WHO WE ARE
Dar Ben-Gacem is a home which was built in the 17th century and restored into a 7-room guesthouse. It’s not just a little hotel in the Medina of Tunis, but rather a story of commitment and positivity inspired by Tunisia’s rich cultural history. The project’s larger mission is to help preserve and revitalise Tunisia’s cultural heritage. By working alongside local artisans and Medina's small businesses, we strive to create shared economy through our guesthouse to expand our positive community impact. By staying at Dar Ben Gacem, you’re supporting a social enterprise, which reinvests all of its generated profits in the restoration of homes in the Medina or initiatives that improve the socio-urban experience in the oldest part of Tunis. The project aspires to revive architectural and artistic heritage as well as to diversify the use of space and enable its continuity.
“Dar Ben-Gacem: The Story” is a book written in Arabic and English, to honour our Dar and to share its history and the project of its restoration and conversion into a hotel. The book is the result of a year of research of the history of Dar Ben-Gacem. It also depicts the dream that had been followed for close to 10 years and finally came true in 2013 when we started welcoming visitors from all nationalities and cultures. Dar Ben-Gacem isn’t merely a Guesthouse, but the testimony of this dream and a belief in the “Tunisian story”. We invite you to share this dream by reading our book. All generated income from sales of the book will be used to buy and plant Bougainvillea trees and/or repaint city walls in the Medina of Tunis. You can find our book at Diwan Library, 9 Rue Sidi Ben Arous, or at Dar Ben Gacem. If you can't make it to Tunis we would be delighted to deliver the book to wherever you are for an additional shipment fee. We accept Visa, Mastercard and Paypal. For more information contact us firstname.lastname@example.org .
It’s our passion, at Dar Ben Gacem, to make you feel at home! Just let us know how and we will gladly do our best.x
We have suites & double rooms. Each room is unique, fully furnished and decorated with Tunisian arts and crafts. Our rooms were restored to facilitate all necessary utilities, hence making your stay as comfortable as possible. Consequently, we provide free wifi to our guests, available all over the house. To check room information and availability, please click on BOOK NOW.
Amel, the smiling star of our kitchen, prepares incredible and fresh home-made Tunisian food. If you feel like eating at home, please let us know well ahead of time and if you have any food preferences.
We offer laundry service upon request. When packing, don't think about an extra weight of dirty clothes. Once you go back home and unpack, they will be as clean as you brought them. We will be pleased to take care of it for a small extra fee..
We provide a hotel transfer service between Dar Ben Gacem and Tunis Airport upon request at an additional cost. For us to make the arrangements, please send us your flight details and arrival time well ahead to book a taxi for you at email@example.com
Dar Ben-Gacem can cater to most corporate events, from small presentations to business meetings with break-out rooms in a unique environment full of Tunisian heritage. We collaborate with partners and colleagues to provide the space, tables, projectors and screens, WIFI access, food and beverages whilst letting you focus on the business at hand. Highly professional staff, who are dedicated to providing high standards and invaluable assistance, are available to assist guests in any aspect of organisation, event planning, and catering. Send your special corporate request to firstname.lastname@example.org for specific needs.
Our unique hotel and its historic location offer a beautiful backdrop for an unforgettable honeymoon. Special arrangements can be made such as candlelit dinners, small parties (up to 20), as well as rooms which are prepared especially for you with flowers and delicious Tunisian pastries.
Medina Experiences is a series of activities inspired by Dar Ben Gacem's mission in preserving Tunisia's cultural heritage. It is a part of who we are and we invite our visitors to get involved. Being in the heart of the Medina, we will be your guide through its best kept secrets and places. We guarantee an immersion in some of the most interesting local activities. Enjoy learning something new while supporting the old city's small businesses.
Spend an afternoon with a local calligraphy teacher and artist. You will experience different styles and be able to write your own name or a personalized message.
Visit the last book binding workshop of the Medina. You will learn about the history of book making and make your own to keep.
Follow the path of Romans and Ottomans through the ancestral bathing ritual. Leave everything behind and enjoy this relaxing experience.
MEDINA BY LOCALS
Let us introduce you to the authentic side of the Medina, as lived by its locals. You will leave with a map and a treasure of information, stories and anecdotes only known by the very few.
The old city is the best spot for a local food specialties tour.Where to go to taste some and how to choose between meals and vendors? Leave it to our Doolesha guides.
Journal de la Medina is a participatory newspaper published by and for the inhabitants of the Medina and welcomes you to share your stories related to the Medina. Read Journal de la Medina here.
Doolesha is a small collective project, consisting mainly of architects, which aims to share a personal view of the Medina by exploring its hidden sides. Their tours blend stories, old and new, with architecture, artisanal crafts, and the Medina’s current daily life. For more information contact them via facebook
We support different festivals in the Medina, which provides an opportunity for us to collaborate with civil society and help promote the Medina
We are helping to digitalise the archives of “Rachidia”, an association for the preservation of Tunisian Andalousi music.
We support “The Association for the Protection of the Medina of Tunis” by selling books they’ve published. Buy one to help generate funds for their urban projects!
Here's a few things the city has to offer, within meters of our door!
The souk, or open air market, is the workplace for hundreds of vendors offering everything from beautiful handmade leather goods to delectable pastries.
Inspired by the Champs Elysees, Avenue Habib Bourguiba is the heart of Centre Ville. Lined with shops, cafes and restaurants, it begins just beyond Bab Bhar and ends with the impressive clock tower. Also be sure to check out the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul cathedral and the Municipal Theatre which are located across the street from each other on Avenue Bouguiba and within walking distance from Dar Ben Gacem. Visit the theater’s website to see what’s playing tonight!
If you're interested in a half day tour : Visit Carthage & Sidi Bou Said and make sure to indulge in a Bambalouni.
Check in starts at 1:00 pm. Check out is noon. Plus, we offer 24/7 reception service.
Yes, we can arrange airport pick ups and drop offs for a fee of 20 TD. We can also arrange rental car services with or without a driver.
Yes, and what’s more is when and where you eat breakfast is up to you! There are many light filled spaces to choose from, from the comfort of your room to the roof terrace overlooking the Medina.
While parking in the Medina itself is limited, Dar Ben Gacem is very close to the Kasbah where there is a large public parking area.
Yes. At Dar Ben Gacem we know how important it is to stay connected while traveling and are happy to offer wifi to our guests. The password will be provided upon check in.
In addition to cash, we accept Visa and Mastercard. Unfortunately, American Express is not accepted. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause our guests.
Dar Ben Gacem is an ideal location for offsite meetings family reunions and various gatherings. You may book the house in its entirety with its 7 rooms and we can arrange our common areas, meals for parties and gatherings for a maximum of 15 people.
Yes! We can help organise tours of the Medina as well as help you plan where to go next! Our 24/7 reception desk will be happy to offer any advice on getting around the Medina if you prefer exploring on your own.
We only offer breakfast but upon request we offer homemade meals prepared by our chef, Amel. To allow enough time for shopping and cooking, let us know the preceding day.
Don’t worry about washing your underwear in the sink, we offer laundry services for a small fee to all of our guests. So go ahead, pack light!
DAR BEN GACEM
38, Rue du Pacha, 1006 Tunis La Medina - Tunisia
Phone: +216 71 563 742
Fax: +216 71 563 724