Hotel El Andalous
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... pool on the rooftop terrace enjoying a bottle of wine, simply a lovely finish to the evening.
The next morning we were so pleased to have a free day to explore Marrakech and powered off into the souks. The souks were awash with colour, the spices, bright textiles, leather bags, shoes, carpets, metal work and ceramics made for a visual feast. We so enjoyed the atmosphere, we had been given the impression that we would be hassled and hustled however we did ...
... prices our waiter was wearing a nice black suit and tie.
Having stayed as long as we could at the restaurant we decided to just head for the train station. On the way we realised we were actually quite close to Starbucks which was quickly deemed a much nicer place to wait out the day than the train station. Surprisingly it was one of the nicer Starbucks coffees I have had which was probably due to the fact that they had flat whites on the menu.
... cream, pink, iron red. We stepped down into cold mountain air at the bottom of a gently sloping street, Imlil.
The walk to Das Adous takes you off out of the top of town, left, along a narrow sand track, briefly balancing along a water course and across stepping stones to ford a slight river. The track curves slightly left, then right, gate posted by walnut trees, their trunks strangely contorted and bulging like open mouths. At night the sky fills ...
... be. Their cous cous is actually quite plain so have been opting more for the tajines. At least they tend to vary a tad in flavours and ingreedients. Day three; we head to the bus stop to catch the 8am bus to Ouarzazate. Interesting in itself..5 hours later and luckily hopping off a bus and getting on another at the last minute only to find the other broken down 2 hours later down the road. Spent the night there, then headed in the morning to the sahara. the 3-4 hour ...
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Le rêve sans la piscine
le temps d'un WE, cet hôtel est parfait pour décompresser. Quand nous y sommes allés le mois dernier, les marocains étaient surpris par le soleil, du coup la piscine n'était pas prête. Seule hic de ce voyage... Enfin si il y avait aussi la chambre qui nous était au départ destinée, au-dessus de la boîte (à éviter pour les couche-tôt), en plus il y avait une sale odeur de renfermé (c'était en fait un vernis sur un meuble qui suaintait)... On a finalement changé de chambre, et là plus de problème... la vue sur les jardins de l'hivernage et la piscine en mosaïque bleue (mais vide) était splendide...
It is interesting to read the reviews posted by English travellers, and that of a French person who has stayed at El Andalous. They are polar opposites. I speak both languages and can attest to the fact that not everyone speaks English; I used French and a bit of Arabic. A few words of Arabic or French go a long way. I would say "Chokran" and staff's faces would light up. The food was much better than expected. If one lives on meat and potatoes, I can understand that a choice 15 different salads and chicken tagine would be a disapointment. But we were very pleased with the selection.
un petit paridis sur terre. tout est magnifique. le personnel est très acueillant. un endroit magique et très chaleureux. cet hotel à une excellente situation géographique ce qui permet de tout visiter!
It took us about 30 minute walk from the main square - not 10 as was previously posted. Same problems though as the other posters - only one lift working, indifferent staff, mediocre food and a broken internet in the business center. I got sent to another hotel to use the internet and it cost far more than it should - at least $6.00 an hour. Love the city but not necessarily this hotel.
i'm so glad that we only had 7 nights at this hotel.It is advitised as 4*but it would be lucky to gain 3* anywhere else.the attitude of the staff is appauling.rude and uninterested.If we were lucky one of the two lifts was working.Once when nether lift was in opperation i was refused access to the staff lift and was made to walk 4 flights of stairs.on the way to our room i passsed 60 and 70 year olds who had just had the same expeariance.
The best of all though was when two waiters in the dinning area had an argument and almost came to blows,menus were sent flying amunst the dinners.
On checkout i was presented with a bill which was not mine (not even in my name)and it took almost 15 minutes to get this resovled
never again for me the El Andalous
Waste of money hotel
stayed for two weeks:
540 room only one lift working, canttake 5 mins to wait for a lift.
food terrible, same food lunch & dinner or dinner and next day lunch.
change money at hotel, the guy at receptionist conned us, till i complained.
rubbish hotel, we went by panarama.
ill stick to my usual tour group: -------
would not send my enemy there
We arrived at the Andolous at 9pm,very tired,on a half board basis.We were told to go for our evening meal,as it finished at 10.15pm.To our horror,we found the staff spoke very little english,and finally decided it was a help yourself buffet.We sat down and they took the room number.On finishing the meal,they then tried to charge us for it.We explained we were half board,and this meal was included.The waiter couldnt understand us,and vice versa.Being very tired,this was most stressful.The waiter was more concerned that it was now his finishing time.We went off to reception,to get it sorted,but were then faced with a most rude female receptionist,who pushed our board details infront of us,and said we were BB only.They were not our details.The idiot waiter had misunderstood our room number,and had us down as someone else! Not a good start.So beware speak clearly!
Marrakech is fabulous, an exciting step back in time. Vibrant, orange and often smelly. We loved it. But it is important that there is a good quality bolt hole to go to, when you've had enough of unwanted unsolicited attention, the extreme heat of mid day and when you just can't walk anymore. So a decent hotel with a pool is essential. At first glance the hotel andalous can seem a little jaded. But the reality is it is clean and comfortable with a good range of facilities including a descrete nightclub. The pool-side loungers really need updating but again, so what - the pool is clean and great. The rooms are comfortable and it is a good 4 star hotel. We found that it was also reasonably priced. One trip to the 5 star hotels proved that we'd actually made a good decision to stay at the andalous. Its bar prices won't break the bank, unlike the 5 stars, and because it is established its garden is mature and a delightful oasis. A visit to the new Le Meriden which is surrounded by a busy road, put the andalous a step higher in our estimation.
The El Andalous is very conveniently situated, being an easy walk to the medina and central within the Hivernage. The hotel is close to the airport - but this is *not* a problem as flights are few and far between and do not overfly the city.
Potentially excellent, but ...
The rooms are comfortable and spacious with 2 Queen beds and a reasonable balcony, the swimming pool and grounds are pleasant, and the hotel is conveniently situated. It would be excellent if not let down by wholly unexciting restaurants (although this is common for hotels in Marrakech), and poor service. Rooms were often not made up until 5 pm and the hotel does not seem to have an adequate supply of towels and sheets. The front desk tells a good story but does little else. Sleep here, but go out all day and eat elsewhere!