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4 May 2012

Dar El Medina - Boutique Hotel

I had last written a blog post about this little boutique hotel located in the heart of the Medina in Tunis, back in June 2010.  Here is a link to refresh your memory: 
http://brightlycolouredsunflowers.blogspot.com/2010/06/i-wanted-to-tell-you-about-most.html

I went to visit it again last week, to see whether it still merits a mention on my blog as I am careful with my recommendations.  I am glad to say, that it still looks absolutely charming.  On several occasions, I have even requested to see a couple of the rooms to get an idea of what kind of amenities they provide for their guests.  The hotel staff have been very courteous, helpful and obliging. 

The building dates from 1825, when it used to be called Dar Belhaoune which  translates as the home of the Belhaoune family.  It was purchased and lovingly and painstakingly renovated before opening in 2005, as a delightful little boutique hotel. 


Dar El Medina boutique hotel is an oasis of calm.  It is a great place to relax and to soak up the atmosphere of the Medina, which is an ancient and historic city within a city steeped in history.   There is one draw back however, and that is the hotel does not have a swimming pool but bearing in mind its central location I think one might be willing to overlook this fact and trade off location and amenities over a lack of a swimming pool or in any case, I know that I would certainly be prepared to do this.  Here are some photographs I took from the interior of the Dar El Medina - Boutique Hotel.


Magnificent mirror with a beautiful hand-painted floral wooden frame.




A view of the interior of the sitting rooms.



Fine examples of intricate Stuccowork in between a hand-painted wooden ceiling.




A view of the interior of the sitting rooms.



Gorgeously coloured carpet with geometric designs.



A view of the interior of the sitting rooms.


Fine examples of intricate Stuccowork in between a hand-painted wooden ceiling.


Ornate wrought iron work on the windows.



Little Moorish style cafe.








View of the roof tops and the skyline from the open verandah upstairs.


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