We selected Residence Habbiba on a half board basis for 4 day stay over Easter after searching for 5 star hotels around Marrakech. Our choice was based on the description of a “5 star holiday village” and that the bathing area looked good.
The positives first. The bathing area was good, our room was very spacious with an enormous veranda with great views. The village was quiet which suited us and all the Moroccan food was very good. Most importantly of all the staff could not have been more friendly, fun and helpful.
We discovered that Habbiba was not a hotel; the accommodation was in the form of apartments. The village experience did not feel 5 star to us. Towels were available but other basics such as soap and shampoo were not. There is no shop on site so we had to use taxis (which the staff organised) to obtain them. Whilst the food was excellent; there was no choice. We ended up having two dinners at a 5 star hotel 600m away. Far from the expected 5 star experience we believed we had chosen and booked.
Rating our experience proved difficult. If you have come for a 5 star experience the rating would be low. If have come expecting 3 or 4 star holiday apartments and have a hire car you are likely to have a great time. Our rating is on the latter basis.
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