The first bit of advice I would give is book your taxi via the hotel 180dirhams. We paid 300 at the airport, however it was late and we were tired. You have to fill in paperwork to get in to Morroco and again at the hotel, and at the airport when you leave. So get this filled in ASAP or you wont progress through customs. We paid 50€ deposit for the remotes ( you do get back) when we arrived we were not aware that an inventory of the apartment had taken place and we had to wait for cleaners to confirm all ok before we could leave. We also had to pay 430dirhams for electricity etc before we could leave.
The hotel is very tired and is in need of some TLC, we stayed in room 521 which was a large spacious partment with 2bedrooms, bathrooms etc with a small kitchen (not that we used it). We had 3 balconies so had sun all day, cleaners came in every day (it seems that a tip is required to be given to them). The swimming pool is small and gets very little sun and in poor condition, the jacuzzi was not working on our visit. WiFi is only available in the reception, so our 19 year old daughter was very uncomfortable as several reception staff kept severly flirting with her and inviting out for drinks. The lads about the roads are the same so be careful with teenage daughters, as they did not seem to care that she was with her parents.
Away from the hotel PLEASE be aware of pick pockets and young kids on moped, my wife and I was crossing a road and a moped came along 2 kids on it reached out and stole her gold cross necklace. So my advice is dont wear jewellery or take wallets etc. after this incident we were very nervous and split what money we took out. My daughter also caught a young kid trying to pickpoket her, she had nothing on her luckily. The taxis can be a pain with bartering and trying to get you into what they call petite which can only take a max of 3 (party of 4) so grande taxis is the prefered option. We were told that Morrocans are very welcoming, most were OK how if some one offers directions be aware they will want paying, in one instance a man demanded 300 dirhams.
So would we ever go back, I can speak for my whole family in that we would never ever, it was just not what we expected and found people rude and unfriendly.
Around the the corner was a great restuarant called LE 6, we would recommend this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With a backdrop of the snow-clad peaks of the Atlas moutains and dominated by the magnificent Koutoubia minaret. Marrakesh conjures up images of desert caravans and colourful souks. Residence Amina will be an ideal centre for a memorable holiday, located near the exclusive Avenue de France hivernage, only 5 minutes from the centre of Marrakesh. The resort has a bar on the rooftop which offer breathtaking views of the Atlas Mountains, as well as a outdoor swimming pool ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Amina Hotel Marrakech