We came to Marrakech last year over Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our hotel put on a special Christmas dinner and some small but charming entertainment.
We heard that New Year was an even better time to be in Marrakech and so we booked again for 2013/14, looking forward to more of a party atmosphere.
However, we were shocked to be sent a programme a few days ago (Moroccan folklore, belly dancer, fire eater and DJ) and menu ( a welcome drink, 6 decent looking courses and 1 bottle of wine between us) at a price of 160 Euros per person. We felt a bit trapped, so emailed back and are still waiting for a reply from the hotel as to what our alternative is if we dont want to join in their festivities without forfeiting our dinner!
If we wanted to go into town our major challenge is that we are a few Km outside the main city and dont know if the hotel shuttle will operate at that time or whether taxi drivers from town will operate or charge special rates (as they do in the UK).
The next challenge is what to do when we get into town on the 31 December. I dont want us to skulk in our room over New Year and we certainly want to celebrate but I feel like a captured audience at those prices and would appreciate a choice. Are these prices normal? Are there any other ideas we could pursue? All forums about New Year are a few years old now so I would appreciate some up-to-date pointers. Many thanks.