Best hotels and hostels in Northern Tunisia

  • Lodging in Bizerte

    Cap Blanc Guesthouse

    This modern villa makes the most of its location on the hill above Cap Blanc, allowing you to make the most of its gorgeously sweeping coastal views from the salons and wraparound veranda. The rooms are elegantly simple, and you can walk down to the pool in summer or glow in front of the log fire in the colder months.

  • 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.

  • Lodging in Tabarka

    Hôtel Les Mimosas

    This perennially popular tourist hotel sits on a hill on the edge of the town centre. The best rooms in either the main building or annex have great views over the town and along the coast; those in the latter also enjoy small terraces. Rooms are bright and modern, and there's a pool, bar and restaurant, plus a large buffet breakfast.

  • Lodging in Hammam Bourguiba

    Hôtel El Mouradi

    This four-star luxury spa resort hotel has more than 150 very comfortable rooms and 30 bungalows spread over grounds so big they have their own football pitch. The standards of service is high, and there's a good restaurant (full board option available). The big attraction here is the fresh air, green surroundings and those indulgent spa sessions at the Centre Thermal.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Raf Raf

    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.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tabarka

    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.

  • Lodging in Bizerte

    Dar El Kasba

    Bizerte's medina has been crying out for some of its traditional homes to be turned into guesthouses, and Dar El Kasba was the first to answer the call. Rooms centre on a small courtyard and are very cosy – there's a definite, relaxing feeling of being surrounded by the objects of the owner's home, all the way up to the roof terrace.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Raf Raf

    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.

  • Lodging in Tabarka

    Dar Ismail Hôtel

    Not quite the intimate retreat the 'dar' name suggests, this top-rated resort is painted in glitzy shades of tangerine and has peachy, comfortable rooms and all the comforts – plus a sensational pool with canals, bridges and large swimming basins. There is also a fine stretch of beach, a beautifully maintained garden, a spa and a couple of restaurants.

  • Lodging in Raf Raf

    Dar Ras Jbel

    The rust-red exterior of Dar Ras Jbel makes a striking contrast to the universal whitewash of Tunisia's northern coast. Rooms are stripped down and understated, and there's a large lounge area with a log fire. Food is the big draw here, and Ras Jbel makes a point about its excellent Tunisian and non-Tunisian meals, using fresh local ingredients.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tabarka

    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.

  • Lodging in Bizerte

    Bizerta Resort

    This resort on the northern edge of town make a good fist of earning its reputation as a holiday and weekend break destination from Tunis. Amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, a spa with hammam, gym, good restaurant and a nice bar area. The rooms are comfy rather than spectacular, but the staff are very helpful.

  • Lodging in Tabarka

    Hôtel Novelty

    This place might seems unpromising from the outside but has simply furnished, neat and clean rooms and a friendly welcome. Singles are slightly compact, but still good value. Note that while the cafe and restaurant (where breakfast is served) face Ave Habib Bourguiba, the hotel entrance is on the side street.

  • Lodging in Ain Draham

    Royal Rihana Hôtel

    This venerable, oversized forest lodge has lots of amenities, including an indoor pool, large restaurant and an atmospheric lounge. The rooms are comfortable, if dated, and have good views. This is the only place that does organised hikes and activities in the Kroumirie Mountains. The hotel sits unmissably on a wooded ridge off the main road through Ain Draham.

  • Lodging in Tabarka

    Itropika Beach

    Itropika is the only resort hotel actually in Tabarka proper, giving you quick access to the town. It's a large salmon-pink affair, with indoor and outdoor pools, a restaurant, bar, spa and the booming Cubano lounge club next door. The 150-plus rooms are modern and comfy, some have balconies but either way try to get one overlooking the sea.

  • Lodging in Bizerte

    Hôtel Jalta

    This low-rise, white building in the Zone Touristique wants for character, but the balconied rooms overlooking the sea are fresh and breezy, if occasionally erring on the spartan side of comfort. Lively at weekends and quiet in the week, it has good food, a pool and quick access to both the beach and the nearby shops and restaurants.

  • Lodging in Ain Draham

    Hôtel Les Pins

    Situated 200m up the hill from Ain Draham's fountain roundabout, this welcoming chalet-like hotel has a haut-relief pine tree over the entrance, a salmon-pink lobby and 21 spacious rooms. Rooms at the back have balconies that offer great sunset views. The restaurant serves decent food.

  • Lodging in Cap Serrat

    Auberge Le Pirate

    The Pirate has four immaculate rooms opening on a lovely lawn with heavenly views of the beach. Camping is also possible, with tents provided. The owner is a good source of local travel advice, and can organise swimming trips and picnics to local beaches only accessible by boat.

  • Lodging in Tabarka

    Hôtel de France

    This lift-equipped three-star hotel with a popular pavement cafe has 16 smart colourful rooms; some also have tiny balconies and good bay views – particularly good value for the price.

  • Lodging in Raf Raf

    Hôtel Dalia

    The only hotel proper in Raf Raf, this mid-range place is about 150m uphill from the Corniche. The 10 bright rooms come with little balconies, fridges and TVs. The downstairs restaurant serves uncomplicated grilled meat and fish, as well as couscous, though from October to April, it's advisable to give notice to you want feeding.