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SENTIDO Kenzi Menara Palace
Ranked #98 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
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London, United Kingdom
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“ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU WANT FROM A FIVE STAR HOTEL”
Reviewed 30 July 2012

The Hotel very clean and the staff excellent especillay Shafir and Fatema who spoke and understood English and dealt with everything we were concerened about Sharif with trips and guides and fatema with reception The guides will always take you to a jewellery, carpet shop and i am not sure how youd could avoid thisso be carefulif you go into marrakech on your own it could be a nightmare the guide certainly knew his way around
Very large pool shallow end all on its own just for sitting in no deep end in l main pool all about five and half feet lots of sun beds
The rooms cleaned every day good size and comfortable bedI shower powerful and sometimes very hot Breafast cooked or cold all you can eat and more... excellent fresh fruit.
Downside we have travelled to many places in the world and stayed in many three to five star hotels (Sofitel in Cairo last year )and it is the firt one that we have come across that charges for cofee / tea in the room most strange and just something that management could look into at about 75pence English per pod / teabag it is rather silly for a five star...instead they could charge for the shapoos and the shower gels they leave out but they dont most strange.
There may not be a VISA to pay when you enter Morocco but a tax is added to your daily bill for the Hotel and Resort (two charges) for the room everyone has to pay it. about £5-00 (English pound). a day so bewar of this extra fee at the end of your stay..
My billl also contained entries for the pool bar ( i had no poolside snacks / drinks during my stay so again ask for a print out and check it very very carefully.

During Ramadan the restaurant did not open until 9pm for dinner for guesst which is a bit late especially for children religion should not have affected non muslim guests..breakfast ok so why dinner disrupted?

We would certainly go back excellent and enjoyable stay with a few minor niggles which could easily be sorted if management paid attention to silly details like coffee in room . ....Donald and Amanda DANIEL Orpington Kent.

Room Tip: Ask for a Pool view room.. a few steps away from the pool but quieter
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2012

This hotel is a large modern resort. The rooms are big and comfortable and the TV provides an extensive list of free movies. The restaurant is also good with a large free breakfast buffet. There is a large swimming pool in the middle of the hotel. Staff are nice especially the Manager of the hotel who is the person to see if there is a problem. The big issue is that the hotel has two room locations pool side and garden side. Poolside is very noisy with constant screaming from kids. The garden view has no garden and the view is the roadway and a construction site. This is also very noisy. Make sure you ask not to have an adjoining room. If you want a quiet vacation this is not your hotel. It is also a fair ways from town but there is a free bus to Marrakech city square.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

We stayed recently at the Kenzi Menara Palace Hotel. The grounds of the hotel are amazing, well-kept and the pool, oh the pool...It is gigaaantic! After a day of bargaining in the souks, it was a treat to come back to our luxury hotel and rest in the room. My only complaint is that the shower did not have enough hot water for me (my husband was fine with it). I just like hot showers. The hotel staff (especially the two Fatimas) were very helpful and speak terrific English. The rest of the staff were less helpful, but I think this was also because they did not speak or understand enough English. One of the perks of this hotel is that all the movies are free, so in our leisure time we could relax with a good movie (there's an excellent selection). They have wi-fi in the lobby only but it works well. The breakfast is delicious...so many foods to choose from!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

We stayed here 30th June - 7th July, the hotel was quite quiet as it is the low season in Morocco between June and August due to the heat (very hot 42+), 10 mins from the main area of Marrakech and the taxi's are so cheap around £2/3 if you get a small one so who can complain about cost! We enjoyed being about 10 mins away as it gave us a break from the madness and the noise of the main centre. We stayed half board and got a very good deal, only 2 of the 4 restaurants were open as there were so few guests but the two on offer were fantastic. The Moroccan was our favourite, the waiters are usually very efficient especially Ali in the international restaurant. Breakfast was a wide range of cakes/ pasteries/ fruit/ yoghurt/ omlettes/ pancakes. The hot selection I wouldn't recommend as were usually cold and cold chips and lumpy scrambled egg aren't the best. We were slightly suprised about the fact we had to pay for drinks with our dinner as to us half board should include even a glass of water at least, there is also an extra charge for certain meals but I would completely recommend taking the plunge and trying a few as the pastilla in the moroccan and the john dorry fish in the international are incredible. Presentation of all food was incredible and I have no complaints about any food!

The sunloungers are equiped with mattresses and towels and the staff around the pool are efficient and helpful. Beautiful big pool with the option of sitting under a sun umbrella or laying in the sun.

We had a massage each which was also incredible, would recommend the poolside massage deal 100%!

We took two trips out whilst staying here as was arranged by our rep. one for a moroccan cookery class taken at riad le arabe (which was the most beautiful place I've ever seen) I would highly recommend a cookery class whilst there as it is so interesting and tasty! We also took a trip to the coast, which is 2.5 hours away from the hotel, it feels really cold there compared to round the pool but it's deceptive, which we only discovered after being burnt!

Pacha is walking distance from the hotel and apparently the biggest nightclub in Africa, however we didn't get told that it is only free to get in Mon - Thurs and only good on a Saturday!

the YSL gardens are also a recommended trip!

We had one small problem when there as the maid left our door open, but as the safes are free and we had cleverly locked our important stuff away there was no real concern, however on mentioning to the guys at the reception they didn't seem overly bothered which was quite annoying.

Would highly recommend Kenzi Menara Palace & Morocco, beautiful country and amazing holiday!

Room Tip: get a suite!
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

When I arrived, I really liked the facility; plenty of space, very large rooms, very clean, and a gorgeous pool. But then, the small details, which can make your stay unpleasant, or at least not what you expect from a five star hotel. The breakfast was ok, but nothing special. What was really annoying though were the birds flying in the dining area. I stepped away from the table to get something, and came back to find the birds attacking my plate. This happens, because they keep the windows of that area wide open. Here are some other details:
1. No Wi-Fi in the rooms, so forget about enjoying your ipad / iphone, etc. Wi-Fi only in the lobby. But guess what, when I complained to the staff about how hot it is in the lobby, they said we don’t have air conditioning in the lobby!
2. The mini bar in the room had beer, water, and juice. That’s it. The mini fridge is placed inside a closet, and every time I tried to open the fridge door, it would get stuck. Maybe just my room.
3. No phone in the living room, only the bedroom. They should add another phone.
4. Although staff are very friendly, but I think they could use more training. It might take you a while to get their attention, especially at the poolside.

Like I said, they can easily make this place way better with some small adjustments. I wouldn’t mind checking it out again the next time I’m in Marrakech.

And by the way, this place is not cheap. I had a 'special' rate and paid about $220 a night.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Property: SENTIDO Kenzi Menara Palace
Address: Avenue Mohammed VI, Marrakech 40020, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Marrakech
#34 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#53 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#71 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#82 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#133 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price range (per night): $137 - $246
Hotel Class:5 star — SENTIDO Kenzi Menara Palace 5*
Number of rooms: 263
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The blend of an Arabo-Moorish architectural style with a generous 10 acres park and gardens makes the SENTIDO Kenzi Menara Palace your haven of peace and tranquility.The SENTIDO Kenzi Menara Palace is a luxury hotel located in a peaceful, 10-acre park in Marrakech just 10 minutes from the medina by free shuttle. The hotel offers accommodation mixing harmoniously the Moroccan style and a modern touch.Guestrooms are comfortable and have a balcony offering a staggering view facing the Atlas mountains. The international restaurant "Terrasse de l'Insensé" and the specialty restaurant "L'Insensé" serve quality cuisine and a different dining sensation and satisfy all taste. There is also a traditional Moroccan restaurant, poolside snack bar, piano bar and room service. The hotel offers various activities including tennis, volleyball, badminton and a swimming pool. The Kids Club is supervised by professionals and gives children the opportunity to discover the Moroccan culture through fun and educational activities. The Spa by Terraké invites guests to relax. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi internet access, free on-site parking and a free shuttle to the city centre. ... more   less 
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