My friend and I have just returned from a 1 week holiday in Marrakech, staying half board at the Hotel Zahia. The hotel is situated on a very busy street in the new town of Gueliz. There are several shops, restaurants and a supermarket all just a short walk away. The old town & market, Jemaa el Fna are a just under a couple of miles from the Hotel. Our room was clean but very basic, the beds were very firm. The tv has no remote control but they do have English speaking channels, one being a movie channel. The phone in the room was the old style rotary, not that we used it. Our room was cleaned daily and fresh towels were given daily also. The chambermaid was lovely and very friendly.
Using the lift is an interesting experience, sometimes it would stop between floors and the lights would go out, don't panic though, you just have to press the button a few times to get it moving again, on one occasion we had to hold the button down for the entire journey, you learn quickly that the lift is temperamental so if you are nervous in lifts I suggest you take the stairs.
The hotel does NOT have a restaurant, it has a sort of cafe serving coffee/tea and some cold drinks (no food) it is frequented by some locals. The pool is at the rear of the hotel/cafe and anyone who visits can sit in the pool area. The breakfast is served in the cafe area, it's the same everyday, chocolate croissants, french bread, coffee/tea and orange juice.
Our evening meal was at a local restaurant, every evening you go to reception collect a piece of paper to prove you can eat for free and then walk to the restaurant which is about a 2 minute walk away. The food in the restaurant was lovely, although you need to like pasta or pizza as those are the main dishes on offer. You can buy alcohol in the restaurant but this and any other drinks are not included as part of the half board meal, you must pay for them.
The staff are mostly friendly and helpful, they speak a little english, but it's worth knowing a little french as everything is written in french and most of the people in Marrakech speak it.
The hotel is clean but needs updating, don't use the toilets in the cafe, they are dreadful even the staff told us not to use them! There are toilets and changing rooms by the pool, wear shoes to go in them as they have a lot of ants on the floors. The pool is clean and cold, due to the buildings round the hotel the sun is blocked out from the pool area by about 3 o clock.
We enjoyed our stay at the hotel, you have to be slightly forgiving of the standards of some of the facilities, the staff do their best with what they have. I would stay at the hotel again.
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