At the airport you will need to change up some money for Dirham, at present 13 to the pound, and when you go change it back. No problem.
This is a perfect place to hide from the real world for a few days, not far from the airport, though rather out of town if you are looking for somewhere to go with nightlife. We spent 6 nights here at the end of November so it was very quiet; bliss. The weather was warm and sunny and perfect for sitting by the pool. We had the Ambassadour Suite which is spacious and comfortable. Be warned, the television programmes in English are limited to BBC News and CNN News, so take plenty of good books or a DVD player for long evenings. This suite has a little private garden with acsess a pool only shared with two other suites. In November the pool is freezing, but still good to sit round in the sun. The steps in and out looked a bit scarey as they were so steep. The main pool is heated, it has a wierd shelf arrangement to get in and out, again, it wasn't easy. Half board is a good option as to buy a meal in the hotel is quite expensive and just popping out for a meal isn't really an option. The food was good, the same menu every night, so after six nights we had tried most things. My companion is vegetarian, the vegetarian option was vegetable tagine with cous cous and a green sauce. Safe to say cous cous is now banned from the house! Breakfast is stodgy, but fills you up, there was toast and hard boiled egg, cake, flat bread, jam, honey, fruit, cereal and milk. Lashings of coffee, tea and orange juice. Another warning, if you are not keen on birds in doors, avoid the restaurant. The birds have sussed this is where the food is and nip in to grab crumbs. They are very calm, not flapping, so we just shooed them out.
The big plus is how clean it is, I have never stayed in such a clean hotel, and the staff are warm and friendly. A trip to the Souk is a must, the hotel 'mini bus' is a good way to go. You can arrange to be picked up at a specfic time and it is very reliable. Both drivers we had were good fun, spoke a little English and loved our attempts at French.
The Souk is a laberynth of narrow streets and it's easy to get lost, however, the people of Marrakesh are all very helpful and they head you back in the right direction! We stopped for coffee and a meal in there and had no after effects! I suggest you go twice if you can. First time to get the feel of the place and second time to really enjoy it. Never pay more than half of the original starting price is great advice we were given. All in all it is a lovely hotel I would highly recommend for a total chill out week. I would definately go back for some Winter Sun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La maison des oliviers à l’écart des tumultes de la ville rouge est la destination rêvée pour un séjour à Marrakech. Vous retrouverez dans son architecture le charme du concept d’un Riad traditionnel, allié au confort le plus raffiné.Afin de vous relaxer durant votre séjour, un service bien être vous sera proposé. Des vacances pour le confort du corps et la curiosité de l’esprit.Notre établissement possède 10 chambres standard, 6 Suites Ambassadeur, 12 Suites sénior, 1 Suite Pacha, 1 Suite pour personne à mobilitée réduite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Maison Des Oliviers Hotel Marrakech
- La Maison Des Oliviers Marrakech