First the caution: this is an expensive place to stay, there is no doubt about it.
That said everything from arrival is five star. There are 2 pools, one cooled and the other [I guess] sun heated. The pool furniture is some of the best I have seen and the attendants attentive. There is good quality shade everywhere outside and even hammocks for babies (this is important for our little one). I arrived ahead of the rest of my family due to my connections and no room was ready (this was expected), once the appointed check in time arrived I was very lucky to be upgraded to a suite with pool and Atlas Mountain views. Any minor issues were dealt with quickly.
There was a general-manager's reception on the Monday night with a couple of free drinks and also some lovely local delicacies. That night our whole suite was decorated with rose petals and candles as well, which was lovely.
One of the highlights each day for us was breakfast (which we had included in the room rate). This is a good multi-national buffet style, but the staff were very nice to us (probably our child being cute helped - thanks Abdilah, Fatima-Zahra, Hicham, Brahim, Rachida, Roch, Beid, Essaid) who went out of their way to help us.
Personally I would skip the other meals in the hotel and go-light on the drinks if you are on a budget, the hotel is within the rather boring Hiverage area, but it is a small walk to the Souks of the Madina (old town), where there are many places to eat and drink.
I am glad we came here, as I personally needed this sort of rest, but do remember the budget warning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by a splendid garden and fountains, Sofitel Marrakech is a premier Marrakech Morocco hotel. Its 346 Marrakech hotel rooms offer terraces or balconies with views of the mountains, swimming pool, or gardens. Guests at this luxury hotel in Marrakech, Morocco, will enjoy restaurants serving local and international cuisine, 3 bars, a nearby nightclub, a poolside snack bar, 3 bars, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness centre with a Jacuzzi, and a Turkish steam bath and gym. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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