We booked a holiday in Marrakech for our family when the nordic winter was at its coldest and we desperately needed sun. In retrospect, I would not have chosen July to travel there, but I definitely would choose Eden Andalou again. We travelled to other places in Morocco after Marrakech and noticed that Eden Andalou had been able to do what other hotels / riads later weren't: keep happy all the 6 travellers of different age and travel experience in our family.
Our family (parents in late thirties, daughters 5 and 10) arrived at the hotel early in the day, way before the check-in time. We were immediately taken care of by the staff just as described in the other reviews, mint tea, wet towels, a place to sit down in the beautiful and cool lobby. We explained that the grand parents were flying in from France in the evening and asked for a possibility to have rooms close to each other. The wonderful lady in charge, Samar, was on it right away and 5 minutes later we had 2 connecting rooms for us on the ground floor and were able to get into our room immediately.
The rooms (117 and 119) were beautiful and very practical with children as there was a separate sleeping area with a curtain. There was also a lovely private patio with a table and chairs, but it was too hot to take advantage of it except late in the evening. The airconditioning worked flawlessly and with the outside temperature at 48 C we really did appreciate it in the afternoons when it got too much for us to be by the pool. The big flat screen tv in the room was great for the kids (and the grandparents!) on these occasions.
The hotel is, as many have stated, about 20 minutes ride from the medina. For us this was not a problem. The free shuttle service was frequent between 10 am and 8.30 pm and by reserving our seats beforehand all 6 of us were able to get on and come back when we wanted. Visiting the medina was great, but with the hot weather all of us, and especially the kids and grandparents (in their late sixties) really appreciated coming back to the comfortable and airconditioned hotel. One night we took a grand taxi back to the hotel and it cost us 150 dhs.
The eating options were either to eat at the hotel or take the shuttle bus to town. We preferred the town, but tried the restaurants at the hotel too. The snack bar had good lunch options for 50-60 dhs each; different salads (definitely recommend the Moroccan salad plate!), sandwiches, harira soup, pasta etc. The evening buffet was ok, but we did feel we got more value for our money, plus a more local experience, eating in the medina. The breakfast however was very good with an impressive selection. We especially appreciated the freshly squeezed fruit juices, slices of water melon and oranges, pancakes...
We all loved the pools but if you're staying for several days with the kids and the weather is hot, you might consider the Oasiria water park just 5 km away. We spent a half day there and should have planned to stay a bit longer, the water slides and the wave pool were a lot of fun for the 10-year old and there was a lot to dO for the 5-year old too even if she doesn't swim yet.
All and all, a great stay! We felt this was a way for us to introduce Morocco to the kids and grandparents the easy and comfortable way before moving into riads and off the beaten track. With hindsight, we should have stayed here the whole time, then send the grandparents home and do the rest on our own, they kept talking about this hotel (and the airconditioning!) for the remainder of the trip! :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featuring 3 outdoor swimming pools in the Andalusian-style gardens and a 1600 m² spa is this environmentally-friendly hotel. It is 4 km away from Marrakech airport and offers views of the Atlas Mountains. The 250 suites spread over six riads and surrounding beautiful flowered patios. Domes carved stucco, zellij, white marble and Bohemian crystal dominate the 2 lounges, Oriental and Andalusian. They are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar and a balcony with views of the garden or mountains feature in the air-conditioned. Each modern suite has a separate seating area and a marble bathroom, free safe and Wi-fi. A hotel downtown, Andalusian Esplanade faces the gardens and 2 pools the Majorelle 25m long heated in winter, white pool 35 meters long lined with its wooden deck Teck. Atlas summits are facing you. Many bars and restaurants surround the Esplanade: The Fez (Moroccan restaurant), the international Atlas restaurant, the Mimosa pool bar and the Jazz Bar open alternately. Adjoining Aquapark offering over 17 slides and attractions (open from 01/04 to 31/10). The hotel has beach volleyball, basketball, mini football and ping pong courses. You can purchase souvenirs from the on-site gift shop, and Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel, including rooms. At an extra charge, additional facilities include a hairdresser, a fitness centre with coach and baby sitting service. A Kids Club offers entertainment in summer. Free transfers are provided to/from Jamaa El Fna Square is 5 km away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eden Andalou Spa And Resort
- Eden Andalou Marrakech
- Eden Andalou Hotel Marrakech