The Top Cultural Hotels to Book in Sfax, Tunisia

The view on Sfax ramparts with beautiful green palms
The view on Sfax ramparts with beautiful green palms | © eFesenko / Alamy Stock Photo
Ellie Philpotts

Founded almost 1,200 years ago by the Aghlabid dynasty, Sfax provides a cultural stay for those in search of a truly historic getaway. Combining ancient heritage with modern luxuries, these hotels in the city provide a sophisticated stay for all travellers – check out the top cultural hotels in Sfax, bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Golden Tulip


An exterior view of the towering Golden Tulip hotel, with cars parked in front
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The Golden Tulip is home to some of Sfax’s best brunches and is easily Sfax’s leading hotel. It may be modern and popular, but it also represents the native culture. Situated within the heart of the city, a bustling industrial centre, each room remains a tranquil haven. The Golden Tulip stands out because it harmoniously combines contemporary styles with tradition via three exciting restaurants/bars and stylish meeting rooms.

2. Hotel Thyna


Hotel Thyna’s recent refurbishment has paid off, as their decor has really experienced an uplift in recent months. It’s a respectable cost for the generous quality (two nights is €5, or about $5.6 US for a 4-bed suite), and with this price, you get a large en-suite, living room, cosy beds and even a terrace overlooking Sfax’s thriving city centre. Make sure you use your stay here to get to grips with the gorgeous North African delicacies that burst with flavour – special mention goes to the chocolate pastries! An all-around clean, pleasant offering close to the main epicentre of tourism.

3. Hotel Naher El Founoun


An exterior view of Hotel Naher El Founoun with the Tunisian and other flags waving
Courtesy of Hotel Naher El Founoun / Expedia
The physical geography behind Hotel Naher El Founoun means visitors have the perfect chance to enjoy both the facilities directly offered and Sfax’s cultural centre. With city views from your room, you’ll also have an en-suite, breakfast provided, a la carte evening dining, room service, concierge and maids who are thoroughly attentive. It’s just five miles from Thyma Airport, making it ideal for travellers, whether for pleasure or business.

4. Les Oliviers Palace


Five loungers by the indoor pool at Les Oliviers Palace, with a large decorated tapestry on the wall
Courtesy of Les Oliviers Palace / Expedia
A stunning hotel that embodies glamour, Les Oliviers is not one to miss off. Especially recommendable for honeymooners or other forms of romantic getaways, it provides sophisticated restaurants and has 137 bedrooms, each individually kitted out with en-suites, mini-bars and large, comfortable beds. It’s relatively small compared to others in the area, but this means the intimacy is heightened, and you receive a truly unbeatable personal experience.

5. Borj Dhiafa


Wooden doors entering the Borj Dhiafa, lit by street lamps
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With easy access to the amenities most associated with Sfax, Borj Dhiafa is also a stylish, slick place to stay, whatever your reason for coming to Sfax. Its decor speaks for itself, while the two a la carte restaurants do little to disprove the theory that Borj Dhiafa is splendid. You’re going to have to reserve in advance, as it’s bound to get a little busy.

6. Donia Hotel


Donia Hotel is easily recommendable, and it’s clear to see why. There’s an all-round relaxation, including in the bar, which, despite being a bar that can get kind of busy, is still chilled-out. It’s traditionally Tunisian, so yes, it’s popular with tourists, but remains unspoiled and in short distance of central Sfax and all its historical sites. The staff are friendly and it’s worth mentioning that the beds are super comfy.

7. Sangho Le Syphax


A large outdoor pool, surrounded by well-groomed grass at Sangho Le Syphax
Courtesy of Sangho Le Syphax / Expedia
This 4-star property has elegant and stylish written all over it. Not literally, of course, because that would somewhat spoil the carefully-crafted decor that Sangho Le Syphax clearly prides itself on. Suitable for families thanks to its children-specific pool, it also has rarer hotel options such as a hair salon and meeting rooms, plus both international and local cuisines between the restaurant and bar, breakfast options and the statistical advantage of a flawless geographic location.

8. Grand Hotel Kerkennah


A pool, covered seating area and tall trees, with a view of the sea at the Grand Hotel Kerkennah
Courtesy of Grand Hotel Kerkennah
While not the most expensive hotel Sfax has to offer, Grand Hotel Kerkennah still makes for a great place to stay, particularly if you’re more of a casual type. Lined with attractive palm trees, the hotel specializes in simple interiors, but the quality is still there. Staff easily accommodate queries, but you shouldn’t find any qualms with the rooms or service. Oh, and the pool is pretty good – not too big, not too small, great for practising those lengths then sprawling on a sun-bed – the best form of recuperation.

9. Alexandre Hotel


Alexandre Hotel is close to Sfax’s large, popular Taieb Mhiri Stadium, but don’t let the fact that you’re likely to overhear an energetic soccer match put you off. Alexandre Hotel is arguably sculpted with business people in mind, as its entire centre is dedicated to business. But if you’re just seeking some R&R with definitely no paperwork in mind, then you’ll still be taken care of. Room service, dry cleaning and laundry, satellite TV, a restaurant and a bar are all in close proximity for you to enjoy every minute of your stay.

Looking for more great hotels in Tunisia? Check out our pick of the top cultural hotels in Hammamet, Tunisia, bookable on Culture Trip.

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