Riu Tikida Palmeraie
I spent 2 weeks at Riu Tikida Palmeraie at the end of June. I thought the hotel was really good overall and I had a really good for the 2 weeks I spent there.
The room was fairly big and was the usual Riu layout – 2 beds pushed together for a double, settee that converts into a third bed if needed, balcony over looking the pool, free safe, tv with some English channels (ITV & Channel 5) etc. The maids keep the room tidy and are really good, often making towel art geese for us to find on return from a hard day at the pool.
The pool is massive. Pretty cold but its nice to cool down in when the sun get too hot which it often did. There are plenty of normal sunbeds round the pool though umbrellas are can be hard to come by as people tended to hoard them. There are several sunbeds with big mattresses on them, these are really comfy and worth getting down to the pool for 8:00 to reserve one.
The pool side bar was ok but there was always loads of wasps flying around it which on one day made it unusable unless you were in a bee keepers suit or fully ragged up.
The food was good, different things everyday at dinner and tea time, plenty of different meats and pizza every night. The Moroccan restaurant was good too but I wasn’t keen on the Italian, when we went the food was cold.
The main bar is next to the reception area and was a good place to watch the footy. Comfy chairs and sofas, we often spent all night in there, though I have to keep getting up as they only serve half pints. The bars shut at 12:00 so you have to stock up at about ten to, this isn’t a problem at the main bar but we had an issue one night where a guy at the pool side bar wouldn’t initially serve us, he soon changed his mind after a little persuasion.
Theres a show on every night which was usually a bit of a laugh, the hotel manager loves a sing on a Tuesday night. The entertainment team all work really hard, they’d always come and have a chat with us even though we never took part in any of the activities which seemed to take place from morning to night. They’d often have a drink with us when they finished their shifts at midnight.
The hotel runs a free bus into the town which you need to book at reception. It takes about 20 mins on the bus or 10mins in a taxi for about €10. Marrakech is a bit mad really, monkeys, snakes, witches trying to sell henna tattoos, the souks are crazy and you’ll definitely get lost in there. At night the square becomes a massive open air restaurant/BBQ and the place becomes alive, there are some bars with a decent few over the action and also are a good place to chill out for a bit as it can be fairly mental in the square.
There were quite a lot of French people there but the hotel was mainly populated by English. There were a couple of Algerians, Dutch and some Moroccans which made watching the world cup matches have a good atmosphere. Unfortunately there were 2 germans, who took great pleasure in knocking England out of the WC, but at least there was only 2 of them and wasn’t like some hotels I have been to there they are as common as sewer rats.
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