Fodor's Expert Review Es Saadi Marrakech Resort

Rue Ibrahim el Mazini, Marrakesh, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco

The 1950s design of this former casino does little to inspire, but this family-run hotel with every amenity does the job and offers four different types of accommodation from classic luxury hotel to private minikasbahs. Es Saadi started as Marrakesh's first casino, and then grew and grew. In the 1960s it attracted the in-crowd, including Mick Jagger who posed alongside the hotel pool. It now houses the Es Saadi casino and Teatro nightclub as well as two full-scale five-star hotel properties. The original Es Saadi Hotel is rather dated and worn, but the luxury Es Saadi Palace is a whole class above its sister. In addition there are 10 individually styled luxurious villas with one or two bedrooms and their own private garden terrace. For a slightly more rustic "'kasbah"' experience, there are eight ksars built in the style of desert kasbahs, each with two bedrooms, a private sun terrace, and direct access to the Palace pool. There are 19 acres of gardens blooming with orange trees and roses, and sunloungers and hammocks scattered on luxurious lawns. There's a massive outdoor pool (free for Es Saadi Palace, Villa, and Ksar guests), as well as a smaller unheated pool at the Es Saadi Hotel. There are also loads of organized children’s activities as well as daily yoga sessions.

PROS

  • family-friendly
  • spacious grounds
  • three swimming pools

CONS

  • dated design
  • impersonal
  • large pool/garden not open to all guests

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Family
Sophisticated
Central
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 0524-44–88–11

HOTEL DETAILS

267 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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