I've just returned after a weeks stay and absolutely loved this hotel. It's spotlessly clean, elegant, modern and has an abundance of facilities. The food is varied and good.
The staff are an absolute credit to Riu Hotels - hardworking, friendly and helpful. I wish more of their UK based counterparts took as much pride in their work. I've stayed in numerous 5 star hotels in the UK that this place could teach them a thing or two and it's only a 4 star.
The pool is huge and loungers are always available. As ever the brainless Brits who tirelessly blame Germans for reserving loungers are up at stupid o'clock in the morning to colonise the sunbeds!! Whatever you sad losers. I often wonder what sorry lives they must lead at home that their holiday highlight involves getting up at 6am to reserve a subbed?! It didn't matter what time of day we went to the Pool as we always found a couple of sunbeds together plus an umbrella.
We did 3 trips while there - a camel trek in the Pameraie region, a trip to the Atlas Mountains and Marrakech by night which included a caleche ride. All excellent.
Next year this hotel will be exclusive to Thomsons UK so I'm glad I visited when I did as I felt the numerous French and other European guests brought a bit of class to the place. I'm a Brit myself but I always find as a general rule of thumb the fewer Brits the classier the hotel and the better the holiday.
Last word on the smoking - I'm a non smoker but some previous reviewers will have you believe staying here is aking to sitting in a brushfire?! Not the case. There are smokers but it's really not that bad. It seems some folk just enjoy moaning for moanings sake - hint for your next holiday, maybe a country with a smoking ban???
We'd definitely return with a view to using the hotel as a base to viewing more of Morocco.
10 out of 10 Riu Hotels and thanks for looking after us so well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Opening winter 2009/10 * Located in Marrakech * Main building and 2-storey annexes * 65,000 m2 gardens * 5 km from Marrakech’s old quarter * 800 m from various shops * 13 km from the airport * 900 m from a bus stop * Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa ... more less
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