Firstly, we’d like to note that this is the Atlas Medina and Spa hotel we are talking about. There are two other Atlas hotels very close by and this is the definitely the best! Our whole experience of the hotel was brilliant from start to finish…
Hotel and room: The hotel itself is beautiful, clean and opulent! The reception staff were fantastic, always helpful and polite, never making us feel less important than other guests. When we accidentally broke the shower on the first night and phoned to report it, maintenance were up at the room within 10minutes and had it fixed 5 mins later. The room was huge, overlooking the pool with a very comfy super kingsize bed and a huge balcony. Room was cleaned every day and fresh towels delivered. Bath robes were changed at least twice in the week.
Pool: Lovely pool area, with sun loungers and free towels. When it was busy, the pool man went out of his way to find us two sun loungers, a parasol and a table and put them together for us. After a few days, he even ‘reserved’ two loungers for us even though we never requested it. Pool was clean and refreshing and never too busy.
Eating: We were on a bed and breakfast basis and the breakfasts were plentiful! It was a buffet style and there was everything from bacon and scrambled eggs, cereals, fresh fruit, meats and cheeses to croissants and other sweet pastries. Some days a chef was out doing omelettes and fried eggs to order. Tea and coffee were of a good standard!
In the evening we only ate at the restaurants twice: once in the a la carte where we had a steak and a John Dory fillet with veg. This worked out at about £10-12 each. The second time was in the main restaurant on the buffet style. Lots of choice of starters, mains and puddings. This was pricier at a cost of £50 for two including a half bottle of wine. The rest of time we went down to Jamma El Fna square and ate at the open air eateries. Salad starters, bread, olives, kebabs and a big bottle of water was between £10 and £15 for 2. Be aware of stall 31 and 32 as whilst they look cheap, they are more for the locals as they use liver/kidneys etc. The fresh juice stalls are a must – 4 dirhams (about 30p) gets you freshly squeezed ice cold juice – magic! And no dodgy tummy the whole holiday!!
Location: Hotel was in a great place, close enough to the square without being noisy. Other people have commented about the noise of the nightclub – there was a night club called Actors underneath the hotel at the edge but we did not see this open once in the whole stay and there was certainly no noise! The road in front of the hotel was one way and fairly quiet. It is possible to walk to Jamma El Fna square from the hotel (we did it once) but given the oppressive heat in the evening, it was easier to get a taxi (just flag one down in the street but always agree a price before you get in). We NEVER paid more than 30d (£2.50) although you may have to barter them down!
Excursions: We went through Thomson so excursions were organised through them but we definitely recommend the Atlas mountains in a 4x4 and the trip to Essaouira. Long days but worth it!
Overall, a fantastic holiday. The Moroccan people are amongst the friendliest we have met and whilst we may see them as pushy, trying to get you into their eateries/shops they are only trying earn a living and a firmly spoken ‘La shockran’ (No thank you in Arabic) does wonders! One last thing – the last day of our stay was the first day of Ramadan (the whole of August this year). We noticed a definite difference as the hotel and pool were much quieter and many of the eateries/cafes were closed during the daytime. Just bear this in mind!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Atlas Medina & Spa is surrounded by a garden of 5 hectares in the heart of the Wintering in Marrakech. It offers rooms with private bathrooms, a spa and free parking. Conditioned Atlas Medina & Spa rooms have a TV and a private bathroom. Some rooms have a terrace overlooking the pool or garden and all have free Wi-Fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atlas Medina And Spa
- Atlas Medina Hotel Marrakech
- Medina Spa Marrakech
- Atlas Medina Marrakech