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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Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks
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.

family room

These modern stylish family rooms with their neutral décor sleep up to three adults or two adults and two children. 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.

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Worst holiday ever from start to finish .Arrived mid afternoon and was greeted by a flock of over welcoming waiters fighting to carry our suitcases then demand money after I had politely told them there was no need as I was capable of carrying my own suitcase and had no dinars' to give them the reply I got was English money will do I found this very off putting straight away .Room was basic and clean the food I found disgusting and repetitive was either undercooked or overcooked so I stuck to toast eggs and cheese for 7 days .The drinks were the worst watered down I have ever tasted I'm not a big drinker by any means but even I could have drunk there from morning to evening and felt no affect at all .Entertainment well not got much to say on that at all as it wasn't entertaining .Everywhere you went shopping was a nightmare getting hassled by silly men dragging you into their shops which I found scary so stopped going out which meant we were stuck in a hotel with nothing to do rotten food and drinks not my idea of a holiday would never return to Tunisia didn't like one thing about the place and found the men very intimidating and untrustworthyMore


Loved it, again!

As promised, we returned for our 4th visit to this hotel. We left the day before the beach incident down the road, and its taken me a while to leave the review. Our room was clean as usual and looked on to the gardens at the side. The gardens were raked and tidied every morning. The food is excellent and there's plenty of choice, try something new as you can go back for something else if it's not to your liking. Don't expect english food, you're not in England. Having said that, theres a roast every evening with veg etc. The pools are nice and clean, although Mikey the pool man is no longer there. Sunbeds around the pool and on the beach were easy to get. The sea is warm and the beach stretches all the way in to Sousse. The waiters are mostly very friendly whether you tip them or not. Main bar had Aymon looking after us extremely well each evening. This year we did the 3 Cities trip with Thomson which I wouldn't do again. El Djem is worth doing but that's it. Several people did the half day quad bikes and all seemed to enjoy that. Just grab a taxi at the entrance to the hotel (ask how much before you get in) for a 7 minute ride to El Kantaoui's marina or the same to Sousse's medina for a shopping experience. Remember to haggle with the stall holders. Palms Centre is 5 minute stroll along the main road with plenty of souvenirs to buy. We used the road train one night and that didn't hang about! Would like to go back again.More

Michael B, Stansted Mountfitchet, United Kingdom

Amazing Freindly Staff

We first arrived late at night and the music was booming we were tired and confused and my Girlfriend was almost in tears thinking we had walked into some chavvy 18-30 nightmare. But in the morning we explored. We found a great little quiet pool and courtyard where we could relax and read, the beach was nice if a bit dirty but the beach restaurant was great. The thing that made this place stand out though were the staff. Always friendly always willing to help. They were great and I really feel for them following the recent problemsMore

Scott H, Gateshead, United Kingdom


Stayed there 26th April 2015 for 2 weeks. Best holiday I have ever had. Good rooms, good food, great staff. The 16 members of the animation team really good, provided an assortment of activities during the day and quality entertainment at night. Bar staff and waiters all really good, Adel makes wonderful cappuccinos. Must mention the Pool Lifeguard Fredj, who as soon as you go to the pool puts out beds and mattresses for you where you want them. No fighting for beds here. All in all a great experience. Must also mention the friendly Thomson Rep Houda, really lovely young lady who could not be more helpful. Would we go back there. We went into local Thomson's today and booked 2 weeks early next yearMore

roger H, Cardiff, United Kingdom

Mixed Bag - Real insight

My family and i decided to go back to Tunisia, we don't really go to the same country twice but we enjoyed it the first time and had high hopes for the second visit. Our local travel agent recommended this hotel which is the sister hotel to the Marhaba Royal Salem. The Room: We got two separate rooms and both were rather nice. The cleanliness of both rooms were brilliant but the boys room had ants, the people who clean the rooms are lovely and do a thorough job, they don't get enough credit, were poor in dealing.with the ant situation and boys had ant bites all over. They were.given a spray on the last few days to deal.with the ants themselves! We went in late May and it was very hot and despite paying for airconditioned rooms (as it said on our papers and leaflets) the mangers wouldn't turn the air conditioning on because apparently on there website it said they don't turn air conditioning until late June. A lot of people were not happy about this especially people with young children and babies because the room was baking hot. The Staff: I'll start with animation, we didn't really get approached by animation very often to join in with the games, they'd mostly hover around women in bikinis and throw people in the pool. I felt quite uncomfortable going to the pool so I didn't really spend that much time there nor my family. However what I will say is the evening entertainment that animation put on was wonderful, we didn't really feel comfortable going down to the pool area to watch the shows because most of the time they ignored us, but we watched from the balcony. Credit where credit us due, the animation team do work hard to entertain there guests. The waiters were all lovely, they made sure guests were happy and were constantly working, either clearing tablets or the buffet area. The two waiters that were especially lovely were Sadeq and Sameer, Sadeq would always greet us with a smile and ask how we were and if he could do anything to help, such a lovely man! Both waiters were so friendly and work incredibly hard, they are the two best staff the Marhaba Salem have, we'll defiantly miss them both. The management/reception staff, we were absolutely appalled by them. They are so unapproachable and unhelpful. I don't know whether this was because they took a random dislike to us but they were awkward and abrupt when we asked about anything, the manager was rude to my brother and I when he nicely asked a question. Their newest staff member 'Amen' was abrupt with my dad when he approached him about something. Whenever we approached them they were horrible, we've never experienced this in any other hotel. Usually reception staff and management are incredible. Very disappointed. Clearly the managers rude behaviour is rubbing off on other staff members. He wasn't just rude to guests, he was rude to the holiday rep. All in all it was an okay stay, this is definitely not a four star hotel.three at best. Im glad we were out most of the time but it would have been nice to feel comfortable when we stayed. Would i come back? No. But i would love to see the small handful of lovely staff again. More


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