Villa Didon

Rue Mendes France Byrsa, Carthage, Tunisia

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Hotel Description

Contemporary architects and designers would do well to proceed with caution when constructing a hotel in a city as old and important as Rome, Athens, or Carthage, where a modern aesthetic can easily look irrelevant, flimsy, or out of place against a backdrop that’s stood the test of time. But when it’s done well — as it is at Villa Didon — it’s a reminder that all architecture was contemporary, once.

This is the Carthage of the Phoenicians and the Punic Wars, an ancient civilization located across the lake from Tunis. The villa is on a hill, on the spot where a much older hotel once stood. Modern architect Philippe Boisselier is the mind behind today’s hotel — one whose minimalist design was purportedly inspired by his experience of the light and landscape during a three-day stay on the site. The shades of white, gray, and black marble used throughout, for example, echo the shades of shadow and light on the hill; the custom lighting recreates, after dark, the quality of light in Carthage.

Villa Didon has just ten suites. They all face the bay, sun-drenched and sleek with sleeping and bathing areas that, separated only by glass panes, blend almost seamlessly into each other. Each suite has a private balcony and a Jacuzzi tub accessible by a dramatic marble mini-staircase, plus standard amenities from multimedia TVs to minibars. Just in case the mood strikes — it’s doubtful you’ll be channel-surfing in a place with such a mystical atmosphere.

There’s an elegant spa and hammam — appropriate enough for Carthage, known for its traditional Roman baths — and a glass-walled restaurant, Resto, with panoramic views of the bay and a futuristic lighting scheme at night. The same combination is on offer at Le V-Lounge, the hotel’s more casual tapas venue. Villa Didon’s loveliest and most expansive terraces are at the Light Bar — an airy space with weekend DJ sets and original cocktails that’s become rightfully popular among the city’s fashionable set.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 10 Rooms
  • Style: Modern Design
  • Atmosphere: Lively

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour front desk
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Lounge
  • Spa

Need to Know

Valid credit card required. No pets or service animals allowed.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 24 hour front desk
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Bar
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Lounge
  • Spa

Need to Know

Valid credit card required. No pets or service animals allowed.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Check in:

3pm,

Check out:

12pm

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