Located a 20/25 minute walk from Djemma El Fna, Es Saadi offers a comfortable retreat from Marrakech. Rooms are large and spacious and staff very helpful and friendly. our room was cleaned daily and beds were beautifully comfy
A taxi to Gueliz or Djemma El Fna will set you back between 20/30d (£2approx) but expect the drivers to try and get 50/60d out of you - walk away and you'll soon be called back to pay the standard price (not much I know but who likes to be ripped off? And once someone senses you're gullible you risk being taken to any numbers of souks/restaurants). The walk was a bit of a pain but was relatively hassle-free (compared to Egypt if you've been) Two tricks to watch out for. One: more than once we were followed by someone who approached us and claimed to be "from Es Saadi"; whilst situation didn't turn unpleasant it still took them 10 mins to cotton on that we weren't going to be led into restaurants and shops and those minutes felt a little awkward. Two: Chap approached us on our first day offering to be a guide and warning us of "hassle". Having been to several African nations we were fully prepared and found Marrakech to be easier than Egypt and Kenya; a simple 'no thanks' is all that is required.
Returning to the hotel, we found the dining facilities for breakfast not to our liking, staff appeared rushed and flies buzzing into the dining room and so we opted, after the first day, to order room service for breakfast at no additional cost (bar a small tip for the waiter).
Finally, for great restaurants, look away from Djemma. We found much better, equally affordable dining in Gueliz on a road called Rue Yugoslavie. Whilst the road looks deserted there are a number of nice eateries who real charm is only to be discovered by exploring beyond the often disappointing frontages. It cost approx 20d and, if you're brave enough (not that you'd be in any danger) it is a 20 minute walk back to Es Saadi.
- 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