YHA Tunis Auberge Medina Reviews
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You get what you pay for. Beds were uncomfortable. Location is centric but at night there's nothing around.
The hostel owner Munir was very helpful. The only problem is that there is no adecuate heating, so it can get cold during the night. But this is a generell problem in Tunisian accomodation places, the Bad condition of the Toilett, too. I can strongly recommend the hostel, it seemed to be the only backpacker option in Medina, Tunis' most interesting part.
I don't understand the bad reviews about this place. I went there on January and I found it stunning. Probably the most beautiful hostel I ever been, with a huge typical arabic courtyard, impressive clean rooms, and decent dorms for the price. The management is helpful and considerate about your security. I went there twice and will go back if needed. Only drawback is the lack of night activities inside the medina, so go there for a good night of sleep.
The extra blankets were amazing since it was so cold in Tunisia. I got the impression the room needed to be mopped as there was dirt in the corners.
The location is fine, the problem is that the area is - according to the owner - unsafe after 18.00 and you should not go outside after 18.00. You can't find a taxi in the medina, so that's a problem if you want to go out for diner or a drink.
I've rated cleanliness & facilities as poor not because they're not cleaned but because the plumbing needs fixing up - I got no hot water and, more importantly, there is a terrible smell of stale water. It's a beautiful, amazing place otherwise so please fix the plumbing smell & it will be fabulous! Oh and give your caretaker his own bedroom - there was someone sleeping on the sofa outside my room (open above the door - so a bit off-putting when I'd booked a private room!)
- Novice Nomad
- Female, 41+
- (1 review)
I do not know where Hostel World found a swimming pool and the air conditionning in YHA Tunnis hostel? Furthermore, the wifi doesn't work properly according to the room you have booked. The WC and bathrooms are not that cleaned, really old, and you can't find any toilet paper and hot water during the summer (even on October!). Amazing! I was waiting for some activities or a bar, but alchool is forbidden. I have to say that employees are really sweet but I won't come back in the hostel for sure!
I would only recommend this hostel if you're really into hostelling. If you're only trying to save some money then just find a cheap a hotel. It's located right in the middle of the medina, perfect for sightseeing but risky at night and hard to find. The beds are comfy and the air-con works. The wash facilities and the wi-fi are not good and there are some strange surcharges for using them. The staff are friendly but mostly anonymous. There are no maps or guides or advice. The price is great.
The place stunk and was dirty. On two of the days I stayed they left one member of staff working by himself who spoke nothing but Arabic & was unable to communicate with any of the guests, who were all European. The one member of staff I was able to communicate with properly was unable to give me any information about the local area, leaving me to spend half my trip searching for basic facilities. Despite charging a daily fee for the wifi it barely worked.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)