Ryad Mogador Hotel
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.
Good price, but?
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.
Overall it looks like the owners had grand ideas for this hotel when it was built but they never eventuated. Large sections have been built but look like they have never been opened. The lower floors have a supermarket and offices, but very few of the offices are occupied. It has a huge bar area on the 2nd floor but nothing there. This hotel seems to be popular with budget tour groups and some mornings the lobby is so crowded it is difficult to just get in or out.
Will not be staying here again. It is cheap but has very little else to recommend it.
One of the worst hotels I've ever stayed in
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.
You get what you pay for
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.
I was distinctly unimpressed with our 'welcome' at reception- we weren't given any information, just shown to our room. There was no tourist information in the lobby which was unfortunate as we were travelling independently sans guidebook! Also the staff weren't helpful when we asked them where places were, the reply was 'get a taxi there'.
As far as the rooms go, they were standard hotel rooms. The bar was ok but always empty so not much of an atmosphere. Small pool area was fine for the odd hour or two of sunbathing and swimming,
The breakfast disappointed me the most- a selection of bread and pastries which were less than fresh, and the restaurant was over the neighboring supermarket which was noisy and intrusive. Needless to say we didn't fancy trying the 90 dirham food if that was where we would be eating it, especially with so many nice restaurants nearby.
Think this is a prime example of you get what you pay for, as it is cheap. The hotel itself is perfectly ok, and a great location, but the staff and the breakfast leave a lot to be desired. Would recommend only for the price.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone!
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.
But it was such a great place to stay for such a good price (£80 each for 5 nights) - rooms cleaned daily, problems sorted out quickly, great and plentiful continental breakfast included in price, clean pool which gets the sun all the afternoon, friendly staff. What more could you want? It's also next to a large and modern supermarket, taxis are always in the area, and you can walk from there to the Medina and the Majorelle Gardens.
Obviously if you're looking for total luxury than this wouldn't be the hotel for you - so if toilet roll corners turned in, chocolates on pillows, gold plated taps etc are important to you then try one of the 5 stars.
I will definitely be recommending this hotel to my friends!!
Better than people have written
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
The pool isnt that great, its clean but very cold and never gets much sun.
Next door is the Aswak Asalam supermarket which is very good and cheap, so perfect for stocking up on drinks for your room next door.
Location of the hotel is also good, bang next door to the grands taxi area and right next to rue bab doukala in the medina. taxi to djemma el fna is 7-10dh
So overall, clean, friendly, good value, i would definitely stay there again
Would not recommend this hotel
I would not recommend this hotel, only good thing was its location.
Dirty, smelly, poor facilities, no coffee/tea making facilities in rooms, some rooms had balconies mine didn't and I looked out on to a filling station yet only one rate is quoted, bathrooms in need of upgrade.
Found a beautiful Riad in the Medina with a very friendly owner for less!!!!!
Still waiting for an iron after a week!
Unfriendly and unhelpful staff on reception.
Breakfast was OK, very basic. The staff in the "dining room" were very friendly and helpful.
No useful information e.g. maps or tourist leaflets available. Snack menu not available at times stated.
Agency folders on reception desk were in German, French and Dutch. Fine, but why not have a selection in English for the independent traveller.
Cheap and mostly cheerful
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.
Right next door is an excellent, totally Western-style supermarket, where you can stock up on items the hotel doesn't supply, it's great for water, juices, snacks and fresh fruit, as well as anything you can think of from suitcases to refrigerators.
Breakfast is buffet style, on a mezzanine overlooking the supermarket, and it's really just pastries and watery juice and coffee - adequate if included in your room rate, but don't pay extra for it if not: go out and seek something more characterful and tasty in a nearby cafe, or splurge on a buffet at the Sofitel.
Being on such a busy highway, getting a taxi's usually easy - and whatever the drivers tell you, no Marrakchi would pay more than 10 Dirhams for a daylight ride within the city limits, 15 maybe in the middle of the night!
Don't expect much in the way of amenities - the pool is in a striking location but usually not accesible or filled with water, the bar has no atmosphere and the restaurant's Gulag-bleak.
Be aware there are TWO hotels named Ryad Mogador - this is the cheaper one, the other has better facilities and costs considerably more.
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.