Hotel Marhaba Salem  

This beachside hotel comes with two pools and a buffet restaurant that does a weekly Tunisian night.

Just at the bottom of the hotel’s palm-filled garden is a sandy beach. Plus there are shops, bars and restaurants within walking distance, and the centre of Sousse is only 10 minutes away by taxi.

There’s a trio of pools, one with a section for children. The buffet restaurant takes care of meals, and there’s a beach bar for lunches as well. In the evenings, there are shows and a nightclub opens up.

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  • 260Rooms
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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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2 outdoor pools

Make a splash in either of the pools. The first is rectangular and encircled with sunbeds and parasols. While the second is a saltwater pool and is more ostentatious, with three waterslides, and a little bridge across the middle. The children have their own end of the pool.

Buffet restaurant

Head to the buffet restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner is also a buffet, but is presented to you at your table.


Energise your mind and body with one of the many luxuries at the thalasso and spa centre, found at the sister hotel Royal Salem. Try a massage to help unwind, or turn up the heat in the sauna or steam room. Whether it's a special occasion or you'd just like to treat yourself, take a visit to the beauty centre where you can choose from a range of services. With a variety of treatments on offer, you’re sure to leave here feeling invigorated.

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double room

These modern stylish double rooms with their neutral décor sleep up to three. There's air-conditioning available from mid-June to mid-September, plus TV shows BBC prime and Super Movies. A fridge can be hired and cots are available on request.

2-bedroom apartment

These modern stylish 2-bedroom apartments with their neutral décor sleep up to six with twin beds in the bedrooms and two extra beds in the lounge. There's air-conditioning available from mid-June to mid-September, plus TV shows BBC prime and Super Movies. A fridge can be hired and cots are available on request. The apartments are located in the Royal Salem Beach building next door.

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Better Than Expected

Booked this last minute so it was a bargain break for a week away from the UK winter. On arrival there was no wow factor in the reception and check in was very slow and laborious. We had asked for a high room and were given room 328 which is on floor 1 according to the lift. The top floor is floor 2 (reception was 2 floors below us!) The room was newly refurbished with 3 comfortable beds. I can honestly say this was the best sleep quality of the many hotels we have stayed in. The bathroom was spotless with fluffy white towels, shower gel, liquid soap and plenty of hot water. We had a shower and bath - some rooms only had a shower. The toilet flush was fierce - sounded like an airplane toilet! There was a large flat screen tv, although we only watched the news. We were all inclusive so all meals were included. Food was variable. Some days were much better than others. Probably about right for a 3* hotel. Although breakfast started at 6am in reality there wasn't much available until at least 7:30am especially if you wanted something hot. On arrival we were shown to a table that we were to sit at for every meal. Fortunately it was in a quiet area and not along one of the walkways. Outside the gardeners worked constantly and the grounds were well manicured. The pools looked very inviting but were freezing (apart from the heated pool next door) At the large pool the life guard Dhaker Jozef was always available to provide sunbeds and mattresses. He was very attentive to all the guests, multilingual and very polite and cheerful. He was easily the best member of staff. Nothing was too much trouble. He provided us with lots of local information and Tunisian history. He is a credit to this hotel, an unsung hero whose talents are wasted as a life guard. The beach was lovely, plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas; the sand was cleaned and raked daily. We spent the evenings at the Royal Salem next door which is absolutely stunning. Light and airy with lots of marble, water features, glass lifts and comfortable seating, made this very attractive compared to The Salem. The bar staff ensured we never had an empty glass. The only downside was a large number of children running around shouting and screaming at the weekend and whose parents ignored them. We accept the cultural differences and for the amount we paid for our week away, feel very satisfied. Would we go again? Probably, yes. The high amount of positive reviews on TripAdvisor is a good indication of a well loved 3* hotel.More

tazzat7, Tonbridge

Poor relation

Having stayed previously in the Royal Salem,part if the same resort,I have to say the Marhaba Salem is a very poor second. Food was poor,entertainment was worse.The guys in the entertainment team spent more time trying to "pull" the females than to entertain . All in all this hotel needs to look at it's sister hotel and improveMore

Stevie B, Edinburgh

Great bargin break :)

Just returned from 7 nights at this hotel. Got it as a last minute deal and was great for the price! Food was ok, what you expect for 3 stars. Drinks where ok. Bar men very friendly and helpful, our glass was never empty, which suited us just fine :) The entertainment team where ok (Mom being the best) Didn't see too much of them apart from the time of evening when they dance with the young children. We liked to get involved with this, even though we had no children with us, it was all a bit of a giggle! The one down point I do have to point out...girls there can be a lot of Tunisia guys about on the prowl. One night I got followed to my room and one tried to push his way in. Hotel security did speak to him after this but I don't feel enough was done as he was seen in the hotel following days, yet again on the prowl for an English girl! All in all had a fab holiday with my boyfriend. Met great people, would like to return when the hotel is in full swing as aware we went out of peak. More


Would definitely return

Just returned from a 7 night all inclusive stay. I couldn't fault the hotel, the room was spacious, food was nice and lots to choose from, staff were lovely (apart from one man on reception), the hotel backs onto a beach which has lovely clear white sand. The weather was nice but not very hot so didn't get chance to go in the out door pools but used the indoor pool at the hotel next door and my 3 year old loved it. Would like to return in summer. Our waiter Adel was fantastic, very friendly and my 3 year old high fived him everytime we had a meal sitting. There are shops right outside the hotel gates and a chemist 2 minutes away from the hotel. You get hassled to buy cigarettes, cheap naff jewellery and other things on the beach and the locals love to haggle prices of things. We did two day excursions through our holiday reps I would recommend the safari day but the market day was horrible everyone wants to sell their cheap tat to you and it gets annoying after the 1st row of stalls. In a nutshell though we would definitely return.More

Jenna D,

not for me

this is a lovely hotel, shame about poor entertainment and restaurant hygeine. needs updating but staff are wonderful and can get anything you require!!!!! ;-] i feel spirits were watered down??? DEFINATELY NOT WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY, and many more safety issues, not just for the infirm!!!!!More

ilovesiv, oxford

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