25 Oct (3 days ago)
This was our first time to Morocco and after reading lots of articles and reviews, we decided to have a quiet holiday outside of Marrakesh. With my wife, two children and my Mother-in-law (who decided to come after we had already booked the room for 4) , we did not want our first experience of Morocco to be continual harrasment from jewelry men and henna ladies. After much research, we settled for the Top Hotel Ourika in the Ourika valley, on the way up into the high Atlas mountains.
The hotel Manager, Abdul, and staff - Hussain, Melika, Apdityf - were very welcoming and nothing was too much for them. As an example, I mentioned that my mother-in-law decided to come after we booked. I rang up the hotel from the UK and Abdul said I it was no problem to provide another bed at no cost. When we arrived, we felt right at home, and most important with our children, we felt safe and comfortable in our ground floor studio room (no 1). There was a private space directly outside our room for the car, table and chairs with the pool very close. The toilet and shower were clean with hot water. Abdul provided the traditional mint tea (our first experience which was delightful) and a bottle of water free of charge. He showed us our room, and also showed us around their best suite at the top of the hotel with its panoramic glass doors and spacious veranda, available if we wanted to upgrade. We did not feel pressured though a