Best hotels and hostels in Tunis

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Medina

    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.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Medina

    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 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.

  • Lodging in Medina

    Dar Ben Gacem

    In an inspired project, this gorgeous 17th-century building replete with original features has been given a chic makeover that respects its history while offering contemporary comforts. Rooms and suites are all attractive, but the suites are larger, more luxe and quite irresistible. There's a roof terrace and a courtyard where breakfast (sadly disappointing) is served.

  • Lodging in Tunis

    La Residence

    This huge and glamorous five-star hotel with a resort ambience is well maintained and professionally operated. Stroll to the beach through the well-tended garden and dunes or order drinks by the large outdoor salt-water swimming pool. In cooler weather, the on-site spa with its heated pool, hammam and sauna beckons. There are a number of on-site restaurants.

  • Lodging in Medina

    Dar El Medina

    Run by the family who have lived here for generations, this 19th-century courtyard mansion has been decorated in a simple, stylish mix of the traditional and the contemporary. Rooms are comfortable, but some are very small; the best feature private terraces. Public spaces include an ornate courtyard sitting room and an atmospheric roof terrace. Service can be grudging.

  • Lodging in Centre Ville

    Grand Hôtel de France

    The best budget option in the city, this colonial-era hotel next to the Marché Centrale has welcoming, English-speaking staff and a faded but endearing 1930s elegance. Rooms are airy, high-ceilinged and light; the best overlook the leafy and tranquil inner courtyard. The cheapest single-room rate doesn't include air-con, breakfast or showers (2DT); the cheapest double rate is without air-con.

  • Lodging in Carthage

    Villa Didon

    This 10-room designer hotel located on Byrsa Hill was given an early noughties refurbishment by French architect Philippe Boisselier, but is looking a tad dated these days. That said, suites are huge and command magnificent views of the Gulf of Tunis from private balconies. There’s an on-site spa (treatment packages 140DT to 410DT), the terrace restaurant Le Restô and a chic bar.

  • Lodging in La Marsa

    Dar El Marsa

    Sleek design values, a location directly opposite the beach and extremely professional staff ensure that this hotel is solidly booked in summer – make reservations well in advance. Fitness facilities include a sauna, hammam, gym and rooftop pool, and there's also a popular rooftop restaurant and bar with great views. Rooms are comfortable, though bathrooms have an awkward shower-over-bath arrangement.

  • Lodging in Medina

    Dar Ya

    Peppermint-coloured doors and a profusion of tiles give this hostel-style guesthouse a jaunty air. Located in an attractive residential quarter of the medina, it offers 15 tidy rooms over three levels of a traditionally designed house. All share clean bathrooms. There's a central atrium where breakfast is served and a roof terrace where guests can relax. No English is spoken.

  • Lodging in Medina

    El Patio Courtyard House

    Modern bathrooms and excellent beds are only two of the many attractive features at this boutique B&B, which offers three prettily decorated rooms in a totally renovated 18th-century dar deep in the Tourbet El Bey quarter of the medina. Guests also have use of a communal kitchen and covered courtyard lounge. Light sleepers may find the thin walls problematic.

  • Lodging in Centre Ville

    Hôtel Carlton

    The only boutique option in Centre Ville (and only tenuously so), this hotel on the main drag offers good-sized rooms with small work desks, satellite TVs and small but squeaky-clean bathrooms. The decor is as hip as the Ville gets, with some decent contemporary art on the walls, and comfort levels are reasonably high. A safe choice.

  • Lodging in Tunis

    Hôtel Belvédère Fourati

    Though removed from the medina and from the Centre Ville action, this business hotel in an upmarket area near the Parc du Belvédère is worth considering for its clean, comfortable and modern rooms and for its extremely professional service – staff are friendly, helpful and efficient. Breakfast is good, too.

  • Lodging in Sidi Bou Saïd

    Dar Saïd

    Guests who are lucky enough to score one of the elegant sea-facing rooms in this converted villa will be thrilled with their accommodation, but the dark rear rooms may disappoint. The garden terrace and pool area are lovely, but service and the quality of breakfast could be greatly improved.

  • Lodging in Sidi Bou Saïd

    Dar Fatma

    Set at the top of the village, next to a small graveyard, this boutique B&B was trés chic when it opened, but has been poorly maintained in the intervening years. Seven small rooms combine the house’s traditional architectural charm with a simple, contemporary design aesthetic. Views from the roof terrace and its tiny plunge pool are breathtaking. It's overpriced, however.

  • Lodging in Centre Ville

    Hôtel Royal Victoria

    A splendid location on Pl de la Victoire makes this hotel in the former British Embassy worth considering despite being overpriced. The decorative overload at work in the foyer is fortunately kept at bay on the upper floors. Rooms are comfortable, with double-glazed windows and small bathrooms – ask for one at the front. Breakfast lets the side down.

  • Lodging in Carthage

    Hôtel Residence Carthage

    The attraction here isn't the accommodation itself – rooms are basic and worn – but the old-fashioned arty vibe, ultrafriendly service and reliable ground-floor restaurant, which do much to compensate. It's located close to the Sanctuary of Tophet in a quiet residential street, and its proximity to the Carthage Salammbo TGM station is convenient.

  • Lodging in Centre Ville

    Hôtel Africa

    The welcome at this business hotel is less than warm, with an ugly, smoke-filled foyer, harried reception workers and lax security (the checkpoint at the entry is often unstaffed). Rooms, though clean, aren't much better, sporting dated decor and worn furniture. Facilities include a foyer bar and two restaurants; breakfast costs an extra 32DT.

  • Lodging in La Marsa

    Hôtel Plaza Corniche

    Eccentric and endearing in equal measure, this hotel is the creation of an urbane Tunisian who lived for many years in New York and is a welcoming host. Rooms are worn and dowdy with basic bathrooms, but are comfortable enough. The on-site restaurants, bars and club are popular into the wee small hours, making a tranquil stay unlikely.

  • Lodging in Sidi Bou Saïd

    Dar El Fell

    Top marks go to the rooftop terrace at this artsy but faded hotel, which has hammocks and magnificent Gulf of Tunis views. Sadly, the paper-thin walls, tiny bathrooms, indifferent standard of cleanliness, lack of breakfast and inflated prices significantly detract from the overall guest experience.