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“Much better than we'd been led to believe!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Amnougour
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Km 49 Route de l'Ourika | Ourika Valley, Morocco   |  
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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“Much better than we'd been led to believe!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

I stayed at Amnougour for two nights in April 2013 as part of a group of birdwatchers (age 50-80+). Having read the previous reviews I was a bit concerned about what we might find, but we had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The relatively basic country hotel is in the Ourika Valley, and the views from the terrace along the valley are wonderful. We also saw some excellent birds from the terrace! The staff were very friendly and keen to please, and the tagine dinners in their dining room were excellent, especially the chicken. Breakfast on the terrace was typically Moroccan, ie omelettes, bread, jam, coffee, orange juice. The rooms were rather cold, although there were heaters which were effective, and the beds were not especially comfortable. Also they were down several flights of stairs which was a bit of an issue for some. Overall, however, I think the location/welcome/food more than compensated for the rooms. Other groups were using the hotel too and I think it was ideal for our purpose.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2009

We stayed here as members of a large walking group, and the hotel's location in the Ourika valley, around two hours drive from Marrakech, is superb for access to the foothills of the Atlas.

The hotel is built on a hillside, with the bedrooms on several levels down the hill, away from the road. While this makes for wonderfully quiet rooms, it does mean that there is a fair amount of stair climbing involved with using the Amnougour, so best avoid it if you have any kind of mobility problems.

The terrace is also away from the road, with views down the valley and up to the mountains,so it's a great place to eat in warm weather. The hotel's cooking is quite good, which makes the Amnougour terrace a popular spot for lunch for coach trips from Marrakech.

Our room was adequate. The weather was cold so the hotel had provided electric heaters (of which, more later). We were a bit suspicious that the sheets were not entirely clean. The shower first discharged several litres of black sludge, then ran clean. The hotel said that they always do this if unused for any length of time. Shower water could have been hotter.

The main quirk in the hotel seems to be the electricity supply. While we were there the power went off several times, in different sections of the hotel. We guessed that the electric room heaters were tripping the fuses when our group got back from hiking and all turned our heaters on. Most of the staff were useless in sorting this problem out, and the hotel supplied candles, but no matches, as a pretty useless backup. Eventually two of our group located the fusebox, and re-set the fuses whenever they tripped.

Despite all the above I would recommend this place as a base for exploring the Ourika valley, provided that you get a good price. Take a torch with you, and don't get into your shower untill you have seen the water run clean for a minute or two..

  • Stayed February 2009
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Km 49 Route de l'Ourika | Ourika Valley, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region
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Ranked #1,133 of 1,349 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region
Number of rooms: 26

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