Most travelers visiting Tunisia will arrive at the Tunis-Carthage International Airport and will spend at least one day in the Tunis capital. All of the must-see sites in Tunis such as Carthage, Bardo Museum and the Medina of Tunis represent the incredibly rich history of Tunisia. Supplement your educational experience by staying at the Hotel Royal Victoria in Tunis which has a history of its own as a former British embassy.
Author’s Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. We do not receive any commission or benefit from Hotel Royal Victoria for writing this review. This hotel review is written based on the author’s overnight experience at the hotel in May 2022.
Spend the Night at a Former British Embassy
Thanks to preservation efforts, this 17th century building has been refined to its former glory. The moment you step inside this Moorish refined hotel, you will immediately notice the beautifully tiled panels and the charming decorations and artwork, which have retained all the glamour and elegance of its past.
Walking through the entire hotel feels like you are in a historic museum marveling at its architectural character and about 400 years of history as a former British consulate building.
Hotel Royal Victoria is more than just a hotel – it is a historic landmark formerly occupied by the British embassy.
There is a plaque from the British Tunisian Society located outside the hotel which reads:
A Treaty between the Dey, and the Bey and the Soldiers of Tunis, and King Charles II enabled Britain to maintain a Consular, later Diplomatic presence on this site from 1662 to 2004.
Centrally Located By the Old Walled City and the European-Styled New City
Located in the heart of downtown Tunis, Hotel Royal Victoria overlooks Bab el Bhar (the sea gate), also known as Porte De France (the gate of France). This historic gate is one of the main entrances into the Medina of Tunis, which was granted UNESCO World Heritage status in 1979. This gateway sits at the conjunction where two worlds of old and new come together.
On one side, there is the historic Medina quarter with 700 monuments dating from the Almohad and the Hafsid periods.
On the other side, there is the European-styled new city, known as ville nouvelle in French, with the famous Avenue Habib Bourguiba being the large thoroughfare of Tunis and representing the historical political and economic heart of the country.
Needless to say, the hotel location is ideal for exploring the historic part of the city. Spend the morning roaming through the cobblestones of the Tunis Medina. Make your way through narrow lanes and alleyways stumbling upon local artisans of copper, leather, and wool. The famous Zitouna Mosque, spice market, and gold market are sites you don’t want to miss.
Spend the evening dining at one of the many restaurants located on Avenue Habib Bourguiba. From fast food to fine dining, you will be sure to find something that will satisfy your taste buds.
Beautifully Designed Rooms and Corridor
Hotel Royal Victoria has 39 rooms and suites, each beautifully designed with the same noble 17th-century furniture and oriental ambiance that can be found throughout the hotel. Many of the rooms have a small balcony that overlooks the Bab el Bhar.
There are a variety of rooms available:
- Single Rooms
- Double Rooms
- Triple Rooms
Some triple rooms have 1 double bed plus 1 single bed, while other triple rooms have 3 single beds.
The cozy suites directly overlook the Place de la Victoire. The suite rooms include a large double bed and a sofa bed, as well as a spacious bathroom equipped with a jacuzzi.
The hotel’s restaurant “Restaurant Aicha” is conveniently located next to the reception area by the front entrance. Its interior design is consistent with the Moorish decorations and artwork that can be seen throughout the hotel.
A buffet-style breakfast is typically included in your overnight stay. There are options for booking your stay at Hotel Royal Victoria in half-board (breakfast and lunch) or full-board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Meals can be enjoyed in the restaurant’s family-friendly environment, or taken outside to the large terrace with an astonishing view of the Bab el Bhar.
Explore Tunis and Spend the Night at Hotel Royal Victoria
A visit to Tunisia is not complete unless you explore the Tunis capital. One of the best ways to explore Tunis and its surrounding areas is to book a private Tunisia tour. It is a hassle-free experience that will maximize your time during your vacation in Tunisia.
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