We didn't do the traditional riad in Medina Marrakech experience as just wanted to chill for a week so stayed just outside in the quiet and upmarket Hivernage district near the glorious Mamounia Hotel. The Es Saadi Resort is split in two, the stunning Palace with beautiful pool and landscaped gardens, casino and Dior spa etc (worth it if you can afford it!) and the very satisfactory hotel. We stayed in a suite on the top (fifth) floor overlooking the pool with a view of the palm grove and Atlas mountains. The suite had a little kitchen area and lobby, a large sitting room with desk and TV and balcony and a good sized double bedroom, again with balcony, plenty of wardrobes and a TV plus an ensuite bathroom with separate shower and separate loo. There was a big bowl of fruit waiting for us on arrival and flower petals scattered everywhere - a nice touch. There was some noise at night from people leaving the casino (I think mainly the concierge's yelling for taxis!) and the rooms were unbearably hot at night as no proper air-conditioning, plus our european plugs didn't fit the sockets for some reason. But those little niggles aside our room was great and having a balcony you could lie on in the afternoon to get some privacy away from the pool, was brilliant. The spa was great to - I had the most amazing hammam, body scrub and massage - highly recommended. The gardens around the resort are beautiful, filled with orange trees and huge palms. The breakfast room was a bit dark but food plentiful and was great when weather improved and we could sit outside by the pool. The restaurant for dinner was superb and we had some wonderful meals - top tip filet steak flambed by your table-side. All the staff are really friendly and helpful and as this is a French-owned hotel, if you can speak a smattering of French that will be a big help. Loved Marrakech, especially the parks and gardens (the Majorelle at 10am before the crowds get there is an absolute must and don't miss out of the berber museum there also). We really enjoyed a carriage (caleche) ride through the kasbah at evening when everyone gathering for supper and the sun is just setting. We paid 250dh for this... (about 25 euros) probably too much but that is the downside of Marrakech - you have to haggle for everything and negotiate a price before you do a thing, even for a taxi. We got ripped off in the souks because we had only just arrived, were tired, it was raining, we were splashed with mud and not in the mood for arguing over the cost of things we didn't even really want to buy! So, if you're going souvenir hunting, be prepared and make sure you know exactly how much your pound is worth! Will definitely go back as this is a great winter sun destination with culture, scenery, an almost biblical sense of history and atmosphere and good food and hotels. Top tip - restaurant Table du Marche near the Hivernage Hotel is a hip continental restaurant serving great French food with a Moroccan twist.
Fifth floor suite overlooking pool or gardens are spacious and have a lovely balcony with a sun loun...
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