We have just returned from a fab holiday in Marrakech and stayed at Albakech house for two weeks. We found the staff nothing but friendly, helpful and just totally lovely!
The staff - Firstly their main language is Arabic but they speak fluent French and most also speak English, I know few British people who can speak another language, let alone three! Communication was not a problem for us - and considering the hotel manager Adam is Scottish you should have no problem. The staff were all professional and friendly and we felt nothing but safe and slightly pampered! All of the staff within Albakech house made us feel welcome and added to our fantastic holiday. We were served a lovely personal breakfast everyday and would totally recommend the Moroccan tea (yum!) The breakfast fuelled us for a full day of exploring.
The Hotel - the rooms are amazing!! We had a huge room with views of the Atlas mountains. The room and the hotel itself is immaculate, decorated in true Moroccan style and had air con to cool you down after a day in the sun. When you arrive you can not help but be struck by the beauty of this hotel. The hotel is quiet and calm, and after a full day exploring Marrakech it was great to have a pool and garden area to sit and chill in. The pool is spotless and we found a day round the pool perfect to recharge our batteries ready for the next days activities. Morocco is a dry country (no booze!) so you will not find a mini bar in your room. We had read up before we left so didn't expect this. If you feel the need for booze, you are able to buy it from the large supermarket which is a two minute walk away and the hotel are quite happy to refridgerate this for you so you can have a cheeky drink or two in the hotel or the staff can point you in the direction of a restaurant that has a licence. We settled for a cool fruit juice or a large bottle of water to rehydrate!
Location - As mentioned above, the hotel is on the outskirts of the hustle and bustle which is a huge blessing! We would recommend booking the transfers with the hotel beforehand. The driver was waiting for us as we arrived at the airport and saved our tired heads from haggling with a taxi driver (or paying over the odds) Taxis are easy to find, actually they will usually find you, so getting around is easy. We walked quite a lot, you can find places of interests easily by just heading towards the minarets that tower above the other buildings in the area. There is a large mall two minutes walk away, here they have restaurants, shops and a large supermarket where you can stock up on water and suncream (or anything really) and a couple more minutes walk will take you to the Palm Plaza, a hotel where you can exchange your money.
Marrakech - I had read everything there was to read before we left to make sure I was dressed correctly and followed all the rules, once there we found it a little uneccessary. It is worth learning the arabic for hello, thank you and please - the shop keepers, taxi drivers etc are over the moon when you use their language. You do not need to wear polo necks and long trousers, but, like everywhere in the world, if you wear a boob tube and a pair of hot pants you will attract more attention than when wearing a T-shirt and a pair of longer length shorts/linen trousers. If in doubt about anything, especially places to visit, just ask the staff within the hotel, they will tell you the best places to go and best things to see and do.
Splash Morocco are also based within the hotel, they offer day trips and activity days - we can recommend this company also - Andy is the most chilled out and knowledgable guide and took us on a day trip to the mountains - fantastic!! Andy, like Adam the hotel manager is also Scottish so communication will be no problem (they also speak fluent arabic - Amazing to hear!)
We would recommend Albakech house to everyone - you WILL have a fantastic stay (we are already planning out next trip in November) and we enjoyed every second of our holiday thanks to the fab service within this gorgeous hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Albakech House, a British Moroccan owned luxury riad situated in the new Touristic area of Agdal, only 5 minutes from the airport, medina and new town. Situated right next door to Pacha Marrakech complex and the Almazar shopping centre which has lots of restaurants offering a wide range of cuisine. Come meet Adam and the team at this fantastic location with panoramic views of the Atlas Mountains. Experience the beauty of Marrakech, in a relaxed, friendly and welcoming setting. We offer excellent customer service and complete comfort. You'll never want to leave! Come and join us aboard the Marrakech Express, for a stay you will never forget! ... more less
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