Coralia Club Marrakech Palmariva
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Got 1st class tix. had compartment to ourselves for awhile--laid down & slept. In Meknes 2 others came in.
Nice driver took us to the Cottages. Difficult to find, but he was very nice.
Got in our cottage, Sylvain showed us around. Went to the pool.
Laid down, not feeling well. A/C not working. Sylvain couldn't get it to work, so we moved to another cottage.
Dinner: chicken & couscous--delish.
... sitting. He double checked again, making sure he understood what I wanted: tea in the teapot, ice in the glasses. Oui. I really think he had no idea what we were doing.
Once the black tea had steeped, I slowly poured it over the ice. Voila! Iced tea. So happy. Of course, we only had enough ice for one glass, but by the time we drank that, the rest of the tea in the pot had cooled down considerably (and so had we), so it all worked out very well. The salads were amazing too.
... which is great.
We went out and about again at around 6 pm, ready for dinner. We walked around quite a bit, looked for Jmaa El Fna, but never found it. We tried to find a cafe or something a little more "authentic," but nothing was open that we could find. We decided on this restaurant at a hotel (name coming). I was afraid it wouldn't be very good, but we walked in, and I mouthed to Hunter, "Wow." And she vigorously nodded her head.
We sat by the ...
... a camel and what to do. My husband and I each had our Camels and it was both our first times on a Camel, it was definitely an interesting ride and different from being on a horse, a good experience. When we got to our destination about 3 hours later, we saw a bunch of Bedouin tents in the middle of the Sahara desert and they each had mattresses in it. You are not going to believe the next thing I say, but there was a functioning toilet in the ...
After our plane landed and we went through customs etc, we got a taxi to the square, in the centre of Marrakech, where we were told by our first host to meet him. The taxi driver dropped us off near the square, so we only had a little while to walk with our bags. As soon as we got out of the taxi we just thought 'holy ****' .
It was 11pm Sunday night and there were hundreds of ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Coralia Club Marrakech Palmariva
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Felt safe Hotel quite a way out of the city - weather mixed but hot on the whole- Rooms tired but clean - agree with the last reviewer - no kettles etc in rooms. Gardens a treat to walk around play Boules in, plenty of activities to join in if you want. Food OK but we dont want coucous again for a month!
Take a French/English Phrase Book - hardly any of the staff speak English and most of the guests are French.
It is true that you are treated like a second class citizen in that you order things from the bar - take the receipt through to reception - queue up pay cash and then go back to the bar and collect your drinks etc. The way around this is to leave a credit card guarantee when you first book in then you can charge things to your room - keep your receipts and then pay cash at the end or use your card - no problem - but nobody tells you this when you check in!
The site is off the beaten track so you really need to go full board.
There is a Metro Supermarket a taxi drive away back on the main road into Marrakesh.There is no chemist on site so be sure to take enough medicines toiletries etc with you.
If you dont want to be harrassed into joining in the games around the pool each day - take a sun lounger into the gardens.
We were two ladies - and we found that keeping arms and legs covered when we went into the city we were treated with respect.
stayed there for 5 days just returned home on the 16th march the weather was good. the hotel was lovely with lots of different buffet food each night but similar breakfasts each day. the staff are very pleasant and make you welcome. the hotel grounds are beautiful and give it that african feel. remeber this is a 3 star hotel and by african standards it was a good 3 star possibly a 4. if you want an experience get a taxi from the hotel approx 100 dirhams and go to the big square aka jemma el fna wot a place that is. watch your money pickpockets galore.snake charmers,leather souvenirs, belly dancers, beggars , evrything so different to your normal spain holidays. we loved it it was a must see and an experience
Good quad biking excursion
Room was 2* and hotel facilities were 4*. No tv, kettle, iron or hairdryer in room and none at reception so take your own. Hotel reception is nice but rooms are tired and need updating. Go full or half board or be treated like second class citizen and pay for everything at reception before you can have it. No "add it to the bill" here. Hourly bus for 30Dh pp goes into town which you have to book before hand. Buffet meals were good. Only 2 restaurants open and inc one only at lunch and during the day.
Don't go for more than 3 days, you will be bored. Some tourist sites open to Muslims only. Difficult to fill day between 12noon and 2pm as most sites/shops closed.
Go there for the gardens... but no more.
If what you are looking for is a lovey garden and some rather impressive common parts, you'll like the place. Arriving there at night can be enchanting (especially since you will have driven some 10 kms of run down suburbs of Marrakech), as the over all architecture of the Andalous garden are quite pleasant. But, basically, that is it. Rooms plainly plain: nothing to write home about, but lovely settings in little patios with very little view of the Atlas. Standard comfort, but somehow clean. No way this can acommodate the stated 4 stars, even by North African standards. Be prepared for 1 and a half, and you'll be happy. Much happier in fact than when the food is concerned. There again both the brakfast an dinner buffets look nice (from a distance) in a pleasant dining room. But everything tastes the same, and that same is close to nothing. Did they ever say that the food in Marrakech should sometimes be too hot ? That certainly is not the case at this hotel !
Maginifique hotel !!!
Je rentre a peine du palmariva Marrkech et je voulais vous donner mes impressions.
Je suis allée une dizaine de fois dans cet hotel quand il etait geré par jet tour, c'etait alors un club eldorador et j'adorais ...
puis 5 ans sont passés et j'appréhendais d'y retourner depuis son changement en Coralia et bien je ne suis pas du tout déçue et je compte y retourner cette année.
L'hotel et ideal pour des familles ... les enfants y sont extremement bien accueillis et les animateurs font tout pour eux.
Le cadre dans une nature luxuriante est innoui, et les chambres isolées de l'espace de vie bruyant (piscine, activité) permet de se reposer a toute heure.
Le site fait 25 hectares de quoi avoir un beau terrain de jeu.
Les repas sont excellent meme meilleurs que dans mes souvenirs.
Les chambres sont en cours de renovation et dans quelques mois vous serez dans des chambres toutes neuves et merveilleuses.
points negatifs (il y en a tout de meme) : mauvaise aeration de la salle de restaurant, repas du midi chers quand on est en demi-pension mieux vaut aller en ville
Great for kids
We stayed with two children (4&10) in Feb 07. The animators were great at keeping the kids entertained. There were interesting activities - archery, rollerblading, table tennis, camel riding, horse riding, volley ball -alongwith poolside activities.
Mostly french people and french language used - though the following speak good English - Fathia at reception, Kamal in the restaurant (excellent help as well), Saidou - animator, Azzedine - animator, Kawtor - animator. Also watch out for the biggest smile in the resort - that belongs to Mustapha.
The food was good through out the week - that french influence.
The nightly entertainment was great for the kids as they appreciated the seeing the animators doing dance routines in the evening. Everyone was very friendly and made our holdiay very enjoyable.
There were also guards around the accomodation area at all times which made it all feel very safe indeed. The layout of the rooms in little houses of 5 or 6, with a out-door walk was also nice - getting away from airconditioned corridors was great.
We played tennis everyday and ate loads - but without putting on weight.
On the downside, the bathroom was a little tired in a decor sense - chips in the bath enamel and dark stains. The tiling was also jaded - however, you hardly spend any time in the rooms, so we would go back next week given the opportunity. They also plan to refurbish the rooms starting in March - lasting for two year (60 rooms at a time).
The Coralia Club is situated in a palm tree forrest about five miles from Marrakech. The tranquility of the location is a welcome break from the noise of marrakech. Shuttle buses from hotel go to and from marrakech every hour (6 EUR Return).
The Coralia has alot going for it. Fantastic grounds, Numerous activities available on a daily basis and very friendly staff. However it is not perfect. We had to be moved from our room on first night as bathroom was full of mould. The food is average and birds are often seen flying across the dining hall. Only a few staff speak English as most of the guests are from france.
Overall though it is an ideal base to explore morocco if you want to balance the manic sights with rest days in a great looking location.
One of the best (L'un des meilleurs)
Pour avoir pas mal voyagé...au Maroc, en Tunisie, cet hotel est absolument merveilleux surtout si l'on a des enfants.Le personnel est fabuleux....si, si je vous assure et d'une gentillesse remarquable. L'animation est à un bon niveau. Le cadre est enchanteur et les chambres sont nickel.
Certes c'est un 4 étoiles aux normes locales (3 étoiles pour l'Europe). C'est un excellent rapport qualité prix.
J'y suis allé à 2 ans d'intervalle et je ne le regrette pas.
Couldn't disagree more with the previous review - loved it!
This resort was gorgeous and exceeded every expectation I had. The previous reviewer must have had some bad luck, because my room was immaculate, well-appointed, and everything was in working order. I did notice the maids leave the balcony doors open while they clean, so a fly or two may get in (but I never saw another bug anywhere in the resort).
I was the first American guest some of the staff had ever seen there, and they could not have been more welcoming to me. When I booked this, I read that it was popular with French-speaking tourists, but it turned out to be 100% French-speaking, as far I could tell. All signs, menus, and the guide to the resort in your room are all exclusively in French (which I speak and read, so no complaints there). The room rate included delicious all-you-can-eat breakfast & dinner buffets and some cute activities that I didn't take part in (like a belly dancing class).
Their shuttle bus into Marrakech drops you off about a 7-minute walk from Djemaa el Fnaa and is half the price of a taxi. The pool was enormous, clean, and the perfect temperature to counteract the hot, Moroccan sun. I stayed there alone and found the grounds a bit underlit at night but was reassured by the security guards with dogs who seemed to come out after dark and walk the grounds.
Stay Away from this Hotel
We arrived at the hotel at 11pm (30 mins from Marrakech airport). The grounds were lovely and the hotel reception welcome was lovely with a cool glass of juice. However when we were shown to our rooms...it was a different story. The place was dirty, bugs flying around. Our bed was broken and the toilet was leaking. There was a bidet, but you had to leave the toilet and walk to the bathroom to have a wash! The floor had not been swept and the door was falling of its hinges. We were told at our travel agency that this was a 4* hotel, but we would not even rate it 1 star. We wanted to move that night but it was not possible. In the morning after breakfast (fried eggs cooked infront of you from a 100 year old frying pan with black all up the sides)...and chipped cups and glasses and flies buzzing around...we didn't want to stay a minute longer. We moved to the excellent 5* (and it really was) Sofitel in the centre. Fantastic hotel with fantastic service and the most delicious food ever.