Review: Le Meridien N’Fis, Marrakech, Morocco
Nestled in the middle of the chaos that is Marrakech is the Le Meridien N’Fis. It’s a small oasis that just happens to be a fantastically luxurious hotel at a superb price. We stayed for two nights and managed to sample almost everything the hotel has to offer.
Arrival and Room
The hotel was just a short 25 minute drive from the airport. We picked up our rental car and were on our way. It’s just a little bit outside of the downtown zone, but it’s an easy 20 minute walk into town. We rolled up into the hotel, parked the car, and were greeted by a bellman to help us with our luggage.
The lobby was adorned with fresh flowers, great lighting and Moroccan design everywhere. It was large, spacious, and was a great central hub for the hotel.
Besides the fact that we were summarily ignored by the person at check in, who was sitting in the back on her “break,” eventually we were attended to and check in was quick and painless.
Because of our platinum status we were granted an upgrade to a junior suite. The bedroom area was adorned with a king size bed…
Small alcove which we used as a storage area.
The bathroom has a standup shower and a deep tub so you can relax at night.
Two sinks (the little pleasures) make getting ready in the morning just that much easier.
Both Malin+Goetz and Cinq Mondes products were on offer. It almost makes me think that they were transitioning from one product to the other, otherwise why would you use two?
And finally, and most importantly, a bidet. Praise the Lord for civilization in the desert!
We were exhausted after 2 days of travel so we decided to eat at the hotel restaurants, the Marocain L’lwan. While it was slightly overpriced for Moroccan standards, the food was ridiculously tasty. Ben had a lamb pastilla with soup and dates while I opted for the lamb and prune tagine. We now have a new respect for prunes 🙂
Breakfast in the hotel was included as platinum members, but was really quite underwhelming. It most more geared towards Western tourists with standards like meats and cheeses…
Coffee (and mint tea)
Meat and potatoes
But there was one saving grace… someone was there making local bread to order. It was the highlight of the meal!
The Hotel Grounds
Once we headed out from breakfast we got a chance to relax on the expansive grounds of the hotel.
They’ve also got a large outdoor pool which when the hot weather takes its toll on you, it’s a welcome respite.
How we booked
Spending 3,000 points a night on a hotel is a no-brainer, especially in an awesome luxurious hotel with a great location in the city. That’s why we earn the points, right? Paid rates were somewhere in the neighborhood of $100-130 a night, so this represents a 4 cents per point redemption. Not a bad deal!