Tunisia is fast becoming one of the main holiday hotspots for UK tourists – but many people prefer to experience a country like Tunisia and its many ancient sites a little more authentically; or simply cannot afford a package holiday and the inevitable all-inclusive buffet this often now brings.
If you want to visit Tunisia on a budget, staying in hostels can help you get the most out of your money – and make the experience more personal and less commercial.
Here are three of the top hostels in Tunisia to help you plan your budget vacation.
1. Hammamet – Bel Air Hammamet Hotel
The Bel Air Hammamet Hotel doesn’t look like a hostel but has hostel prices, with double rooms from $11.33 per night. The hotel has 184 rooms which are air-conditioned in the high season and there is a fabulous swimming pool and glam public areas inside the hotel. There is also a private beach and beach bar. Does it get much better? The reception is manned 24/7 and there is a buffet-style restaurant with waiter service offering a wide range of local and international cuisine. The Bel Air Hammamet also has Hammamet’s only ten-pin bowling alley and a spa. Forget about hostelling in Hammamet, book your stay at the Bel Air Hammamet Hotel through the website Hostelworld.com.
2. Sousse – El Kantaoui Centre & Spa
With rooms from only $10.19 per night, Sousse has another brilliant bargain for tourists to Tunisia on a tight budget, as the El Kantaoui Centre & Spa offers hotel level accommodation and facilities at hostel prices. The hotel is near the local golf course and marina so its perfect for holidays and serious sightseeing trips to Tunisia. The 347 executive-style rooms mean no dorms or queues for the shower in the morning (apart from your other half or room-mate). All rooms have satellite TV and complementary WiFi is available in reception. There is a lively café to enjoy at night – and the El Kantaoui Centre & Spa is a child friendly accommodation. Book your stay at the El Kantaoui Centre & Spa through the website Hostelworld.com.
3. Tunis – YHA Tunis Auberge Medina
Tunis may be the capital of Tunisia but that is no reason why you should pay businessman’s prices for your accommodation. The YHA Tunis Auberge Medina on Saida Adjoula street in Tunis has dorms for males and females from $6.86 and private rooms from $9.48, so a visit to Tunis can be a real budget beater. The YHA Tunis Auberge Media is also near the souks and the Medina – and offers an authentic Tunisian experience with traditionally decorated rooms and a beautifully tiled patio to relax on after some hard graft sightseeing. There is also a café where you can opt for Tunisian or international cuisine during your stay – and a bicycle park. One online review mentions a lack of hot water, but poor plumbing is not unusual even in hotels in less developed destinations, and Tunisia is a developing country. All payments must also be made in cash; however, you can book your stay at the YHA Tunis Auberge Media hostel through the website IndoPools.
Tunisia is one of the METT (Mexico, Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia) countries where illness is common. Suffering Tunisia illness when abroad can result in you receiving compensation if you decide to make a claim.