I stayed in a 3-star hotel Marabout. And as I mentioned in the previous post it is located in Sousse. The pictures on the internet looked great, as they usually do. But to be honest with you I had mixed feelings about this hotel on a day of my arrival.
Keep in mind that I arrived around 4.30 at night – time when many things and places might look spooky, weird and uninviting. The room was… unusual. And outdated. And for some reason it reminded me of Turkish sauna. Probably because of the tile floor and a fact that the bed, night tables, TV table and a makeup table were made of stone or concrete, decorated with colorful tiles. The only actual piece of furniture was a puff chair.
There was also a built-in closet:
The bathroom has seen better days, but it was OK, in my opinion, and quite clean, which is a major thing personally for me.
In Tunisia the power plugs and sockets are of type C and E. So, if you are coming from Europe, you won’t need to worry about adapters.
My room also had a balcony with a sea view… of some sort. You can hardly see the blue waters of the sea, but I assure you it’s there:
I think these photos gives you a complete picture of my first impression. Or putting in words: it didn’t wow me. But since I had no expectations whatsoever, it didn’t disappoint me either. Although I must confess, as soon as I saw the pool, I instantly forgot about my room, about my worries and doubts. They all became irrelevant. I mean… look at that!
And it wasn’t even the best part. Well, for me anyways. The best part was a private beach area.
They cleaned it every morning. And most importantly, hotel staff was clearing the beach from annoying salespersons, so that hotel guests could relax and enjoy a beautiful sunny day and calming sound of the sea without being disturbed. Very thoughtful!
Can’t say that I’m a sunbathing lover. Quite the opposite, in fact, but there are days when I just want to lie lazily on the beach, drink some exotic cocktail and not to have a care in the world. And that’s what vacation sometimes is all about.
Lastly, I’d like to talk about the food. Breakfast was from 6.00 to 10.00. Dinner from 18.00 to 20.30. Those who owned an all-inclusive wristband also had lunch from 12.30 to 14.00 and access to alcohol all day long. And calculating it all now I realize that it would be much cheaper to purchase the all-inclusive package instead of the one I got.
Hotel offered a nice variety of traditional (local) dishes. They even had a couple of options for vegetarians.
My favorite breakfast options were pastry, freshly made omelet and thin pancake.
As for dinner… there was one thing in particular. A cake. Sorry, THE CAKE. I know, it sounds weird, but believe it or not it was one of the best cakes I have ever eaten.
And every evening for the 7 days I was taken small portions of main food (meat or chicken, fresh vegetables and some cooked ones), saving enough room for a big piece of cake. Needless to say, I gained some weight during this holiday. Don’t judge me. It was worth it! And as they say, vacation calories don’t calculate.
During my stay I’ve been served by the same waiter, a super friendly guy, who made me feel like I am a VIP guest. Good service like a cold local beer with a great view – makes everything so much better.
And I must admit, Marabout hotel kind of grew on me, and within a couple of days I replaced the word “outdated” with “authentic”. Isn’t it funny, how one little word can change the perspective?
Would I recommend this hotel? Well, as a budget option – sure, why not. I think it’s worth the money you pay for it. But if I had a chance to upgrade it to something better, I definitely would, no doubt about that.
Hope you enjoyed it!