Travel Blogs from Marrakech
... 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, ...
... do one without the other. After a few hours of walking aimlessly, happy that if you had to get lost anywhere, the streets of Marrakech were by far the most entertaining. Of course we had found retreat at one point for an off the beaten track lunch (Tajine with figs and a yoghurt desert that put every other yoghurt in the world to shame) we did finally reach the square. The walk from there was easy.
It was back to the rooftop terrace for some ...
... the men making the leather bags. Also on offer were exotic lizards and birds. After finding our way out of the maze of Souks we went back through the square where the snake charmers were in full force. There were also men with monkeys. We headed towards the Koutoubia Mosque which dates from about 1147. It is not open to non-Muslims so we just looked around the outside and also at the ruins next door of the original mosque which ...
... a place! Walked into the square and assumed there was some sort of festival. But no, this is the way it is every night. Snake chambers, monkeys, market stalls galore. So so hot as well. Found a restaurant and ordered pizza! (Tired of tangines & couscous!). Staying in a Ryad (home that is turned into a B&B). Quite interesting, rooms are off a courtyard. Very old and tired and not the cleanest but it is only for 2 ...
... was on his way to an aeronautics show in Marrakesh for the day, and invited me to come stay with him next time I was in Casablanca. I had been told it should be 20-30 Dh to take a taxi to the center, the first guy said 50, I said that was too much. The next guy said 80, I said no, he said 70, I said no, he said 50 I said what the hell I can't spend all day doing this.
Marrakech is a pink city, all the walls are pink (terracotta I
think), in both the old and the new cities. ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Tichka Hotel Marrakech
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The Tichka is an okay place, had to change rooms the first night due to a bathroom problem, that said, staff were incredibly helpful so not an issue. Pool and garden nice if a little small but un-crowded and breakfast was nice as you can sit just to one side of the garden, the surrounding walls quite cooling in the morning. Location is poor, okay, its only a twenty minute walk in to town but the weather can make that seem a lot longer. On the whole I suppose I might return one day, the garden is pleasent after all, maybe though a rhiad would offer a better experience. But DO, DO! go for dinner one night at Le Comptoir, I would literally return to Marrakech for a single night simply to go again, its like walking in to a weird fantasy, just amazing.
Just Got Back after 4 days with a small child. booked on airmiles so not sure if value for money. The entance and pool are lovely TRADITIONAL MOROCCAN. Rooms ok - One British channel (NEWS) - Anyway she watched cartoons in French!! Most staff excellent and made a real fuss of our daughter (ACTUALLY THIS IS THE CASE ALL OVER MARRAKESH) Bathrooms a bit dingy and have bad limescale but toilet clean and shower great and good hairdryer. It is a bit out of centre and have to get taxi everywhere but cheap enough.
We stayed for a week at the Tichka Salam in November 2005. We loved the hotel, a wonderfully fun recreation of Moroccan decoration. The entrance foyer, the salons, and the restaurant are just great to see. On a practical rather than aesthetic level, the hotel wasn't quite as fab. The service was fine, all the staff were very friendly and helpful and happy to converse in French and English. However, as other reviewers have noted, the hotel has seen better days and the paint is starting to peel and the plumbing to rust in places. Finally, the out-of-town location is a pain. It is too far to walk into the medina (although we did - 45 minutes to Jemaa el fnaa), and there's nowhere pleasant nearby to go out for an evening stroll. If you want to soak up the flavour of Marrakech stay in a riad in the old town, but if you want western luxuries - pools, western food, room service, in an imaginative and beautiful setting, you won't find better than the Tichka Salam
We have just returend from a short break to Marrakech where we stayed at the Tichka Salam. The hotel is beautiful, with all the modern features associated with a 4-star hotel with the most beautiful Moroccan features and decor. The lobby and lounge areas are stunning with beautiful lamps and soft furnishings. The pool and gardens are delightful with an excellent and helpful staff to help with sunbeds, drinks and anything at all. The rooms are spacious, air-conditioned with good bathroom facilities and lovely balconies. The buffet breakfast at the pool-side is also excellent with everything imaginable on offer. I am not sure what the poor reviews on this hotel were referring to - its an excellent hotel, peaceful and calm, away from the dusty centre but near enough for a short cheap taxi ride. Highly recommended.
We personally cannot understand the opinion of the 3rd Nov 2004 review. My wife and I enjoyed a fabulous 11 days at Tichka Salam in March this year, everything from the decor through to the friendliness and efficiency of the staff, whose hospitality went as far as trying to teach us Arabic. Maybe they just appreciated our efforts, I don't know. This is a hotel (or funduk) we would strongly recommend and our memories are more in keeping with the review of 3rd Aug 2004. Oh, and we certainly didn't have trouble with sun loungers.
The Tichka has clearly seen better days, but if you want value and character in a bigger establishment then it is a good choice. The hotel has charming nooks and crrannies, with an attractive lobby and a lovely pool surrounded by garden. Its about time that the fixtures, fittings and furnishings had a revamp - with the odd bit falling apart rather easily. The bedrooms are large with characterful furnishings. The thing that drove us mad was the effort required to check in and check out - each took about half an hour with a weird system of paying for extras in cash and the bill at the main reception. Despite asking five times to pay our bill (we were travelling ina group, and individuals had different departure dates) to be told that it had been settled from our company in London, our two reaming colleagues were then accosted at breakfast to say that five of us ahd done a runner! From the palaver that the simplest of hotel transactions took, anyone would think that the hotel staff had never done any of these things before. You even get hcarged separately and in advance (25 Diram a day) to get a card for your room safe. In all other respects the staff were sweet, warm and courteous - apart from the incompetent harridans at reception. We also had a wonderful man assigned to take care of our group, Omar, who organised all our group trips, drivers and meetings. Breakfast - the only meal we had at the hotel was fine - with a fairly extensive breakfast buffet.
Just returned from a week at the Tichka, and thought that the hotel was very good. I agree with some comments that the bathrooms could do with a re-fit, but everything worked well and the maids did an excellent job. Room was a good size and comfortable.
We stayed at the Tichka during October half-term break for a week ... lots of other families there so all the kids had a great time by the pool.
Recently returned from the Tichka,Marrakech and fairly unimpressed with this so called 4 * property.Limited space to sunbathe around the pool and shortage of sunbeds,impossible to get one after 9.30am ,very frustrating.Hotel has a tired and slightly neglected feel and rooms fairly dark and depressing.Bathrooms extremely basic with rust around fittings and chipped tiles and paint,again definately not a 4 star.Service levels poor and difficult to get waiters attention for coffee etc at breakfast.Location ok ,with plenty of taxis(great cabbie called "Rocky") outside or a 20 minute walk into town.Found some great restaurants...Al Fassia,superb ambience and service,Chez Jack`Line,cheap and reliable,La Trattoria ,wonderful decor but overpriced and food fairly average.Spent 2 nights in Esssaouira at the Sofitel Hotel.Excellent property and fascinating resort..highly reccomended and hassle free after the Marrakech experience which can pall.Knowledge of French essential!!
Unique, beautiful place to stay
The Tichka Salam Hotel is nothing short of stunning - modern but in keeping with Moroccan style with so much attention to detail. The level of service provided by all the staff is exceptional, nothing is too much for them. All meals are taken on the terrace by the pool - at night, large candles are lit and left to bob and float around the pool in time to the gentle live music - idyllic. The rooms are a good size, decorated in bright Moroccan colours and finished with beautiful bedheads, light fittings etc. The bar is embellished in sumptous fabrics with copper pillars throughout - the snacks are delicious too! A true haven from the bustling city of Marrakech.