Dar Ben Gacem is an oasis of calm nestled in the heart of a UNESCO heritage site, surrounded by historical monuments and artisan workshops that carry on the legacy of their ancestors. We are a social enterprise that supports cultural preservation while providing an authentic Tunisian experience.


Our Rooms

All our rooms have a full compliment of facilities as listed below.
  • Luxury Bath Amenities
  • Bathrobes
  • Cable-Satellite TV
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Hairdryer
  • Individually Controlled Air Condition/Heater
  • Wifi Internet access (free)
  • Mini-Bar
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • 24 Hour Service Desk

Double deluxe Room


Tej highlights the elegant simplicity of the traditional Tunisian way of life. Tej, or 'crown’, stand out for its imposing hand painted wooden headboard, which crowns a wall to wall bed, filling half the room. The other half is decorated with a woven wool carpet, as colourful as the majestic headboard. Tej's shower room, is fun with its restored tiles decorating the walls, in harmony despite diversity of colours and patterns


Chemla's walls are decorated with a byzantine red coloured 'margoum'. Margoum means 'what is counted' and it is the Tunisian word for Amazir woven klims, because as women weave the Margoum they have to keep on counting the stitches to make the final patters. The tiles decorating the floor of Chamla are the original home times from the 17th century. Chamla features two paintings from a well known Tunisian painter.


Above the door to this sweet room is a tile featuring a fish, or Houita in Arabic. Inside the bathroom is decorated with original tiles. This cozy room is filled with light and opens up to the 1st floor patio, the perfect place to relax after a long day.

Why is it special?

  • Houita opens onto 1st floor patio. Patio is full of light, perfect place to relax after a long day, or even for breakfast.
  • Houita room has a little balcony on Pasha Street
  • With a private bathroom decorated with old tiles.

Junior Suite


Accented with paintings from a local Tunisian artist, featuring four Chikhs or religious leaders. All four Chikhs are from the famous Zitouna mosque, walking distance from Dar Ben Gacem.

Why is it special?

  • A private shower room.
  • Opens onto ground floor courtyard, with 2 windows that flood the room with morning light.
  • Traditional ‘bab Hajjam’ bed that will make you feel like royalty


Drift away in Sfina, or boat. Named after a glass painting in the room which features Noah’s Arc.

Why is it special?

  • A private shower room.
  • Cozy Majlis, (sitting area)


Nejma, means “star” in Arabic, and this room is covered in them. Stars adorn the blue tiles, bed sheets and gibsem decorating the walls, all of which are handmade by local artisans.

Why is it special?

  • Nejma has its own bath hidden behind a painted wooden door and window, that was restored and lets in the golden morning light.

El Alia

Al Alia means 'the high one' in Arabic, so named because of the lofty ceiling. The room is decorated in Pasha Bedroom style and completed with a painting by a local artist in the medina.

Why is it special?

  • Opens onto a balcony which overlooks ground floor courtyard and adjacent to 1st floor reading/writing area.
  • Has a private bath room and books that tell the story of Tunisian heritage.
  • The biggest room in Dar Ben Gacem


What Do We Have?


Dar Ben Gacem is about 3 min walking distance from the Kasbah, where taxis, buses and public parking are readily available.

In the old town, the roads are narrow, and sometimes taxis prefer not to drive all the way to our door; but if you call Dar Ben Gacem a taxi can be arranged to take guests to our entrance.

We provide an optional hotel transfer service between the hotel and the Tunis airport for a small fee. Please let us know when you make the booking which carrier you are arriving on, flight number, and expected arrival time and we will make the arrangements."


Dar Ben Gacem is located at the heart of the ancient city of Tunis, the medina. There is a lot to see within walking distance such as the souk and historical sites. If you want to wander on your own, feel free to check out the “What’s Going On?” for a list of some activities nearby, or check out our blog darbengacem.wordpress.com which is updated with the latest happenings in the medina.

If you prefer a professional tour, we can arrange for a historic tour of the medina. (Please note the tour is conducted in French)

In addition, we can help you plan your trip around Tunisia, and feel free to ask the front desk for advice any time during your stay!

(Please note that the tours are conducted in French and Arabic)

Corporate Events

Dar Ben-Gacem centrally located in the heart of Tunis, can cater for most corporate events, from small presentations to business meetings with break-out rooms in a unique environment full of Tunisian heritage. There is no better place to hold a corporate event in the centre of Tunis (Medina).

We provide the space, tables, projectors and screens, WIFI access, food and beverages whilst leaving you to focus on the business at hand. Highly professional staff are available to assist guests in any aspect of organization, event planning, and catering. They are dedicated to providing high standards and invaluable assistance.

Our team will provide complimentary planning services and will allow you to select all aspects and every detail for your event. Contact our property manager for more information or special inquiries ayman@darbengacem.com


Our unique hotel and historic location offer a beautiful backdrop for an unforgettable honeymoon. Special arrangements can be made such as candlelit dinner, small parties (up to 20), as well as a rooms prepared especially for your with flowers and delicious Tunisian pastries.


What time is Check In/Check Out?

Check in starts at 1:00 pm. Check out is noon. Plus, we offer 24/7 reception service.

Is breakfast included?

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.

Is there Free Wifi?

Yes. We at Dar Ben Gacem know that it is important to stay connected while traveling and are happy to offer wifi to our guests. The password will be provided upon check in.

Can I book rooms for a party or event?

We are ideal for offsite meetings, old friends reunion or family gatherings; you may book the whole house with its 7 rooms and we could arrange, as per your request, our common areas, meals, meetings or reunion parties for a maximum of 15 people, as most appropriate for your occasion.

Do you provide meals at Dar Ben Gacem?

We only offer breakfast, but upon request we offer meals homemade by neighboring families. We just request that you let us know early in the morning, if you wish to have an in house meal, to allow time for food shopping and cooking.

Do you arrange for transportation?

Yes, we can arrange for airport pick up and drop off for a fee of 20 td. We can also arrange rental car services with and without a driver.

If I rent a car, can I park it nearby?

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.

How can I pay you?

In addition to cash, we accept Visa and Mastercard. Unfortunately, American Express is not accepted. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our guests.

Can you help me organize touristic tours during my stay?

Yes! We can help organize 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 rather explore on your own.

Is there laundry service available?

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.

What’s Going On?

places of interest

Here's just a few things of the things the medina has to offer, within meters of our door!

Medina Museum

A former palace, brought back to its former glory thanks to renovations from the Association de Sauvegarde de la Medina, this museum is easy to access, free, and sure to have something interesting. It’s light airy rooms are the perfect setting to a variety of expositions, while reminding us of the grandeur of the upper class during Tunisia’s Bey era. Go to Upcoming Events to see the current expositions.

Association de Sauvegarde de la Medina (ASM)

This organization is vital to the restoration and beauty of our medina. Its office, located in a beautifully renovated traditional house doubles as a museum. Check out their website to see what they are up to. (www.asmtunis.com)

Club Taher Haddad

A lively and flourishing cultural space that is sure to have something interesting to offer during your staff. Events vary from gallery exhibitions to musical performances. Check the Upcoming Events page to see what’s happening tonight!

Zaitouna Mosque

No visit to the Tunis medina is complete without stepping into one of the first and greatest Islamic universities built. Dating back to the 700’s this ancient center of religious study boasts over a thousand years of graduates. While it is no longer a university, it is sure to impress.

Avenue Habib Bourguiba

Inspired by the Champs Elysee , Avenue Habib Bourguiba is the center of the Centre-ville. Lined with shops, cafes and restaurants, it begins just outside Bab BharAlhad and ends in an impressive clock tower.


The souk, or open air market, has hundreds of vendors offering everything from beautiful handmade leather goods to delectable pastries.

Theatre Municipal (National Theater)

Located on Ave. Bouguiba and within walking distance of the Dar. See what is playing at the theater tonight! http://www.theatremunicipal-tunis.gov.tn/



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What Else?

Dar Ben Gacem it is part of a larger mission to help preserve and revitalize Tunisia’s cultural heritage. Inspired by Tunisia’s rich history of craftsmanship, we strive to highlight Tunisian craftsmanship, old and new. In addition to the original tiles and ceiling gypsum, all furniture and decoration is either vintage or handcrafted by Tunisian artisans and artists coming from all over the country, representing different Tunisian ethnic groups and cultures.

By working alongside local artisans we strive to encourage tourism with a socio-economic edge by creating opportunities for micro and small businesses based in the medina. So far we work with artisans, traders, tour guides, and chefs (mothers) that mastered their 'cuisine' by cooking for their families and are looking to expand our positive impact even further.

Learn more about our other adventures at Blue Fish & Bro

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