Travel Blogs from Marrakech
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Sahara desert ...
... overloaded drive which had our eyes aching from the exposure to such natural rugged beauty.
Having come down through the mountains we took the opportunity to enjoy the serenity a little longer by stopping for lunch at a lovely cafe by the side of a dry river, with views up to yet another hillside village.
It wasn’t long before we were driving through the walls of the medina and checking into our riad, the delightful La Maison ...
... about 3 hours in Starbucks we continued on to the train station where we hung out in a McDonald’s until our train was ready. (You're probably sensing a theme here but the big international chains never seem to mind how long you hang around in their restaurant for... very handy for travellers.)
In comparison to the overnight trains we have travelled on in India and Vietnam, this once was luxurious. Not only were the mattresses thick and come ...
... we finally reached salvation in Marrakech. It's too bad it was such a crazy drive, because it was really beautiful! But I was happy to be out of the mountains and on flat, straight roads again for the remainder of the trip.
As we approached Marrakech, we realized we didn't really know where the riad we were staying in was located, but we knew it was in the medina. I'm not sure if it was the winding mountain roads or the lack of sleep that clouded our ...
... fully stocked with hideous aquatic creatures, gaping mouths, fiercely toothed or packed tightly in rows in ice laden crates. We edged through the corridor of the meat market, offal and scrotal bags swinging alongside our heads and into the vegetable market. Berber women sold delicate white wheels of sheeps cheese wrapped in platted palm leaves which fanned outwards like barbed spikes of a swordfish. Coffee beans ground in the shops filled with wooden drawers. ...
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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.