The Golden Tulip Carthage was my perfect introduction to Tunisia. The hotel prides itself on its international standards with local flavours. It had just the right mix to make me feel comfortable in my first days in a new country (particularly as my visit was one month after the attack at the Bardo museum), but also introduce me to the charms and wonderful people of this beautiful Mediterranean country.
The hotel is located in a forested area near the sea, with complete security which controls not only who enters the complex, but what they bring with them (via metal detectors, x-ray machines and under-vehicle screening). No, this was not a response to the terrorism attacks in Tunisia, but was put in place at the time of the revolution. As the complex also houses the homes of many of Tunisia’s ambassadorial community, more security makes sense.
The setting for the Golden Tulip Carthage is beautiful. The complex overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, which takes on an almost Caribbean blue colour here. Catering primarily to the upscale business traveler, you don’t need to leave the hotel complex if you don’t want to.
On-site are several restaurants, one with international cuisine, a great Italian, an Irish pub, and a top-notch Indian one (I’m still craving the lamb and was impressed with the chef’s ability to get my desired level of spice in my chicken exactly perfect). Drinks, snacks and teas can be taken in different areas, you can choose your pool bar, and there’s even a hookah lounge. The complex has a full spa with a wonderful hammam, a large indoor pool, huge health club with individualized fitness programs, a dance/yoga studio, tennis, and several outdoor pools too. Having a meeting? The Golden Tulip has lots of space to meet your needs.
If you need a service, the Golden Tulip can provide it or arrange for it. I was particularly appreciative of the currency exchange desk, which provided good rates — so useful in a country with a closed currency (i.e. you can’t bring Tunisian money out of the country or exchange it abroad). The Carthage Executive Lounge is the place to go for breakfast and snacks throughout the day (especially Tunisian pastries).
Whether you’re in Tunis for business or relaxation, the Golden Tulip Carthage’s 243 rooms and 21 suites and its very hospitable staff will suit your every need.