We are a three child family, stayed for a week , 1-8 April 2013. The main thing is, we had a deeply relaxing week, slept lots, and loved it.
- This is a beautifully (lwu) designed place, only a couple of years old, with a style that is both very modern and retains a strong Moroccan traditional spirit. Photos don't really capture this. Our two-bedroom Riad with kitchen was based around a courtyard, with lots of light. There's a very pleasing irregular feel to the whole compound (eg the pool isn't rectangular but slightly off-kilter). A really pleasant place to be.
- The gardens are very well maintained, full of flowers, and almost every doorway and window is festooned with climbers and creepers. The birdsong was lovely.
- The swimming pool is great - lined with limestone and heated on 1 April but not on 3rd, my three-year old found it a little chilly when unheated but 8-10 year olds and parents were happy in it. Our 3-year old splashed a lot in the (unheated) baby pool which is just next to the main pool but with a wall so a young toddler can't wander straight into the big pool. There's also a quieter non-swimming pool which didn't get used much except by the odd couple having a quiet read.
- The restaurant is another beautifully designed building, with brickwork vaulting and a modern central space which only holds 10-12 tables. The hotel is a great size - even when full there are not a large number of people so no tour groups while we were there, and a nice mix of families, couples, olds, from a wide range of countries.
- The staff worked hard to be helpful. They all appeared to really enjoy working there. We asked for a corkscrew in the room, the guy must have sprinted.
- We used the bus into town three times. Sometimes overpacked but a really useful service.
Not so good:
- The food tasted good but when there for a week it would be nice to have a little more variation - just a daily special would provide this. And breakfast, while nice, could have been more varied - eg the markets in town were piled with strawberries but the fruit salad was always the same apple/banana combo; and the croissants could have been fresh baked especially at a French-run hotel. We'd have liked more ice creams / poolside treats.
- Some little niggles which didn't bother us much once used to them - bath hard to unplug; bedside lights faulty (quickly fixed by staff); one door lock wouldn't turn and others a bit stiff.
- The kids activities are bit 'token' - 'kids club' doesn't mean organised activities - but our 10 year old enjoyed the small football area; there was ping pong and babyfoot. The hotel's not focussed on children but there were plenty there and ours certainly loved it.
- We had massages in the spa and my wife was offered a male masseur (no thanks!) and they were a little offhand with her.
- It poured with rain for one day and the window frames couldn't cope!
- Distance from town wasn't an issue for us. Planes fly over from the airport but there are so few this didn't bother us; most were light aircraft.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The residence Adama is located 10 minutes by shuttle from Jemaa-El-Fna and has a panoramic view of the Atlas mountains. It offers a heated lagoon swimming pool, spa facilities and free Wi-Fi internet access.The traditional Moroccan houses are set in a quiet garden and are fully equipped with flat-screen satellite TV, washing machine, coffee maker and balcony or terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Adama By Residhotel Hotel Marrakech