Just spent a week All Inclusive at the Riu Tikida Garden Hotel in Marrakech with my friend , we booked the holiday almost a year ago and had been looking forward to a week of rest and relaxation , followed by a bit of entertainment at night .
On arrival at the airport - we had a smooth passage , out cases where some of the first of the plane - it was difficult to find the rep at the airport , but eventually we found him and was directed to another in the coach park - he gave us our hotel details and told us to board which coach , beware on the efficency of the trolly dollys at the airport - they are very quick to grab your case and take it to the coach and then expect a large tip - my advice is to struggle with your case yourself - because if you have no change you get abuse and your case just thrown onto the coach ( fortunatley we had some change and were OK )
We arrived at the hotel to be greeted by the staff with a nice welcoming drink , check in at reception was quick and efficent - we found our room ourselfs ( having already paid a porter a tip at the airport we had no more change ) Lucky enough our room was on the first floor so no stairs ( lifts available ) to navigate and we where in the first block next to reception so it was easy to find ( room 209 )
The rooms are clean and tidy , with enough wardrobe space for 2 people , a shelf for your cases , a safe , spare blankets and pillows , seperate toilet and bathroom wth an shower and bath and bidet .... also hairdryer as well , the cleaner came everyday and changed the towels and sheets - we also had a large balcony overlooking the gardens which was a sun trap in the evening , the room also had a TV - we found a great channel with English films on it ( no 22 I think ) The Orangery Restruarant is the main place to eat , although the hotel does have an Morrocan Restruarant within the grounds but you have to book a table at this one with the manager in the Orangery in advance - we didn;t go to this one but heard from people in the hotel that it was good . We had Breakfast and Dinner in the Orangery which is a buffet style service , the food was very good but repetative after a week - Lunch is taken in the Pool side restraurant which is pretty much the same . Drinks are available all day - At night the hotel as 2 venues - the Zanzibar in which smoking is allowed - we found it very off putting as neither of us smoked - so we didn't spend that long in there - just enough time to get drinks and take them to the reception area or back to our room - they have a large screen with football or news on all the time and a singer and organ player entertaining - they try their best but as they are accomadating for all nationalities it doesn;t really suit everyone ( we called it name that tune some nights ) They also have a Bar Saloon which is down stairs - this is where you get your other entertainment - one night they have Kararoke , another it was an African Night which last about 30 mins ( your just getting into it and its over ) another was a Morroccan Night which is OK if you like people banging on drums , screaming and dancing - However the Belly dancer was very good , and another night it was the Hotel Staff that put a show on called " The Crazy Show " it was 5 of them miming to songs and dressing up - again catering for all nationalities so most of it didn't really come over as it was intended and was ( well I will let you make your own mind up ) The drinks we thought where actually watered down cos we were not feeling the effects , until we doubled up one night and really felt the effects - Yes there is Alcohol in them drinks ...... The hotel pool is large and very , very cold !!! the indoor pool was closed so we did not try it , entertainment during the day is limited to Table Tennis , Crazy Golf , Darts , Volleyball , etc - the entertainment staff do try !!!! The Grounds around the hotel are very well maintained - we could not fault the hotel at all - apart from the lack of something to do at night - there was another place within the grounds called RED something but we where not sure what it was - it always looked closed - signs outside said Disco but no one seemed to mention it so not sure if it is only open at certain times of the year - There is very little o do within the immediate vacinity of the hotel - we ventured out one day to find a chemist - which we found - but outside reminded us of Beruit , there is a shop next to the hotel - well its more like an hole in the wall selling cigarettes and a petrol station at the end of the road . We went on 3 trips booked via the Rep costing £48.00 each = very worth while as well - Trip 1 - was the Souks and market - and we where glad that we had a guide as we would have never foudn our way around - needless to say out of the souks - the guide was very good and took us to a Spice Shop , Bakery ( which I would never use ) and a Cafe where we where took on the roof top and we able to look out over the main square - which is very eye opening - a word of warning - THIS AREA IS NOT PEDESTRIANISED and you get the constant flow of people on mopeds and motorbikes zooming around - fumes from cars and these bikes - a constant flow of horses and carts and donkeys and carts - watch yourself as these people on the bikes are up and down every alley and street and don't care where they ride ... entertainment in the square is an eye opener as well - Monkeys dressed up - and wearing nappies people paying to have their photos taken with them - Snake Chalmers - the snakes looked drugged up to us - not moving at all , there was a guy with what looked like a lot of chickens until we got closer and saw a kestral amongst them , also acrobats and entertainers - most of them want paying for you to take a photo - so do what we did and take them from afar ...... this trip was definatly an experience - TRIP 2 - Gardens - we where taken to Yves St Laurents Garden - this place is well worth a visit - only a small place but gorgeous , also included in the trip was a visit to the Menera Gardens a bit disapointing after the previous one - only a large resevior and bricked up house and lots of olive trees - and camel rides - once again do not try to take a picture of the camels as the owner gets very high rate !!! - you also get a ride in an horse and carriage included around the streets of Marrakech - think it's about 30/40 mins in total - nice views of the Atlas Mountains . TRIP 3 - Mosque , Palace and Tombs - once again a very interesting trip - you are taken to the Mosque first - you do not actually enter the mosque you are just shown the outside - then onto the palace - then a long walk thru the markets - the fruit market is very good the smells are lovely especially the strawberries ... but its not for the faint hearted when you are taken past all the butchers shops with the animal caracas hanging outside ( enough to make you want to become a veggie ) - at the tombs we spent 40 mins in a que to see the Kings Tomb which we where in for about 30 secs !!! - all the trips where worthwhile and I would recomend them . The hotel is full of French People who we found to be rude , pushing in , very noisy especially at night when returning to their rooms - letting their children run up and down the corridors , slamming doors , I actually shouted at some one night and they didn't do it again ... All in All we had a Brilliant Experience in Morrocco , would definaley go back to a RIU Hotel again - the staff where Brillant and friendly , but the entertainment needs to be more professional to suit everyone especially and english crowd , there needs to be more to do at night - I would not recomend going into the main square at night as it is not for the faint hearted - there is an hotel shutttle that will take you to a market that as fixed prices , a few of the other guest had been and said that they had preferred it . Apart from the £48.00 on trips we did not spend another penny so all in all it was a cheap break . If your looking for Sun , Relaxation , and Culture then this is the ideal holiday - if you want a bit of entertainment and something to do at night , then maybe not ( The rooms also had Aircon and a Fridge as well ) In my opinion it is ideal for families with children who want to go to bed early , but not for groups of Lads and Girls .
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Tikida Garden Hotel Marrakech
- Le Tikida Garden Marrakech
- Hotel Le Tikida Garden
- Tikida Garden Marrakech