Went as an extended family of 8 last August/ September.
Our first time to Morocco so wasn't sure what to expect. A good size hotel, not too big.
The hotel would benefit from a second swimming pool as during the peak season everyone is crammed in side by side and, as mentioned in other reviews, some people are down at the pool at the crack of dawn to bag a bed (you have to stay with the bed until 8am I believe or the pool attendant will remove your towel!
We really couldn't be bothered with all this malarkey as there are plenty of beds in the beautiful gardens just beyond the pool near the well kept tennis courts.
Soft drinks by the pool are self service but you have to go inside, where the buffet lunch is served, so at lunch time you have a mix of people who have got dressed or covered up to eat lunch queuing with bathers in swim wear dripping onto the floor! A bit odd. Having an outside refreshment station would sort this out and the staff wouldn't have to be constantly mopping the floor!
The food was very good for an all inclusive hotel with plenty of dishes to choose from. Some people say the food becomes repetitive but with so much choice each day it really isn't a problem.
Lets face it, if you visited any top restaurant 14 nights in a row back home, you would get bored of the menu!
The evening 'shows' take place down stairs below the hotel lobby, a bit hit and miss but they give it their all and it's worth a look.
The main bar in the evening gets VERY warm and although there is some air conditioning I'm not sure whether it just can't cope or if its left off to save money, but as smoking is allowed the heat and smoke can get a bit much. There are some nice patio areas where you can sit in the evening, but once again, there is nowhere to get a drink so you would have to walk back into the hotel. Through the lobby and into the bar each time. Not a major trauma but something that could be looked into, having said that Morocco probably gets quite cold in the evenings at low season so the management probably wouldn't want to invest in outside bars that would be closed for half the season. Rooms were fine, overlooking the gardens, all the staff work really hard and all seem happy in their jobs, which is usually a sign of a well managed hotel. The manager was always on hand, especially at meal times. A very pleasant man who would go out of his way to make sure everything is ok for you.
It was 45 degrees during the day when we were there, so drank plenty of bottled water which was available behind the reception (which is a nice touch, some AI hotels wouldn't dream of dishing out free bottled water)
All in all a grat holiday and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending The Riu Tikida Gardens to anyone.
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Tikida Garden Hotel Marrakech
- Le Tikida Garden Marrakech
- Hotel Le Tikida Garden
- Tikida Garden Marrakech