“ Address: Zone Touristique / 2200 / Tozeur / Tunisia „
El Mouradi Hotel, Tozeur.
The El Mouradi hotel is a four star hotel in the tourist zone of Tozeur. Most of the hotels are based in this area and the levels of security are quite high and there is a barrier at the entrance which is only open during the day time but of a night time it is closed and you have to wait for the security staff to raise the barrier to let you in.
The Reception area.
The reception area is very grand and brightly lit with a central dome towering above the atrium. It looks quite swish and gives a very good impression of the hotel. As you enter the reception area the check in desk is towards the right hand side where you can also change money to local currency, book trips from the hotel out into the dessert, a trip into the mountains or around the town of Tozeur. The reception staff were quick and efficient at checking in guests.
The corridors leading off from the reception area are not so brightly lit and in fact are quite dark. The lights are movement activated but using energy saving bulbs they are not on long enough to provide bright enough lighting. The bar is just off the reception area which you have to pass to get to the corridor leading to the guest rooms.
I was quite impressed by the room it had a good sized bathroom with a good shower, toilet, bidet and sink unit. The room was quite large with a sofa in a recess by the window, a small coffee table and a sideboard with an old style television sitting on the top not that we had time to watch television anyway.
There was a small balcony with two chairs and a table which looked out towards the dessert and partly over the hotel next door. The beds were quite hard but very comfortable which I prefer but the pillows were pretty naff and had seen better days. I found this to be a recurring problem in all the hotels in Tunisia the pillows being far too soft and not really comfortable at all. Thankfully I take my own memory foam pillow which fits quite nicely into my suitcase so at least that gives me a fairly good night's rest. Most importantly the room was very clean and the cleaners came in each day to replenish and clean the bathroom, make the bed and clean the room not that it really needed much cleaning.
Our room was quite comfortable and very quiet the only sounds we could hear was from the local mosques and the call to prayers that started off in the distance and gradually got nearer and then faded away as other mosques called followers to prayer. It sounded quite exotic and really gave the hotel a great ambiance.
The restaurant is on the lower ground floor and is reached either via stairs from the hotel reception area, via a lift or from the pool area. The restaurant is a buffet style restaurant with a very good selection of food on offer at all meal times. The hot food was piping hot and the cold food was well cooled. There was something for everyone including soups, salads, meat dishes, vegetarian dishes and fish too. The desserts were quite nice to look at and a plentiful variety plus there was fresh fruit. I was actually quite impressed with the variety of food available and should you have specific dietary needs these were covered quite amply. All meals are taken in this restaurant. The waiters were particularly friendly and very professional and were there to offer drinks and to clear the tables which they did in a very efficient manner. The food is influenced by French cuisine and was delicious although there did not seem to be any local or ethnic variations of food although the coffee was so so but drinkable.
There is a large swimming pool in the centre of the hotel which is overlooked by quite a few of the rooms. Most of the time we were there it was never used although it looked quite inviting. There was also a smaller sized pool beside it. Around the edge of the pool there were sun beds and umbrellas but as this is in an area which has many activities most of the guests are out for the day exploring either the local area or the town centre.
There is also a small gift shop selling naff stuff plus postcards and I believe there is a small gym there somewhere in the hotel.
We were quite impressed by this hotel and the staff were very friendly and efficient the food was excellent and the cleanliness of the hotel was brilliant. I would highly recommend this as a base for your stay in Tozeur and would have no hesitation in returning to this hotel.