Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
Romantic ambiance in the evening - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


After Sidi Bou Said and Hammamet, Tunis is the last stop on my trip to Tunisia this year. I can hardly wait to check into the Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in the Medina of Tunis. I arrive at the hotel early and have to wait a while for my room. I use the time for a delicious smoothie on the roof terrace. On my way to the lift, I get a first impression of the many rooms in the hotel that are worth seeing, but more on that later. On the chic roof terrace on the 5th floor, I flop down on a super comfy sofa and enjoy the view over Tunis in spring-like temperatures in February. The old town lies at my feet, and my gaze wanders to the Hotel Africa on Avenue Bourguiba, Tunis's main street. 

Rooftop Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
Enjoying my smoothie on the rooftop - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Government buildings in Tunis, Tunisia
Beautiful Government buildings close to the Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


A short time later, my suite no. 24 is ready for me to move into. The charming receptionist escorts me into the rooms, the size of which I have to get used to. There is a bedroom, two bathrooms, a living room with a work area, and a furnished balcony with a view of the green inner courtyard—just "wow"!

Suite at the Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
Such a cosy living room! - KHLLIFESTYLE

I like the modern yet cosy furnishings with Tunisian elements. The flat screen is hidden behind ornate white sliding doors, a great idea. The room service menu can be scanned using a QR code to save paper. Of course, the espresso machine is present, and I am served dates and oranges in the late afternoon. I already regret that I will only be spending one night here - all the more reason to savour it all.

Suite at the Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
My heavenly bedroom - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Suite at the Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
Lovely view from my balcony - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


Before I explore the Medina again, I look at all the rooms with their art and design. Columns, lots of marble, arches, ceramics, glass, and patios, old and new, in perfect harmony. The scent of orange blossom fills the air in this oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The vast crystal chandelier is striking, and pastries and coffee are available for self-service in an oriental-style room. What an extraordinary, fantastic place! This short video gives you a little insight into the world of the Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa.

Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
What a chandelier... - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Dar Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
Admiring a stunning piece of art - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Dar Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
Chillin' with art and design - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
I love these beautiful pieces - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

The history of Dar El Jeld dates back to the 18th century. Incidentally, the name means "house of leather," and there used to be a tannery. In the 1930s, the Abdelkefi family acquired this small palace, which was later converted from a residence into a luxurious boutique hotel with just 16 suites. Today, Dar El Jeld is considered one of the best hotels in Tunisia—partly because of its gastronomy, which I will discuss later. Tunisian celebrities come and go here.

Dar Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
Old column at the Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
Art even in the patio - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
Spectacular views at the Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
Another cosy room at the Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

Off to the Medina of Tunis

After all the amazement at the Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa, the Medina of Tunis, this labyrinth of alleyways that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The old town dates back to the 7th century and is considered one of the largest and best preserved in North Africa.

Medina in Tunis, Tunisia
Typical house in the Medina - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

Around 100,000 people live in this microcosm, surrounded by imposing historic gates. People are hammering, welding and sewing everywhere. The souks are organised according to economic sectors, with perfume, shoe and fabric merchants having their own alleys. A structured walk is impossible due to the many winding alleyways; just let yourself drift and be fascinated by the colorful hustle and bustle in the souks. A three-hour guided tours led by a historian takes place on Saturdays from 9.45 am, meeting point is the Dar El Jeld Restaurant (bookings via the hotel reception).

Zitouna mosque in Tunis, Tunisia
Zitouna mosque - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Medina in Tunis, Tunisia
Traditional clothing in the Medina - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

Espresso with a view

The beautiful spring weather draws me back to Café Panorama with its unrivaled view. Through a carpet shop, I climb numerous stairs to the roof terrace next to the Zitouna Mosque, the largest in Tunis. Young couples hold hands and enjoy their mint tea. I order an espresso, but to my disappointment, Panorama has no snacks. No matter; I enjoy a caffeine boost and the warming rays of sunshine.

Panorama café in Tunis, Tunisia
So cool - the Panorama Café - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Panorama café in Tunis, Tunisia
Chilling on the staircase at Panorama Café - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

Cool cafés in the Medina

My subsequent search for a light lunch has yet to be successful. Ultimately, I end up at the tiny Chez Haroun near the hotel, where I can't resist the fruit tarts. I actually wanted to significantly reduce my sugar intake, but tomorrow is another day. Apart from a small swing decorated with flowers, there is no seating at Chez Haroun, which is more than enough for an Instagram photo. I notice a few "Instagram spots" in the cafés, and this trend doesn't stop at the Medina in Tunis either. 

Chez Haroun café in Tunis, Tunisa
Sweet temptations at Chez Haroun - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

Colourful spa in the hotel

Back at the Dar Jeld, I look at the oriental, subtly illuminated spa, which, with its hammam, cultivates the ancient Tunisian tradition of body care and well-being. A 45-minute treatment in the hammam costs 100 TDN (as of February 2024), while a 30-minute massage costs from 100 TDN.

Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
Riot of colours in the spa - ©Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa


We quickly head to the roof terrace at sunset for a few photos. Unfortunately, it's getting a little too chilly for dinner in the open air - after all, it's only February. So I dine with a local friend in the restaurant, which offers local and international cuisine. Vegetarians have a few options, but it's a little more difficult for vegans. The Dar El Jeld restaurant opposite the hotel is said to be different. It is considered one of the best in Tunisia. Due to the brevity of my stay, I could not try out this elegant, romantic restaurant. Still, the reviews on the usual portals are auspicious. 

Dar El Jeld Restaurant in Tunis, Tunisia
The pompous Dar El Jeld Restaurant - ©Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa
Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
Rooftop Bar & Restaurant - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


Breakfast is served in the Rooftop Bar and Restaurant, where a wonderful buffet awaits me. To my delight, there are fresh strawberries, which are already being harvested on Cap Bon at this time of year. Champagne is also already waiting, but I leave it at fresh orange juice.

Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
Champagne and fresh fruits - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


I have to use the remaining time in Tunis to change money to pay for my taxi to the airport. Most taxis don't accept credit cards, and I cannot change money in the hotel. So the friendly concierge guides me through the maze of alleeyways to a bank. On the way back, I have time to look at the M' Rabet Café, which is well worth a visit. With a heavy heart, I then make may way to Tunis Carthage Airport in bright sunshine. A wonderful week is behind me. 

M' Rabet Café in Tunis, Tunisia
What an ambiance at the M' Rabet Café! - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


In addition to the Medina, you should not miss the famous Bardo Museum, the world's most important collection of Roman mosaics. It is located around 4 km outside the centre of Tunis and is easy to reach by streetcar. On three floors, you get a historical overview of the history of Tunisia, from the Punic, Greek, Roman, early Christian and Arab eras, with a focus on Roman art. I took a close look at the Bardo Museum in 2019 and was impressed. The museum is open daily except Mondays from 9 am to 5 pm (June to mid September) and from 9.30 to 4.30 pm (mid September to the end of May). Admission costs 13 TDN per person (as of March 2024).  

Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia
Admiring the architecture of the Bardo Museum - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia
The impressive ceiling of the Bardo Museum - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


A stroll along Avenue Bourguiba, the main street in Tunis, is a must. Named after the former president of Tunisia, you will find numerous buildings from the French colonial era, shops, and street cafés along its 1.2 kilometers, of which the Opéra Café next to the 19th century Théatre Municipal is undoubtedly the most beautiful. Also worth seeing is the cathedral, built in the 19th century. Other landmarks include the Hotel Africa in an unmissable tower block and the "Big Ben of Tunis", a clock tower at the end of the Mile.

Avenue Bourguiba in Tunis, Tunisia
Avenue Bourguiba - ©Discover Tunisia


The chic Berges du Lac, located north of downtown Tunis, is the meeting place for the rich and famous and THE contrast to the Medina. Numerous cafés and restaurants, some located directly on the lake, attract wealthy Tunisians. 

Berges du Lac in Tunis, Tunisia
Berges du Lac - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

Tunis's beaches are around 30 minutes drive from the centre. La Marsa and especially Gammarth are popular seaside resorts with good infrastructure. There is also a small sandy beach in Sidi Bou Said. 

Beach in Gammarth, Tunisia
Happy on the beach in Gammarth - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


The old ruined city of Carthage, right by the sea, and the artists' village of Sidi Bou Said, considered the most beautiful in Tunisia, are also worth a visit. In Sidi Bou Said, I stayed in the unique Maison Dedine, a "Small Luxury Hotel of the World." Look at my article to discover this unique hideaway. Both places can be reached in around 30 minutes by taxi or by train from the centre of Tunis. The train journey is inexpensive, but the standard is different from European standards.

Splendid View over Carthago, Tunisia
Stunning views in Carthage - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Maison Dedine in Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia
Enjoying the views at Maison Dedine - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


Perfect for a city holiday in Tunis, it is the ideal base for exploring the Medina and for excursions to the sights in and outside the city. Modern design has been harmoniously combined with a Tunisian ambiance—it is one of the most beautiful boutique hotels I have ever seen. Prices start at approximately 140 EUR per room in the off season, breakfast included.

Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
One of many lovely places at the Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


I flew from Düsseldorf to Tunis with Tunisair in just over two hours. A passport valid for at least six months is required to enter Tunisia. You can get Tunisian dinars at the airport, banks, exchange offices, and hotels. Credit cards are accepted in many hotels and in some restaurants and shops. Taxis are very cheap in Tunisia. Most have a taximeter, so the best way to order one is via the hotel or an app. The journey from Tunis Carthage Airport to the Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa takes around 20 minutes - depending on traffic - and costs around 30 TDN (approx. 9 EUR, as of February 2024).

Medina in Tunis, Tunisia
Typical plates in the Medina of Tunis - ©KHLLIFESTYLE
Medina in Tunis, Tunisia
Medina of Tunis - home of many cats - ©KHLLIFESTYLE


For me, autumn, winter, and spring, with their mild climate, are the ideal times to visit Tunisia. This time is particularly suitable for sightseeing, less for swimming in the sea. However, sunbathing is possible on many days and is very pleasant. In the summer, the thermometer often climbs to over 40 degrees C, and it only cools down a little at night. 

*My trip was supported by Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa and Discover Tunisia. However, this has in no way influenced my ratings."

My photos were taken by Feres Harbaoui, a talented young photograper in Tunis.

Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa in Tunis, Tunisia
Welcome to the Dar El Jeld Hotel & Spa - ©KHLLIFESTYLE

Are you also interested in Hammamet, probably Tunisia's oldest seaside resort? Then, you may wish to take a look at my hotel tip. 

Hotel La Badira in Hammamet, Tunisia
Enty of the chic La Badira Hotel in Hammamet - ©KHLLIFESTYLE 


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