Beautiful hotel just outside the city. Hotel very clean and friendly and room cleaned daily. All inclusive food generally lovely and local beers good. Local wine is horrible! Main thing that lets the hotel down is the annoying 'animation team' - meaning a team of High School Musical style gap year gimps doing the macarena in your face at all hours of the day. Just when you're trying to relax by the pool or in the bar they will turn up, erect their awful pa system and blast with annoying europop while they gyrate around and try to get you to join in. They are nice kids and very friendly and speak some English (and we speak quite good French) but if you are after a nice break/romantic getaway then these eejits really do spoil it. Most annoying crime they committed was playing the same 10 songs on a loop all week and so loudly that I could still here it over the noise of my ipod. Reading by the pool was impossible because of bad 1990s' pop being blasted in your direction. When we were going back to bed late one night (gone midnight) we saw the animation team being put through their paces in the theatre, obviously rehearsing some awful show they were putting on. They all looked knackered and I did feel sorry for them that even in the middle of the night the hotel is working them to the bone to keep everyone happy. In my opinion the hotel would be perfect if these goons were banned.
Use this lovely hotel as a base to explore amazing Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains. Don't be scared to get a taxi into town or up in to the mountains and make sure you haggle for EVERYTHING. Eg) we were offered a nice rug for the equivalent of £300 - we stuck firmly to our offer of £20 and bought it at this price, even then we probably paid twice what the seller would have sold for! We had one unsavoury incident when my girlfriend was elbowed in the ribs by some knobhead in the street for not getting out of the way of a scooter in time, but this was isolated and probably would have happened on the tube where we live in London so not a big deal! Make sure you watch the sun set across the main square from the top floor of the big French cafe (you can't miss it, think it was called Paris Cafe?) Also - look out for the beautiful Bahia Palace and excellent vegetarian called the Earth Cafe (just around the corner from each other)
In the hotel it's also worth noting that the call to prayer will wake you up at silly-o-clock in the morning. I quite liked this but my girlfriend found it really annoying.
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