We stayed for three nights after seeing lovely photos (and it's pretty cheap coming from the UK!) so i was a bit disappointed on getting there to find a 5 story block hotel, very 90s style and not in the best upkeep.
The gardens are beautiful but there was some quite noisy building work we weren't advised of, and the enormous pool - which looks stunning - was empty and taped off, with no explanation. The smaller pool we did sit by was great though, but not the best view of the empty, taped off adjacent pool.
There are a number of restaurants but we couldn't actually find most of them - the staff's English was fairly limited and we weren't offered any information on arrival, there's also no map of the complex. We went to the pool bar for lunch which was fine, not great, and looking at £8/9 for a salad, more for larger meals - at the palace pool its around £18 for a burger. They also wouldn't serve alcohol, not sure why but i'm guessing for Ramadan which is fair enough, but made where you could get drinks quite limited.
The hotel was pretty much empty, and we found Hivernage very quiet too, perhaps because its Ramadan though i'm not sure why there weren't more tourists. The city was bustling though and a great place to visit so we just stayed at the pool or headed to the city - its walkable, or should be max 40 dirhams in a cab - haggling is key!
All in all the hotel was nice enough and a really good price for a short sun break, but I was disappointed by the closures, and the staff weren't hugely helpful but the language barrier was a bit of an issue - most people there were French.
- 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