We stayed for two weeks and could not have asked for a more pleasant and relaxing retreat after our frequent visits into the town. For us, breakfast and candlelit dinner in the olive grove grounds made the trip, as did the staff who were unfailingly helpful, friendly and attentive without getting in one's face.
We had one of the bigger rooms, which offer some extra space and a bath. This is probably worthwhile for a longer stay. June temperatures up to 39 C meant that we were often happy to cool down for a while on our sofa, or relax there after a dip in the pool.
The food was very good and freshly made. This did require a bit of forward planning as lunch and dinner had to be booked in advance. The menu was fairly limited and my only suggestion would be that the hotel offers more in the way of snacks such as sandwiches for those times you don't feel like a big lunch or dinner - quite often in our case as the heat tended to take away our appetites. At times we would have been very happy with simply a cheese plate and some bread to go with our wine. Having said that, the staff did their best to accommodate us sharing meals and starters. The prices were comparable with similar restaurants in town.
On the subject of food, the hotel 'owns' a sister restaurant in town - Le Foundouk. The chef is shared with the hotel. Somehow we hadn't realised this - probably didn't read something properly - until the staff mentioned it as a good place for our free meal a few days before we left. I suggest they put something about it in the welcome pack; we would almost certainly have visited before. Because the taxi (arranged by the hotel) could not drive past a certain point, a guide was waiting for us, which was a nice touch as it is very easy to get lost in some of the streets. The menu had a much bigger choice than the hotel and the food was excellent. Unfortunately, the service was, at best, undistinguished and certainly not comparable to the hotel or other restaurants we had visited. Think of traffic wardens walking aimlessly down a street with no parked cars and you'll get the idea.
THINGS TO DO
The hotel was so beguiling some people hardly went to town at all. (We had a good laugh when we heard about the couple who arrived and straightaway asked where the beach was). Because of the heat we tended to go out early to do our sightseeing. This isn't a guide book but the trip to the mountains was good and, in town, the Hotel Taziz close to the main square (pronounced Tezi - it will save you a lot of time if you are asking directions) was our friendly regular watering hole for cold beers.
As others have mentioned, the hotel is some way out of town. The return taxi fare is 300 D which adds up over a long stay. However the drivers are friendly and we always rang them half an hour before we wanted to be picked up from various locations in town and they always found us, Some other guests said they had tried getting normal taxis back but eventually gave up because the taxis did not know where the hotel was. I'm surprised that the hotel doesn't run a regular shuttle service to and from town, several times a day; it's common in other countries where the hotel is a bit of a way out.
Once again, thanks to all the staff who made our stay so pleasant and memorable.
Mick and Wenche
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- In the Marrakech Palmeraie (palm grove) near Marrakech Golfs and not far from old Medina of Marrakech, the « Les 5 Djellabas » Hotel combines modern architecture of a luxury hotel in marrakech with a traditional Moroccan look, offering 10 luxury African style suites nestled in an olive grove. ... more less
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