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Got 1st class tix. had compartment to ourselves for awhile--laid down & slept. In Meknes 2 others came in.
Nice driver took us to the Cottages. Difficult to find, but he was very nice.
Got in our cottage, Sylvain showed us around. Went to the pool.
Laid down, not feeling well. A/C not working. Sylvain couldn't get it to work, so we moved to another cottage.
Dinner: chicken & couscous--delish.
We walked. It was hot.
Lunch at (name coming) on way to Jardin Majorelle. I was dying for some iced tea. Of course, there was nothing like that on the menu. I saw someone at a table with a glass of ice, and it occurred to me that I could make my own.
We ordered Salade Variee and The Noir with glasses of ice. The server looked at us with confusion, "Verres? Avec glacons?" Oui. He went over to make the tea, which was right in front of where ...
... Cafe and went there for something cold to drink. We had Coke Lights, and Hunter ordered some hummus for lunch. The heat and my migraine kept my hunger at bay.
We were up on the terrace by ourselves, but then a large group of (highschoolers?) from Bristol, England joined us. We had a good time talking to them. They had been trekking in the Atlas Mountains for three weeks. They are going home tomorrow.
We got to the spa right on time this time. ...
... out to be a sensory overload. There was so much to see, from one amazing thing to the next, here people approach you all the time and they want money from you. It is after all how they make their living. I was amazed and a little anxious both at the same time. I had read that rather than keep getting approached you can obtain an unofficial guide and this tends to keep others from continually approaching you, of course you might like being approached ...
... above hillsides swabbed with speckled grass and thorny bush; a towering soft tangerine dune with sensual lines sculpted by raging desert storms. She is the melodic call of a masked weaver during a streaky pink sunrise; the triumphant yip-yip-yip of a spotted hyena cheering on the night. Africa is horns, trunks, spotted fur, graceful bounders, ruthless carnivores and feathers of a thousand colours. Africa is ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Oudaya Marrakech
Good hotel. Nice clean rooms. Ours has a balcony over the road so rather noisy. Single beds are quite small - not adult size - but comfortable. Lovely swimming pool. Unfortunately the wifi does not seem to work even in reception area!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Oudaya Marrakech
Okay but quite far out
I have been travelling to Marrakech since 1980 and decided to take my wife to the Oudaya for a New Year break. The hotel was okay but in the new town and a good 45 minute hike from la place. The room was cold (in December as soon as the sun goes down the temperature plummets - it also rained solidly for 2 days) and the heating didn't work to start with. When the caretaker fixed the heating it blew very little warm air. Immediately when this was fixed I came down with a bout of flu - I don't know if the 2 were connected. We had lumpy pillows filled with 1 inch square chunks of foam which we finally got replaced with slightly less lumpy pillows (about half an inch). The meals however were very good as was the dining room service. Our transfer back to the airport on the last day was a different story. Our rep, a man called Mohammed, picked us up from the hotel an hour before the flight was due to leave. Despite rushing him and telling him to step on it we almost didn't make the flight. The desk was closed, the aircraft doors were closed and it was only through quite a bit of pleading that the officials decided to let us through. 10 mins before the plane was due to take off we were running across the tarmac to the plane and they had to put the steps against the fuselage again. In hindsite it was a bit of fun.
I will never tire of visiting Marrakech (going again next week to Riad Dar Anika) but first time visitors need to go with an open mind and a sense of humour, and women need to be sensitive in their dress code. Sadly, Marrakech is currently being peddled as a "party town" for stag and hen dos which some believe to be a sure fire way of eroding the culture. This, combined with the huge developments being made by property developers south of the city, is challenging locals in many ways not least by pushing the price of land and buildings up.
Having said all that, it is a very exciting place to visit and I wouldn't hesitate in reccommending Marrakech. Also, it is well worth hiring a car if you feel brave and drive to Imlil at the foot of Toubkal. It is quite simply a beautiful and stunning place and about 10 degrees cooler than Marrakech.
VERY CORRECT HOTEL / Hôtel très correct
Suite à ce que j'avais lu dans vos compte-rendus, je suis partie pas très sereine. En fait, j'ai trouvé cet hotel très correct, chambre sur patio avec fontaine, personnel très agréable, possiblité de repas pris à l'extérieur, en face de la piscine. Bref, hotel tout à fait correct situé dans le GUELIZ, quartier très intéressant (cinéma à proximité, librairie très intéressante, marocains très agréable, prêt à rendre service sans contrepartie, quartier reposant par rapport à la MEDINA), à conseiller. Petit bémol, qt à l'hotel, menus proposés un peu routinier surtour si pension complète. Possibilité toutefois de demander des modifications au menu (omelette, etc..) En fait je n'ai pas compris les impressions défavorables ressenties sur le site TRIP ADVISOR
Hotel was clean and well located. But the service was terrible. Staff were unsmiling, unhelpful and unfriendly. Don't ask for towels for the swimming pool! Would never stay here again and definately not to be recommended. Seems like a typical below-average tourist hotel.
Stayed here overnight when we visited Marrakech from Agadir, I don't think I could have stayed much longer.
It's a basic hotel with basic fixtures and fittings, I wouldn't say it's unclean but it looked like it could do with a facelift.
The pool is small, the bar area isn't great and breakfast was pretty uninspiring, I could imagine if you stayed there for a whole week, you would get pretty bored of it.
It's pretty handy for getting to the centre of Marrakech and the staff seemed friendly enough but I wouldn't return.
If your looking for somewhere you can rest your head this hotel is fine but I don't think I'd return again.
Having read the 1st review I was preparing for the worst but this hotel is perfectly OK! Travelling as an adult family of 4 we needed 3 rooms and they were provided next to each other without asking. The initial rooms were a bit small, we asked to be moved and we were (adjacent rooms again although the hotel seemed quite full).
Rooms were adequate for a few days stay but would have liked a balcony if there for longer.
Restaurant was overpriced and plain but there are several excellent restaurants within an easy 10 minute stroll (Taverna is excellent, Jack'Lines, Monte Christo, Trattatoria are all very good)
I get the dirty linen reference for breakfast, they cannot cope with the number of guests in the time/space and the crumbs left by the previous occupants aren't cleared - although I'm sure they would be if requested.
Staff were friendly and helpful in all areas - a better grasp of French on our side would probably have made them even friendlier.
The hotel is well placed for the upmarket shops of the area and is, literally, a five minute taxi journey to the medina (in a petite taxi for 3 this costs 20 MAD or £1.30)
All in all i would recommend this hotel for those wanting a good base for trips - if all you want to do is laze by the pool go elsewhere but what a waste of Marrakech!
You get what you pay for
I stayed here for 3 nights in Mar 06. It's not the Ritz but it's not a Travel inn either! I can see why some people would be disappointed as it's not your usual Thomsons holiday resort, but I've stayed in a lot worse for the price. An odd location, you have to find your own entertainment in a downtown area, but I don't think it's the hotel's fault - more the traveller for not researching properly/your travel company for not prewarning you. You do need to get a good grip of the area beforehand, get a good guide book. Be prepared you are not in a swish part of town. We walked to the Medina once, and got taxis the other times. The hotel staff were reasonably helpful and the breakfasts were fine, the rooms were clean and serviced daily. Didn't eat here in the evenings. The restaurant about 10 mins round the corner - Charley's was perfectly adequate. Be prepared for the attention you will get if you are a lady travelling - but as long as you don't encourage it - it's not threatening.
Clean, friendly, budget hotel
Was worried after reading previous review classing this hotel as awful - it isn't. The room was fine, clean, comfortable bed, nice bathroom, hot showers, balcony etc. Staff were friendly (particularly helpful when an excursion i was booked on was late turning up), courtyard pool a very pleasant area. Well positioned for good restaurants (try Bagatelle, Rotisserie or Trattoria)and only 5 min very cheap taxi ride (less than £1)to main square. Marrakech is wonderful and the hotel provides a clean and safe environment from which to explore. Food is nothing to write home about so wouldn't want more than B&B (Cafe Negoiciants is much better for great coffee and fresh coissants and only 2 mins walk). I will go back to Marrakech and if I can't afford a luxurious riad I'd quite happily go to the Oudaya.
The one downside is the street it's on isn't great - there are 'seedy' bars but takes just 1 min to get on to the main streets where all is fine - but I still felt safer walking around at night in Marrakech than I ever do here in the UK.
Lovely small hotel !
Just returned fro mour twin centre holiday, marrekech-Agadir !
Had 3 night at this hotel and after worrying when I saw reviews needn't of bothered cos I loved the place !
Room was great and so clean, staff were so helpful and friendly ! Breakfast was plain all pastries and jams but with fantastic orange juice which seemed even better when we only had orange squash at hte ramada in Agadir later !
It is about 25 minute walk to sights but taxis are so cheap and very plentiful!
Marrakech is awsome I loved it !!! The hop on hop off bus is a bit expensive about £15 for 2 but you can use it all day and there is a very good tour tape when you have earphones !
Food is so good in town we at in the Jeemba square it was fantastic even seemed to have ou rown entertainment number 86 stall I think !
All you could eat for about £6 !!!
Impersonal budget hotel used by package tours
Impersonal budget hotel, in a location that is ok for visiting sites, but you will need to use taxis costing less than £1.25 to reach them. Some rooms are bigger and better than others so try to get relocated if you get the small ones facing a wall. The ones facing the courtyards are best and bigger and most courtyard ground floor rooms have terraces.
Small dingy in a seedy area - there are some rather unseemly bars immediately outside the front door. Linen in restaurant flithy - No way - again here.