Following on from previous reviewers, I have to say my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Riu Tikida Palmeraie. We would not normally go on holiday at the beginning of February, but my wife had a big birthday, so off we went and we weren’t disappointed, the weather was lovely allowing sun bathing, even though you did need a coat to go for dinner later.
While the check in was a bit chaotic, the welcome drink was appreciated, as was the delivery of our cases to the room, which was a walk from reception (this hotel is low rise, so the rooms are spread around the complex).
The room was spacious with a view over the biggest hotel pool I have seen, there was a free safe (no charge) and it was maintained by the first class and cleaning staff. As per our other visits to RIU hotels there was a varied menu, with plenty of fresh food and your glasses were kept topped up by the friendly restaurant staff. All area’s were very well maintained and staffed by great people, the animation staff worked deserve a special mention as they were always there around, be it stretching or darts around the pool or entertaining in the evening.
On my wife’s birthday there were some great touches, firstly the maids decorated our bedroom then in the evening we were escorted to a table decorated with rose petals where there was a bottle of champagne, later the staff brought out a small cake and sang happy birthday.
While there we went on two trips, organised through Thomson, the first was very disappointing and the second great. The poor one was around the Souks and Medina, which we and many others thought was just an excuse for the guide to take us into place where we were pressurised to buy from expensive shops! The great one was a trip into the Atlas mountains, up the Ourika valley where we experienced some great sights, saw how Argon oil was produced and had mint tea in a Berber house.
The only downside I could see is that the hotel is not within walking distance of anything being out on the edge of the city, was that a problem, not really as there is a regular free bus from the hotel into the main square.
Would we go back – oh yes!
- 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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