Fantastic hotel and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were two adults with 5 kids between us and went half board. Our rooms were on the second floor, so none of the insect problems noted by others, however the place does have loads of ants around, and the wasps can be a pain if you insist on drinking out by the pool. Our aircon worked fine, occasionally needed a bit of a reboot by taking out the card in the electric slot. Showers were a bit weak and cold on a couple of days, but other than that the beds were comfy, room was cleaned every day and the balconies roomy compared to some.
Plenty of sunbeds and the pools are fabulous, animation team are fun and really engaging. Evening entertainment was better than some I have had to sit through in the past and certainly wasn't unpleasant or embarrassing. A note to the lad moving the scenery around during the shows, where black and not white, you show up like a ghost on stage!
Food was excellent for me, the kids a bit less so. I found it on a par with Egypt and certainly better than Tunisia. If you want chips and pizza stay somewhere else. Breakfast was fresh eggs, pancakes, meats, omelettes, fruit, pastries and yoghurts. The mint tea is excellent. Lunches we ate in the poolside snack bar, they are a bit boring so we bought snacks in Marrakech and made it easier. Dinners were excellent, lots of tangines, salads, and hot dishes. Avoid the samosas, they have fish in then which was a shock for the kids!. Being half board you have to pay for water which is a bit of a shame and could be changed given it is a hot country. drinks were also paid for, although we were not there to get sloshed and the cans of drink were better than the local all inclusive stuff anyway! We were advised on paying for drinks on arrival in the restaurant, however we only paid for it once in seven days.
Shuttle bus into Marrakech is really good for the price 20 drhs a return which is about £1.35. so we had a trip in, the new city is more sensible and commercial, lots of shops, supermarkets and chain restaurants. The Old City is more intricate and easy to get lost in, the Souk was ok for adults but not for kids, to crowded and busy, and they felt intimidated.
Take lots of sun cream high factors as you will get burnt if you are not regimented with the regime.
I did not find any of the reception or staff rude or ignorant in any way, I don't speak French at all but managed to liaise and communicate with them in an efficient manner. I found them helpful and they did not speak to the French or Moroccans first or any thing along those lines. If you are polite, patient, and treat others as you would like to be treated yourself it goes a long way in life.
Would I stay there again? yes I would, and certainly as a couple or with friends for a relaxing break. With kids, I think you would like to see a lazy river added to the site to give them a bit more to do during the day as they can get a bit bored with a week by a pool. I would highly recommend it
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blue Sea Hotel "Marrakech Ryads Parc & Spa" is a 4 star hotel situated in the Palms of Marrakech, a quiet area, near the center of Marrakech, which allows you to combine both excursions and relaxation. This hotel has the perfect location for your stay in Marrakech. The hotel has 260 rooms, distributed in 13 ryads. Each room has a private bathroom with a bath; satellite TV, air conditioning and a mini bar. All the rooms have a terrace or balcony with views of the swimming pool, gardens or the Atlas Range Mountains. The Blue Sea "Marrakech Ryads Parc & Spa" features an outdoor swimming pool measuring 1200m2, a gymnasium and a health and beauty spa. It also has various sports courts, such as Tennis, Basketball and Football. The hotel offers a varied entertainment programme during the day with sports and leisure activities and organizes shows every evening. The hotel also offers a bus service for their clients that wish to travel to the center of Marrakech. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marrakech Ryads Parc Hotel Marrakech