Travel Blogs from Marrakech
Flight was bog-standard Ryanair. I bagged a window seat and thought I'd settle down for a nice sit down and chill chill with a bit of music. When two northern whales, tatted up to max and smelling like something died plops themselves next to me.....I swear the amount of rings and bangles between them would fetch a house where we were headed. Ugh. Typical brit on ...
... out into the craziness of the Marrakech medina we opted for a Morccan beer on the roof top terrace first to reflect on how incredible the last few days had been and to brace ourselves to enter back into the hecticness of a Moroccan medina.
That night we headed to the square for what we had been told would be a very authentic meal. After a few "detours" we entered the hustle and bustle of the night markets. Despite being nearly 830pm ...
... 24/7. We then walked into the Medina to find our Riad. A Riad is a traditional Moroccan house with an internal courtyard and I was keen to try experience one so thought Marrakech would be a good place to do it. This is because it is so lively at night and all the campgrounds are based quite far out of town so didn’t want to have to worry about getting back late at night. Well the Riad was hard to find (as there were no ...
... a lot of locals camping there, as this must be a popular place to spend their summer holidays. There were tents, barbecues and chairs pretty much along the whole stream. We finally found a good, isolated place, which Cam and I could enjoy to ourselves. After the long, hot walk, the freezing cold water was very refreshing, even if it took a while to adjust to. After about an hour in the water relaxing, we made the trek back to catch a taxi back to Chefchaouen. One thing we ...
... made the walk interesting (we ran away, fearing we may be witnesses to a homicide or suicide) then settled back in, organising a day trip away for tomorrow. Looking forward to a great sleep and not looking forward to the early wake up! Expenditure Belt - 65MAD Chicken Panini Lunch - 47MAD OJ - 2MAD Fez - 50MAD Flats - 150MAD Drink on Terrace - 2€ Tour - 30€ Dinner - 67.50MAD Today's Total 381.5MAD = 34.42€ 32€ = 66.42€ Running Cost ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Islane Marrakech
This hotel was extremely cheap per night, so we didn't have high expectations. Our first impression of the hotel was not good, either. It was a little dark and dingy. Having booked on-line, at check-in they had no knowledge of our reservation, and then insisted on hanging on to our passports for a few hours while they took down the details. Call me paranoid, but I will not leave my passport with anyone! Check-out was just as problematic as the credit card machine wasn't "working" so we had to go and get cash from the nearest ATM.
Let's put things in perspective straight away. £11 per person per night in Marrakech is a good deal by anyone's standard.
Marrakesh was a fab place - full on - but such an experience!
Très bien situé
J'ai séjourné à l'Isalane du 3 au 7 février et nous avons passé un excellent séjour. Nous étions un peu inquiets à propos de l'hôtel car nous n'avions payé qu'environ 30 € la nuit petit déj compris (sur la terrasse, surplombant la mosquée de Koutoubia !) !
L'hôtel était vraiment super bien situé, à 2 minutes de marche environ de la place centrale et juste en face de la mosquée de Koutoubia !
Il était propre, et les chambres étaient nettoyées chaque jour. Le personnel était extrêmement gentil.
Nous avons mangé dans la pizzeria Venezia (là où ils servaient le petit déjeuner) et au Porto Fino (adjacent à l'hôtel). Ces deux restaurants étaient vraiment excellents !
Je recommande cet hôtel sans hésitation !
Stayed at the Islane from 3rd to 7th Feb and had a great time. We were a bit apprehensive about the hotel as we got it for such a good price £22 per room per night which included breakfast! (on the terrace overlooking the koutoubia mosque!)
It was in such a great location, about 2 minutes walk from the main square and right opposite the koutoubia mosque!
The hotel was clean, and the rooms were cleaned every day, and the staff were always friendly.
We ate at the pizzeria venezia (same place where breakfast is served) and at Porto Fino (which is attached to the hotel) and both were really good!
I would definately reccommend this hotel!
Good location a short walk from Djmena El Fna and across from the Koutoubia Mosque.
Great value for money and perfect location
We thought this hotel was definetely good value, it is in such a perfect location. Just opposite the Koutoubia and around the corner from the main square and just slap bang in the middle of the medina. It is true that it is above a main road but the noise did not annoy either of us.
We stayed here for two nights at the beginning of the holiday, then went to other places in Morocco, and then came back for two nights at the end.
The views from the breakfast room/restaurant are amazing. It was a good room, with basic ensuite and good hot shower and heater. For £12 each for the double, we thought it was definetely exellent value!
the hotel is close to the main square where a lot of the tourist attraction is, but its also on a busy road which was very smoggy in january. many of the cars/trucks/motorcycles put out a lot of smoke which hangs about unless there is a wind. you should avoid this busy road if you have any breathing problems, ALSO the main mosque is right across the road and an awful wailing noise is broadcast at high volume from its megaphones, starting at 5.30am then stops for a few minutes so you can nearly get back to sleep, then starts up again. on friday its particularly bad, it sounded like the whole service was being broadcast! im for religous tolerence but this felt extremely faciistic and actually a little scary in the dark of the night. it is so loud that you can not block it out of your ears. hotel rooms just adequate, the tv didnt work and the staff were not interested to fix it. food poor and no alcohol on the premises. ok it was cheap, but we would rather have spent twice the money and avoided the problems described.