Myself and my parents had decided to go on a break but could'nt agree on where to go, so as a second choice for all, we chose Marrakech. Choosing a hotel was not easy as looking at the reviews online there was good and bad said about most hotels/raids. In the end we chose Le Meridien.
Le Meridien is set in a more quiet, calm part of Marrakech called Hivernage. This could be described as a poor mans Beverley Hills - a lot of 5 star hotels and villas are in the area and a few bars/restaurants that attract a young crowd. The north and south Medinas and the new town Gueliz are about a half hour walk away of few minutes by taxi. With that in mind, it was important that all aspects of the hotel were of a decent standard.
Le Meridien is a decent hotel. When you arrive, you are greeting with a serving of mint tea, something that I was to have a lot more of in the stay there! The reception lobby is nice and the staff there are very friendly. Our room was good, nothing too spectacular, but good beds, a decent bathroom, and overall clean and well maintained by the staff. The gardens that surround the hotels are very scenic and very much add the pleasant experience of staying in this hotel.
The hotel has a snack bar (next to the pool), a bar, an italian restaurant, and a mediteranian restaurant as well a seperate breakfast dining area. Now we are 3 vegetarians and the catering area is something that all hotels and restaurants in Marrakech as a whole could be better and this is one area for improvement if it really is aiming to be a top tourist destination.
Pizza and pasta were the main options for us (inside and outside the hotel) which we ok, but got a bit repetative. It was only on the last day we actually bothered to look at the room service menu and pleaseantly suprised to find a few more veggie options, including veg samosas and veg resotto which were very nice. Its a shame that these veggie options were'nt available at the snack bar or main bar - something that the hotel will hopefully make a note of as a room for improvement. The breakfasts were good, though another suggestion for improvement would be to add a few more brown/ wholemeal bread options instead of so many white bread options
The hotel offers the chance to go on some excursions around Marrakech through the concierge who was helpfull. We did a half day excursion of the Atlas mountains where we had a guide to drive us there, meet with the berber people and have a spot of lunch. That was a good excursion and one that I would recommend. We just spent 4 full days in Marrakech, but with more time, we may have done 1 or more excursions to other places further away. That said, just to sit out n the sun by the pool was nice itself.
Overall we enjoyed our time in Marrakech. We were happy with the choice of hotel and Marrakech as a destination. Its less than 4 hours from London and still away from Europe and Le Meridien is a decent hotel at a reasoable price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Handsome Hotel located in the heart of the Minera residential district. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien n`Fis Hotel Marrakech
- Le Meridien Marrakech
- Marrakech Le Meridien
- Le Meridien Hotel Marrakech