My partner and I stayed at the Albatros Club for 7 nights AI from 10th to 17th September and from what we read prior to going and even reviews since we want to give our story;
You can change your money at several bureau de change's at the airport or use an ATM machine. If you forget at the time or just want to get to the hotel dont panic there is an ATM at the hotel and the streets around about are full of banks williing to change money (baring in mind it is a restricted currency the locals make it easy for you to change money).
The staff at the hotel were not unpleasant or rude in the slightest. If anything it might take them a few seconds longer to interpret what your asking, however English is the Moroccan's fourth language after Arabic, French and Spanish.
Food is average on the whole however the breakfasts are brilliant with fresh pancakes and omlettes made for you and in the afternoon for a few hours yuo can have fresh pizzas, chips and burgers. If your feeling brave then try the street food that you can get everywhere in the old city...after all your on holiday to see another culture!
The old city and main square is a fifteen minute walk from the hotel or a few pounds in a taxi. Well worth several visits at different times of the day to see it's many changes from snake charmers in the afternoon to food stalls and music at night.
Souks are well worth a visit, go further into them than just staying at the tourist parts. It is entirely safe and remember to bargain, there are some fantastic things on sale of really good quality.
With regards to a previous comment about AI drinks only being served in one bar....thats untrue. There are two AI bars in one building, another in one of the main buildings and a further bar available whilst eating. There really is no problem with the AI guests and other guests, everything is in different buildings so you never cross or feel like a 'second class citizen'.
Room was good, clean, two double beds, bottled water everyday. Only slight complaint would be that the evening entertainment was a truly awful female singer who played her music and 'sang' incredibly loulyd. This was irritating when you wanted an early night but equally the noise stopped about 11pm so not entirely inconsiderate.
Finally, the entertainment team organise a trip to Pacha on a Wednesday night. They charge about a tenner which covers a bus picking you up from the hotel at 11pm and bringing you back at 3am. This charge also covers your entrance fee and don't worry you dont go alone the staff party with you!
The comments about having to be up uber early to bag one of the adjustable sun loungers in a good position at the pool are fair enough. Having said that we were never stuck for an adjustable lounger elsewhere or one of the less comfortable fixed ones and again this was generally only a problem at the smaller of the two pools (which themselves are very nice).
Apologies that this review jumps about, just writing as it comes to me! Any other questions then I will try my best.
- Also Known As:
- Club Albatros Hotel Marrakech