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Arrived Marrakech yesterday. It is hot! Our hotel is a traditional Riad. Beds rather hard and no room to swing a cat but clean and atmospheric. Water in pool, though cold is warmer than swimming in sea at Pembroke! I swim my obligatory 50 lengths. Ian dips his obligatory toe in then sit on loungers refusing to join me. This morning finds us in the …
Today we visit the Kasbah. We take the bus and arrive mid-morning only to find that it is Sunday and it is closed. Interesting since Friday is the official day of worship here. Ironically we did not encounter a single 'unhelpful helpful local' today to inform us of this fact!
Afternoon at the pool. Same old same old. Well almost...Ian …
This morning we rise early to try to avoid the main heat of the day. Breakfast at 7am. What's this, all the terrace tables have napkins on them...a German tour group has arrived. Today we take it easy and haggle for a taxi to take us into the old town. We make our way to the Ali ben Youssef Medersa, a twelfth century university. It's still early …
A lazy day relaxing by the hotel pool. I swim. Ian does not.
Today we get to grips with the local bus system. It turns out to be very easy with a flat rate fare of 4 Dh ... Just under 40p wherever you want to get on or off. We locate the bus stop at the end of our road and off we go... Much less hassle than haggling with greedy taxi drivers who refuse to use their meters for foreign fodder. We arrive at the …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMoroccan House Hotel Marrakech
Rooms clean, beds hard, fridge works, air con works with a little persuasion, wifi permanently US, friendly staff, atmospheric. Wifi works...sometimes ;-)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Moroccan House Hotel Marrakech
Will return to Moroccan House
We have just returned from spending a week in Marrakech - last week in January, staying at the Moroccan House Hotel, Loubnane Street, Gueilez.
Its really beautiful inside - five beautifully decorated floors that you can look up to from the reception/foyer area. Our room was a 5* room (not of 5* international standards) and was very large, clean and comfortable, complete with tv, fridge, ensuite, etc.
We had half-board and found the food to be very good especially the moroccan family-style meals, six around a table. The staff are exceptionally friendly and very efficient. There was a small pool area to the rear, but obviously not used in January. We had some rainy days, a couple of sunny days and some overcast. Quite cold in the evening and that would be my ONLY complaint of the hotel that they need to sort out the heating. It was very cold in the dining room (most people wore coats) and not overly warm in the bedrooms. Other than that, an excellent stay.
Only fifteen minutes walk away from the Majorelle Gardens and a half an hour walk from the square, or a short taxi ride, about 20-30 dirhams. It will probably cost you 100 dirhams to or from the airport for 2/3 people in a petit taxi and 120 - 150 dirhams for 4 people in a grand taxi. The hotel is not licensed for alcohol and would suggest you take a bottle of duty free in with you as spirits are quite expensive in morocco. Also there is no rolling tobacco such as Golden Virginia.
small rooms not enough lighting so tend to be quite dark.
cold most of the customers were complaining about the relative lack of heating in our bedrooms as well as in the hotel lobby/lounges breakfast room and health and beauty parlour.
my cousin had a facial done she said it was very good but she back to our COLD room with frozen feet. We changed our minds about getting a Hammam as it was freezing in the room.
breakfast not at all what it says all cold dishes and i would go as far as to say cold tea and coffee we had to nag them to get hot water in the pots to make the tea.
My daughter went ot switch of the light and the whole rooms electrics went we were in the room at night without any light
until the next day could not see a thing it was pitch black.
so saying it was clean
maybe i might have given a better review if i had stayed there in the summer
Great hotel, for a short break
I went to Marrakesh in Aug 06 with a friend we made a booking through lastminute.com for flights and hotel for about £270 each. The hotel was lovely, the rooms were very nice and clean and bright and airy, all the staff were extremely friendly and as an unexpected bonus, a swimming pool, which we had missed in the litereture. The location was not obviously great, but we felt staying in the new town we got a bit more of an insight into the real Marrakesh, not just that you see in the Medina, the added bonus was a lot of the nicer restaurants were nearby, and some hotels with some good bars. Also, there was a supermarket in walking distance which was great for stocking up on bottled water - an essential for Morroco in August! The medina itself was about a 20 minute walk, maybe a bit too far for some, especially in the heat, but taxis were cheap, if a bit breakneck! On the plus side we were a 5 minute walk from the Majorelle Gardens, which for me, were the must see of the visiti, and if you were in the Medina, these might have seemed too far. The main downside was the bathroom was not brilliant, it was impossible to have a shower without soaking the entire floor, and I did feel that while we had a good deal, we didn't pay so cheap we could over look that.
The best hotel I've ever stayed in!
I have just returned from a 5 night stay at the Moroccan House Hotel and I am pleased to report that it was absolutely fantastic.
This hotel has the friendliest staff I have come across on my various travels and they made our stay extremely comfortable. The staff speak pretty good english and their helpfulness and enthusiasm makes up for any language difficulties. The staff behind the front desk were extremely helpful and were able to provide useful advice and directions, as well as arranging a hassle free transfer to the airport.
The atmosphere in this hotel is different to anything I have experienced before, it is as much like a family home as any 50 room hotel can possibly be. Meals are shared with the other guests around tables of 6, a little awkward at first for us up-tight English guests but a great way to ensure that everyone gets to know each other. We had some interesting conversations with other guests, and made friends we would not have spoken to were it not for the unusual dining arrangements.
The food in the hotel was excellant. Breakfast was a large selection of breads, cheese, meats, cereals etc, and really really nice donuts (you have to be quick though they go as soon as they hit the plate!). The evening meal was a very satisfying set menu. The salad course was my favourite, but the soup can get a bit boring if you are going to eat here every night, it's pretty similar each time (I would advise varying between eating in the hotel and dining out on the Jemaa el Fenaa. Stall Number 1 - Aicha's is highly recommended). The main meal is generally some kind of meat, we had the best tagine of our whole trip in this hotel but there were a couple of nights when the main meal was fish and it had way too many bones for my fussy tastes so I didn't really enjoy that.
In conclusion I would like to recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for a family friendly hotel where you will get something resembling a Riad experience without the expense. The Hotel is clean and the people are friendly, I don't think you can ask for much more than that (apart from maybe boning the fish...).
Morrocan Charm In The New Town
Having just returned from three nights here, with my wife, i thought i'd return some of the staff's helpfullness by posting a review.
We booked the 5*suite at the cost of 260 euro's B+B, by contacting the hotel directly. The Hotel was a little slow in replying to e-mails but there were no problems with the booking, I got the exact room that i had seen on their web site.
The room was very clean and rather larger than we actually needed, with a four poster bed and two seperate seating areas, fridge and television. There was also a safe available for use at an extra cost of three euro's a night. The only downside being that there was no coffe/tea making facilities in the room, although roomservice is available, on the one occasion we tried it, it was very slow.
The bathroom was clean and modern, but the shower head was partially blocked, a problem that was easily overcome. It was also equipped with a bidet and a hairdryer.
The staff were all very helpfull and arranged all our requests without any problems, including arranging taxi transfers back to the airport.
Food, we originally booked on a B+B basis, but did stay in the restaurant for dinner one evening. Breakfast was mainly a mix of typical Morrocan (small sweet pastries and biscuits) and continental (French Bread and cheese, jam etc) foods done in a buffet. The dinner that we stayed for was rather different than you would find in a western hotel. You sit at a large table containing six people (a bit strange if you don't know them) and the menu is fixed. The meal consisted of five courses. A salad, soup, pasta, meat dish and a sweet. The food was excellent, and all local dishes.
In a nutshell, a very enjoyable stay in a well sited hotel with friendly staff.
Hustle and Bustle
We've just returned from a week in Marrakech,staying at the lovely Morrocan House Hotel.The hotel 's interior really is beautifully decorated in traditional style-you could spend hours just looking at the fine detail and lovely colours!
The room was pretty and very clean,but quite small,but the bed was really comfy(a must after all the walking we did!)The pool was cold and in the shade,and communal areas are limited.We were suprised to find that you share the meals(except breakfast) with other guests,which we found a bit difficult,although to be fair,this is the Morrocan way,which is what we wanted to experience!
The staff are lovely and really friendly-absolutely no complaints regarding the service.Overall,a fantastic hotel,that is exactly what it proffess' to be-in the stylle of a tradditional rhiad.
Our only regret is that we were'nt on a higher budget-7 nights with a small budget is too long-4 would have been perfect!
I stayed at this Riyad with my wife for 3 days on our arrival into the country.
The hotel has culture and charm written all over it. Comprising 50 rooms and set in the new city it makes an ideal location for any travellers wishing to spend their nights away from the congested city centre.
The lobby area was my wife's favourite part, surrounded by the articulate mosaics and Moorish tables it makes a more than pleasant place to relax in the heat of the day.
Staff were very friendly and helpful, most spoke English or tried. Jama El Fna is about 5 mins drive from the hotel and costs a few dirham depending upon your bartering skills.
There are many eating places/cafes near by and getting a taxi is fairly easy. There's also a Mosque not too far away.
The only negative to take from this hotel was the room we felt. Though it was clean and neat, it was outdated and very dingy. One couldn't help but feel Claustrophobic in there.
Then again our room wasn't a suite, I would recommend this hotel and advise fellow travellers to book a suite.
Comfortable budget hotel
We booked through holidayhotels.co.uk and only paid £80 GB for 3 nights for a twin. The room was comfortable although I did find a cigarette end under the bed, suggesting the cleaning wasn't very thorough. The bathroom was white and drab compared to the rest of the decor, and was slightly rusty and worn. Breakfast was acceptable with a reasonably large selection. The swimming pool was ok although mostly in the shade and the roof terrace could not have been used for sunbathing as all the furniture was packed away and the space was used was washing the carpets. The hotel is in the area of Gueliz, a nice place for up-market restaurants and also where you will find nightclubs/bars. The medina and main area for tourists is quite a long walk - 35 mins, although cheap in a taxi. I would say that this hotel is ok for people not looking to spend too much but you get what you pay for. If I were to go back to Marrakech, I'd choose to stay in the old town, as the walk there/back became a bit of a treck, especially with all the shopping. However, no real problems with this place, we only used it as a base anyway and the staff were very friendly.
Great time at the Moroccan House Hotel
My girlfriend went to Morocco for the first time in mid August 2006 and had a wonderful time at the Moroccan House Hotel. Although the hotel is new and looks bland from the outsider, the interior rivals any of the beautiful riads in the city.
The rooms were clean and the staff were very friendly and genuinely helpful with recommending places to visit.
Situated in the newer part of the city, the location of the hotel is also quite ideal for those who want to be close to the city centre (just a 60 pence cab ride), but far enough from the noisy tourist areas. Furthermore, if you are looking for trendy places to eat and drink, this hotel is also ideal since most of the nice restaurants and clubs/bars are walking distance. I would stay here again - enjoy!
Service and location excellent
This small hotel (50 rooms) is decorated in the style of a Riad, and the attention to detail is wonderful.
The entrance with all its mosaics and furniture was ornate and pretty. It immediately gave a feel of tradition and culture, without being spoilt by tourism. The reception spoke English competently, were pleased if you spoke French, and delighted at my (albeit unconvincing) attempts at Moroccan-Arabic.
The room, which was a basic twin bed, was very in keeping with the style of the hotel - ornate. Bathroom clean and comfortable.
The room was cleaned with fresh towels daily by local staff who spoke French and broken English. The pool outside was large enough to cool down in but not big enough to swim. Also the poolside is only in sunshine in the morning so sunbathing is out in the afternoon unless you fancy the panaramic rooftop. I only discovered this the day before I left but in July it is so hot that without shade or a pool to dip in frequently it wasn't a top option.
The location of this hotel is great, in the area of Gueliz. Within walking distance (2-10mins) there are many restaurants, cafes, shops, even supermarket (and there are only a few in Marrakech). When we really didn't want to go any distance we went to the Italian rest. 20m away, and would recommend it. But there are so many good restaurants and eateries.....
It takes 30min stroll to walk into Jemaa El Fna, or 10mins taxi.
The other guests are diverse. French, Dutch, English, couples, families, travellers etc Breakfast was simple, breads, Moroccan cakes, salad, meat etc
I really enjoyed it here and was very good value for money. The only downside was the pool and bathing space. However the service given and location of the Hotel really were excellent.