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This was a long drive from Fes to Marrakech but it gave us the chance to see the towns and villages along the way. We can't get over the development/ construction everywhere but so much of it is half finished and abandoned. There's certainly a lot of investment pouring into this country. It also showed us the people living in poverty or squalid …
I rise at 4:30am to send off the group of four leaving the hotel at 5 this morning. I get a couple more hours of sleep before arising to eat breakfast and send off the remainder of the group, departing the hotel at 10am. As we leave the hotel, we barge clumsily in front of a Royal Princess. Who knew? There has been a huge event at this property all …
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It is hot in Marrakech, and the group agrees to forego lunch in order to have more free time this afternoon to enjoy the pool at the hotel or do independent activities. We power through about five hours of nonstop visits, stopping occasionally for "comfort" breaks and water. During our free time this afternoon, Richard and I go to the Hammam Ziani …
It seems that no self-respecting traveller should call their itinerary substantial unless it includes a stopover in Marrakech, regardless of their length of stay. Looking back over the past decade or so of holiday bookings, this trip easily stands out as one which I've always thought best fits the description of 'holiday bargain of the century', …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Atlas Medina & Spa Marrakech
I have a 21month son and am 2 months pregnant, so was a bit wary of the bad reviews and talk of food poisoning. My fears were misplaced. As a vegetarian, the food was fine and we could all find something to eat at breakfast and when we ate in either of the restaurants. The staff were exceptional with my son and he truly was treated like a prince. I think he was surprised when we returned to the UK and no-one spoke tender words of French to him or kissed him.
This Atlas Medina & Spa in adjacent to the other 4 star Atlas hotel in Marrakesh, but is definitely better. The public areas, lobby, restaurant, bar, lounge and shop grounds are very well designed and attractive, with interesting sculpture and art. The front desk is very, very prompt and helpful. The restaurant has a good selection both on the menu and as a buffet with great service. The buffet features both a costumed mint tea server who pours it from 2 feet above your glass and a creperie. It has a very large, well labeled selection of bread, pastries and salads, even a "diet" choice at breakfast. The rooms are roomy, with balconies, large clean baths with robes, cable TV and large comfortable beds. My friends had a massage in the spa and thororughly enjoyed their aromatherapy experience. This area on town is safe to walk in, even for women (the lack of harrasment was rare in Morocco) and close to the medina. We paid about 1 euro for a taxi ride to the medina and 8 euros for a horse drawn carriage back.
Just returned from a 4 day break to Marrakesh staying 3 nights half board at the Medina Spa Hotel.We were concerned with some of the negative reviews of the hotel however on entering the reception area you are surrounded by wonderful decor where there is a great mix of modern and traditional furnishings.
The staff at the reception spoke limited English however we got by.The rooms were tastefully decorated and large and the food was buffet style which was superb.
Shame the swimming pool was freezing, however the gym is well equipped and the spa is a must.
The hotel is a 10 minute taxi ride from the main square and it works out about £1.50 for the journey
We stayed at the Medina and Spa for 8 nights over the new year. In general, we thought the hotel was ok. Our room was spacious and had a very nice bathroom. There was a balcony which overlooked the pretty gardens and pool. The downside however, was the staff and their general reluctance to be of any assistance at all. There is no information in the hotel about trips outside of Marrakech and instead you are offered the hard sell from a rep.The guy who stands on the door is completely useless and just wants to get a backhander from the taxis he arranges for guests. Despite other reviews, my experience of the spa was not a positive one, and I dispute that it is reasonably priced! £10 to hire the squash court for 1 hour and over £50 for a massage is excessive in my opinion. Once again, the staff in the spa were not helpful and not properly trained.
My partner and I visited this hotel over the Christmas break in 2005. We were concerned about the poor reviews that had been posted on this site but were very pleased that none of the negative comments made by other tripadvisor members came to fruition for us. We stayed for 7 nights on a half board arrangement which included breakfast - a very full generous buffet. Our room was large and clean with a spacious balcony overlooking the garden and pool. The grounds were lovely, only complaint is that the pool wasnt heated and was way too cold to take a swim! Previous postings indicated that the hotel staff were unhelpful which to a certain extent was true. The staff seated at the 'information' and 'concierge' desk did not speak english which therefore made it difficult to communicate. However, we had better service when speaking with the management who spoke english and were very helpful and willing to assist. The hotel location is fine - nestled in the area where most of the 5* are situated which is about a 20 minute walk from the medina (old town) walls.
We were concerned about the negative review posted about what is listed as a 5* hotel.
Very disppointed with this hotel. On arrival we checked in with a rude unhelpful receptionist (a sure sign of things to come). Our room was dusty and dirty, with chairs too dirty to sit on, the airconditioning didnt work and it took three complaints to get it sorted. Although the hotel itself is nicely furnished, and the public areas quite clean, the unhelpful, rude incompetent staff are what I remember. The pool was nice, although not heated, but there were alot of dangerous broken/missing tiles.
The lack of information at the hotel caused problems if the staff on reception haven't got the ability to talk then at the very least the hotel should consider an information board, the staff seemed put-out when asked anything and if you don't speak french forget it, no attempt was made to make you feel welcome and the waiting staff on one occasion were nothing but rude. On a more serious note both myself and my partner got food poisoning (avoid the sickly cream cakes)
On the positive side the hotel was very clean, and the spa is well worth a visit one of the best I've been to. We were lucky enough to get unexpected (October) hot weather so although much of the holiday could have been better at least we came home with suntans.
Intrigued by previous review critising poor staff. In the event, we found the staff overall were very friendly and helpfull - especially at reception. The hotel itself was beautiful and food on half board basis very good. It helped that the hotel is less than two years old, so everything is extra clean and fresh.
This hotel is awesome - it is quite new, the rooms are magnificent (and very clean), the location is superb and the facilities are fantastic - however it is let down by the blase, incompetent, couldn't care less attitude of the staff.