We spent three nights at Tigmiza Suites and Pavilions in mid June. We arrived late at night via the hotel arranged transfer and were greeted with fresh orange juice. Our room was large with a huge bath, separate shower and a very comfortable King sized bed.
The property is constructed to a very high standard and in addition to the individually styled suites in the main building there are larger apartments with small private pools and. There is a large pool surrounded by gardens and a smaller pool which we understand can be heated in cooler months. Given the high standard of the buildings we were surprised at the number of small native plants (weeds?) growing between the paving stones around the pool. Was this a Moroccan feature or just poor maintenance?
There is a Spa in the complex, as well as a cinema which can be hired for private viewings. We each had a massage in the spa which was very good.
Breakfast was served either in the restaurant or on a small patio. It was a very good continental breakfast with fresh fruit, toast, pastries, more of the wonderful orange juice and yogurt.
The hotel operates a shuttle to the Medina twice a day but the drop off/pick up point is about a 20 minute walk to the main square, from which one can enter the souks. The hotel is about a 20 minute drive to the medina which is just a little too far to be convenient.
We ate dinner once at the hotel and the food and service were good.
There was however one factor which was so notable during our stay. The hotel was deserted. We saw one other couple and aside from a few staff we saw no one else. This meant that there was no atmosphere with empty restaurants and no one in the lobby or around the pool. If you wanted to relax in luxurious surroundings and enjoy the quiet life then Tigmiza has much to offer. But you could do that at home. If you want to enjoy the colour, smells, vibrancy and cultural differences which make Marrakech such a fantastic destination you need to be prepared to travel in and out of the hotel regularly during your stay.
Obviously we were there at the end of the season and other guests have really enjoyed their stay at Tigmiza. It is a very well presented property and we would recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Bab Atlas, in the very heart of the Palmeraie of Marrakech, Tigmiza, in Berber, Izza's House, is a Guest House full of charm.A colorful place where the universes coexist in harmony and where each space tells a story, a journey. ... more less
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