We booked this through Thomson and went in May 2013. This is my second time going to Marrakech and how anyone can trash talk it I'll never know. If you want to experience a totally different culture then this is definitely the place for you. No it's not as clean as the UK and yes there beggars and merchants trying to selling you things around the medina and main square a simple "No thank you" will do the trick. If you go can't go to another country and embrace their way of doing things then why bother going at all?
As for the hotel I honestly cannot understand the bad reviews. We arrived late in the evening but staff were on hand to greet us with a drink and check in staff were very helpful. Our room was a fair walk away from the hotel but whats a 5 minute walk through stunning gardens going to hurt? Room was spacious and clean. (it even included rose petals on the bed and a towel swan)
Now for anyone doubting the food as a few people have given bad reviews I throw my hands up and admit I am a fussy eater. I'm vegetarian, dairy intolerant and have a strong hatred of mushrooms and tomatoes. I e mailed ahead and was told by the Thomson rep to make myself know when I went to the dining room and someone would be there to help. I was taken round by the HEADCHEF and he pointed out each dish I could have and told me he would cook something different if none of it took my fancy - I have NEVER received that treatment in any uk restaurant.
The animation team were fantastic and worked throughout the day to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves. We ended up meeting a brilliant group of people because of the entertainment they put on.
The pool area was stunning. Very clean and peaceful. There was a fair few children when we were there but the pool is big enough that you could escape the noise of them and relax and recharge those batteries.
All in all this was the best holiday and the best hotel I have stayed in and I recommend it to everybody!
- 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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