As one drives in, first impressions are un-prepossessing with an untidy look about the place and no indications of where reception is. It turns out there is no reception area as such, just a desk between the tiny kitchen area and the pool surrounds. The Villa itself is 3-star at best, and in a pretty modest state of repair with cracked concrete, unweeded paths and un-cut grass. The vitally important heated pool was far too cold to use. On arrival we were unexpected and the Villa full. This turned out to be an admin problem on the Villa's part as the booking agents were able to prove that a confirmation booking had been sent 3 weeks before (denied by Villa 55). Farouk, the chef, is a lovely man but he is not the man to be handling a major booking problem! He was stuck with us on his own and tried his best, but ............ to his credit he did get us in to a good hotel in the area (The Pullman, Palmeria) for the first night - at shortly after midnight.
The proprieter was unavailable and the admin secretary was more interested in her baby than any difficulties (perhaps understandable but you do not tell the customer that!). In the end it was the booking agents (Michelle at Jetline Holidays) who sorted us out handsomely by providing a top hotel for the last 2 nights and a bottle of Fizz to calm our nerves.
In short the Villa would suit those on a back-packing holiday or on a tight budget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa 55 is a charming boutique hotel, situated near Marrakech, in the heart of the Palmeraie. At 15 minutes from the famous Djemal el Fna place, the Villa 55 is also located one hour from the ski resort of Oukaimeden, and in a few minutes of the finest golf courses in Morocco. The hotel is composed of 8 individuals suites and 2 rooms. Scattered around a beautiful outdoor heated swimming pool, all suites of the villa are very comfortable and subtly decorated with fabrics and furnishings combining the elegance and the Moroccan tradition. They all have an area of about 80 m2 and a garden. Some suites can accommodate up to 5 people, they are composed of a double bed, two benches separated, a single bed, a bathroom with shower and toilet separated, hairdryers are also available to you provision. The rooms have air conditioning, heating and some fireplace for chilly nights of winter. You will discover Moroccan dishes prepared by our chef, with vegetables form our organic vegetagles garden ... more less
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