We were lucky enough to stay in this hotel during the recent ash storm and managed to get an addtional 4 days, thank you iceland (the country not the supermarket)
we stayed in room 1026 and while sitting on the toliet if you look to the right and count 5 tiles across and 3 up you will see a small hairline crack approx 6 mm long on the tile and for that reason we can only rate this hotel 3/5 as this spolit my holiday?!?!? :-)some people and the diverse reports amaze me,
This hotel was excellent value for money and we personally feel a good distance from the souks. The food had a very wide choice (blah blah the food was very repetitive blah...) there is massive choice if you decide to have a bit of everything every day then a bit of everything becomes repetitive, if you actually stick to having one/two types of meal per sitting you could go weeks before eating the same thing. was a bit disapointed with the italian and Morrocan restaurant as food was very similar to the buffet and although the surroundings were nicer than main restaurant the fact it was not table service didnt quite do it for me, both were very easy to get into and the waiters in the main restaurant were always approaching guests for bookings, (you must try the BRAIN in the morrocan yum??!) dress code in all restaurants was very casual and dress shorts for men were acceptable. the rooms were very spacious and much bigger than expected, nice to have a separate toliet/bidet to main bathroom where you had a powerful shower over the bath. our room was on the ground floor and very quiet unless maid was in room above juggling furniture. the pool area was very nice but beds and umbrellas were a problem to get and many were pre reserved by the pool boys for guests who had slipped them a few dirhams, you can easily do this and you will also recieve the short-shorts A-list experience.
the pool is very large and quite fresh (its cold). lots of sports activities availble during the day, i really liked the beach(sand) volleyball and as we were stranded due too ash we were a pretty good team by day 34!! there are also 2 foot/basket/tennis ball courts and 2 wiffwaff tables. you get a towel card when you check in that you swap for towels by the pool as and when you need too, evening shows were poor, the staff work very hard but Rui you need to get more outside acts in, example a magician, comedian or even if you are doing a berber show get some actual berbers in! the drinks were ok as we drunk wine and lager (not together!) you recieved a bottle of wine with dinner, well as many bottles as you want, the rose and white were drinkable and the lager was pretty good, largers are also nice if your fed up of normal lager:-) there is lots of smokers around the bar but it didnt bother us much and i am very anti smoke, if it bothered us we just moved tables-end of drama.
TRIPS the bus was very handy about a 15 minute ride which went by very quickly as the sites from the windows on way easily filled the time (how many can you get on a moped?) the distant was good as you went back to calm after the hustle and bustle, we went into the souks approx 5 times and really enjoyed it, the first time was a real culture shock and we rushed through, the second time we went with another really nice couple cant remember there names and it was much more relaxed as when one of you embarked on the role of chief barter the others could browse without hassle, watch out for the henna witches, mopeds and people trying to put snakes and monkeys on you for photos, the orange juice from the carts 3 dirham was squeezed in front of you and was very refreshing. going at night is very different from the day i suggest you try both, we got the last bus 7pm in and made our way back by taxi (always 100 dirham) which was no hassle and you could be back for last dinner 10.30, we had a caliche ride (horse drawn carriage), around the surrounding wall and in the souks 1 hour for 4 of us 1= 150 dirhams which i felt was good value, we organized a couple of other trips indepently which were both excellent - marrakechbyair hot air balloon ride was fantastic with berber village visit, brunch and camel ride included. also had a quadbiking and canyoning itrip in the foothills of the atlas mountains trip organized by morrocan adventures aka splash white water rafting excellent day. there is free wifi in the reception stretching to the main restaurant which was very handy. overall an excellent value hotel to base yourself while experiencing the culture of marrackech,
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