Introduction: A Quick Jaunt On Saudia, Jet, And Tunisair
Review: Korean Air First Class Lounge New York JFK Airport
Review: Saudia First Class 777-300ER New York To Riyadh
Review: Saudia First Class Lounge Riyadh Airport
Review: Saudia First Class 777-300ER Riyadh To Dubai
Review: Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
Review: Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport
Review: SkyTeam Lounge Dubai Airport
Review: Jet Airways Business Class 737 Dubai To Mumbai
Review: GVK Lounge Mumbai Airport
Review: Jet Airways First Class 777-300ER Mumbai To London
Review: Yotel London Heathrow Terminal 4
Review: SkyTeam Lounge London Heathrow Airport
Review: Tunisair A320 Business Class London To Tunis
Review: Sheraton Tunis
Review: Tunis Airport Lounge
Review: Tunisair Business Class A330 Tunis To Montreal
I had about 19 hours in Tunis, as my flight from London arrived at around 9PM, while my flight to Montreal left around 4PM the next day. The Tunis hotel market isn’t terribly exciting. One of the only major chain hotels in Tunis is the Sheraton, which cost ~$150 for my one night stay, so naturally that’s where I stayed.
The Sheraton Tunis is a Category 4 property, so a free night redemption would have cost 10,000 Starpoints. Given how much I value those points, paying cash was the better value.
For what it’s worth, a Four Seasons will be opening in Tunis later this year, which I’d love to check out.
I arranged an airport transfer through the Sheraton (as I always like to do when visiting a country for the first time), and that cost a very reasonable ~$12. The driver was waiting for me at the airport, and drove me to the hotel in a large van. One thing I found odd about the van is that it had curtains all the way around it, so the driver really couldn’t look in the rearview mirror. As someone who is sort of scared of driving (at least it scares me much more than just about anything else I do on a day-to-day basis), that put me on edge a bit.
The drive to the hotel just took about 15 minutes, and once there I had to go through a security checkpoint.
The lobby was beautiful, especially given that this is one of the oldest hotels in Tunis. The check-in process was quick, and the front office associates were extremely friendly.
It was explained to me that the club lounge is undergoing some renovations, so as an SPG Platinum member I’d receive complimentary breakfast in the restaurant, happy hour in the pub, and access to snacks and drinks during the day in the lobby lounge.
There were vouchers in the envelope to present for these things, though given how short my stay was, I only ended up having breakfast in the restaurant.
I was escorted up to my room, which was located on the fourth floor. When facing reception the elevators were to the left, at the end of the hallway.
While the lobby felt a bit outdated, the fourth floor hallway felt much more modern, and had clearly been renovated recently.
Outside the elevator I turned left, and then my room was about halfway down the hall. As an SPG Platinum member I had been upgraded to a junior suite, which in reality felt a lot more like a full suite.
Inside the entrance was a large closet, which also housed the kettle (with powdered coffee and tea) and minibar.
Then there was a large living room with a dining table, desk, and a couple of couches.
On the dining table was a generous welcome amenity consisting of bottled water, some sweets, nuts, and whole fruit.
Then right by the entrance was a half bath.
There was a door separating the living room from the bedroom. The bedroom featured a comfortable king size bed, a desk, and a seat in the corner.
Past the bedroom was the master bathroom, which had a walk-in shower, a shower/tub combo, a toilet, and a sink.
I was impressed by the quantity of amenities in the bathroom.
The room also had a nice balcony overlooking the front side of the hotel, with the city in the distance.
Overall I thought the room was lovely, especially given how old the hotel is. In-room wifi was free, and was fast enough — it certainly wasn’t as high speed as I’d like, but I was able to get everything done that I needed to.
After a great night of sleep I had breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant, located on the lobby level. It serves breakfast daily from 6AM until 10AM.
There was a buffet for breakfast, with a pretty good selection — I’ll let the pictures mostly speak for themselves.
Service in the restaurant was friendly. I know this sounds totally random, but as someone who always takes their laptop to breakfast to work from there, I love sitting at a hotel breakfast the first morning I’m in a new country and observing and overhearing the other guests. This was an especially interesting crowd.
Just off the breakfast room was the lobby bar, which also had outdoor seating. Since I was only here briefly, I didn’t use it, though.
Down the hall from reception was the hotel’s huge recreational complex.
There was a nice indoor lap pool.
The gym was massive, and had pretty good equipment.
Then there was also a nice outdoor pool.
After breakfast I arranged to have a driver take me around town, with the main destination being the beautiful area of Sidi Bou Said. The drive took about 40 minutes so I didn’t have that much time, but I still enjoyed getting a small glimpse into the city.
Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
At around 1PM I headed back to the airport, so I’d have plenty of time to review the airport experience as well.
Sheraton Tunis bottom line
The Sheraton Tunis was a great option for my overnight in the city. The hotel was close to the airport, the staff were exceptionally friendly, I got a great upgrade, and the hotel is well maintained, especially when you consider how many decades old it is.
I suspect the Four Seasons will be in a completely different league when it opens, but for now the Sheraton is a great option, especially for a quick overnight.