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Pickalbatros Aqua Fun Club
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   18, Route de l'Ourika, Marrakech 4000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #260 of 485 Hotels in Marrakech
Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Good Value For Money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

After reading some of the reviews on here we were a bit apprehensive of what to expect.
We were two friends travelling for a relaxing holiday.

We arrived late in the night to warm welcome by all the staff and given a meal before being shown to our rooms.

Our ground floor room was made up of twin beds, a balcony and a big bathroom. The room was spotless and kept that way throughout our stay. It was easy to get clean towels and everything worked well including the hot water and air conditioning. Beds were extremely comfy.

There were around 4 or 5 pools you could sunbathe round with some being busier than others.
Sunloungers were comfy and there was some four poster beds with draw round curtains. Typically, however, a lot of sun loungers were 'reserved by towels' (a pet hate). I heard some people saying they got up at 4am to get the best sunbeds. I struggle to understand how anyone can call getting up at 4am to reserve a sunbed a holiday, its just stupid.
The slides were incredible, well manned and safe.
Pool bars were ok, bottle water freely available. The major down side were the amount of wasps that flew around the drink dispensers. They seemed to have no pest control to get rid of them and as the day progressed the amount of wasps flying around seemed to do so also.
There is a pool towel/card scheme so you don't have to use your own.

There were 4 restaraunts to choose from, all buffet style. A stand alone italian, and a meditteranean, taggine and asian restaraunt which would could walk between. Breakfast was always ok, with cereal, some hot dishes and there was always a chef to make fresh fried eggs and omlettes.
Lunch became repetative but still the food was of a good standard and there was always a chef making fresh mini cheese and tomato pizza.
Evening meals was always of a good standard with buffets changing nightly and if you weren't feeling adventurous the italian always had a pizza and pasta stand where you could choose what you wanted and have it cooked for you.

Yes, the hotel was slightly away from the town centre but it didn't really bother us. The hotel has an amazing view of the atlas mountains and there is a free shuttle bus that takes you into the town centre if you dont go on any pre-organized trips. It only runs twice a day though.

The entertainment team was one of the highlights of the holiday. They all worked so hard doing activities in the day and got a lot of people involved. The evening entertainment was even better with a live band on a couple of nights a week and then themed nights on others including a moroccan night with snakes, scorpions and belly dancers.
I read a few people saying that the hotel staffs engligh was not good. We did not experience this at all, it was perfectly adequate. We also had no problems with our room but did speak to a couple of people that did (eg one couple didn't want to be on the ground floor) and all problems that we heard of were sorted out quickly and efficiently.

All in all this was a good value for money hotel. The rooms were clean, the food was nice, the slides were amazing as was the entertainment.
The only down side to the hotel was the wasps round the pool bars and the reserving of sunbeds. Good place for young couples and families.

Room Tip: Room 209 was ours, very centrally located to all the restaraunts, ground floor, pool view and a view...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

This is a great hotel. We visited 4/08/2013 with our 2 children aged 12 and 10 on an all inclusive basis.
The Hotel was very clean and the busy staff seemed to take great pride in keeping it that way. Our room was cleaned and fresh towels were provided daily. Our room was a good size, had a decent sized balcony and nice views of the Atlas Mountains. The air conditioning was good and the room was divided by sliding doors which gave us and the kids some privacy. There was a fridge, safety deposit box and TV provided in the room.
The quality and variety of food in the restaurants was good and the Aqua park, swimming pools and poolside areas were well maintained with plenty of lifeguards on hand supervising the use of the slides and pools. There is a free shuttle bus which takes guests into Marrakesh town twice daily and is really easy to use.
The whole complex felt very relaxed, yet safe and the staff couldn't have made us feel more welcome. Both the kids and ourselves had a fab holiday and we would revisit ourselves and recommend.

Room Tip: Not a particularly noisy hotel. Rooms at the rear of the hotel have nice views of the Atlas Mountain...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Banbury, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We arrived on an early flight, and on arrival at the hotel was told that our room would not be ready until 2, but we could use all of the facilities until then. Opened suitcases in reception so my boys, aged 13 and 11 could go and investigate the pools etc and had a late breakfast. At three we were shown our room which was very disappointing - two 3/4 doubles for 4 people. Went back to reception and were then showed to another room which was far better. This does seem to be a bit of a policy, so if you're unhappy with your room when you get there, ask for an alternative.
During all of our moving about, my 11 year old lost his ipod - bought with birthday money the week before. He went back to reception, was taken to the first room and then we retraced his steps, but no luck. Reported to Reception and the animation team who just shrugged their shoulders.... since we have been back I have reported to our insurance company who need confirmation from the hotel to say it was reported.
I emailed the hotel but did not receive a reply, so contacted a friend that we had made over there and asked them to ask at Reception. The hotel want proof that it was lost on their premises before they will confirm that the loss was reported. Not possible, and unrealistic. One very sad and disappointed 11 year old. Appalling service...
So back to the hotel...
Room we were eventually given was large, comfortable, nice views over the olive grove at the back towards the Atlas Mountains.
Restaurants were fine - lots of choice for everybody - burgers on the raw side so best avoided but everything else good quality and plentiful.
Pools - clean, plenty of comfortable sunbeds, life guards present during the day, and also on the nights that they play night water polo.
Entertainment - Fantastic band in the Piano Bar every night except Sunday - went down very well with the mojitos! Lots for the littlies but a bit lacking for the teenagers - could do with a games room or something similar.... also be careful with alcohol being served to younger people - bar staff not particularly bothered!
Also beware of one of the animation team who whilst friendly on the surface was very pushy and predatory to the young ladies - one girl in our company had to complain as he was being quite forceful towards her, waiting for her to come out of the ladies and trying to kiss her etc, then went back to her group of friends and saying how "easy" she was etc. Not ok.
Hotel shuttle to Marrakesh fine - book in advance as it gets booked up quickly... hot trip but worth it! Morning couple of hours trip not quite long enough so would recommend the afternoon.
Nowhere else to travel to or walk to, so organised trips necessary if you want to explore.
Weather - hot but not unbearable - easy to cool off in the pools when necessary... quite often clouded over at lunchtime for the rest of the afternoon which was disappointing, but always hot and breezy - like being in front of a hairdryer! Amazing sand storm one day which blew the roofs off the cabanas and sent everybody scattering but over quickly and amazing to see - as is the fantastic night sky!
Overall, very relaxing, low key holiday - comparable price to four star Canaries for the time of year and a far higher standard.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

just returned from a 2 weeks holiday 29/07/02023 until 12/08/2013. Anyone who complains about this resort should stay at home and stop putting people off going
1 food was very good
2 Air con worked perfecty
3 rooms in a good state clean and tidy
4 great fun park for the kids
5 beer in can so not watered down lager. Wine for the women if they do not like lager
6 plenty of sun loungers for everyone
7 they never seem to stop cleaning
8 there are some pools for the little ones to just play in with no slides
for people who say it is not a 4star should remember you are in a different country they are trying to do the best they know how to
We hope to go back at christmas for a weeks break because i could not find any REAL problems
with this hotel
to anyone thinking of going go and find out for yourself

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Just returned after 11 nights at Aqua Fun Club, Me(Dad) and 2 daughters 16, and 14, booked hotel through Hotels.com and flights with Easyjet cost approx. £1800.
Make sure you have a pen for the landing cards at the airport will save time and headache although Easyjet did give us landing cards on plane they were wrong ones(for Egypt) so had to fill them in at airport but even then only took us about 30 mins to fill in cards and clear passport control.
Arrived 8pm ish 2 banks open in arrivals and more outside in main airport building and plenty of cash machines.
There was only 5 taxis outside when we arrived with all the drivers chatting you knew that whatever price you were given they were all gonna agree on so had to pay 500 dirham when expected to pay between 3 or 400 journey took approx. 30 mins to hotel but driver could have given Lewis Hamilton a run for his money so is probably normally about a 45 min journey.
Check in was very quick and easy and only got charged a total of 300 Dirham local tax was expecting to pay that each so pleasant surprise there.
Porter showed us to our room which was lovely and cool with the air conditioning already on another plus point can be left on all day as does not require room card to operate, we were in block 2 on ground floor at back so no view apart from a service road and some flower beds then a wall but was lovely and quiet only saw 3 vehicles on service road the whole time we were there but there was a gardener with a wheelbarrow which had a squeaky wheel for those that like something to moan about, room was good size with one large double and one large single bed plenty of storage space good size bathroom, free safe and tv.
There are 2 large restaurants which both serve completely different food always found both had a good selection with plenty of choice they are both buffet style and never found any queues at all also a good selection of drinks again never having to queue at any of the bars.
The evening entertainment is pretty limited but they try to keep you entertained with a band and some shows even the odd game of bingo and karaoke with the entertainment team working tirelessly to keep you entertained throughout the day and night.
There are plenty of pools and plenty of sunbeds it was quite busy while we were there and could always find empty beds at one of the pools. The waterpark was great fun the only complaint we had with that was that a couple of the slides were broken and not open for our entire stay but saying that there are still plenty open with separate sections with good slides for smaller kids.
Plenty of lifeguards on all the slides and a lifeguard at each of the pools, and no need to pack pool towels as plenty of good sized clean towels available.
The Hotel and grounds are very clean with cleaners, gardeners, waiters and maids working constantly to keep it tidy, all the staff were friendly and polite.
The Hotel is remote so if you do want to venture out you need to book the free bus into town about 30 mins away which runs twice a day or book a taxi approx. 200-250 dirham. Marrakech centre is very busy but as in most places once you've seen one shop or stall you've seen them all the owners will try to talk you in to look around but a polite no and they leave you alone.
Taxi back to the airport only cost 250 dirhams and remember before you go through to departures you have to fill in a leaving card similar to the one on arrival but these are all around the terminal building. Although all the smaller shops and restaurants at the airport accept dirhams both of the duty free shops don't and once you've gone through to departures there is nowhere to change money so do it in the main terminal building check both dutyfree shops as prices do vary quite a bit with one giving a further 10% discount to Easyjet and Ryanair customers.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This hotel is about 30-40 mins from the souks and airport. Taxi is the only way to get anywhere and they over charge! Also air condition does not work properly in rooms, it is more of a warm cool box. Family rooms terrible, they tried to give me a room with a double bed for a family of 4!
Terrible evening entertainment in evenings.
I would not recommend August as 40 degrees in shade and the breeze is hot.
They spa is not included in price you have to pay to use also wifi is only available in lobby.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Let me sum it all up, after we panicked reading the reviews on here.
Okay, so it isn't the best location if you want to fall out of the hotel lobby into the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh, that is the only down side for us.
We are here now on night 7 of a 14 night stay, and we are thouroughly enjoying ourselves.from the moment we got here the staff have been amazing. A lot of the staff don't speeak English, but if you want English speaking staff and English breakfasts/bacon then go to Blackpool.
Thee pools are spotlessly clean, and this is the first hotel that I have been to that you can get 4 sun loungers together any time of day, with 4 pools to choose from it isn't hard !
There are four restaurants, and Italian(loosely) serving burgers and fries, pizza, pasta etc, Asiatique, Tagine, and Mediteranean. Along with guys cooking barbeque outside and fresh pitta breads, fresh stirfry and carvery inside. The Tagine and Asiatique only open for evening meals, but so much choice elsewhere that it doesn't matter. The Italian has the same food every evening, but there again so does McDonalds !!! Each restaurant also has a sweet counter, salad bar and fruit bar. Fresh ommellette, fried eggs and pronta(crepes) are cooked as you wait at breakfast, with all the cereals, breads and hot breakfast, more choice than you would have at home !!
The aqua park is amazing and very quiet(no queuing at all), in fact the whole hotel feels like that, almost too much at the hotel for the number of visitors, four/five pools and a full size water park !!
The gym is a little dated but I still used it.
Entertainment most nights, watched acrobats, belly dancers and snake charmers last night, morrocan band the night before.
There is music all day, and if you are looking for total silence then it may be annoying for you, but you are looking at a hotel with onsite waterpark so what do you expect. The good thing is there are a couple of quieter pools to escape everyting if you so wish.
One or two ignorant [--] in restaurant in just swim shorts, but all in all no probs.
Went on organised trip to the market yesterday, cheap trip, given a guided tour of the Souks(markets)but the guide then left us in his friends/relatives shop and ran off to pray ? Felt forced to buy something in there so bought nothing !!! My advice would be to get the free bus to the square from the hotel and just venture into the edge of the souks, you will be met of the bus by people saying that they are the hotels official guides, there is no such thing, they just want a tip !!! And again will take you to the shops owned by freinds/fanily !
If going with Thomson/First Choice they do a package of three half day trips for £50 a head, Souks one day, Gardens another, and History/Museums another. I will update when we have done the other two, but as I said just use the souks trip to get your bearings then go back on the free bus to buy things cheaper than in the tour guides chosen shops !!
Thuis hotel is ideal if you have youg-teenage children, music and free wifi all day !!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 18, Route de l'Ourika, Marrakech 4000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#113 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#131 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#139 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Pickalbatros Aqua Fun Club 5*
Number of rooms: 260
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 18 km from Marrakech, the Aqua Fun Club covers an area of 8 hectares with the largest water park in Morocco, with no less than 57 slides, ideal for your holidays with family or friends. Aqua Fun Club has 262 comfortable and well equipped rooms, including 107 family rooms, 149 standard rooms, 5 junior suites and 1 royal suite. They are all air conditioned and include a seating area with a private balcony overlooking the pool or garden, and feature a mini-bar, safe-box, phone, satellite TV and Wi-Fi. The bathrooms are equipped with shower or bath, hairdryer and toiletries. The Aqua Fun Club offers varied dining options served in different restaurants: the Asiatique, the Mediterranean, the Pizza Pino and the Tajine. You can also have a drink in the hotel bars or enjoy the private nightclub. The hotel also features several amenities, including a spa, a tennis court, mini football, mini golf, a children's club, free Wi-Fi and a free shuttle service. The Aqua Park offers several varieties: Slides, water tracks, wave pool, water tree, children's wading pool, whirlpools and many other surprises .... ... more   less 
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