I stayed here with 2 female friends from 12th to 19th March 2013.
We arrived later in the evening, but made it in time for dinner....just.
The waiter was lovely, he brought us the leftover cakes to our table as we were the last people in the resturant.
The staff at reception were very helpful, the staff in the resturant were happy to help.
The lobby is stunning, the hotel is spotlessley clean.
The room we had was on the 2nd floor. 3 single beds as requested, quick check-in.
The rooms are a bit dated compared to the lobby but everything worked.
The beds were very comfortable with duvets. The TV had english speaking channels.
The maids came in every day and left clean towels and toiletries.
The food in the resturant is great. The omelettes in the morning are fab, the evening meals were lovely. The hotel was quiet during the week days and got really busy at the weekends. There were some squabbels at dinner time as some folk will just go on holiday to complain and find fault, we on the other hand went on holiday to have a fun, relaxing time. If your nice to people they will in turn be nice to you!!!!
The staff at reception re-charged my electronic cigarette every day with no issues. They were always smiling.
The bar in the hotel is very expensive though, and they write the amount on a bit of scrap paper so its hard to tell wether your perhaps getting ripped off a bit, but again, your on holiday so its not a big issue.
My only complaint is the entertainment in the bar. Its the same guy every night with an organ and he sings a lot of depressing stuff in Arabic. We are all in our 40's and 50's, we dont want to go clubbing, but we struggled to listen to that stuff most nights.
The pool is stunning, but beware............ITS FREEZING COLD.
Not much for kids to do, so wouldn,t really say its a family hotel.
Free internet access in the hotel lobby.
The medina is well within walking distance as is McDonalds, KFC and Pizzahut. We were halfboard so enjoyed eating out at lunch time.
If your a shopaholic like the two I travelled with, you will be dissapointed at the Medina. Its full of Tac,Tac, and more Tac. Most locals will happily barter with you, but be prepared to get ripped off if you choose to buy. Watch out for the young lads who want to take you off the beat and track. Your safe enough and they will say they don't want any money to take you places as they are going that way, but at some point you will be paying someone. They take you all the way to the Tannery, but the guy that takes you through the Tannery will expect yo to pay him. They then take you to the only leather shop at the back of the Tannery and they will expect you to buy something. Stay confident and stay polite and you will be fine. We felt slightly intimidated but never frightened, dont loose your rag with the locals, its not worth it and you will get much more help if your just plain nice to them. Enjoy the haggle, laugh with them as some of them have a fantastic sense of humour.
Be prepared for the smell in the Tannery, it will make you loose your lunch.
The Medina at night is slightly more intimidating and watch out for guys following you all over the place especially if your 3 females on your own. We had one guy tailing us for ages. My friend went straight up to him and told him to Go Away in a stern tone. He dissappeared and we never seen him again. Dont mess with a scottish burd.lol.
We went on two excursions, one to The Fantasia experience, with two chaps who could speak both French and Arabic, this was a great laugh, quite basic and again, Tac, but still a nice night.
We also booked an excursion to the Atlas mountains, were you get a jeep drive up to the mountains, you meet a Berber family, you visit a herb factory and you have lunch in a morrocan hotel overlooking the mountains. Great day, lovely guides, lovely place, no pressure to buy,buy,buy. Well worth the money.
All in all, I had a great time in Marrakech it was well worth the money we paid. I wouldnt return but thats because I dont tend to go to the same place twice. Dont expect 5 star luxury, expect 3 star comfort.
Top tip......if your female, dont wander about the place wearing boob tubes and short skirts. If you do, expect unwelcome attention from the young men and looks of sheer disgust from the moroccon woman and older men. They dont like it one bit and they find it insulting. I know this because I did ask some of the locals.
Go, visit, experience, enjoy. We did.
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