First time - 2010 - we stayed in a riyad in the medina. Pleasant enought, but the medina 24/7 is exhausting - the bustle, noise, hustle - get to you.
So this last trip we booked directly with Kenzi's website. Got a great deal. Fetched from and delivered back to the airport - free - by friendly staf in brand new people mover. Friendly, helpful reception, delivered to room on golf buggy. Great room, 40 sq m of faultless design. Bags of hot water. Wonderful beds.
The hotel is set in a magical garden of several hectares of olive, palm & citrus trees, unbelievable roses and hibiscus. There is an area with sheep, lambs, goats, kids, peacocks, chickens, ducks, etc. Several swimming pools, with loungers, cafe/bar, etc.
The restaurant and bar were large - institutionally so, and a bit characterless - but the hotel was obviously planned and mostly built before the credit crisis - and so the guests sort of rattle around. The food was fabulous, French legacy patisserie & bread, Morrocan couscous, tagines, etc, the most wonderful fresh fruit, wood oven pizzas, fresh fish, italian pastas cooked to order, breakfasts catered for every possible taste ....if, as we are told, cooking is all aboutthe freshness & quality of ingredients, then it's hard to imagine how it could be improved on. Local wine and beer are excellent.
Entertainment is courtesy of a friendly troupe.....talented young woman singer with back up keyboard and others. They got people to join in dancing. Everyone was enjoying themselves while we were there.
The only mentioned downside to the hotel - its location - is not a downside at all. The hotel runs a free shuttle into & back from the medina every hour throughout the day. If that's not convenient, there is a fleet of taxis outside that will take you into the medina for between 4 and 5 euros. The taxis will also take you into the centre of Gueliz (the French new city) for around 6 euros. It is a wonderful walk through art deco cafes & arcades from Gueliz back to the medina and then a 5 euro ride back to the hotel - and your garden of Eden.
The really bad news is that you'll eat and drink too much! Morocco is fabulous, and Marrakech and its friendly, hospitable Berbers even more so.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A pioneer in its category. This hotel-club provides a full range of activities together with the best contemporary design by architect Imaad Rahmouni. Modernism and discovery can be shared by families or friends, in one of the best leisure hotels in Morocco, located by the Atlas Mountains, in the middle of 10 hectares centenarian olive trees.Accommodation 9 riads 254 double or triple rooms (32 m²) and 60 suites (53 m²) – all with private balcony . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kenzi Club Agdal Medina Hotel Marrakech