Best hotels and hostels in Tunisia

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cap Bon

    Villa Zembra

    Most visitors don't stay in El Haouaria long, but Villa Zembra is an enchanting retreat that's worth unpacking your suitcase for. Its five rooms are decked out in traditional Tunisian colours and textiles, and some open onto a peaceful inner courtyard with a burbling fountain, or have a private terrace with unbeatable views of the Med. The pool overlooks the villa's namesake island. It's worth booking dinner here: you're unlikely to dine on immaculate nouvelle-cuisine-style dishes anywhere else in the region, nor are there many good restaurants around here anyway.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tunis

    Dar 24

    French-Tunisian couple Isabelle and Selim have put a huge amount of thought into the conversion and restoration of this 18th-century dar, and the result is simply splendid. Three chic guestrooms overlooking the pretty tiled courtyard have excellent bathrooms and ultra-comfortable beds; one has a private terrace. A delectable freshly prepared breakfast is served in the communal lounge/dining room. Cash only. A self-contained apartment sleeping up to three is in a nearby building.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Djerba

    Dar Bibine

    Located in Erriadh's medina, this hotel in a traditional house is decorated with a super-chic European design aesthetic. There’s an ingenious use of space, with multiple nooks and crannies, rooftop terraces and flower-filled courtyards to enjoy. The five rooms have comfortable beds, tea-/coffee-making facilities and satellite TVs. Guests can use the hotel kitchen, hammam (10DT, with massage 15DT) and bikes. There's no in-house restaurant, but meals can be supplied on request.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bizerte

    Dar Rim

    This guesthouse is about 5km west of Bizerte and is set above the main road with a commanding – and gorgeous – view of the coast. Rooms are subtly decorated in a traditional Tunisian style, but the amazing terrace with pool and gazebo to relax in must surely be a major draw. It's homely in a luxurious manner. Meals are available and are worth it – breakfasts and dinners are taken in an open-side dining area looking out to sea.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Hammamet

    La Badira

    Occupying a small peninsula north of Hammamet proper, the adults-only resort of La Badira is a swanky affair. It's home to Hammamet's largest infinity pool, which peacefully gazes over the tip of town that juts into the Med, but it also has beach access. The immaculate white-and-light-wood rooms have a few Maghrebi touches; some even come with private pools for a surreptitious dip. Children under 16 are not permitted to stay.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tozeur

    Diar Abou Habibi

    This is a great find for families or groups. Pretty, stilted wooden lodges are scattered throughout a dense garden of palm, fig and pomegranate trees in the heart of the palmerie. They range from spacious two- to three-person person studios to large duplexes that accommodate two families. Unusually for the region, all accommodation has self-catering facilties including fridges, microwaves and coffee machines.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Northern Tunisia

    Dar El Lamma

    Set in beautifully planted grounds behind high walls at the end of a very rough track, Dar El Lamma feels like an oasis with personal service. Choose between intimate rooms in the main house decorated with an eclectic selection of objets or the separate bungalows around the charming pool area. Dine in or al fresco, and sweat it out either in the North African hammam or Scandinavian sauna.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Southern Tunisia

    Campement Zmela

    About 20km south of Ksar Ghilane – and you'll need a 4WD to reach it – this is the best tent camp in the south, in great part because of its isolation and position slap-bang next to some of Tunisia's mightiest dunes. The neat tents are a cut above the competition, and the service is spot on. A particular highlight is the fire after dinner, with tea and fresh bread baked in the embers.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tunis

    L'Hôtel Dar El Jeld

    Hotel openings in the medina are rare occurrences and five-star hotels had been non-existent until this classy establishment in a converted 18th-century palace opened in June 2018. Its size is boutique – with only 16 suites, huge and ultra-luxe – but its services and facilities are extensive, including a rooftop terrace bar with wonderful views, an elegant restaurant and a spa with hammam.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sousse

    Hotel Sousse Palace

    This renovated place in Sousse's city centre is deservedly popular, with facilities similar to the resort hotels in Port El Kantaoui: restaurants (two with sea views), a foyer bar, spa with hammam (treatments 40DT to 110DT), indoor and outdoor pools, and direct beach access. Rooms are extremely comfortable, with satellite TVs, kettles and large bathrooms. Staff are both friendly and efficient.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Northern Tunisia

    Hotel Marina Prestige

    Formerly the Corail Royale, the Marina Prestige has undergone a complete refit and is all slick and clean modern lines, nice linens, shiny bathrooms and minibars as a result. Some rooms are enormous, some windows surprisingly small, but those with balconies are unsurprisingly the nicest. Eat at the excellent attached Pyramide restaurant. Easily the most forward-looking accommodation in town.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sousse

    Dar Antonia

    A very welcome addition to Sousse's less-than-stellar line-up of hotels, Dar Antonia comprises four suites arranged on two floors of a meticulously restored medina house. These are comfortable, impeccably clean and extremely chic, featuring plenty of artisan-made furniture and decorative features. Relax in the library, on the rooftop terrace or next to the tinkling fountain in the courtyard.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sidi Bou Saïd

    La Villa Bleue

    At the edge of the upper village, La Villa Bleue delivers the ultimate Sidi Bou Saïd experience. Professional multilingual staff ensure that guests are pampered, and there are excellent facilities including a lovely spa, hammam, two pools, a restaurant and hybrid library/bar. All 13 rooms are luxe, but suites are particularly desirable as they have balconies with Mediterranean views.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Northern Tunisia

    Dar Farissa

    A stay at Dar Farisa is like having your own special house-swap on the Mediterranean. It's a relatively modest villa, with a long densely planted garden terrace leading down to a cute little pool. There are pleasant corners everywhere on the property to curl up with a book or a drink. In cooler months you can retreat to the ornately plastered lounge and relax by the log fire.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Southern Tunisia

    Hôtel Chems

    A large hotel whose recent refit matches its ambition, the Chems successfully mixes business-hotel efficiency with resort-style attitude. The rooms in soft white and dove grey are tip-top and have balconies with sea views, and there's even the curiosity of a bowling alley to match the excellent restaurant and stylish bar. Well-chosen art in the common areas seals the deal.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cap Bon

    Dar Sabri

    Tucked away down a narrow alley in the heart of the medina, this sleek, contemporary take on a traditional house makes it something of a designer's dar. With just four bedrooms, Dar Sabri is wonderfully opulent but still down to earth, and you're guaranteed lovely, personable service. The small rooftop pool overlooks adorable reading niches in the courtyard below.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Hammamet

    Villa Phoenicia

    The most authentic place to stay in Hammamet, this traditional dar has just four rooms, all named after gems. Service is sweet, and breakfast is fantastic, especially when the owner picks up a few extra Tunisian pastries from Canari or makes home-made strawberry juice. It's a quick walk to the medina and the beach.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tozeur

    Dar El Kobba

    A very cute and intimate traditionally decorated guesthouse with just three rooms, you'll feel very much at home here provided you make your reservation well in advance. Rooms have views over the small palmeraie in the medina. The home-cooked meals are a definite highlight. Look for the dome (kobba) as you navigate through the medina.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Douz

    Camp Mars

    A permanent tent camp deep in the dunes near Timbaine and only accessible by 4WD, this is just about the closest thing you can get to glamping in the Tunisian Sahara. The tents are cosy, and the food excellent. The camp uses dry toilets. There's a fire in the evening to settle around (with fresh campfire bread), followed by endless stargazing.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Northern Tunisia

    Couleur Méditerranée

    Just outside Tabarka on the road that snakes east of town, Couleur Méditerranée is the secret holiday home you wished you owned. It's a crisp white modern villa with rooms and terraces overlooking both pool and sea, modern rooms, cosy communal spaces (if you visit in winter you can enjoy a log fire) and lovely breakfasts.