My wife and I stayed for 3 nights at the very end of October. Arrived about 1am after 20 min transfer from airport and there were no drinks/food available at hotel however when you check in at reception you can ask for bottle of water to take to your room. Within 5 minutes we were taken to room with luggage at same time. Rooms are adequate with 2 single beds pushed together (firm mattress and very firm pillows), table and 2 chairs, tv, plenty of wardrobe (approx 10 hangers) and drawer speace, free safe and bathroom had bath with reasonably decent shower over, bidet, large counter and built in hairdrier. Toilet is seperate next door. You will usually get 1 room card/key which as usual turns the electric on when you drop it in the slot inside door, therefore if you want to leave phones etc charging we found that leaving a nectar card in the slot did the job!
FOOD - Times vary according to season but breakfast is scheduled to start at 7.30 though most mornings they would let you in from 7 (I always used to take a coffee pot, milk and 2 cups to room which they didn't seem to mind). Breakfast was excellent with an extremely wide selection for this size of hotel. All the usual fresh breads, fruit, yoghurt, cereals, egg man, pancakes, toast, doughnuts (to die for!) and much much more. Juices are very good and coffee excellent.
LUNCH - We ate in the restaurant by the pool all 3 days and again like breakfast the selection was on par with hotels 4 or 5 times the size. Food extremely well presented with wide variety of salad, pasta/spaghetti dishes, a variey of hot food including fish, beef, chicken, pizza etc, then a good selection of desserts including ice cream.
DINNER - Served either in main restaurant or 1001 nights A La Carte (bookable at breakfast time with head waiter). Main restaurant was again excellent with wide variety of dishes also self service for beer/wine so no queueing. Also they do not use cheap cola, proper Coca Cola here. A La Carte is situated next to pool in attractive detached building, quieter with only 18 tables, starter consisted of a help yourself buffet with some amazing dishes (incl lamb brains), however main course was very limited with only 3 Tagine dishes (lamb, chicken and fish) or cous-cous for veggies.
POOL - Every morning at 7 the sunbeds started to get reserved, most of front row was gone by 8 but you could still get a bed somewhere virtually all day. Not sure why but some of the towels they gave out were small and some normal size but as we took our own it never bothered us. Water temp was pretty cold, ok once you've been in for a minute or so but shocking at first! Music/entertainment not too loud with usual water polo, aquarobics, darts, ping pong etc.
BAR - The Zanzibar was quite large but can get smokey as smoking allowed. OK quality drinks but no table service. Lobby area had lots of tables/sofa's on both ground floor also some on 1st floor with additional card tables. We never went in the bar downstairs as we were out most nights so cannot comment on it however I understand it is no smoking and there is a pool table. WI-FI is free available at most parts of hotel and the signal is reasonable but spasmodic (I think they have to re-boot the router every now and again!).
OUTSIDE HOTEL - Just past security outside the hotel there is always several taxi's there, we paid 100Dmh (£8) to get into Old Town (didn't try to haggle). If you flag a taxi in town back to Hotel then expect to pay 50 dmh (£4) if you can haggle - small taxis like fiat unos are cheaper. Or the hotel run a shuttle bus several times a day for free into town (timetable at reception) though it is still a 20 minute walk to Old Town. We visited Kosy bar in Old Town and sat on 3rd floor roof terrace at sunset watching the market/street below also watching the herons coming back to their nests! Very nice bar with drinks similar to UK prices. Also next night we got shuttle bus and walked for 10 mins to the Sky Bar at La Renaissance Hotel 7th floor with magnificent views over Marrakech. Nice setting though bit chilly at sunset - drinks approx £5 each. We also noticed many open top tour buses though never went on one. Crossing the road is quite scary as normal highway code rules do not apply!
The grounds/gardens are very well maintained also the staff are both professional and sometimes very entertaining. We were never asked for a tip and there are no gratuity boxes therefore you find everyone gets the same level of service. We just tipped where we felt it was appropriate.
Airport on departure has very limited shopping after passport control and limited duty frees (which shut as we checked in at 10.30!).
I think value for money would give it 10/10 and I was very suprised at the quality/facilities for a small/medium sized hotel.
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- Riu Tikida Garden Hotel Marrakech
- Le Tikida Garden Marrakech
- Hotel Le Tikida Garden
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