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“Great hotel shame about the neighbours!” 4 of 5 stars
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Es Saadi Gardens & Resort
Ranked #125 of 504 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Worthing, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great hotel shame about the neighbours!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

We are leaving the Es Saadi hotel after a fabulous week's stay. We found the staff to be extremely helpful and friendly from the concierge who gave us maps and answered all our queries to the pool bar staff who we don't recognise from previous reviews. My schoolgirl french came in handy and I accept that although there don't appear to be enough sun beds on first sight, the pool guys are always willing to find room for you and will produce a parasol from nowhere it seems! The bar food is always good value for money. The rooms are very pleasant, big bed, and the chambermaid always leaves it spotless. Ok, balcony isn't huge but that's not a reason to down mark this hotel. We stayed on a B&B basis and the choice at breakfast is excellent and set in lovely surroundings. Our only reason for not giving full marks is the casino/disco next door at the palace. It seems that at 5.30am when they all go home the majority of the locals feel the road out of the casino is actually a pit lane and we experienced high octane revving from engines and beeping horns for about 1/2hr. Then it returns to the sound of birdsong which is lovely. As for taxis we walked round the corner every morning and picked up a petit taxi to get us into the city NEVER paid more than 20 MAD! A little spoken french and a smile goes a long way here!

Room Tip: A pool view room on the highest floor may be a good choice.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

The photos and description is of the "PALACE" but if you think you are getting a good price then you are only paying for the "HOTEL".

all the reviews below that give raving reviews are all for the PALACE.... Have a look at the top of the page where it says "ES SAADI GARDENS & RESORT - HOTEL" even when i clicked on the button to review it, its changed to PALACE.

You are NOT getting the same deal as what these reviews below are talking about!


There is a massive difference, all the pictures you see of the lovely indoor pool and the outdoor pool with the bar and bridges and the beautiful gardens surrounding it, THEY ARE OUT OF BOUNDS FOR HOTEL GUESTS!

The hotel guests get a smaller pool with not enough sunbeds and people arguing and fighting for spots around the pool.

THIS AD IS EXTREMELY MISLEADING!!!

This is not a 5 star hotel. It is a basic 4 star.

The Palace which is next to the hotel is a slap in the face to what you're not allowed to do, there is a very big gap between the standards, including the service.


this is a very sly tactic of and they are ripping you off. find another resort.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Cairo, Egypt
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104 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

The hotel compared to the palace next door just in terms of lobby and general I pression is very poor like a low 3 star hotel. The rooms are quite small for the location and the furniture and carpeting is just horrible looks like 20 years old. I had to call housekeeping 3 times to get all the bathroom amenities as every time I needed to use something I found it was missing. Plus they told me no conditioner is available they finally gave me one from the palace. The so called spa is very poor with small rooms and a tiny changing room. The lobby bar has no skilled bartender they do not even know how to make a cosmopolitan ..... And my room had a view of the street and was noisy...

Room Tip: Not with a view of the street for sure
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We have just returned from a 4 day stay at this hotel. The moment you arrive you are treated with the greatest respect. Doors are opened, luggage is taken care of. We asked to upgrade to a suite, there wasn't one available in the hotel so they offered one of the bungalows opposite the pool. This was spacious and had a lovely large bathroom. The furniture was traditional but somehow made the rooms look dark. We were right opposite the pool which was ok but lacked a little privacy compared to a hotel room. It was extremely relaxing with the sound of water trickling in the pool and the birds singing amongst the trees. We used the spa so as to experience a hammam. This was definitely an experience! Good fun. The spa in the palace is luxurious but double the cost. We went into the palace part of the hotel....beautiful. The gym is situated here and is very clean and spacious. We went into the casino which can be very smokey, but had an enjoyable time. The restaurant in the hotel is very good with excellent service, not cheap but worth at least one visit. Breakfast was plentiful and very relaxing and you could enjoy it either indoors or in the garden.
We ventured away from the hotel to visit the souks etc, best to take a taxi, they can take you straight there, this cost 50 dirhams. You cannot get maps free of charge so might be best to print some off before hand. Overall, we had one of the most relaxing short breaks in a long time. We could not fault the hotel or the staff.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank sparkle1966
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

If you are looking for 5* then you will be disappointed, like most of the hotels In Marrakesh there is an 80's feel to this place BUT that seems to be the case for most of the mid range hotels in the resort.. That is my ONLY complaint of this hotel

we booked into an Atlas suite and it was so spacious we started to refer to it as a flat, a small one mind !! we did take a peek in a few of the rooms and some had slightly better bathrooms but apart from that they were all very similar.. very clean and with spacious balconies.. The kitchen areas though needed some attention

All that said the concierge and the service in general was absolutely 5*. This hotel should pride themselves on their main attraction.. knowledgeable friendly staff and what felt like an extremely safe environment. The grounds are also stunning and the food superb in the evenings and just the ticket in the days!!

Be aware Marrakesh is only slightly cheaper than England though, this isn't a low budget holiday an 5 days is enough there is very little to see there.

Room Tip: Definately spend the money on a suite, you wont be disappointed
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank loz61
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Honestly this is right on the cusp of being a five star review, but I get the feeling our stay was so excellent because we went off season.

We stayed in the Atlas Suite on the corner of the hotel and thought it was overall lovely.

Positives
- The suite was massive, and the cleaning staff were in and out every time you left to turn down the bed, hoover and tidy behind you. Incredible service.
- The concierge staff were incredibly helpful, polite and welcoming. The vast majority of the staff were, but the concierge's and the restaurant staff spoke the best English.
- The bed was enormous. You could go with a friend and share the double bed without ever even touching.
- The restaurant was absolutely delcious, half board would be a wise investment.
- The pool was kept clean and sparkling, and pleasantly cool when you were trying to escape the merciless heat.
- The grounds were beautiful, and use of the gym facilities in the palace was very welcome and extremely convenient.

Negatives
- the mountains were partially visible on a couple of occasions, the room is advertised for it's stunning view of them but the air is constantly full of sand/heat haze at that distance and you never see them.
- There was an incongruously grotty kitchen in the room. Everything was rather plush and lovely and freshly painted then there was this little box of crap tiles and lino. It was actually quite funny, in a surreal way.
- It's French Morocco, so the staff speak Arabic (faarsi?) and French, with English being a second language, not really a criticism but it made ordering lunches by the pool a bit of an adventure.

It's definitely a five star hotel from the 90's or so, but what do you expect in Africa? I can't even understand the one star reviews I've seen on here after having visited.

Room Tip: Get friendly with the concierges ASAP.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Gavin B
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Es Saadi is set in luxurious immaculately kept gardens.
The staff are really friendly & charming-as are most Morrocans!
The hotel is a peaceful oasis only a ten minute walk away from the bustling Medina.
Go for a day into the Atlas Mountains-use a taxi driver as your guide for the day-agree your price first. Much cheaper than an official tour! Buy your souvenirs from the Berbers in the mountains-cheaper than in the souk-pay about one third of the first asking price.
Hotel mahmounia is worth a visit for cocktails but is certainly no more beautiful than the Es Saadi palace!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank flowersof
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Property: Es Saadi Gardens & Resort
Address: Rue Ibrahim El Mazini - Hivernage, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Casino Hotel in Marrakech
#71 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#83 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#160 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#193 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Es Saadi Gardens & Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Not far from the bustling Medina full of history, in the heart of the peaceful Hivernage and in a 8-hectare green park, the Es Saadi Hotel is at 10-minute walk from Jemaa el-Fna, facing the snow-capped Atlas Mountains. The hotel has a 400m² swimming pool, heated in winter, and an Oriental Spa. The 150 keys' hotel, mainly composed of elegantly decorated air-conditioned rooms with balconies overlooking the pool or surrounding area. Suites and bungalows at the pool are included. 2 restaurants and a piano bar are available to guests. They also have privileged access to other facilities of the Es Saadi Marrakech Resort that are the Casino with its famous restaurant L'Epicurien and its late-dinning concept and the night club, the Theatro. It offers free Wi-Fi. Marrakech-Menara Airport is at 10 minutes. ... more   less 
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