Travel Blogs from Marrakech
... prices our waiter was wearing a nice black suit and tie.
Having stayed as long as we could at the restaurant we decided to just head for the train station. On the way we realised we were actually quite close to Starbucks which was quickly deemed a much nicer place to wait out the day than the train station. Surprisingly it was one of the nicer Starbucks coffees I have had which was probably due to the fact that they had flat whites on the menu.
... bummer. We then went to an Internet cafe to pint our boarding pass and then back to the hostel to back and get ready for our 6 am wakeup. While in the hostel I overheard a guy asking the best way to get to the airport for 8am and decided to jump in and join him. His name was Josh (American but living in Birmingham) and he was on the same flight to London with us so I figured we would share a cab. We met in the morning and made our way to the airport and back to ...
... As planned, I'm able to follow the riverbed through the gorge instead of having to walk along the highway which snakes along the cliffside... much more pleasant... And finally, after passing through one more village, I reach Tahanoute... I reconnect with the hike I did here 4 years ago... and I fulfill my Quest: An uninterrupted trail of footprints from Marrakech to Toubkal... and across the ...
... for me. I'm used to motivating myself to do something challenging... but to lead and motivate other people, that's kind of outside of my comfort zone.
But let's give it a shot.
And so I tell Chouaib, Omar and Mohammed that yes, they can invite whoever they want and give them some instructions as to what to bring. Then I show up at the Casablanca train station half expecting that nobody will show up...
But they do... in twos and threes... until ...
... we were quite prepared for the fact that every woman on the beach was completely covered, headscarf, coats, long pants, covered shoes. There were some guys in the water, we weren't game enough to join them! There was one woman (out of hundreds) in a bikini. . . She wandered along seemingly oblivious to the many social boundaries she was crossing. Awkward.
More exploring, an ice cream, and then it was time to head back to Marrakech. All up, a very cool day trip to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Imperial Holiday Marrakech
Me & my husband went to the Imperial Holiday Hotel for along weekend in Dec 06. Boy was we glad to get home. The Hotel is nice but the brochures dont tell you it is situated on a horrible back street full of local men.(very intimidating, not women friendly) Yes it is 30mins from the centre. The waiters / waitresses are friendly / roof top nice if the sun shines (it rained for us). The Hotel does not seem ready for brittish visitors yet. The Jungle Bar in the Hotel is a meeting place for all the local men, you can not even get in to get a drink and why would you want too. However the waiters/waitresses would be happy to get you a nice chilled bottle of wine to take to your room. (As their is nothing else to do at night). Again with the food no brittish theme buffet like they did for other countrys. But could always get a bread roll & butter. We went on a open top bus and their seemed nicer Hotels on much better streets.
J'ai demeuré à L'impérial, et j'ai bien aimé.Le service est courtois .Les repas c'est tres bien.Malgré que ce soit bruyant un peu, nous sommes quand même au centre ville, les chambres sont tres propres et acceuillantes.
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I stayed at the Imperial holdiay hotel july 2006, for four nights.
Me alojé en este hotel 3 noches en Septiembre, y me agradó mucho el nivel del servicio y la calidad de las habitaciones. Tenía una habitación que miraba sobre la preciosa piscina, y era muy espaciosa.
J'ai passé 3 nuits à cet hôtel en septembre et ai été très content du niveau du service et de la qualité des chambres. La mienne, très spacieuse, donnait sur la jolie piscine.
I stayed at the Imperial Holiday Hotel in Marrakech in Sept 06 and was really impressed with the facilities and service. We arrived at the hotel at 11pm and the staff were expecting us and were very friendly. The reception staff spoke excellent English, as well as a number of other languages.
I stayed in this hotel for 3 nights in September and was very pleased with the level of service and the quality of the rooms. I had a room, which overlooked the lovely pool and was very spacious.
Our tour group stayed in this hotel for one evening. Rooms are clean, comfortable and nicely decorated. Immediately after check-in, bell staff brought our luggage to the room.
My wife and I are senior citizens. The Imperial Holiday hotel is listed as a four star establishment and for service and cleanliness is exactly that. One needs to appreciate that in Morocco this grading carries a little less weight than it does in Europe. It has everything that is stated to be there in the listed details, but the rooms are just a bit gloomier than one would expect, largely because the more than adequate lighting is concealed behind Moroccan type shades and this cuts down the illumination considerably. On the other hand the rooms are immaculate, fairly spacious and spotlessly clean, with a complete linen change every day. A buffet breakfast was included in the price and it was adequate (with as much freshly squeezed orange juice as you can absorb) but one needs to watch for the occasional coach load of early excursion guests getting to it just before you do, because topping up can be a bit slow. Eggs are cooked to order in exactly the way you want them.