Dar Ya Hostel

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Tunis, Tunisia

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Dar Ya Hostel Tunis Reviews

andrejav andrejav
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Dar Ya Hostel Jan 13, 2017
Dar Ya Hostel is not easy to find. They hid it in the maze of the old Tunis medina and throw away all the signs… I checked the location when I reserved the room, just to know where I should tell cab driver to stop because most of the old towns don’t have enough space for the car. Therefore, I knew that there is some walking involved and I knew the surrounding marks that help with direction and orientation. Well… they placed themselves in the wrong spot on the map, so I was off by some 200m and that’s a lot small streets to get lost. Asking on every corner, finally I found the guys that knew where the place is and one of them walked with me to show me the door. That’s how bad it is… someone has to physically show you the blue door. There is one sign in the front, done a bit artistically so you have no idea what it says. Well, that’s your hostel.

Dar Ya is actually not a classical hostel type place. It is an old house with lots of rooms that are practically private rooms but they are all missing the bathroom. There are two floors in this place, both with very high ceiling. Probably they were building it that way for the comfortable temperature during the hot days. I was there during the winter and they do heat up the radiators that are in every room.

There is always someone at the reception and all of them are super nice and helpful. They are really into the practicing English, so you’ll have some nice conversations. Most of the hostel is covered in tiles. All kinds of tiles. Sometimes they make visual sense, sometimes not, but it is always colorful. There is a rooftop that you can access if you ask for the key. Very nice place to look over the old medina and enjoy in sunrise.

Both floors have general area with lots of bathrooms and showers. Hot water is sent from heaven and they have it. Both floors also have kitchens, and bottom one is for the lady that prepares food for breakfast. Second floor kitchen is for everyone to prepare or storage food. There you can find most of the things you need in the kitchen. Breakfast is included and recommended in every way. Next to it is a TV room that was always empty. They also have lots of videos, magazines and maps in that room.

My place had two beds. I was looking for the double bed, but I did not care much about the difference. Only negative thing was bad internet. Sometimes you could get it in the central yard, but mostly there was no signal at all. Internet in room… forget about it.

Aside of that, hostel is in the great location for roaming the old city and for nothing else. It is kind of hard to get to the any transport. Easiest is with TAXI but surrounding streets are so full with cars that is better to walk it… Always make sure that TAXI runs on meter. They are super cheap that way. Train station is some 20 min walk. During the night, most of the souks in surrounding don’t have any light which is very uncomfortable. Carry the light with you during the night.

Another unfortunate thing is that there are no hostels in Tunis… so this guys are overpricing badly. They charge around 22e for small room in the off season… You can stay in much better hotels on the beach in surrounding towns.
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