Le Meridien N'Fis was a perfect choice for my husband and I and having seen other hotels and Riads, we would definitely choose this hotel for our next trip. The hotel is approx 5/10 mins from the airport and the same to the Medina. Taxis from the airport are MAD100 but we booked through the hotel concierge as it was our first visit to Marrakech, and having read some of the stories, we were a bit worried about being hassled on arrival. Our driver met us in arrivals with a name board - well worth paying the fare of MAD200 for the stress - free transfer. You can change your money up in the arrivals hall as you can't change money into Dirhams prior to travel - TIP - make sure you change any Dirhams back into your own currency before you go through the departures gate on your return as you can't spend them once you are through departures. Taxis to/from the medina (entrance by the square) are no more than MAD20 - barter! It starts at MAD50, walk away and you generally pay MAD20.
We booked a deluxe king bedded room and were allocated a garden view on the 3rd floor in the Atlas Wing. It was really big (the bed was super king) and the maids did a great job keeping the room clean and replenished towels and toiletries whenever we needed them (daily anyway but more often if required). We were given two small bottles of water each night too and chocolates. Girls - the rooms had a decent hairdryer! We were also able to access the free wi-fi in our rooms and by some areas of the pool/bars.
The pool area is great - as previously mentioned by TA reviewers - so I won't go into too much detail except to say that we never had a problem getting a sun bed and we generally didn't venture down to the pool area until 11am most days. As it was so hot, they also had mist sprays around the bar areas which were refreshing. Yes - there is a busy road next to the hotel but it didn't really bother us at all.
Breakfast was OK too. Its served in two large rooms. Id say that it was a standard type of hotel breakfast - an omellete station/pancake station/fresh fruits/hot food/cereals etc. I'm not really sure what else you'd want?
There is a smoking lounge. This was actually refurbished whilst we were there and was a real improvement. Done out arabic style. I'm an avid non-smoker but can honestly say that the smoking did not affect either of us, in any areas of the hotel.
My husband and I both enjoy a drink on holiday and were very worried about the prices in the hotel. In the main hotel bar - open from 4pm, you could get 6 local beers for the price of 4 which worked out at MAD120 - approx £8.70 for 6, which we thought was good value considering I'd read somewhere that it was EUR17 for 2 Heineken? They did serve Heineken at the hotel and I'm almost 99% sure it was no where near that price. Food around the pool area was reasonable too - pizzas were about MAD45, and a decent steak sandwich with chips was MAD60 (I think - no more). The staff around the pool and bar areas were great. We weren't too sure about tipping at the hotel so we left it to the last day when we tipped our regular bar man and the towel/pool guy MAD100 each. To see someones face light up like that was lovely as they clearly hadn't expected it.
Yousseff - Master of the Concierge - is an absolute star. His advice to us was faultless from the guide that we hired to show us around the Medina (MAD200 for up to 4 hrs!!)- highly recommended. The guide will tailor make the tour for your own tastes. We got to see all of the back alleys/streets which where the real trades were going on, and there is no doubt that if we had done this on our own, we would not have walked in these areas. We felt really safe and weren't hassled at all. We spoke to others in our hotel who hadn't done this, but just set off on their own, and we don't feel that they saw what we did. Yousseff also recommended some restaurants - again - really good recommendations - see my other reviews on these, and he also recommended a great spa - Bain des Marrakech (I have also reviewed this inc prices).
We went to La Mamounia Hotel for drinks one evening, and went to the Churchill Bar there. Its NOT cheap, about £30 for two cocktails however, we had a lovely walk around the grounds afterwards and the hotel is amazing. It was like walking into a palace. Well worth a visit.
A special mention to Yousseff, Abdessadeq , Dauji and Talel. All made our holiday in Marrakech wonderful.
In summary, this a great 4* hotel - I'm already planning a girlie spa weekend away there!
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien n`Fis Hotel Marrakech
- Le Meridien Marrakech
- Marrakech Le Meridien
- Le Meridien Hotel Marrakech