Marrakech is a really chaotic, crazy and crumbling destination to holiday in. Everyone thought we should have stayed in a Riad in the centre but as we had two grown up children (both over 18) we opted for the all-inclusive option. The idea was that they would sit by the pool for a few days while we did the history and culture thing. However, exceptionally cool and wet weather for early April dampened our plans, and we spent each day visiting the souks.
I have to say that the Tikida Garden was a beautiful, tranquil setting and wonderful escape from the centre. All the public areas were magnificently managed - leave a cup or a plate for a moment and it is whisked away, as was any litter. Although smoking is permitted we were in a non-smoking block very close to the pool. We also hardly noticed any smoking in the restaurants.
Food was plentiful in the restaurant. Not always fantastic, but loads of choice. Service was brilliant. The small a la carte Moroccan restaurant on site was terrific - it only seated about 40 people and you needed to book. Very well worth it.
So why not 5 stars? Really it was the room that let things down; it wasn't 4 star quality. The air con didn't work and the safe needed fixing (always seems to happen to me); the fridge didn't seem to work and the alarm clock was broken. The room phone was dodgy too. To be honest, they did fix most things quite quickly, and they gave us a blank card key so we could keep the electricity on (and then the fridge worked). The bathroom wasn't brilliant and the shower went from cold to boiling hot.
The free shuttle bus to the centre was sometimes over subscribed and only took you to the new part of the city. So we usually took a taxi from the hotel gates, and picked another up from the centre to come back.
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Tikida Garden Hotel Marrakech
- Le Tikida Garden Marrakech
- Hotel Le Tikida Garden
- Tikida Garden Marrakech