What an amazing hotel right in the heart of Marrakech!
The hotel is 15/20 min drive from the airport and from the moment we arrived to the moment we left, we had the most enjoyable, luxurious stay at this hotel. Prior to booking, I had checked out this hotel and so knew it was a good one but was still surprised on arrival.
The reception staff were extremely helpful in everything. Including changing up money, recommending places to visit, arranging taxis and excursions etc. They always had a smile on their faces and had plenty of time for you. I'm rubbish with names but do remember Hassan :)
The room was lovely with a balcony looking over the busy streets of Marrakech. It can be a little noisy in the night but we liked it; it added to excitement of staying in the hustle and bustle of such a beautiful city. Great power shower, that was always hot. House keeping changed the towels everyday also and made sure the room was clean and tidy. The whole interior of the hotel was lovely; very modern.
The free breakfast every morning was always the same, but there was a range and plenty of it. The fresh orange juice that you will fall in love with by the time you leave, was a must every morning. We often had breakfast outside overlooking the pool and the city.
Skybar which is on the 6th floor of the hotel, gives you amazing views of the city and the Atlas mountains. Drink prices were reasonable and there was a range too. We also had drinks downstairs in the little bar which played good music in the evenings. We ate once in the restaurant on the 6th floor, again the food was great and the service was impeccable.
The souks/medina is only a short taxi ride away and there are lots of restaurants in the surrounding area. You can always pick up a taxi right outside the hotel and there is a tourist tour bus stop around the corner from the hotel as well as bus stops with buses that come regularly.
Things you must do: Visit Nikki Beach (massive swimming pool, with a great dj, food and drinks- however it is pricey), camel riding, visit the souks/medina (Jamaa el Fna- 10 mins from the hotel), go up the mountains, visit the waterfalls (we went to Ouzoud- 3hrs away), go to the beach (we went to Essaouira- 3 hrs away) and make sure you visit a traditional Moroccan Hammam spa (the hotel has its own Hammam spa, but there are loads in the area) and get a body scrub; amazing!
Tips: Always make sure you agree and barter the price of the taxi before you set off. As well as in the market square, they will charge you way more than they should. We often got things for a 1/3 of the original asking price. Also be careful in the souks. It is a great experience but you need to be firm with the entertainers who want money for everything, even for taking a picture!
Hope my review was helpful and enjoy :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel La Renaissance is situated in central Marrakesh. It has a rooftop bar and swimming pool overlooking the fashionable Gueliz district and with views of the Atlas mountains.Each guest room at the Hotel La Renaissance has air conditioning, a private balcony, TV and free Wi-Fi.Guests of the Renaissance can sunbathe on the terrace and relax in the Hammam, which also offers massage treatment.The hotel’s Dahab bar serves a variety of cocktails and offers a live DJ in the evenings.The hotel’s Aqua Pazza restaurant serves fresh Italian cuisine and offers top-floor views over Marrakech. La Renaissance Bresserie offers gourmet, Parisien style cuisine.Hotel Rooms: 45. ... more less
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