Booked last minute flight and hotel with Arika for a ridiculously silly price – when something is too good to be true, it usually is.
The flight was great, the hotel a disappointment.
The Marrakech classes itself as a Moroccan themed boutique hotel. As a frequent visitor to Morocco, I saw nothing that was Moroccan save a few pictures, the lounge wall design and plastic palm trees. Nor is there any relationship to a boutique style hotel.
The cleanliness and general upkeep leave much to be desired. The pool area with its peeling walls, dead overgrown garden area and smelly (men’s) changing room is not inviting. Our room on the fifth floor with its view of the police station car park was also in despite need of love and attention.
True breakfast and dibber were actable although not outstanding.
And while I was delighted to know that the hotel staff eats the same menu as guests, I did not enjoy an early breakfast in the company of the hotel staff. If I am paying to stay in a so cold four star hotel, I don’t expect to eat with the staff.
Saturday check out is at 2.00 pm – this I extended until 5.00 pm for NIS 100 fee. During our morning beach visit, the hotel staff removed the towels from our room. The key card did not work twice I had to go the front desk. Third time they gave me a regular key to unlock the room. When we went looking for clean towels were told there were none. Could not call front desk as the telephone in the room was not working. Another scam to get extra from the guest and save money on laundry and supplies – maybe!
All in all a great weekend in Eilat at a mediocre hotel. Would I return, to the Marrakech – NO!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Be City Marrakech Hotel Eilat is an authentic concept hotel with unique accommodation at Moroccan style combining the colors and the foods of Marrakech creating an unique holiday experience, refreshing and different atmosphere. Located in the entrance of the city of Eilat, just a few minutes walk from the sea and beaches. The hotel has been fully renovated, including a lobby with free Wi-Fi. ... more less
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