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“Great value and a good all-round stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Ryad Mogador Gueliz
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Avenue Hassan II, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #412 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
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“Great value and a good all-round stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We got a good deal with this hotel and it provided everything we needed. The buffet breakfast and dinner meals were good, although I would suggest for breakfast to go down no earlier than 8am as there isn't much on offer and it's not necessarily the freshest.
Our room was fine with little or no noise, although we didn't have one facing the street so this may have helped. The hot water isn't amazing in the evenings, but this could have just been our room.
The wi-fi in the lobby, pool and dining area was a bit slow, but did the trick. For our final night we had a room overlooking the pool which was considerably better than our original one as the towels were much fluffier and we could pick-up a wi-fi signal which was handy.
Overall, for what we paid it was a good place to stay, although a little further away from Jemaa el Fna than we would've liked. It was about a 45 minute walk which was fine during the day, but a bit far after a day of sightseeing and shopping in the souks.

Room Tip: Ask for a non-street facing room, and if possible, one that has a balcony overlooking the pool area.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We stayed for a few nights here. The hotel is about 10 mins from the airport but still too far from where its all happening in the Medina. The beds are not comfortable - firm would have been ok but these are far too hard. All rooms come with good air con and heating but there customer service esp room service is virtually non existent. We asked for an extra pillow before we slept, they told us they'd try but if they cant get us one tonight they'll deliver in the morning!!..nothing came in the morning either! They did the same with extra towels too. Normal room make-up during the days is fine. There was very poor wi-fi coverage in the hotel. Wifi in the foyer was fine but if you're staying above 1st floor its weak or non existent. The spa is also far from a professional set up. I've experienced excellent hammams in 3 star hotels but this was just not up to scratch.

Where this hotel fails is on the basics - bed comfort and basic customer service.
We'll not be returning.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Having arrived at this hotel on a coach tour and then read some of the reviews I was very concerned but it wasn't as bad as I had expected and much better than our experience in Casablanca! The reception was lovely and free wifi a bonus, the rooms were miles away but were clean and there was a fridge and a safe, though the safe had been locked shut and no-one came to sort it. Beds were as hard as stone. Bathroom was OK and we had a balcony overlooking the pool which was nice to relax on. Food was adequate with nice salads and in fact we decided it was better to give the hot stuff a miss and stick to the salads as they were tastier. Dessert not strong point but melon was nice. Point to note, no alcohol and limited choice of soft drinks.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Malaga, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

This hotel was huge and sprawling. The room faced out onto the railway and main road which was teeming with traffic all the time. the room was not made up on the second day although they took our towels away but as we were only here two nights didnt complain just found a chambermaid to give us towels. It was too far to walk to the city centre. We would not return to this hotel. Wifi worked in the foyer. The restaurant manager was very pleasant, food acceptable.

Room Tip: Ask for one not facing main road.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Prestbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

The rooms were clean and a reasonable size. Unfortunately we were on the side which overlooked a busy road and the railway station, so very noisy all night. The food was Moroccan and tasty with a reasonable choice from the buffet. The service is poor and staff surly. The location is poor if you feel like a walk but taxis into the main square are about €4-5. The exchange rate in the hotel was okay but there is a bank in the supermarket which is located underneath the hotel. If you are visiting Marrakech and like an alcoholic drink then I suggest you take it with you. Although the hotel says you can only consume it in the bedrooms, as long as you are discreet they turn a blind eye.

Room Tip: A room overlooking the pool.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

My stay at his hotel was adequate, was not overly impressed with it. The location was fine, not close to the old town, but close to the train and bus stations and the Gueliz area, which is the "ritzier" neighbourhood. It walked into the old town area which was fine, but I imagine in hot weather it would not be tolerable.

It was clean, the room was a good size and their was a satellite TV and fridge (not a mini bar). The pool area is pleasant and the restaurant (only the international buffet was open when I was there) has OK food, but not much variety, would definetly recommend eating elsewhere!

The room I stayed in was incredibly noicy. (3054) It was located next door to the cleaners station, or store room and I was disrupted at all hours by their walkie talkies and general chatter. The walls where also quite thin and I could clearly hear the room to the other side.

The staff were pleasant and efficient.

Room Tip: Avoid 3054 - right next to the maid's HQ, also the street side rooms would be noicy, the street...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

I was slightly worried before arriving in these hotels, due to the critics I had found in TripAdvisor. So I would like to clarify some things in order to try to help other customers.

The most relevant question about this hotel and your possible experience in it is based on its location. This hotel is situated on the Hassan II Boulevard (take care as Google Maps places it on the Mohamed VI Boulevard, and it is not there; there is a mistake since there are three hotels from the same brand nearby; this hotel is situated where Google Maps places the Ryad Mogador Agdal, you will recognize it because this hotel has a U form with a pool in middle). This boulevard in in the new area of Marrakech (the area is called Gueliz) being the center of this area the railway and bus (Supratours) stations. Which means the hotel is very, very convenient if you are arriving/departing by bus/train. Or if you want to explore the new Marrakech (from the train station down boulevard Mohamed VI toward the Congress Palace). That is why on the web and other sites it says the hotel is 200-500 meters from the city center: from the center of Gueliz (the new neighborhood), not of (the old) Medina of Marrakech

If your idea is to explore the Jama Al Fna Square and surroundings, then this hotel is not really convenient; walking there will take you around 40 minutes to arrive to the Square. Of course, taxis are always available and should be relatively cheap (around 20-30 DHR).
On top, it is on the least developed part of the Boulevard Hassan II (the part of the avenue that connects the train station to the 16th November Place is much more lively), so getting by foot at night can be strange since roads in the area are not well paved and there are not too many street lights.

The hotel has a big supermarket just next door, although there is a letter sign at the entrance that forbids entering food or drinks from the exterior (I cannot understand the reason for this, since even the minibar in the room is empty).

Food in the hotel is lousy. I had dinner and breakfast and both were quite horrible, nothing really decent to mention. A lot of things, but none of them were decent quality. Even the staff were not really concerned about keeping the area tide and clean: as you arrive for breakfast most of the tables have been previouly used and do not get cleaned for a veeeeery long time. However, in the train station nearby (200 meters) there are a few coffee shops serving good expresso and a McDonalds, a Burger King and a couple more restaurants.

The room is pretty decent sized, good decoration, nice bathroom. Everything is in very good state, since I believe the hotel is just a couple of years old. I had a view on the pool, although at this time of the year it is too cold to use it. I can believe rooms heading towards the outside of the hotel can be very noisy, since the Hassan II Boulevard is quite a busy one.

The staff are not extremely polite, but they do they work fine. On my way out, I asked for a cab for the airport and at the reception they told me the approximate price (around 100 DHR), stopped a taxi for me and negotiated the price with the driver. Probably you would be able to get it cheaper on you own (it is just a 5 Km, 10 min ride), but having it all done for you makes things much easier. So not too much to complain on this side, although other travellers seem to have had really terrible experiences.

WiFi connection in the lobby is quite good. Altough other guests say they did not, I had a connection in my room also, slightly slower than the one in the lobby but decent enough.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ryad Mogador Gueliz

Address: Avenue Hassan II, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#157 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Ryad Mogador Gueliz 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This Mogador Gueliz has an outdoor swimming pool and en-suite guestrooms with air-conditioning and satellite TV. It is located in central Marrakech, 1 kilometre from Marrakech Oncf train station. The hotel has 3 restaurants, which offer international and Moroccan cuisine as well as a selection of snacks and room service options. Free internet access is available in public areas. The Ryad Mogador Gueliz offers laundry and babysitting services. Car rental and free private parking are also available. ... more   less 
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