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ClubHotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie
4.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Route Fes, km 6 | Annakhil, Marrakech 80000, Morocco   |  
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“Peaceful beauty close to bustling adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We spent a marvellous weekend here. The hotel is large but you really feel like an individual. We were greeted with drinks and our bags were taken straight to the room. We enjoyed the freezing pool!we relaxed on the plentiful sun loungers and got up super early to get a spot under a sail. We went back and forth on the free bus(book early) to explore Marrakech and the bustling souks. We drank far too many delicious cocktails and even had a traffic in the room. The staff could not have been more helpful, and never without a smile.
We experimented with a Hammam and massage - amazing if very personal!!! We ate ourselves stupid and never a tummy twinge. The food is a bit the same but plentiful and delicious, u need to book early to get in the Moroccan or Italian but well worth it as sooo much quieter.
We returned to clean spacious rooms which were very peaceful no late night noise, brilliant!
The only issue we had was room keys that wouldn't work, but fixed by the staff with a smile, so not a big deal.
We will be back as it was a great break.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Great place Thomson rep very helpful. Staff were friendly nothing was too much trouble. Clean and tidy hotel room was seen to everyday. Nice cool room. Pool closes at 7pm which is good as I've stayed in hotels before and the noise has been terrible due to the pool being open so late. haven't had to eat the same thing twice. Wouldn't say the food was bland at all the food has been lovely. Water provided by reception if you go on trips always two bottles in your room also. Breakfast is good by haven't seen any bacon but if that's the worst thing I picked up their doing a great job!!! Wifi isn't great at night but this is to be expected with how many people must be using it!!! I was quite glad that the hotel was in the middle of no where as marakeche is very hectic and it's not everyone's cuppa tea so it's a quiet area. Lots of excursions that could be booked at the hotel ( cheaper if you do it before hand)

All in all a lovely place to stay and I would come back for sure

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Stayed last weekend in April with a group of friends to celebrate a big birthday. Hotel was lovely pool is enormous, rooms are large and the gardens are beautifully maintained. The whole hotel was spotless, even although it is large and the hotel was full it never felt particularly busy or overcrowded. The staff were very friendly and attentive and the food in the restaurant was varied and plentiful. We all thought it was lovely and would like to go back. Champagne and smoked salmon sunday brekkie was a treat and the shuttle bus into the city was a great idea. Last one back is 8.00 pm which ideally could have been later, however no problem getting taxis. Most guests were English or French and even though we didn't go as not enough time the spa was very reasonably priced compared to others - loved it and would recommend to anyone looking for all inclusive.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We stayed here for a week in May/June 2012 and this hotel cannot be faulted.

We knew it was going to be good from the start when we got a nice cocktail at check-in.

Staff: Always pleasant, always happy to help, spoke excellent English, happy to converse and find out more about guests and they work some seriously long hours to always be smiling.

Food: Something for everyone, can be a tad repetitive but thats expected in an all-inclusive buffet. Lovely smoked salmon and champagne breakfast on the Sunday morning. Definitely recommend the Moroccan and Italian restaurants, the food and wine was great and made for a nice change.

Marrakech itself: Amazing! If you're looking for a diverse culture this is the destination to go for. As long as you are firm with the people trying to sell you things or offer you henna then you will be fine. One tip for the ladies is that we found the argan oil they sell in the hotel gift shop better and cheaper than that in the medina. Some of you may also be lucky enough to meet a man called Abdullah in the souks who will invite you into his home for mint tea. If you leave without buying a carpet from him it will be a miracle. There is also a small shopping centre just outside of the medina where you can purchase high street style clothes and accessories for a reasonable price.

Rooms: Always clean and tidy, very private, spacious with lovely decor.

There are ample sunbeds, the pool is huge and the bed-style sunbeds are great for an afternoon nap.

We did the cascades of ouzoud excursion, if you do this make sure you take water and comfortable shoes and be prepared for quite a climb.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Stayed here with my cousin w/c 22nd April, the hotel itself was on the outskirts of the city and was lovely. The staff are very friendly and will always say hello and ask if everything is ok.
We arrived around 8pm and were greeted with cocktails, after checking in the hotel staff took our suitcases to our room and we were sent to have dinner. Finding our room was a little difficult as it was dark and all the blocks look the same. Rooms are spacious and tidy, cleaners will come and clean the room on a daily basis.

The main restaurant food was OK – they had pizzas, pasta, chips and tagine everyday with the occasional random dishes such as paella/fish/roast chicken. They have a large salad area as well as a great selection of puddings. The food got a bit tiring towards the end of the week as similar food was also served at lunch time. We tried the Moroccan and Italian restaurants which were both buffet and were again OK, not much different to the food served in the main restaurant. Drinks were always available as there are a number of bars, the cocktails were pre-made and did seem a little watered down but still tasted good. Breakfast was also great, crossiants, bread, fruit, cereal, eggs etc .. the chefs were also cooking fresh pancakes which were really tasty!

Other facilities in the hotel – we used the SPA which was a pleasant experience. There is also a gym and indoor pool on site. The main outdoor swimming pool was very cold, but once you got in it was fine! Getting sun loungers wasn’t easy as it seemed as people were getting up really early to reserve them, we used to walk past around 9am and all had towels on them.
The entertainment team also do a fab job with daytime activities and making it a fun environment. There is a kids disco in the evening as well as a show in the theatre bar every night which is hosted by the same team. WIFI was available in the main reception area, during the evenings the connection wasn’t great as there was high demand but the rest of the time it seemed fine.

The Thomson welcome meeting was informative and the reps were always available to answer questions. We booked the discovery trip which was a full day, very interesting to see the city and also get a history of the country. The souks area is big and it would be easy to get lost in there! There are also a lot of people coming up to you and trying to sell products which can get a bit annoying but it’s all part of the experience! There was a free shuttle bus going from the hotel into the main area.

All in all we had a great stay here, the staff are brilliant and the service we received was great. Would definitely recommend to families and couples who want a relaxing break.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Right from the start my wife and I were suitably impressed. Having read up on the other Trip Advisor reviews we knew what to expect and were delighted to discover things were indeed exactly as described by so many other previous guests..
We had come with Thomson on an almost record breaking 3 hour flight (positive tail winds) to arrive 35 minutes early in resort so staff were not expecting us so soon but they swung into action immediately upon our arrival.

The reception staff were highly courteous and efficient. We were all given a welcome drink as we lined up to check in having already filled in our registration cards on the bus from the airport.

I had e-mailed a room request based on what others recommended on Trip Advisor. The young lady dealing with us duly gave us exactly the type of room I had requested. By the way, they responded to my e-mail within 2 hours when I sent it back home. Many hotels would probably not even do that.

Luggage was delivered to the room and the cases had been placed inside when we returned from the evening meal.
We ate in the main international buffet dining room on the first night. It’s a huge place and was busy but the tables are nicely spaced so you never feel ‘packed in’ as you might do in other hotels. We always like a ‘salad course’ and there was a great choice for us to do so.

The waiters are really attentive. They brought us wine by the glass and water but there’s a drinks area as part of self service where you can get your own soft drinks if you wish.
There was also a very good selection of food for main course typical of buffet style offerings everywhere but with a little Moroccan twist. Meat eaters, like myself, are extremely well catered for but ‘veggies’ like my wife can also find something for them also.

There’s also an Italian and Moroccan restaurant which guests can choose instead of the main international one by booking a day in advance. There is no extra charge for this. We really enjoyed the Italian restaurant on the three occasions we dined there. It feels a lot more exclusive and there is definitely an effort to provide Italian-style food. We did not try the Moroccan restaurant but adventurous foodies will want to sign up for that I’m sure.

The accommodation was delightful. We were put in block two facing the morning sun rise which came up suitably early. We do enjoy standing out on the balcony watching the sun come up before breakfast.
Our room had a separate toilet and bathroom. There was plenty of wardrobe space and a good-sized in room safe as well. We had a small fridge with a litre of complimentary water already cooling inside when we looked. There was a second complimentary bottle of water uncooled.

I had not expected so many international channels on the TV but you’re spoilt for choice. Amongst the English ones were Sky News, CNN and BBC World. However, I also enjoy French TV and you’ll get France 2 and TV5 Monde with more besides. There’s a good selection of German channels and local Moroccan ones also.

Wifi is important for me. Unfortunately it’s not available in room but it’s free in reception areas. Many people were using their portable devices including laptops, ipads and mobile phones. Some reviews mentioned intermittent connection and that’s because of the huge demand made on the network at peak times when uploading photos will be difficult. However, by connecting early in the morning the entire network is available with fast connection speeds for all your uploading requirements. I made a habit of doing all my wifi stuff very early before breakfast when there’s no demand on the network.

The Thomson welcome meeting follows the normal, well-established format and it’s always worth attending for the insider tips and excursions. Our rep, Stacey was bubbly and very efficient. We booked 3 separate half-day trips for an ‘offer price’ of just over 600 Dihrams and a separate excursion into the nearby Ourika Valley. The hotel has a free courtesy coach into Marrakesh which shuttles back and forth five times a day but booking the day before is essential since demand is always high.

There are taxis outside the complex but the rather exorbitant fare of DH100/£10 (day fare) seems to be the tourist fixed price which is set out on a board just outside reception. People using taxis in the evening will be charged DH150!

Serious sun worshippers will love the pool side area because it’s vast and has huge numbers of sun loungers. However, there’s enough space to accommodate everyone without it ever seeming packed in or claustrophobic. There’s a large bar in the centre of the pool which opens first before the much more conveniently located one which everyone uses after 12.30. There are also self-service drinks dispensers at one end of the pool available at all times during the day.
Being all-inclusive means guests can basically have as many poolside drinks as they like whist taking in the delightful Moroccan sun.

This hotel is very popular with French guests which is hardly surprising since Morocco came under their jurisdiction during colonial times. French is also spoken by all the staff. During our stay there were other northern Europeans as well as Brits there. We did enjoy the cosmopolitan mix of guests. It’s definitely different from being in the Spanish Costas for instance. There were also large numbers of small children and babies so this is very much a complex for families. I suspect that some people barely leave it, spending their entire holiday within its cosseted confines. After all it’s excellent value being all inclusive. The kiddies can consume as much as they like without extra drain on parents’ pockets.

People who want activities will not be disappointed. There’s a highly-active animation team offering lots of things to do should guests wish. The in-pool aerobics always seemed to be popular. There’s a kid’s club for the little ones as well.

Morocco is a fabulous place so I would recommend either taking some excursions or doing it yourself. Marrakesh is a riot of colour, commotion and smells to assault all the senses. It would be tragic to come here and miss it. Some reviewers mention the cost of tour operator’s trips. They may be a little over the odds but they are convenient and easily fit into your holiday schedule. More independent people will still do it their way though. Either way, you must get out there and experience something of this fantastic location.

Special praise must go to all the staff from reception to waiters and poolside attendants. Everyone was really courteous and smiles were the order of the day. As all the other reviews mention, they really cannot do enough to help you and, for such a large hotel operation, that is impressive indeed. Essentially they provide an exclusive level of service for a mass-market clientele. We have never experienced such high levels of service before on any package tour.

This is definitely the kind of hotel most people would willingly wish to return to. There’s very little not to love about the Riu Tikida Palmeraie. To find faults would, I feel, just be nit-picking. I really do not think a package holiday gets any better than this!

The only point I’d make is its location. This huge complex is a resort on its own so there’s nowhere in the neighbourhood to walk to and immerse yourself in. The other RIU hotel, the Riu Garden, is nearer into Marrakech with a bustling local community right outside. However, it is a case of swings and roundabouts here because the Tikida Palmeraie is the more luxurious of the two having a much larger pool and sunbathing area.

Room Tip: If you like privacy definitely ask for a 1st floor room.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Excellent choice of this very well run hotel if it is your 1st visit to Marrakech.
Very spacious & well kept gardens give a very good impression. Hotel amenities very good catering for families, couples & maturing gracefully like us.
All staff very helpful & receptionist Mohammed attended to our housekeeping issues with the room allocated very promptly.
Buffet selection good with fresh meat & fish being cooked at lunch & dinner & fresh eggs/omelotte at breakfast.
Although a very busy hotel the excellent staff give a very good service, full marks to the animation entertainment with day/night entertainment for everyone. Good hotel shuttle bus into Marrakech for a change of scenery. Will certainly be returning again

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Route Fes, km 6 | Annakhil, Marrakech 80000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #136 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:4 star — ClubHotel Riu Tikida Palmeraie 4*
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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