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... get on that vino sharon. I despair... Touch down! And it's thunderstorming....for like 10 mins of downpour. Met Lara who had to wait while my passport controller went for a cheeky slash and a mint tea, holding up the line for a good 30 mins. Shared a taxi to the place jemaa el fna, met a helpful young laddo who took us to the road....who also asked for a tip, ...
... the Riad didn't lose it's Moroccan themings, just created a more modern atmosphere. We were escorted to level four for pre-dinner drinks and canapes. 4 levels is about the higest building you will find in the old city so as you can imagine the views are breath taking. We settle in for Margaritas and the sunset and absorb the magic of the skyline. As darkness falls we are invited back downstairs to the dining room where 5 courses of AMAZING is served. ...
... a palace that has been turned into a museum. True to Moroccan style it wasn’t much but high walls on the outside but once inside the courtyards and details inside the rooms were very impressive. It had a selection of doors, jewellery, pottery, carpet, weapons and woodwork. Later in the afternoon we had a bit of rain (was quite surprising actually!) but it cooled the weather down a bit which I appreciated. When it stopped ...
... we could prepare our stuff for the upcoming 3-days trip.
SOME OBSERVATIONS - The culture seems to be quite agressive, at least what concerns the way how they try to make money on the streets - they just force you to accept something like a gift, they even assure you it's for free and once you stop resisting they try to charge you a ridiculously high amount. It happened us with cookies we were given "for free", with a snake that just appeared on Gonzalo's neck and ...
... with the locals early afternoon, did our tourist thing and caught a taxi back at night.
The heart of Marrakesh is the main square of Jemaa El Fnaa which is always packed. Here you will find, musicians, snake charmers, storytellers, acrobats and thieves!. On the first night, there was an attempt to get into Shelleys handbag, a couple of days later I was pickpocketed in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ryad Mogador Hotel Marrakech
Das Ryad Mogador Hotel liegt genau vor dem Bab Doukala Tor der Altstadt von Marrakesch. Von einigen Zimmern hat man einen schönen Blick über die Stadt mit dem Atlasgebirge dahinter, und alle Zimmer haben einen kleinen Balkon. Das Hotel hat 3 Sterne, was nach marokkanischem Standard korrekt ist; die Zimmer sind modern, jedoch ohne Teppich (ich glaube, das ist meistens so in Marokko). Die Größe der Zimmer war normal nach euroäischem Standard, und das Frühstück ganz gut mit einem breiten Angebot von Speisen. Auf der hoteleigenen Website sieht das Hotel allerdings protziger aus, als es ist.
Wife and I stayed here in June, originally only for 4 nights but after my accident this was extended to 14 nights. Most of the previous comments regarding poor quality we agree with. Reception staff generally unhelpful but this may in part have been due to language dificulties. Breakfast was poorest I have ever come across. Rooms were tatty, eg curtains with cigarette burns, rotten wood work. Public areas like corridors had a constant damp fishy smell.
I stayed at the Ryad Mogador in June 06 and after staying in a superb hotel in Agadir, the Mogador hotel was a real letdown. Reception staff were unhelpful and were unable to give out tourist info or even supply us with a map of the city. Despite the hotel only being fairly new, in our room the furniture was already scuffed and looked shabby. Overall the room, as well as the rest of the hotel looked badly finished off. Also sound proofing wasn't brilliant and the TV could be heard in the room above us. The ensuite itself was poor with mildew all over the bathroom tiles and at one point we couldn't get water to come out of any of the taps. The worst part of the hotel was probably breakfast. The breakfast food was stale and the dining room stank of fish. The dining area was also situated above a supermarket and actually had escalators going down into the supermarket. The dining room staff were unfriendly and unlike in our other hotel in Morocco, we had no warm welcoming from them. I know that the hotel is only a 3 star but I've stayed in hotels and hostels with lower rating than this and had a much better stay. The only good point about the hotel is that it's fairly central and convenient for the medina.
We stayed at this hotel for the first 3 nights of our trip, as the Riad we had set our hearts on was booked up and this hotel looked ok and more importantly was a cheap option.
Well after reading some of the reviews on this site, my boyfriend, his mother and I were all a bit nervous as to what to expect when we got there.
We stayed at the Ryad Mogador (near bab doukala) in march 2006. Overall we found the hotel to be fine - about 23 pounds a night for bed+breakfast for 2 of us. The hotel and room were very clean although there was a slight smell on the corridor. The staff were friendly and the restaurant itself was excellent value with very good food -menu was 95DH for 3 courses. I never eat hotel food in Marrakech but i was tired so decided to try it and it was all very good indeed. Breakfasts were buffet-style and fine too
I would not recommend this hotel, only good thing was its location.
Stayed here during the Marrakech Film Festival when every other hotel was chock-a-block and/or charging exorbitant rates, but we secured a twin room here for 260 Dirhams/barely US $50 per night. The location's fine at the edge of the city walls of the Medina, but on a busy roundabout which doesn't let up even at night. Yes the rooms are small and functional but the windows open and the bathroom facilities worked.
The Ryad Mogador Hotel is located right outside the Bab Doukala Gate of Old Marrakesh. Some of the rooms have pretty views of the city with the Atlas Mountain behind them, and all the rooms have small balconies. The hotel is rated 3 stars, which is accurate for Moroccan standards, the rooms are modern, but have no carpeting (I think this is common in Morocco). The size was normal by European standars, and the breakfast was pretty good, with a diverse sample of available dishes. The website does make the hotel look more swanky than it really is though.
I will not return to this hotel!!
This hotel is in an ideal location - its only 30 mins walk from the main square. The walk from the hotel to the square is a very interesting one. You walk through a market street.
From the outside the hotel looked lovely but looks are often deceptive! My main complaint about this hotel was the fact that here was an awful stench on the 2nd and 3rd floor. The place was unclean, the staff were unhelpful and abrupt and the food was the worst I experienced whilst in Morocco. I stayed in a number of budget hotels over my 8 days in Morocco and all except this one were spotlessly clean.
I will go back to Marrakesh (great people and amazing place) but certainly not to this hotel.