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Adama Resort
4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Route d'Amizmiz, KM 7,5, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #474 of 1,035 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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“Escape the manic centre of Marrakech”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

The best thing about this hotel / resort is the large villas - they are huge. The villa itself was ok - although the downstairs shower room was very dark, shower barely worked and the concrete walls were cracked. It felt as if the whole resort could have done with a good clean. There is a small shop on site - put if your looking for food other than snacks your best bet would be to jump in a taxi and go to the Carrefour. The shuttle sevice provided by the hotel was on the whole reliable - although on one evening it didn't turn up.

A good option if you want to escape the city!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Adama's website is an understatement - the actual resort is beautiful and the interior of the villas is chiquely decorated. We rented a villa for 3 persons and what we got was 2-floor villa with 2 bedrooms and huge living and dining area - way more than we expected! TIP: use www.booking.com and pick "Best Deals".. .we only paid Eur 80 per night and saved Eur 40-50 per night! yes, a good deal!

The food in the resort's restaurant, though pricey, is good (lamb tajine was delicious!). They also offer beer (try Flag!) and different kinds of wine which was a treat. We skipped breakfast after reading bad reviews about it...It easier to just do your grocery in Carrefour supermarket, load your kitchen and fridge, and have all sorts of breakfast goodies, especially if you have children who are picky (my 3-year old daughter surely wants variety). But beware though in Carrefour: If you don't ahve your own car, the guard will tell you it is not allowed to take a taxi (when in fact there are lots of taxis passing by in the highway). Beware of the guard or anyone who just on stand by and who wants you to ride in their "taxis" as they will charge a ridiculous Eur 20 for just a 6 km ride to the resort!...we did get a taxi for just Eur 7 - still a bit expensive...you cannot do anything about this but haggle as ALL taxis in Morocco don't ahve meters!..In short, just rent a car during your stay.

The resort's breakfast costs Eur 11/person but not suitable for families which want balanced meals. They have lots of cakes, crossants but hardly no fruits, and no milk. I ordered a small bowl of mixed fruit for my daughter - it costs Eur 3.00 and all they have are small cuts of apples and measly banana on it...but still better have some fruits than nothing...After getting familiar with the resorts restaurant menu, we decided to just buy some fruits, breakfast & other goodies and yes, coffee for the coffee maker.

We decided to book this resort beacuse of the relaxing ambiance and the swimming pool...though the sorrounding grounds is nice, the pool is coooooooooooold. Despite the sunny days (average 18-20 degrees celcius day temperature in april), the pool's water is still too cold for both adults and children. All you can do is lie down under the sun in the nice pool benches...the resort has a play area for children but all was it is a small room which doesn't have windows (yes it was dark and not that inviting for my 3-year old daughter) and a small play ground with broken slides, and kiddie pool which can be very exciting if only the water is warm....not sure about costs of heating up the water but this is really a BIG downside of our stay (as we didlook forward to swimming).

The PLUS, however is the free shuttle ride to center of Marrakesh...The BIG downside is that you cannot find the bus if you want to ride back to the resort!

All in all, we had a good stay (especially if you just want to have a relaxing time in the villa - all villas have their own garden area with dining table and chairs)...but if you look forward to swimming, be sure you book this hotel in the summer when temperature reaches 40 degrees!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

My husband and i stayed here for three nights at the end of our trip in April. We checked in around 12.30pm and we told to take a seat and have a welcome mint tea which was lovely. We were shown to our villa at 1.30pm. We absolutely loved it, had a little courtyard in the middle as you walk in and our bedroom on the right and the lounge on the left hand side. The rooms were clean and very spacious. Definitely worth the money we paid.
We ordered room service for lunch, I ordered an “adama burger” which came with fries, after eat my way to middle I noticed it was fully uncooked in the middle which was disgusting. I rang the restaurant to explain and realised he didn’t speak a word of English and he said “2 minutes” and put the phone down on me. Someone rang me back a couple of minutes later and his English was even worse he just kept saying “yes please” he ended up putting the phone down, so I waited 10 minutes thinking that someone would come to the room. Nobody came so I rang the reception which spoke a little English, they apologised and sent someone to the straight away. Someone came to take the burger away I think even she was disgusted because it was bright red. She asked me if I wanted another one however I ordered something else off the menu which was 10 dhs cheaper (they still charged me for the burger when we checked out)
We relaxed and sunbathed near the non-swimming pool which had plenty sun loungers. However there was a housekeeping manager with a walkie talkie which would come by a few times a day shouted her head off down the walkie talkie so it wasn’t so quiet and relaxing!!!
No wifi in the villas which is understandable as the area is too big. There was wifi outside our room and restaurant area.
Breakfast service was really busy, for two days we had to eat outside, and the orange juice kept running out which was annoying. The last day we went earlier and got a table inside. I never managed to have any toast because there was a que.
On the first night we made a reservation at the restaurant- including entertainment. There was fire breather, acrobats and belly dancers!!! I assume she was the restaurant manager, she was absolutely lovely and entertaining throughout the night she even spoke English to us which was a bonus!! She is an asset to the hotel.
Location: the resort is not far from the main market by shuttle bus, around 10-15minutes. However the resort is surrounded by land, so there are no shops nearby so you have to make sure you buy water before you get to the resort. Shuttle bus was good however it didn’t pick us up on our last day, a few others from the hotel were stranded as well. And it was the last shuttle bus at 10.40pm. A random minibus driver drove us back to the hotel free of charge and I think he may have charged the resort.
Our flight was in the evening at 8pm so we asked the hotel if we could check out later around 4pm, they said somebody is going to be occupying the room however we could pay 400dh if we wanted it. We refused and just hung around the hotel until then.
Overall a lovely hotel, just a few niggles. I would definitely stay here again if they had more staff that spoke English and the breakfast was improved.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

I am usually not really a big fan of resorts, but this one was very pleasant. The villa was big and very nicely decorated and the area itself was also clean and stylish. Lots of flowers. In the distance one can see the Atlas mountains. There are several swimming pools (including a shallow one for young children). There is free Wifi. The staff was always polite and helpful. The resort is about 7.5km from Marrakech, but there is a free shuttle bus. A taxi should cost no more than 100 dirham (start bidding at 70 dirham and see what happens -the taxi drivers are criminals!). I found Marrakech itself fa-a-a-a-ar too touristy, so in that sense if was nice to be a bit further away.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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 12, 2013

We are a three child family, stayed for a week , 1-8 April 2013. The main thing is, we had a deeply relaxing week, slept lots, and loved it.

Plus points:
- This is a beautifully (lwu) designed place, only a couple of years old, with a style that is both very modern and retains a strong Moroccan traditional spirit. Photos don't really capture this. Our two-bedroom Riad with kitchen was based around a courtyard, with lots of light. There's a very pleasing irregular feel to the whole compound (eg the pool isn't rectangular but slightly off-kilter). A really pleasant place to be.
- The gardens are very well maintained, full of flowers, and almost every doorway and window is festooned with climbers and creepers. The birdsong was lovely.
- The swimming pool is great - lined with limestone and heated on 1 April but not on 3rd, my three-year old found it a little chilly when unheated but 8-10 year olds and parents were happy in it. Our 3-year old splashed a lot in the (unheated) baby pool which is just next to the main pool but with a wall so a young toddler can't wander straight into the big pool. There's also a quieter non-swimming pool which didn't get used much except by the odd couple having a quiet read.
- The restaurant is another beautifully designed building, with brickwork vaulting and a modern central space which only holds 10-12 tables. The hotel is a great size - even when full there are not a large number of people so no tour groups while we were there, and a nice mix of families, couples, olds, from a wide range of countries.
- The staff worked hard to be helpful. They all appeared to really enjoy working there. We asked for a corkscrew in the room, the guy must have sprinted.
- We used the bus into town three times. Sometimes overpacked but a really useful service.

Not so good:
- The food tasted good but when there for a week it would be nice to have a little more variation - just a daily special would provide this. And breakfast, while nice, could have been more varied - eg the markets in town were piled with strawberries but the fruit salad was always the same apple/banana combo; and the croissants could have been fresh baked especially at a French-run hotel. We'd have liked more ice creams / poolside treats.
- Some little niggles which didn't bother us much once used to them - bath hard to unplug; bedside lights faulty (quickly fixed by staff); one door lock wouldn't turn and others a bit stiff.
- The kids activities are bit 'token' - 'kids club' doesn't mean organised activities - but our 10 year old enjoyed the small football area; there was ping pong and babyfoot. The hotel's not focussed on children but there were plenty there and ours certainly loved it.
- We had massages in the spa and my wife was offered a male masseur (no thanks!) and they were a little offhand with her.
- It poured with rain for one day and the window frames couldn't cope!
- Distance from town wasn't an issue for us. Planes fly over from the airport but there are so few this didn't bother us; most were light aircraft.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

We went here for 5 days myself and my boyfriend. The villas are beautiful very clean and spacious ours had a lovely courtyard in the middle. The location is out of town which is good and bad. The pros are it is quite the pool is lovely and the setting is fantastic and it really is nice to be out of the way from the hustle and bustle. The con is the bus to get there can be restrictive due to there be only a few timings. A taxi is about 150 dirhams to town or back and same to airport. Overall we found the staff to be very friendly especially if you try and speak a bit of French or Arabic. There is one exception to this and that is the man on Reception who is incredibly rude and really lets the hotel down. The burger is just about okay as is the lamb but other than that we really couldn't recommend eating here. The beer is perfect and cool though!

The other let down for the hotel is the food it really is terrible. Even the pizza is pretty much inedible. If they sorted out their cooking it would be perfect. One night they served me uncooked food and still charged me.

Room Tip: The Riad is a two building apartment with a courtyard they are very nice and very private
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Really, truely a nice setting with immaculate gardens and a nice pool area. Even the basic villa is huge, clean and interior is modern Moroccan style. The staff is friendly (sometimes too friendly with the blonde kids...) and the experience was great overall!

There are a couple downsides too, as stated in the previous reviews. The location is not perfect. It is really not that far from the city or airport but the hotel shuttle schedule is not very convenient and thus we ended up paying for a taxi back or paying for the hotel bus to take us at a convenient time. The restaurant is pretty good with reasonable prices but the menu is too short.

I would agree that the resort is child friendly, but it is not really built to entertain kids. There is no playground area to keep them occupied while lounging at the pool or at the terrace of the restaurant. The pool is also right on the restaurant terrace which is nice if you don't have small kids that constantly want to run to the pool when you are eating.

We knew January would mean chilly nights and that the buildings might not be that well suited for that. The upstairs bed & bath were really warm throughout the night but downstairs it started to get pretty cool already at sunset and would warm up only after sunrise.

All in all, I think they really offer what they promise.Would I go back? Yes, if there was a great deal again, but I would probably pay a 50€ premium / night to stay within walking distance of the Medina in a similar or better property.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Route d'Amizmiz, KM 7,5, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #474 of 1,035 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Adama Resort 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The residence Adama is located 10 minutes by shuttle from Jemaa-El-Fna and has a panoramic view of the Atlas mountains. It offers a heated lagoon swimming pool, spa facilities and free Wi-Fi internet access.The traditional Moroccan houses are set in a quiet garden and are fully equipped with flat-screen satellite TV, washing machine, coffee maker and balcony or terrace. ... more   less 
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