Hotel Marhaba Salem  

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With a sandy beach at the bottom of the gardens and shops and bars within walking distance, this place comes up trumps when it comes to location. Plus the centre of Sousse is just a ten-minute taxi ride away.

The hotel itself is low-set and whitewashed, and comes tucked in gardens dotted with eucalyptus and palm trees. Inside – especially in the reception - things look grander and have a traditional Tunisian twist.

The bedrooms have been refurbished, with a modern flavour. Beds dressed in bold-print bedspreads share space with tiled floors topped with rugs, and chunky modern furniture. Plus they all come kitted out with satellite TVs.

Outside, although there are tennis courts and minigolf, most of the action centres around the two swimming pools. They’re shared with the sister hotel and, as a result, they’re big enough to cater for quite a crowd. The first is a long rectangular set-up framed by sunbeds and parasols, while the second is a more elaborate affair. It’s got three waterslides, a little bridge across the middle and there’s a pool bar close by, too.

Lastly, there’s the matter of the dining scene. Everything is served buffet-style here, so you can pick and choose from Tunisian dishes and more well-known meals. And as a little something extra, the staff put on a candle-lit Tunisian buffet once a week.

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  • 2Buildings
  • 3Floors
  • 260Rooms
  • 1Lift

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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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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 3 waterslides, and a little bridge across the middle. The children have their own end of the pool.

Buffet restaurant

For breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner is also a buffet, but is presented to you at your table.

Tunisian candle-lit buffet

Held once a week, sample the local delicacies and Tunisian cuisine, amongst many of the well-known dishes.

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double room

Double room sleeps up to 3. Air-conditioning is from mid-June to mid-September and satellite TV shows BBC Prime and Super Movies. Cots are available on request and fridge hire has an extra charge.

2-bedroom apartment

2-bedroom apartment sleeps up to 6 with twin beds in the bedrooms and 2 extra beds in the lounge. Air-conditioning is available between mid June to mid September. You'll also have a satellite TV with BBC Prime and the Super Movie channel. These apartments are located in the Royal Salem Beach building next door.

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Amazing! Can't wait to go back

Enjoyed every second of this holiday, there was 12 of us in the group and each and everyone of us thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week stay. The hotel was always clean and tidy with our rooms cleaned on a daily basis. The staff were amazing and helped in every way they could and were all very polite and welcoming. The animation crew were fantastic and will be missed very much, they all do a fantastic job in making sure every single person is enjoying themselves. Really do recommend this hotel to anyone that's looking for a complete package holiday!More

Susan E, Guildford, United Kingdom

Best holiday!

Just came back from a 2 week stay at this hotel! best 2 weeks of my life! The hotel was always clean and tidy, the rooms are cleaned daily replaced with knew towles daily! The resturant was also clean nice food! Staff couldnt do enough for you! Especially yaseen the barman at night time! Helmi the entertainment manager was brilliant as was mehdi sophie joe and saif! Cant wait to come back in 2015!!!More

MeganBreeson, Crawley, United Kingdom

Accept Tunisia is different and you can't go wrong...

We were a party of four couples spending a week at the Marhaba Salem via Thomson, February 2014. I can honestly say our only glitch was Thomson charging for double beds that were not supplied and then failing to sort the matter promptly or in fact at all. After they passed the buck and asked that we complain when we got home their after sales team actually admitted, in writing, that optional extras Thomson charged for, such as double beds, were only requests to hotel and couldn’t be guaranteed (or refunded!) – incredible. But as I say even Thomson’s lack of common decency was minor and shouldn’t deter people from using the hotel or Thomson (although I wouldn’t recommend paying for extras that Thomson won’t take responsibility for). So the holiday itself…… The hotel was clean, food reasonable and bar offered a good selection of drinks on the all-inclusive package. A pleasant change from some hotels is that several cocktails were included in the all-inclusive choice and a few Black Russians do make for convivial evenings. The entertainment team try hard and most of the staff are friendly. A safe deposit box (2 dinar per day) is a great investment for protecting passports and cash, and especially secure as located behind reception desk. If you haven’t been to Tunisia before bear in mind it is a very poor country and a little generosity goes a long way. Tipping the bar staff 10 dinar (£4) a day ensured prompt attention and the chambermaid was over the moon at the same amount for the whole week. Don’t expect the same standards as the UK. For a start there are a number of tame cats wondering around inside and outside the hotel but they’re friendly. Outside the hotel Tunisians drive like Italians with blindfolds. Indicators are for decoration and drivers think nothing of stopping on (and even reversing along) a dual carriageway. Yellow cabs are ubiquitous BUT never get in without agreeing the fare first. Local journeys will only be around 5 dinar (£2) but if in doubt ask the hotel staff/rep what the likely fare should be. Tunisian currency cannot be taken out of the country but hotels and banks do offer exchange facilities. There is also a bank at the airport and despite the Thomson rep saying otherwise they do accept loose change, not just notes. When shopping Tunisians expect you to haggle and it is common to settle at around a quarter to a third of the opening price. Also, almost all consumer goods are fake; you don’t really get Adidas trainers for £4, so don’t expect them to last and never pay good money for them. All-in-all a great place when you can be as lazy or active as you want.More

jnev785, London

Glad we gave Tunisia a second chance!

We have just returned from a one week holiday to Marhaba Salem Hotel. Having had a horrendous experience in Hammamet at the same time of the year six years ago we swore we'd never set foot in Tunisia again, however we were offered this holiday at a very reasonable price and thought we'd give it a second chance and we're really glad we did. This hotel and the staff here totally changed our opinion. We had a lovely time. We can absolutely re-iterate the previous comment. The staff were really friendly (not constantly looking for tips as was previously mentioned in past reviews) and couldn't do enough to be helpful. The room was clean but basic (remember this is North Africa, not Europe) and worthy of its 3-star status. If you want 5-star then pay for it!! The food was good and varied, the beach was really clean, the gardens beautifully kept and the pool areas were immaculate. The entertainment (such as it was) is geared towards the kids and if you don't have any with you, you will have to find your own entertainment. We met some lovely people so it didn't bother us. It was starting to get really busy on our last day and we were glad we booked when we did as we think we got the best of the place without so many people about. All in all, we had a great holiday for a very good price (outside you can't spend your money as everything is so cheap - taxis, market, etc) so we were more then happy to tip a dinar or two everytime someone served us in the hotel and we would definitely go back again for a spring break.More

marion m, perth,scotland

Fantastic holiday

Have just come back from a two week stay at the Marhaba salam, we were a little worried after reading some of the reviews but found these to be untrue. I travelled with my friend and our 3 children. The hotel was very clean and the staff couldn't do enough for us. The food was amazing and plenty of choice. The pools were spotless and there was plenty of sunbeds, which the pool guys would bring to you. The bar staff had waiters running round bringing your drinks to your table whether you were inside or out by the pool. Rooms were cleaned every day, towels were changed daily. But what has to be the highlight of the holiday has th be Helmi and the animation team who worked morning till night to keep us entertained. All in all we had a fantastic two weeks and didn't want to leave, and are looking to go back very soon. I would recommend this holiday to all ages, as there really is something for every one. THE CRAZY FAMILY.More

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