Stayed here for 4 nights (with my wife and 8yr old daughter) all inclusive at New Year (booked through Thomson, arrived new years eve) and would definitely recommend it for a stay in the madness that is Marrakech.
Driving from the airport you begin to wonder what on earth the hotel is going to be like because Marrakech is just such a mental place. It appears on the surface a very poor city but once you arrive through the security gate (with 24 hour guards) it's a little oasis. It is odd at first as the smell of cigarette smoke hits you instantly in reception but you soon begin to not notice it. The reception staff were excellent, they showed us to our room (which was a ground floor one by the pool). It was a little dark and dingy and also right next to the stairwell and lifts so we asked if they had anything else available. They showed us a couple of other rooms but they weren't really floating our boat so we enquired about a suite. They showed us one which was perfect, well worth the additional 200 Dirhams (only approx £15.00, yep, £15) per night. Would recommend booking a suite for the space, comfort and location of them.
The quality of the food all day every day was excellent, the head chef is constantly walking round checking the quality and talking to the guests. The selection was also excellent, something for everybody. The first night we were there we enquired about what there was for children and they asked us what we'd like. Told them she liked chicken breast, goujons that sort of thing, they said they'd buy some the following morning and were true to their word. There is also a separate restuarant near the pool where you can sit down and have proper waiter service for a change (still in the all inclusive package). The alcoholic drinks are also very good with an excellent selection of cocktails too.
The Thomson tours/excursions are a bit iffy though. The medina one is particularly rubbish. We got totally lost on our first day in them so booked the "navigation/familiarisation" tour. We were rushed through about 5 streets before being plonked into the local herbalist shop for over an hour whilst they tried to sell us a load of old pap. Then onto another shop which was supposedly "everything you can buy in the medina in one place", again quite blatantly all on back handers with each other. Complete and utter waste of time and money and absolutely no use for helping us find our way around the medinas. The gardens trip is also poor, the Menara garden is boring with nothing to see apart from a load of olive trees, stray dogs and a brown lake. The Majorelle gardens (designed by Yves Saint-Laurent) on the other hand are amazing and beautiful but you can quite easily get there on your own.
They had kids games and entertainment on an evening which was of a fair standard. But a trip into the main square at night is well worth it. The local area directly outside the hotel does appear a little poor and intimidating at first but most people are genuinely friendly and just say hello. Much like anywhere you visit, if you have your wits about you then you shouldn't have any problems. A taxi into the main square/medina is about 7-10 Dirhams.
To sum it up I'd say everybody has to visit Marrakech at least once just to experience it and the Tikida Garden is the perfect place to stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Tikida Garden Hotel Marrakech
- Le Tikida Garden Marrakech
- Hotel Le Tikida Garden
- Tikida Garden Marrakech