The positives of the wonderful new hotel far outweigh any small problems that need ironing out. The accommodation is superb, we booked what i believe to be the smallest accommodation, the apartment, expecting the standard couple of tiny rooms that you tend to get on the med. We were totally blown away by the accommodation and wish we didn't have to leave, a huge high ceilinged house with wonderful decor, beautiful brickwork on the ceilings, the ground floor is split between a very good sized lounge, room for two huge couches/beds, a large coffee table and comfy chair, along with a tv cabinet, on the same floor, and really part of the same room is the dining room, room for about 6 around the table, another couch, and cabinet with spare sheets and stuff. The kitchen is off to the side and is bigger than what we have at home, and comes with dishwasher, microwave, toaster, cooking range, and coffee maker. On the same for floor is also a smaller shower room/toilet. Up the stairs is the master bedroom and again the decor and cleanliness were spotless, beds were on the firm side, which suits me down to the ground, but may not be to everyones taste. This room was en suite and tiled with what looks like the local stone (as is the rest of the house).
We were greeted by friendly staff at reception and given some delicious Moroccan mint tea. The pool is nice, if simple, and the childrens pool is just off to the side next to the kids club. The kids club is mostly in french, but they do repeat the instructions to games etc in english for those who dont understand. In fact a little high school french would not go amiss throughout. While most staff speak english/barring the cleaning ladies, who seem to spend at least 2 hours a day cleaning our house, it is always nice to be able say the odd word in french if you can. There is also a spa which we didnt go to, which offers massages etc.
The food in the restaurant was somewhat mixed, the western type dishes are fair, but the native dishes are really well done. Having said that the restaurant was a little pricey if you are eating their every day. One of the main things that would improve the hotel would be to improve the selection at the local shop, the shelves look like a scene from communist russia, with just a few items spread throughout the room. This would not be a problem if their was another alternative nearby, but we were unable to find a local supermarket, so tended to have to hunt out odds and ends at the souk.
Which brings me to my only real annoyance of the stay. The hotel has a published timetable for a shuttle bus into and out of the Medina. They rarely seem to stick to this time table and you may find yourself waiting around for over an hour for it to arrive. With very little mobile reception in the Medina, we were unable to get in contact with the hotel to chase the bus. Saying that if you are the relaxed about when you get back to the hotel and just soak up the madness of the djemma al fnaa and the souks, then this shouldn't really be a problem.
The hotel also lacks any real night time entertainment, though they will show the odd football game in the kids club and the occasional live music night. However i think its not really fair to fault the hotel for this, their is so much entertainment on offer in Marrakesh proper, dancers, story tellers, snake charmers etc, that it is great to come back to this peaceful oasis of an evening. I think this would be spoiled by endless repeats of agadoo and the music man.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The residence Adama is located 10 minutes by shuttle from Jemaa-El-Fna and has a panoramic view of the Atlas mountains. It offers a heated lagoon swimming pool, spa facilities and free Wi-Fi internet access.The traditional Moroccan houses are set in a quiet garden and are fully equipped with flat-screen satellite TV, washing machine, coffee maker and balcony or terrace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Adama By Residhotel Hotel Marrakech