Where to Stay in Tunisia’s Historical Cities

By on 25/07/2014
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Tunisia is full of history, primarily because it was the conquest motive for many conquering powers like the Romans, Turks, Phoenicians, Byzantines, French and Spaniards and all of them left an imprint on the terrain. These historical marvels have been well-preserved and maintained as monuments to their history. Where to stay in Tunisia’s Historical Cities is just as important as you go  exploring the ancient historical country and its culture.

Tunis

Tunis was once the wealthiest cities in the Islamic world. The city still contains 700 monuments that include palaces, residential quarters, madrasa’s, mosques, fountains, crypts, an 8th century medina, 13th century suburbs and intact military barracks. Tunis has been listed as a fine example of an Arab-Muslim city by the UNESCO. Don’t forget to visit the world’s largest collection of Roman Polychrome Mosaics at The Bardo Museum, which is the local national museum and archaeological repository.

1Dar Ben-Gacem: 38 Rue du Pacha Tunis 1006 Tunisia

Located in the heart of the Medina of Tunis, Dar Ben-Gacem is a traditional house dating from the 18th century. The hotel is located close to the Dar Ben Achour (City Library), Kheireddine Palace (City Museum), Zitouna Mosque, Madrasa Bir El Hajjar (Cultural Centre), Souk El Attarine, Dar Lasram (ASM Headquarters) and Club Tahar Haddad. The old house is housed in a traditional building and houses seven uniquely decorated rooms, a central courtyard and a roof terrace that overlooks the city. The original features including tiles, ceiling details and ancient poles of the building have been restored and the furnishings are either vintage or handcrafted by Tunisian artisans and artists and represent different local ethnic groups and cultures.

2Dar El Medina: 64 Rue Sidi Ben Arous Tunis 1006 Tunisia

Located near the airport in the city center, Dar El Medina is also close to the Souk El Attarine, Cathedral of St. Vincent de Paul, Salammbo Oceanographic Museum and Ztouna Mosque. The traditional 19th century building houses a rooftop terrace that offers a panoramic view of the old city. The 12-room boutique is run by a family and has been in business since 1825, soon after it was built. The architecture of the hotel with its whitewashed and tiled walls and latticed windows is a contrast to the narrow streets outside. The hotel interiors are decorated in sand and neutral colors, deep rich textiles and modernist paintings.  

Tozeur

Located in Tunisia’s southwest, Tozeur is an oasis well-known for its beige brick architecture and its 14th century Ouled El Hwadef, which is an old quarter in a small labyrinth of captivating and elaborate brickwork houses, walls and arches. The city is also close to Chott El-Jerid which is Tunisia’s largest salt lakes. The lake is dry for 10 months of the year and has a causeway running over it.

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Ksar Jerid: BP 201, Route de Nefta Tozeur

Situated close to the airport, the Ksar Jerid is located in the downtown area close to the Dar Chrait Museum and the Tunisian desert. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool with a poolside bar/lounge and lush gardens.

4Hotel Ras El AinBP 141 – 2200 Tozeur

Conveniently located near the airport, the Hotel Ras El Ainis is also in close proximity to Chott el-Jerid. The hotel is surrounded by a magnificent garden and is close to the desert. Each room is equipped with top class facilities and furnished with traditional Tunisian decor and old world style.

Sousse

Sousse is one of the older urban centers in Tunisa and the UNESCO World Heritage has declared it as a World Heritage Site. Sousse is present day Tunisia’s liveliest towns and is surrounded by high medieval fortifications. The town is located an hour away from El Jem, which is one of the world’s best preserved Roman amphitheatres and is conveniently located on the coast near an attractive beach that boasts clear turquoise sea.

5Marhaba BeachBoulevard 7 Novembre BP120 Sousse

Situated on a private beach, the Marhaba Beach is a stylish and popular hotel with tourists located on the outskirts of Sousse. The hotel is in close proximity to the Ribat of Sousse and Port El Kantaoui. Each of the 254 rooms comes with a balcony where guests can witness the nearby gardens. The hotel also houses a buffet restaurant that features a marble floor and arches.

6Tour Khalef Marhaba Thalasso & Spa: Boulevard du 14 Janvier, 4051 Sousse 4000 Tunisia

This hotel is situated on its own private white sand beach and is only a short distance from the main Sousse Beach, Stade Olympique and Ribat of Sousse. The other close by attractions includes Port El Kantaoui Beach and Port El Kantaoui Harbor. Guests can enjoy the in-house spa or one of the two fine-dining establishments when residing here.

Nefta

With the abandoned hilltop villages and berber towns, Nefta is a popular filming spot for many Hollywood flicks. Located on the southwest of Tozeur, Nefta’s popular sights include the Corbeille and the Oasis.

7Dar HiQuartier ezzaouia – 2240 Nefta

Dar Hi, elegantly designed by Matali Crasset is an eco-hotel located on the Sahara borders. The hotel houses four types of accommodation and each room is actually a stand-alone on an elevated structure with the bathroom and bedroom situated atop an outdoor seating area. The glass walls feature panoramic views and some directly open onto the sand. The restaurant uses its own organically produced ingredients to cook local dishes.

8Dar ZargouniRoute Sahara Palace – 2240 Nefta

Dar Zargouni is an exclusive guest house hovering on a sand dune overlook the oasis. The dwelling is constructed around two courtyards that are bordered by lush gardens and consist of four suites. The hotel offers free bicycle hire for guests and also features an outdoor pool and garden.

Kairouan

Kairouan is home to The Great Mosque (one of the finest Islamic buildings of North Africa) and the Bi’r Barouta Well (spot where the city was founded and linked to the Zam Zam in Mecca). There is absolutely no doubt that Kairouan too like many another Tunisian cities made it to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

9Hotel La Kasbah: Avenue Ibn Jazzar Cite La Mosquee, Kairouan

Hotel La Kasbahis a 5-star hotel that offers an exclusive blend of old and new. The hotel features two outstanding restaurants that serve local specialties and fine international cuisine and a popular nightclub and spa. The luxury hotel is located close to the Mosque of Yqba, Zaouia Sidi Sahbi, Mosque of the Three Doors and Aghlabid Basin.

10Continental Kairouan: AB.P Avenue Ibn El Jassar, 3100 Kairouan

The hotel is situated in front of the Aghlabid Basins and not very far from The Great Mosque and the Mausoleum of Sidi Sahbi. Set in the city centre, the hotel is within walking distance of Kairouan’s popular shopping and sightseeing areas. The hotel’s on-site restaurant and the hotel lounge bar deserve a visit in the evenings.

We hope you enjoy reading our post on Tunisia and the hotels in its historical cities. If you are planning a trip soon or have visited Tunisia already, tell us if your favorites or recommendations are included in the list. Alternatively, let prospective travelers to Tunisia know about your recommendations.

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