Tikida Garden Hotel. It is a lovely hotel…beautiful gardens and everything spotlessly clean. The food is fine with plenty of choice at the buffet breakfast and evening meal. My only complaint is concerning towels in our room. The towels were removed in the morning and not replaced until late in the afternoon, so if you return early for a shower there are no towels. It is then necessary to phone the front desk and ask for some. Towels can be hired for use at the pool so it may be best to take your own. The sunbathing area is very nice using umbrellas near the pool area or using the orange trees as umbrellas on the grass. There is the constant singing and twittering of birds, which is such a delight in the garden.
Large bottles of water in the hotel cost 20 Dirhams so it is better to buy it outside where it costs only 5 or 6 Dirhams. Alternatively you can take a bottle into the restaurant and fill it yourself with water or orange juice.
The courtesy bus drops you at the November 16th roundabout which is in the main new shopping area. It is necessary to get a taxi from the drop off point or be prepared for a long walk if you want to visit the Medina and Jemaa El Fna square. We were disappointed about this. The taxis charge different prices and you need to negotiate with the driver for a good deal. As for them having meters, we only rode in one which had a meter and that wasn’t being used. The best taxi fare from our hotel into the Medina was around 30 Dirhams…and then expect to pay about 50 Dirhams if you use a taxi in the evening. These are the mini taxis and not the Grand taxis which cost a little more.
Round and about the hotel there are metal workshops, garage repair shops, etc., and it is rather a scruffy area but we found it to be quite safe and walked out many times to the Atlas Cyber Café, run by Mohammed. If you walk to the main highway and turn right, continue to walk towards Marrakech centre you come to some traffic lights, here turn right and then right again….the Internet Café is there on your left and has an advert. board in the street. It is only about 6 or 7 minutes walk from the hotel. The charge for one hour on the internet costs 5 Dirhams and Mohammed has now programmed a PC for English users. He is a charming guy and although he speaks little English we managed very well to make him understand what we wanted.
We hired a Grand Taxi with English speaking driver Abdul (Schumaker his nick name) for a full day, to take us to Ouarzazate in the Atlas mountains….an early start 7am and costing us 1200 Dirhams. We arranged for this trip at the Hotel Front Desk. A good safe driver and good English speaker too…worth paying a little more to have him drive you. A superb day out and highly recommended. Taxi No. 440.
Jemaa El Fna square is fascinating and off the square there are some 1,600 shops where you will need to barter if you wish buy something. Give the tanneries a miss….we found them to be horrible and stinking. The few Dirhams given to the performers and artists was well worth it to get a good photo and we found everyone very pleasant and kindly. We had no qualms about eating in the square in the evening….after all, you can see the food being cooked….it isn’t done in a kitchen out of eye shot!!!! The oranges are the best I have ever eaten.
I can recommend the Tikida Garden Hotel to anyone….it is just a pity it is not situated within walking distance of the Medina and town. Would certainly stay there again given the opportunity.
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Tikida Garden Hotel Marrakech
- Le Tikida Garden Marrakech
- Hotel Le Tikida Garden
- Tikida Garden Marrakech