Es Saadi Gardens & Resort - Hôtel
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Day 2 of the adventure - still at the Es Saadi Hotel in Marrakech. Today we started with a horse-drawn carriage tour of the city. We rode over to the Menara Gardens, leaving our carriages across the street with a little pony and horse display. We crossed a very busy street - pedestrians do NOT have the right of way in Morocco so imagine our guide …
0850 flight from Casablanca, Morocco to Marrakech, Morroco arriving at 0930 In Casablanca, I saw a guy with a Mountain Travel Sobek luggage tag on his backpack standing in the passport control line. I walked up and introduced myself and told him - Eugene - that he didn't need to go through customs in Casablanca. We walked over to the gate for our …
... get on that vino sharon. I despair... Touch down! And it's thunderstorming....for like 10 mins of downpour. Met Lara who had to wait while my passport controller went for a cheeky slash and a mint tea, holding up the line for a good 30 mins. Shared a taxi to the place jemaa el fna, met a helpful young laddo who took us to the road....who also asked for a tip, ...
... was only starting to come alive. The square was littered with street performers, henna artists, men with monkeys and a variety of other entertainers. The food market stalls all looked fairly similar and we settled for the first one that offered an English menu. It didn't take long as it was becoming apparent English was much more widely spoken here then the rest of Morocco. Nonetheless we had been extremely impressed with most of the Moroccans we had ...
... as I’ve said before Moroccans aren’t big on street signs) so we ended up having to pay someone to take us there. No one does anything for free here. The Riad is lovely and it is quite nice to be back in a room with a proper sized bed and an ensuite!
In the evening, after having a rest and a shower, we headed out into the famous Place Jemaa el-Fna square. This is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Es Saadi Gardens & Resort - Hôtel Marrakech
Les principaux points positifs de cet hôtel sont le personnel agréable et sympathique, la super piscine, le piano bar et le restaurant à la carte. Malheureusement, la récente rénovation de la majorité des chambres ne masque pas leur style années 60 vieillot : elles sont petites et sombres.
La taille des balcons ne permet pas de s'y asseoir confortablement. Nous avons trouvé le service du petit-déjeuner médiocre. Le personnel se démenait pour garder des tables propres pour les nouveaux arrivants et pour regarnir le buffet quelque peu clairsemé.
Il y avait beaucoup d'activités mais pas assez de personnel pour superviser.
Bien mieux que prévu
J'avais réservé cet hotel sur expedia avant de vérifier les critiques de ce site. Je suis donc arrivé en craignant le pire après avoir lu ce déluge de critiques.
Après y avoir passé un long week end en mai, je dois dire que j'ai été fort agréablement surpris par l'hôtel : les chambres ne sont pas énormes mais extrèmement confortables et propres, le service empressé et efficace, la piscine agréable et propre.
Je ne sais pas quels sont les standards de ceux qui contribuent à ce site, mais je suis surpris d'une telle haine pour un hôtel somme toute très correct pour son prix.
Even if I came to Morocco with low expectations, I wouldn't have been prepared to this...other critics are true, and sometimes even not close to reality !
This hotel is an outrage to the national tourism industry. A shame our travel agency did not warn me. Pictures attached give an overview of the "balcony" and the "bathroom". All very depressing and dirty. Staff completely incompetent and inadequate. Room for improvement ? complete turnover and refurbishement would do better, presumably
as with the june 2006 review we returned recently from a visit to es saadi and thought it only fair to put the record straight.
Oh dear oh dear. When I booked my wife and I into this place I knew that I had made a horrible mistake, even before we got there.
My wife and I were happy to springbreak in Morocco and all excited to go to Marrakech after spending a few days in the lavish and grand Sofitel Thalassa in Essaouira (now that's a real 5star hotel)....The Es Saadi has put us out of our good mood for the rest of the trip !
Pity about the breakfast
The main positives about this hotel are the delightful and friendly staff, the excellent pool, piano bar and a la carte restaurant.
Sadly, the fairly recent refurbishment of the majority of the rooms can do nothing to disguise its ?1960's vintage: they are rather small and dark. Balconies are not adequate for sitting out in comfort.
We found the continental breakfast service poor.
Staff struggled to keep tables clear for arriving guests and the somewhat sparse buffet replenished. There was a lot of activity, but more supervision is required.
HOME FROM HOME
Been visiting since 1992 twice a year not full of poodles and french as quoted by another member. a lot of familes with young children go in the summer. lovely rooms, good food excellent staff what else could you want
Arriving in Winter, we were meant to be staying in a little riad in the little of the medina. However the calls to prayer, from the mosque next door at huge volume, combined with the cold cold nights with no insulation and terrible heating quickly put us off the cute riad concept.