Hotels and alternatives
Charming 3 star Hotel Splendid, which has nice, friendly rooms at a reasonable price.
Everything from basic to 4 star. Value of money is good, and through most of the year, finding a room is very easy.
How hot Kairouan can be may be illustrated with the accommodation section in Lonely Planet. Usually, LP is extremely reliable for hotels, but for Kairouan about everything they write is wrong. They come out calling Hotel Splendid run down and with a "surly staff". Which is totally wrong! And the Menema comes "highly recommended!", despite being dull, overpriced and with a bad location.
Restaurants and alternatives
Similar to the hotel situation, Kairouan offers most standards, and everything at friendly prices. Plenty of eateries to choose from.
Night life in Kairouan is travel oriented: Many people pass through Kairouan during night, and demand a place to eat and drink soda water or coffee.
In some of the better hotels, you'll find bars, but these places can be dull and half empty.
No problems. Banks, ATMs and exchange service in the receptions in the better hotels. Many shopkeepers will accept to be paid by VISA or MasterCard, provided that you buy above 10-15 dinars.
Excellent, except that there can be some distance between different stations.
Kairouan can get very hot during summer, and visitors to the city at this season should take necessary precautions.