We had spent the first part of our trip staying in riyads, which had been an exceptional part of our vacation. The hospitality is genuine and the cultural aspects (the beauty of Moroccan art, the complexity of their culture) seem more obvious in the privacy of the family owned riyads. We had booked our three day stay at Murano resort on the assumption that we needed a change of scene after the riyads, and the enticing photos of the delicious red pool surrounded by orange trees- was a good idea to round of our vacation. Well the first bad omen happened already on arrival: Our room had not yet been cleaned, resp. the previous guests had not yet booked out. After having to wait 3,5 hours we were allowed to check into our hotel rooms. The pool is neat and you can pick mandarines from the trees but don't fly to Morocco because of these delights. The rooms are generous and clean but somehow the interior design appears fake and lifeless. There is a private pool for every house which was fun, the water is however very cold (approx. 14-16°C). The food is unoriginal and well, see comment below.
The following day, we asked if we could have a sun umbrella while reading outdoors. Coming from Switzerland, my boyfriend being fair-skinned and both professionals working with cancer patients, we don't consider getting sun-burnt as being glamourous or sexy. The manager however, rudely replied that they didn't have any umbrellas and the guests at the hotel have never needed any. Nevertheless she did finally organise a canvas tent-thing but it was rather an excertion on her part, and we felt as we had committed some social faux-pas.
Finally, the last day we stayed there we both got food poisoning. Ok, there may be a possibility we caught it eating at the food stalls in town but chances are more likely we caught it while having our breakfast there. We calculated the probability where we caught the bug and since we had only eaten at the Murano the within the last 24hours, the likelihood was obvious that the culprit was the breakfast buffet we had had. (The buffet is rather expensive, 25 Euros per person and unoriginal, with the exception of the food poisoning).
If you travel to countries like Morocco, food poisoning may happen and we were fortunate that with pain killers and antibiotics we were able to laugh about the experience. I suppose travelling is about experiences, the dreary, the embarrassing as well as the exciting and sublime. However from our point of view, there are better places to stay in Marrekesh and this is a hotel experience wish isn't worth the money.
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