammed was charming and attentive and genuinely welcoming. We chose to give small tips throughout and these were appreciated but not actively sought . We felt the service deserved it . We looked forward to pancake o'clock (There are pancake and cakes at 4.00 ) Another nice touch was they made Mickey mouse shaped ones for Daisy which she loved!! Indoor pool warm but quite highly chlorinated, Children couldn't go into SPA and I felt they could have extended their offerings for possibly facials/ pedicures ? I suspect it would have been used more as it seemed under used. We went to port/ marina for a morning. 5 dinars (£2) pleasant mixture of shops , but be prepared to haggle .Cafe prices cheap. Evening entertainment we only made it once so can't comment and a nice saloon bar for a cocktail. We found channel 13 was English film channel on TV so we often watched a late film . Bathrooms . strange position of showers and tap meant you had either the shower curtain attached to you or had to lift leg out of way to fill bath. Water was always really hot which was great and shower pressure really good. Worst bit of holiday was the airport arrival . Several flights all at once . Long wait to get through passports. Please fill in the arrivals card on the plane as several people hadn't, causing delays. Would I go back ? Yes , and to this hotel again ? Yes. Small things didn't detract from a great family break.More
Riu hotels are the best!!!!!!
Got back from this hotel on 9th april. Absolutely fantastic. Went for a week wished we had booked two weeks. 30-35 mins from airport. Already been to Tunisia twice stayed in another riu the first time which was excellent, second time not a riu, bad decision, but this one exceeds all your expectations. Everything and \i mean everything was 10 out of 10. If you are thinking about going book it you will be treated like royalty. Will definately be going back.More
Kate H, norwich
Just got back from a week and it was great. The room was comfortable, the food was excellent and the staff terriffic. The spa was great value for money with very polite and attentive staff. Apart from a terrifying trip to the market in Sousse it all went well. Thoroughly recomend this placeMore
bobseastendcafe, Tavistock, United Kingdom
a great hotel & holiday
just back from riu imperial marhaba we had a very nice time at this hotel the food was very good and the staff were great. we upgraded to a sea view and double bed which is on the top floor we had room 414 which overlooked the lobby which was very nice. the weather was ok for this time off year the people we met was also made our holiday the room we had was very spacious and also cleaned to a high standard every day the pool attendant was also very good every day it was also nice to walk on the beach each day it was nice and clean i would highly recommend this hotel to people as long as you do not want to go far from the front door as the surroundings are not the best. you could put this hotel in any resort in the world and most people would like it.More
Stayed at this hotel from 23rd March for 2 weeks, without a doubt we will return. The hotel itself is lovely with nothing of any great importance wrong. Our room was to the front of the hotel on the 2nd floor and was quiet and cool, the view was not spectacular but pleasant enough. The food was excellent, as we have always found at Riu hotels, with loads of choice and the usual Riu layout. The indoor pool was lovely for the days where the weather put us off sitting outside. The pool outside was cold, only to be expected at the time of year, one dip was enough. The surrounding area was kept clean and drinks freely available. The staff were friendly and attentive and what they lacked in talent for the evening show they more than made for in energy. To finish off I'd recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to have a relaxing break.More
RetiredScotscouple, Dundee, United Kingdom
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