Dar Khayam-Hammamet

MellieC

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Whats Nabeul like? never been but am always trying to get him to take me there!!!
Nabeul is quite different to hammamet/sousse, its, how can i explain it, it does have a few hotels, some great beaches and the markets are tourist attractions, but its still "tunisian" if that makes sense?

there are quite a few expats there, property is cheaper, we rented a 1 bed fully furnished flat that was FAR superior to the one we had in Hammamet for less money, and were about 1000 yards directly from the beach! could sit on the balcony and see the sea, not look at it from the roof as we did in hammamet lol

IF we were going back there, its certainly a place i would give great consideration to as a place to live.

Roulla has a place there, her hubby is from there originally, so certainly she is one to give you the ins and outs.

Its quieter than the main resorts, doesn't seem to ever have been in the UK brochures, has a 2 strey but smallish Carrefore, and all the admin centres for hammamet are in nabeul.

its "different" ~ and if you want all singing all dancing glitz, its not the right place, but if you want peace and quiet with everything at your fingertips, its pretty good!
 

Jane BM

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Nabeul is quite different to hammamet/sousse, its, how can i explain it, it does have a few hotels, some great beaches and the markets are tourist attractions, but its still "tunisian" if that makes sense?

there are quite a few expats there, property is cheaper, we rented a 1 bed fully furnished flat that was FAR superior to the one we had in Hammamet for less money, and were about 1000 yards directly from the beach! could sit on the balcony and see the sea, not look at it from the roof as we did in hammamet lol

IF we were going back there, its certainly a place i would give great consideration to as a place to live.

Roulla has a place there, her hubby is from there originally, so certainly she is one to give you the ins and outs.

Its quieter than the main resorts, doesn't seem to ever have been in the UK brochures, has a 2 strey but smallish Carrefore, and all the admin centres for hammamet are in nabeul.

its "different" ~ and if you want all singing all dancing glitz, its not the right place, but if you want peace and quiet with everything at your fingertips, its pretty good!
sounds lovely, sounds similar in fact to Bizerte, in that you still have a few hotels, restaurants, bars, gorgeous beaches etc whilst still remaining ' Tunisian', and not full of tourists.

On my to do list.......
 

MellieC

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sounds lovely, sounds similar in fact to Bizerte, in that you still have a few hotels, restaurants, bars, gorgeous beaches etc whilst still remaining ' Tunisian', and not full of tourists.

On my to do list.......
certainly its worth a look!!

have a look in the cities forum about nabeul
 

FoxyRoxie89

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DZ... Did u not make it to Albatrocious?
 

MellieC

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DZ... Did u not make it to Albatrocious?
ROTFLMFAO

thats a pretty good description for it!

is it actually open again?

they were all closed along there and people in the one opposite, and still couldn't fill that one!
 

FoxyRoxie89

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Hideous, stayed there in sept! 4* my ass!
 

MellieC

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Hideous, stayed there in sept! 4* my ass!
we drove up there the one night, we used to go for a quiet drink in one of the hotels up there out of the way of the "idiot friends"

even the street lights were out! it was a sorry sight!
 

DragonZest

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I know that cafe, but no its not the place i meant, the place is at the other end of that row, its not a cfe now i think its a restaurant? has red drapes .....

Tabarka is an interestiong place to see, Fred and I did all the tourist places in the late 90's we took the kids to see as much of tunisia as possible, but our home was always in hammamet, other than a short time at the family home near kairouan, a short time living in Djerba and just before we left we lived in nabeul.

So hammamet always has a special place in both our hearts, it will always be home, not over commercialised, everything i wanted within walking distance, and anything else a quick jaunt on the motorway!

Never took to yasmine hammamet, watched it being built and just never liked it for some reason!

do like PEK though!!
Ahhh well I will look out for it when I'm there in February as I can't say that I've ever noticed it.

You certainly have been about there :D Yes, I liked Tabarka but only spent a few hours there so would like to go for at leat a day or two. The drive there was fab, loved driving up through Ain Draham with the mountains etc so would like to see it all again at somepoint.

Yeh, I certainly prefer Hammamet to the likes of Yasmine, it's too built up for me. Like, too purposely touristy if you know what I'm getting at. Not keen on PEK either to be honest. I liked Sousse for a bit of a change, there's a bit more going on there than Hammamet, busier. I like that you actually see people walking about etc where as Hammamet is just completely dead. Don't get me wrong, if I lived there I think Hammamet or Nabeul would be my choice areas but I liked Sousse just for a wee change of scenery :D
 

DragonZest

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DZ... Did u not make it to Albatrocious?
Hahahahah I did Roxie!!! I was never really in the place to be honest, just used it to sleep for 3 of the nights. Didn't even take a wander about to see what the hotel looked like apart from the lobby. I was literally up and out of there asap every morning loool!!

Very old fashioned looking inside but it was clean and only managed to get luke warm water out of the shower!!

Also nearly took the reception womans face off when I arrived...the cheek of her. I arrived back from Sousse and got to Albatross about 5 minutes before my friend and her fella so started getting us checked in. Explained to her that although my ex K was on the booking, he would not be coming. When my mate and her fella (D) turned up, D's mate was with them so the reception woman said that if K wasn't turning up then I could have D's mate staying with me in my room if "I wanted another Tunisian man to share my bed". :mad: with a stupid sly grin on her face..... :mad:
 

Essem

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Hahahahah I did Roxie!!! I was never really in the place to be honest, just used it to sleep for 3 of the nights. Didn't even take a wander about to see what the hotel looked like apart from the lobby. I was literally up and out of there asap every morning loool!!

Very old fashioned looking inside but it was clean and only managed to get luke warm water out of the shower!!

Also nearly took the reception womans face off when I arrived...the cheek of her. I arrived back from Sousse and got to Albatross about 5 minutes before my friend and her fella so started getting us checked in. Explained to her that although my ex K was on the booking, he would not be coming. When my mate and her fella (D) turned up, D's mate was with them so the reception woman said that if K wasn't turning up then I could have D's mate staying with me in my room if "I wanted another Tunisian man to share my bed". :mad: with a stupid sly grin on her face..... :mad:
What a bad attitude - talk about tarring everyone with the same brush!

Hope you asked her if she'd do that/had done that and was speaking through experience.
 

FoxyRoxie89

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DZ I told you what she is like, when we stayed in Dar Khayam in April, they made me fill out a passport card for AJ , even gave him a little all inclusive band
So when HER - DRAGON actually, only gave us 2 cards I asked for a 3rd she said no its a double room all snotty, but it was suppose to have a cot etc in too and stated that on booking confirmation!
Just rude!
I reported it on Travel Republic, they never came back to me

When you say clean? Im thinking are you serious :/
 

huttan

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Hahahahah I did Roxie!!! I was never really in the place to be honest, just used it to sleep for 3 of the nights. Didn't even take a wander about to see what the hotel looked like apart from the lobby. I was literally up and out of there asap every morning loool!!

Very old fashioned looking inside but it was clean and only managed to get luke warm water out of the shower!!

Also nearly took the reception womans face off when I arrived...the cheek of her. I arrived back from Sousse and got to Albatross about 5 minutes before my friend and her fella so started getting us checked in. Explained to her that although my ex K was on the booking, he would not be coming. When my mate and her fella (D) turned up, D's mate was with them so the reception woman said that if K wasn't turning up then I could have D's mate staying with me in my room if "I wanted another Tunisian man to share my bed". :mad: with a stupid sly grin on her face..... :mad:
You should been fast and said back "Im already waiting for two others to join";):D

But really how RUDE can anyone be...and working at a hotel...when service is important. Well if she keeps up like that she will loose her job sooner or later.
 

DragonZest

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What a bad attitude - talk about tarring everyone with the same brush!

Hope you asked her if she'd do that/had done that and was speaking through experience.
Exactly!!! I was just in shock to be honest, my brain wasn't working fast enough to give a good reply, I just grabbed my key off the reception desk and stormed off saying "Not even if hell froze over, cheeky cow", leaving my mate's fella to translate to her (My accent gets a bit broad when I'm angry ;) )
 

DragonZest

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DZ I told you what she is like, when we stayed in Dar Khayam in April, they made me fill out a passport card for AJ , even gave him a little all inclusive band
So when HER - DRAGON actually, only gave us 2 cards I asked for a 3rd she said no its a double room all snotty, but it was suppose to have a cot etc in too and stated that on booking confirmation!
Just rude!
I reported it on Travel Republic, they never came back to me

When you say clean? Im thinking are you serious :/
I know you said but it still caught me by surprise. I'm used to the looks some of them give you anyways when you check in with Tunisians but normally if they talk about you they do it in Arabic with the hope of you not understanding.....think I was just taken aback because she obviously wasn't trying to hide what she was saying.

She is crap at her job in general anyways. That was the only night she was working while I was there, next night when we were going out we left our keys at reception and when we came back the guy stopped us. She hadn't put on the system that we had checked in or that our rooms were being used. Luckly I had a copy of my hotel reservation and he eventually found their copy under a massive stack of papers.

Surprise surprise they never got back to you.....

Yeh, totally serious, it was spotless :eek: I was surprised to find that as well...the room was cleaned every day I was there. As I said, I never had a look round the rest of the hotel...never even ate the breakfast there or anything so I don't know if the pool was looking yellow from all the Lybian pee that you were telling me about :D But it was pretty cold showers
 

DragonZest

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You should been fast and said back "Im already waiting for two others to join";):D

But really how RUDE can anyone be...and working at a hotel...when service is important. Well if she keeps up like that she will loose her job sooner or later.
Hahahahahah that would have been funny!!! :D

I think my brain just wasn't in gear, normally I'm quite good with my replies but not this time.

I was pretty disgusted and was going on and on about it for about an hour or so to my mate and her fella. I hope she does, who gives her the right to judge me??? Or even if she does she should keep her trap shut!! :mad:

I'd expect it if I was at that hotel often and had a different guy on my arm every night but I ain't like that and this was my first time using that bloody hotel!!
 

huttan

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You could at least expect a professional behavior at a hotel that is used to guests from all over the world...and that means to shut up even if you are judgemental...a job is a job and own thinkings and judgements shouldnt be included...no matter what.The guest is always right-thats how buisness is working!Or she should look for another job...rude woman.
 

Essem

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I know you said but it still caught me by surprise. I'm used to the looks some of them give you anyways when you check in with Tunisians but normally if they talk about you they do it in Arabic with the hope of you not understanding.....think I was just taken aback because she obviously wasn't trying to hide what she was saying.

She is crap at her job in general anyways. That was the only night she was working while I was there, next night when we were going out we left our keys at reception and when we came back the guy stopped us. She hadn't put on the system that we had checked in or that our rooms were being used. Luckly I had a copy of my hotel reservation and he eventually found their copy under a massive stack of papers.
She seems more interested in who is sleeping with whom than doing her job properly.

So she is inefficient as well as being rude - excellent customer service!

She should have been reported and quite honestly i'd hve been jumping up and down (not a pretty sight!) until the powers that be did something about her - I just wouldn't have let it go - dog worrying sheep springs to mind.

If she was under threat or losing her job maybe her attitude would change - after all there are so many people who want to work and do a good job.

Unless we complain bitterly about people like her, the bad attitudes and bad service will continue.
 

Trulymadlydeeply

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My lovely EX ;) :p has had hotel staff sacked for less!!!! Only this summer we were at the beach bar and he was getting our drinks, a couple of Russian girls walked up to the bar and the barman decided to serve them 1st, uh oh......they exchanged words in Arabic, he came away with our drinks, the barman was sent packing!!!!!!
 

lainie

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my husband and i had a similar tale in a hotel in sousse.

i reserved online but payment to be made at hotel.
when we arrived the credit card machine wasnt working and we were asked for cash which we didnt have on us and it was late at night.

the booking was in both our names - same surname and same tunisian address backed up with my carte de sejour in my married name, however the receptionist referred to hubby as "your friend" and asked why he wasn't paying in cash.

i was furious and told him we were married which he didnt believe and said wasn't his business .
i threw my marriage cert at him and hubby had several sharp arabic words with him
he claimed to mean no offence but i found it downright rude to assume.
soooooooo bad.
 

DragonZest

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She seems more interested in who is sleeping with whom than doing her job properly.

So she is inefficient as well as being rude - excellent customer service!

She should have been reported and quite honestly i'd hve been jumping up and down (not a pretty sight!) until the powers that be did something about her - I just wouldn't have let it go - dog worrying sheep springs to mind.

If she was under threat or losing her job maybe her attitude would change - after all there are so many people who want to work and do a good job.

Unless we complain bitterly about people like her, the bad attitudes and bad service will continue.
Very true, I was an idiot not to take it forward but if it ever happens again then I sure as hell would! Not that I EVER plan on going back to that hotel again!!!
 
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