For our annual holiday, the wife and I like to relax in the sun at a good-quality hotel. We don't tend to go out to experience the culture much, as all we are looking for is a relaxing time in a quality environment in a warm place.
And that is what you get here. The hotel staff are fabulous. They go out of their way to help you, are very polite and efficient. The hotel is one of the Riu chain. We like Riu hotels. They are always of a very good standard. All the ones we have been in have been well designed and well-finished.
It's a slightly smaller hotel than your usual resort hotel. But, housing 1000 or so guests is not that small.
The pool is conveniently placed between the rooms and the hotel main building. It is clean, spacious and well-organised. Also, although there is the usual "reserving" of poolside loungers, you will always be able to get a space in a good place. So no need to dash there at 7 am in the morning.
The food is great quality from the main restaurants. The "Italian" themed restaurant wasn't really that Italian looking or tasting - but it was alright. The Moroccan themed restaurant was very good.
We didn't even detect the usual smell of people smoking that you can get in overseas hotels - with the exception of one of the indoor television lounges, which we just avoided.
The rooms were fine. Not big or small. The double bed was two large singles pushed together - but that's alright.
We did go to the markets and souks one day - but they weren't the "cultural" experience that we were expecting. A bit downtrodden, desperate and tacky we thought - so we just headed back to the hotel and didn't go out again. That's what we like anyway.
I used the spa for a body scrub and massage - which was fantastic and would recommend it.
The only downsides were: the hotel rep from the travel company was of very low-quality and performance and the waiting and processing process to get into the country once you get off the plane is staggeringly inefficient and takes hours. I'll say that again. It takes HOURS!
All in all, this was one of the best holiday hotels we have ever been to and I can't recommend it highly enough.
- 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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