I read with some concern some of the other reviews but my concerns were completely unfounded.
Yes the hotel is largely occupied by a French tour company - however there were other English people there during our stay. And yes the staff speak French-as is the case with the country as a whole. We found the staff to always be friendly and helpful and we were able to get by with a few words of French and some gesticulating! To be honest I was more embarrassed at my inability to speak any language other than English rather than irritated by them speaking to me French. In Morocco generally French is spoken-there is limited English spoken so if you're not going to like that don't go!
The hotel is very nice and in lovely grounds-a welcome retreat from the madness that awaits beyond the gates! The rooms are quite basic but very clean and the beds were very comfortable! The pool area was lovely but I imagine the pool feels small in the height of the summer. The food was great-usually always some traditional Moroccan fare along with the usual chips etc. My husband is vegetarian and always managed to eat well-if you're a fussy eater you may struggle a bit. I've never been anywhere where the all inclusive soft drinks are Coca Cola, Sprite, Fanta etc (by which i mean branded soft drinks) and the servings of spirits are generous to say the least (and not watered down!).
The entertainment is in French-we're not that bothered about the entertainment when we go away-but the tour reps are happy to include you if you want to be included. They are also more than happy for you to use the ping pong, mini golf, tennis etc.
Overall I'd highly recommend it. It's close enough to the centre to not have to pay a massive taxi fare to get in, but is far enough out to have lovely grounds and feel relaxing. Go with an open mind and a few words of French and you'll be fine!
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