We returned last week from 11 nights at the Tikida Garden and had a fab time! Myself and my husband travelled with our daughter 17 and son 19 and all enjoyed the holiday. There were good points and bad points but I have given an honest review and if you go with an open mind then i'm sure you will enjoy it too!
The rooms were very clean and beds comfortable, though I would have preferred a duvet rather than the sheets and blankets provided. There were spare blankets and pillows if needed, and a fridge which could be used for bottles of water available at any time from reception. The main gripe was about the shower, which was over the bath and would sometimes lose all pressure or suddenly go boiling hot or freezing cold. This seemed to be worse around 6pm, I guess due to the number of other guests using the water at this time. The aircon was also ineffective and very noisy, though being there in April this was not a problem as it wasn't too hot. Our children had the room next to us and we had a connecting balcony which was very useful, and we had a lovely view of the pool.
The pool was very cold so I didn't venture into it, but there is an indoor pool which can be used, though I understand there is a charge of £10 for this. However the grounds of the hotel are beautiful and quiet, many plants which smelt lovely, and plenty of areas to relax. Sunbeds round the pool tended to be taken very early in the morning but we always found beds nearer the gardens and you could find a sunny or shady spot as required. Pool towels provided which could be changed when required and were adequate. We have been on holidays where we have had to reserve beds at 7am so to get a bed at 9am was a bonus!
The food although not an outstanding selection or themed like other hotels was plentiful and we never struggled to find something we liked. The food was constantly topped up, and was very rare to see an empty container. A microwave was provided if food not hot enough. For breakfast was eggs, poached, scrambled, boiled or omelettes could be made on request (though this is not advertised and we didn't realise until a few days in), no bacon obviously but turkey sausages, potatoes, cereals, fruit, yogurt, pastries, pancakes and doughnuts. These were my downfall, still warm and fresh! Bread too was always fresh. Lunchtime was a selection of meats, fish, salads, pasta, pizza and paninis, and similar in the evening. Not forgetting the desserts, delicious coconut and almond tarts and icecream! If hungry between lunch and dinner, pizza and paninis available, though we would have liked some sort of food to be available later on after dinner, as alcohol tends to give us the munchies! We all put on half a stone over the 11 days so that tells you something!
There is a moroccan restaurant onsite which can be booked but we didn't really see the advantage of this as the starter and dessert were buffet style as were the other restaurant. The main restaurant offers a tagine each night but I suppose if you wanted a bit more service for drinks and a change of scenery then would be worth a visit. My husband ordered a lamb tagine but was very disappointed to find that his consisted mainly of bone and little meat, however when he pointed this out they did bring him another boneless one!
There are 3 bars. We would have preferred a poolside bar that was outside rather than having to go into the lunchtime restaurant for drinks. Soft drinks were self service. There is Zanzibar which is smoky but we found this bearable, and the evening entertainment venue downstairs which was similar to a nightclub. Non premium brands of spirits were on offer and very weak measures, cocktails varied depending on which bar you were at, the wine was very good and beer drinkable. Who cares though when you can go back as many times as you like?
There was plenty to do during the day if you wanted, darts, table tennis, gym (free from 3-7), arabic lessons, tagine lessons. We enjoyed our morning stretching though it did tend to get very hot even at 10.30am. The entertainment team are very friendly and went out of their way to speak to you. They would not pressure if you didnt want to join in, but the offer was there. A special mention goes to Salim (crazy!!) and Samir, two lovely guys. In the evening there was a mini disco from 8.30, then entertainment from 9.30, followed by disco from around 10.30. This took place in the nightclub, or in Zanzibar there was an organ player or singer though we didn't spend a lot of time in there. The evening entertainment was not the best, dance bingo a strange concept, and the shows partly in French. But you have to give them credit for trying and they work so hard and are so lovely that you can have a few drinks and just laugh along!
We didnt stay up past 11 most evenings but be warned if you are a party animal, the bar closes at 12 and they tell you to leave then as we discovered on our one late night! You could sit in reception after this but no alcohol.
We went on two trips through Thomson, the Marrakech discovery and the Road to Kasbahs. The Marrakech tour was mainly spent in palaces looking at very similar architecture, then rushed through the souks to a herbal place and a shop, obviously the tour guide is on commission! We didn't like the souks much as my daughter got hassled quite a bit despite covering up, and was even touched on the leg/behind by one man! We didn't feel brave enough to venture out on our own so the trip was a good opportunity to see a bit of Marrakech without the worry of getting lost. The 4 X 4 trip to the Atlas mountains however was very good. Though much of it spent driving, we were lucky enough to be in the car with the tour lead, and saw variety of different landscapes, we were driving through snow at one point! There was one hairy moment when we were stuck by some fallen rubble from the ravine but the car managed to drive over the top, just don't look down! There is a bus which runs from the hotel to Marrakech, but this doesn't run very often and once its full that's it. We took this once and went to the Artisan centre, a good place for souvenirs if you don't fancy the souks. However we were a bit rushed as we didn't want to miss the bus back. You could get a taxi if you wanted but we didn't want the hassle of trying to haggle the price!
One word of warning for Thomson customers, our flight was 6pm and we didn't leave the hotel until 4pm. The queues at the airport were extremely slow and consequently we had to rush straight through onto the plane and had no time for duty free shopping or even a drink!
However this review is mainly about the hotel and overall I would recommend this to anyone who wants a nice week in tranquil surroundings with activities if you want them. We felt for the price we paid it was very good value for money, was clean, staff friendly and food good. I wouldn't choose to go back to Marrakech as the world is a big place but we would definitely go back to this hotel if we just wanted to have a few days relaxing in the sun.
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Tikida Garden Hotel Marrakech
- Le Tikida Garden Marrakech
- Hotel Le Tikida Garden
- Tikida Garden Marrakech