I was a little concerned having read mixed reviews about this hotel, however my teenage daughter and I are on the last day of a weeks holiday at Es Saadi Gardens and Resort Hotel and have both had a wonderful time and want to come back. The hotel is located in a quiet residential area away from the madness of the medina, which, trust me, is a good thing. A taxi to the main square is about 20 dirham or it is a 20 minute walk.
One thing you should be aware of is that "Hotel" Saadi and the "Palace" Saadi, whilst part of the same group and also in the same grounds, sharing the same facilities (restaurants, nightclub, spas etc), have separate swimming pools for their respective guests. The Palace is a more expensive accommodation of the two and if you are looking for the ultimate in luxury and have the accompanying budget, then go for this one. The only difference in your experience will be the room you stay in and the size of the pool. Other than that the service and facilities available are of the same high standard.
The best thing about this hotel is the food in the gastronomic restaurant which is exquisite. We came full board, which I would recommend and so have eaten there nearly every lunch and dinner. My grandfather used to be head chef of the Savoy, London many years ago and so I know my food. I had the best roast beef I have had in many years for dinner last night, their home made ice cream is a delight and I could go on and on.. If you enjoy good food their main restaurant is a must, even if you are staying elsewhere, dine here as you won't be disappointed.
The staff are very polite and helpful (we speak French and this is the language we have been using)
The grounds are lovely and an after dinner stroll amongst the palm trees is a must.
There is also a lovely spa and a Casino, and although I haven't been to the nightclub, it had people from outside the hotel queuing up on a Tuesday night so it is clearly popular.
The hotel itself was built in the 1960's and the decoration is traditional and a little faded but the materials and used are top quality and it still has a sense of grandeur . The reception is mainly marble with a piano lounge bar and ample seating. We are staying in a Standard double room with a garden view, which is good size and the air conditioning is set to a certain pre determined temperature so cannot be regulated, but you have your own off and on switch. We are staying at the hottest time of year and we have been comfortable. There is a mini bar, safe, small balcony, flatscreen TV, small desk and wardrobe with plenty of space .The bed is very comfortable and big. The rooms are not high tech, but are comfortable and I would advise a garden or pool view as opposed to city (road). The towels are changed daily and the maid has been charming and efficient.
The pool boys and pool restaurant staff are very helpful and the loungers are wooden with nice thick mattresses. The pool is a good size and clean. Unlike a previous hotel we stayed in, there is full sunlight all day, which is what we wanted. There are large parasols for those who are looking for shade. The pool is surrounded by gardens and palm trees.
The only two constructive criticisms I have relate to the buffet breakfast:
1.The pigeons at breakfast time as it is served outdoors. I have a bit of a phobia about pigeons I have to say and dislike them coming close when I am eating. I hope the manager will try and sort out this problem before my next visit as they are a bit off putting. A continental breakfast can be served in your room at no extra charge if booked in advance.
2. The breakfast is buffet style, with waiters coming to the tables to bring tea and coffee. I think it would be more usual for a five star hotel to have someone cooking eggs (fried/poached/omelette) to order as opposed to pre cooked scrambled eggs.
These are minor points and there is a good range of sliced fresh fruit, pastries, salad and cerial, sausages, tomato and scrambled egges and mint tea, tea or coffee and fresh orange juice.
We have had a splendid time and found it to be very good value.hotel with great service and excellent range of facilities, with the chef of the gastronomique restaurant and staff making the difference between a good stay and an excellent one. I am hoping we can come back again next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An historical institution which opened its door in 1966. Fully renovated in 2005, this 5 star hotel mixes a unique nostalgic style with the latest hi-tech amenities. Top-level services are overseen by a “golden keys” Chief Concierge. Full access to all resort activities: Bars and Restaurants, Spas, Morrocan Diner-Show, Casino de Marrakech, Night Clubbing.Located in the heart of Marrakech, in the “Hivernage” residential area, and surrounded by 20 acres of beautiful gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Es Saadi Marrakech
- Hotel Es Saadi