We were satisfied with this hotel, as considering the low price we paid, were not expecting it to be like The Ritz. Checking in was a bit time consuming, but that was because lots of people arrived at once. Some people have said that the reception staff are rude. I would disagree with this. If you make the effort to speak even a few words of French, the staff really appreciate it.
The rooms are in need of a makeover, but we only used ours for sleeping, as the rest of the time we were out exploring, enjoying the sun, or eating out. We had a problem with our shower but this was fixed by the time we had returned to our room later that day.
The pool is on the lively side, which is fine if you are in that kind of mood. There is a friendly guy called Omar who tries to get people involved in all kinds of activities. Aqua aerobics was fun. For some reason, in the afternoon the volume of the music gets pumped up. If you fancy a quiet pool retreat I recommend taking a day trip out to Beldi Country club (a 70dh taxi ride). For about £30 you get a three course lunch and use of a pool in beautiful surroundings.
Breakfast is nothing special and is served in an uninspiring room that could do with a good clean. They have a large selection of pastries and a small bit of fresh fruit. On the first day I queued for ages to get a freshly cooked pancake. It was bland and very oily. Considering the abundance of fresh orange juice in the main square, I was disappointed with the orange squash served at breakfast.
The hotel is in an area where there are a few other hotels and not much else. A taxi to the main square should cost 20dh in the day and 40 dh at night, but the drivers will try to charge more, knowing that you are an unsuspecting tourist. If they refuse to back down, walk to the main road and flag one down. Alternatively, you can catch the bus, which costs just 3.50dh per person (about 30p). You need to walk out to the main road, cross over and wait opposite the Shell garage near a bench. There are no actual bus stops, but you will see locals gathering where the bus stops.
Make sure you look at Trip Advisor for suggestions of restaurants. Many of the best ones are hidden away in secret courtyards, so you won't find them by strolling around. La Trattoria was our favourite.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Tropicana is a four stars Hotel located in the heart a magnificent garden. The hotel is 5 minutes from the hand attraction of Marrakech.- 144 spacious rooms with bathtub and balcony- swimming-pool, mini-club- restaurant, piano-bar, snack bar- Spa with traditional hammam- TV, phon, WI FI, air conditioned, safety box- ShopsThe Tropicana has place where each will find his own relieving environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tropicana Hotel Marrakech
- Tropicana Hotel Paladien