Good mid-sized hotel in Marrakech with true Moroccan design and charm.
Designed by the legendary Charles Boccara (see also Les Deux Tours), Tichka was greeted with local delight for its tongue-in-cheek take on trad Moroccan architecture when it opened in 1986. It still looks striking and opulent today, especially in the high atrium reception area and the crimson-coloured, copper-ceilinged bar. Great value for money, the 130-room hotel sits in the ‘new town’: just a ten-minute petit taxi ride from the famous souks and main square, and within stone-throwing distance of the lush Majorelle Gardens.
Recently partly renovated, all the rooms are beautifully decorated and air-conditioned. Most have balconies overlooking the pool or gardens, plus 32-inch LCD satellite TVs. Many interconnect, making them ideal for families. Skip the suites as they overlook the car park and don’t merit the extra cost.
Tichka’s two restaurants delight eyes as well as palates: Johara offers Moroccan dishes amid yellow-blue stripes, while the international menu at Ambar is served under palm-tree columns. Much more restrained, the hammam (steam bath) provides various gommage rituals plus massage and beauty treatments. There is also a solarium, small business centre, Wi-Fi, tennis court and one of the prettiest pools in town, set in a lovely garden and accompanied by a poolside grill. Speaking of al fresco eating, dinner and buffet lunches can be taken on a garden terrace.
If conversation’s a struggle, grab some reading matter: there’s a news-stand at the hotel’s entrance.