Mansour Eddahbi - Palais des Congres
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Today was a bit of a wash as it mainly consisted of waiting around for the overnight train to Tangier. Check out at our Riad was 11am so we hung around in the common area for a couple of hours until we got hungry and decided to leave in search of food. As the main square was practically on the way to the train station we decided to strap on our bags and stop there for lunch. It was a cheap meal of chicken shawarma and chips where despite ...
Took a late breakfast atop the Riad. Although we got there at 0930, we were the first of the guests. Rooftop views - none worthy of mention.
Our riad was actually well located for visiting some historical sites, the first being a visit to the Saadian tombs (dating back to the 1500's - Sultan Ahmad al-Mansour). We then kept walking and eventually found Palais de Bahia (built at the end of the 19th ...
... Lovely folks who used to live in Milan and were in the fashion industry.
Anyway, after a fabulous meal of bread, salad (Moroccan salad consists of small dishes of vegetables such as olives, cut up tomatoes, cut up cauliflower and grilled eggplant), rice and beef tangine (a Moroccan dish cooked in a clay pot with a sauce and potatoes) it was time to call it a night. I would have one more day of driving through the Atlas Mountains before we reached Marrakesh.
Day 228 Day totals: 10 hrs, 12.9 kms At the last minute I manage to squeeze in another stop on Marrakech on my way from Agadir to Casablanca in order to finish that last 13 km stretch from Asni to Tahanaout. Not quite as enjoyable as my group hike, as my backpack rips open and I have to sort of carry it under my arm the who way (I manage to find a tailor in Marrakech to fix in--in time for my Big Trip ...
... to play some music... the a bit further, we find a nice swimming hole at the base of a boulder--everyone except two of the girls jumps in for a very refreshing swim... A bit further down, there's another waterfall--actually it's just an irrigation canal overflowing far above--a lot of fun to shower under nonetheless... Then another swimming hole that's big enough to actually swim in... we can't resist the temptation to jump in the water once again...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mansour Eddahbi - Palais des Congres Marrakech
Pagué una fortuna por alojarme en este hotel y mi sorpresa fue encontrarme una cucaracha de 10 cm en el baño .
Realmente las zonas comunes del hotel ( piscinas , restaurantes ... ) estan muy correctas ., pero las habitaciones dejan mucho que desear , son antiguas , estan sucias y muy "dejadas"a nivel de mantenimiento ( grifos oxidados , sofas rajados ... ) .
El Spa también está bién , pero me cobraron 15 euros por estar 5 minutos en la sauna .
El personal es abundante y amable , pero en todo momento espera propina .
Para ir al centro es necesario taxi y no hay nada que hacer por la zona .
I spent five days at the Mansour Eddahbi last week while attending a conference at the Palais des Congres next door. The hotel consists of several "pavilions", which stand among ponds and swimming pools surrounded by trees, shrubs and flowers. The garden was memorable.
I totally disagree with negative reviews that have been given, especially with the photos.. I dont think thats the Kempinski Mansour?. I am used to travelling 5 star and I am a fussy traveller. Believe me. The rooms we were given were very nice, modern and clean.. the garden was beautiful and shaded with palm trees. The swimming pool was cleaned everymorning, the staff were lovely, and there was a haggen-daz ice cream shop there too which didnt help my diet. The restaurants are average with a quick service, and the entertainment was excellent, with bellydancers, traditional moroccan drummers. And Yes there are alot of security guards (plain clothes), very professional and organised. Not letting Strangers into the hotel, This is for a reason. So be grateful that they are looking after the tourist.
What a joke to claim this is a 5 star hotel. Ignore the comments that it is Morocco not New York, I have stayed at less civilised places than Marrakech and enjoyed better hotels than this one at better rates.
Disagree with other reviews
I disagree with the negative reviews posted here. I am currently at the hotel and find it quite pleasant. I travel an enormous amount for business (am on business right now) and am accustomed to four and five star hotels throughout Europe and the US. This hotel, while not one of the greatest ever, is entirely acceptable. I am in one of the buildings alongside the pool and the room is quite clean and pleasant with a large marble bathroom. Room service has been very prompt and the food, especially the breakfast, very tasty and varied. Service in the hotel is a bit lacking in Western terms but Africa is not New York or Paris. Then again, if I weren't here on business I would choose to stay in a riad in La Palmeraie which is a much more authentically Moroccan experience.
We stayed at three hotels during our Morocco visit. Kempinski was the only hotel that every one of our group had diarea problems!
I am still fuming about this hotel. The room we were allocated was NOTHING like the hotel description on this website to say the least. There were 3 of us a in a small pokey room with one double bed and despite requesting an extra bed for my child practically every night we were there - our request was ignored. The decor of the room was dull and depressing and the carpet had not been laid properly. In addition to this both the toilet and the bidet contanstly leaked and once again when this was reported no one came to look at the problem or offer to fix it. The shower was so low that we called it 'a shower for Hobbits' and it spurted out lukewarm over over a bath that was so cramped my rather skinny 13 year old had problems moving about in it. The towels in our bathroom more than once were very frayed and resembled rags. There was little if no customer srvice. The staff were unhelpful and it would appear only helped you if they liked you (they didn't like us obviously). Despite our complaints we were calm and courteous to them but it did not seem to matter at all.
We've been in this hotel for 4 nights. The level is the standard in Marrakech, the rooms confortable but not all have been renewed recently.
What I appreciated much was the main restaurant and expecially the cuisine, the food was special. Also breakfast was wonderful, with special orange juice made at the moment and without water.
The only bad remark I can made is that there's too much people from organized conventions, etc.
Searched the web to find a pleasant hotel in Marrakech. No independent review but took this one as it promised great things on it's web site.
Overall a nice stay
This place could be better. Needed updating something like the Main Entrance, the Hall and the Restaurants. Rooms are large, well equipated, confortable, nice and update fornitures ( ask for the renovated rooms, the old are not so nice ). Pools areas are clean spacious and confortable but allways short of towels and chairs. Staff very kind and helpfull. Nice for families, our children enjoyed very much. we'll be beck to Magic Marrakesh and probably we'll use this hotel again.