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Ecolodge Quaryati
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Douar Tounsi, Sidi Abdallah Ghiat | BP 548 Marrakech Principale, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #16 of 182 Specialty lodging in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“oasis from the hustle and bustle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

What an amazing place! The hotel and its staff are wonderful. I booked via Lastminute.com and so got an amazing deal!

Breakfast is really good and worth doing. Its buffet style with the option of cooked eggs. There is so much to choose from, you won't get bored and it will keep you going for a long time. Also the hotel is very remote so you won't be able to nip out for anything. Its about a 10 minute drive on a dirt track to the main road.

The other meal options are also great and good value, lunch is around £5-8 and a 3 course dinner £14. They serve alcohol and have a lovely Moroccan Wine, which can be addictive and so hike up your bill. You have been warned!!

The pool was wonderful, quite chilly which was perfect when the temperature hit the 40's! with the Atlas mountains in the background.

The hotel offers a free shuttle to Marrakech which is really good if you want to pop into town(leaves at 10am returns at 5pm) and you can also book a late taxi through the hotel if you want to stay in town into the evening. This I recommend as it is cooler and the main square comes alive in a way that you will either love or hate. But either way it needs to be seen!

Francoise, the lovely, warm and helpful owner is always around to help and translate if needed. Though with smiles and basic French you will be fine. She helped us hire a car and drew us a map to explore the mountains...really recommend this. It is a little hair raising and slightly confusing but the views were beautiful and really saw a different side to Morrocco.

The hotel offers ham man, massage and other treatments. I had the massage and hamman which was lovely. Though I think the women get a more gentle experience, after comparing notes with my partner, which I wasn't looking for, I wanted a full on scrub. But it was still pleasant. The massage was glorious on the other hand. I can't quite remember the prices around £35/40 for an hour so not super cheap, but really really worth it.

The grounds are beautiful with lovely rose gardens, peacocks and wild life. Though the gardens take up a lot of water, so not 100% sure of the eco nature of this, but to be fair I didn't ask and so they may have been using recycled water.

All in all I would recommend this place again and again and would love to return!

Room Tip: If you're on a budget the grounds are so lovely as is the bar restaurant that not much time was...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Myself, my girlfriend and a close friend from university decided to book a last minute holiday to Morocco to experience it's culture in hopes of a greater learning and understanding for our university projects. It was very cheap for flights and accommodation as it was out of prime season. Upon arrival at Marrakech airport we got a taxi to the accommodation and we were all thrown back a little at how far the hotel was from the airport/centre of Marrakech. Our taxi driver did take us "the long way" (as he put it) as he wanted to show us off to his friends working at a market half way between the airport and the accommodation.

Upon arriving at the hotel we were truly amazed by the little money we paid for the trip as it was astonishingly beautiful but so pleasantly simple. Even out of season it is perfectly maintained and always a fire going in the fireplace to welcome you. Françoise the owner and her son (who I cannot remember the name of) were so incredibly helpful for the whole 10 days which we stayed. The rooms have air con so if you're not good with heat at night then fear not as my girlfriend and I slept very comfortably every night there. The surrounding area is very beautiful and the views you have are breathtaking. Staying here really makes you appreciate nature and appreciate the culture and its charming simplicity.

Françoise became our best friend during our stay as being students we had limited money and if I'm totally honest a little nervous about being so far from home, and her presence was so friendly and considerate we wanted her to adopt us as her own child. We were one of the only groups staying there at the time but Françoise still insisted on massive breakfast platters and large authentic dinners made every day which were both delicious and reasonably priced. Françoise was incredibly generous when it came to sorting out the bill at the end as she knew every little bit of kindness would help us. Although I'm sure this isn't something every guest will experience as, like I have previously said, we stayed in December which isn't prime season it just goes to show how much your stay means to her and the other staff members.

Communication was completely fine however other than Françoise and her son, the staff spoke little English, which was never really an issue as we knew simple French to get us by when they weren't around.

One thing I will mention is that we had a difficult day in Marrakech the morning after we arrived as we were conned out of a lot of money but this is something to expect if you try to remain quintessentially English and never say no to anyone. Once you get in the swing of things you feel a lot more comfortable walking around Marrakech and the other small surrounding towns and you can take full advantage of the hotel and rent free bicycles for the day and explore the area which was a personal highlight. Another thing which is a must is the Atlas Mountains which is simply a bus ride then taxi away. Both of which are very reasonable and everyone (by the most part) are so friendly you feel very welcome.

I think the one thing that you have to understand (without trying to state the obvious) is that it is it's own country with it's own customs which are so incredibly different to that of which I've experienced prior (UK and Europe) that I found myself a little nervous and cautious. This is by no means a bad thing but if you are unprepared for it, it can unsettle you a little which ultimately is very silly as everybody there is incredibly accommodating and trying to be friendly/helpful it's just a small minority which did no seem to appreciate the vast amount of tourism happening around them. You can't help but sympathise and feel a little disheartened by the severe Westernisation of Morocco (specifically Marrakech) because it's truly such a beautiful country being wrecked by greedy tourists and global business chains taking over large plots of land. On the car journey back to the airport Françoise's son was telling us all about the community and how it's drastically changing and how in a lot of cases for those in poverty it can be very damaging to their lifestyles; so do be aware of things like this when travelling by being sympathetic to the locals and respecting their customs.

If you wish to experience Morocco as it should be then I would definitely recommend this hotel as it was one of the best stays I've had in a very long time. Although a little separated from civilisation it is so simple and so tranquil you can't help but love every minute of it. I'm sure we will return in the future and I look forward to that day. Definitely choose this hotel over the hotels in Marrakech city centre as it is so much more genuine and you feel a lot more comfortable as the staff are polite and respectful rather than incessant with offering their services. Again Françoise was fantastically helpful and I would even say stay here just so you can meet her alone. Upon our final day of staying Françoise greeted us at dinner with two tagine pots she purchased as gifts which was a very nice parting gift and just shows that the people in Morocco are seemingly infinite in their kindness, particularly those of this hotel.

To sum everything up it is a beautiful country, with beautiful people, beautiful surroundings and beautiful architecture; and the Quaryati Ecolodge is a prime example of how all these things come together. As long as you are aware and respectful of the culture you will have the holiday of a lifetime.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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conwy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Just returned from an 8 day/7 night stay with my wife and daughter. Can not fault anything about the hotel, it's ideally situated between Marrakech and the Atlas mountains offering you the city life when you want if whilst being out in the country for the peace & quiet.
I can imagine that people struggled to find it, simply ask the owner to e-mail you the directions (which are in English & French), keep them with you and show them to the taxi driver if required. With the directions it's easy to find & you can not miss it (we had our own car).
We ate at the hotel every night, usually a choice of 2 or 3 starters/mains/desserts. Costs around 15 GBP for the 3 course meal. Food was excellent, home cooked, nothing too fancy but simple tasty homecooked food (which is what we wanted at the end of the warm day).
Pool is excellent, we were lucky that we did not have too many other guests. Properties well maintained, clean and more than adequate. A/C is the main room but despite tempratures of 43 C outside / the houses were cool without the A/C. Main house for breakfast/meals is nice & relaxing with wonderful views. Excellent gardens / beautifully maintained.
Staff exceptionally friendly, although they don't speak perfect English - you can get by with a little French. Very trustworthy and will do anything for you (adjust menus, etc).
They offer a daily return trip to Marrakech / organised tours / etc. Can not recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

An amazing stay. Françoise(the owner) was an amazing host.Ecolodge,itself, is an absolutely amazing place with peacocks, roaming free. It was just an exquisite place to be and you could completely escape from normal city life, It was a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere, I would highly recommend it to get away from normal life and a relaxing break.Do it, Go!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Stayed for a week with my wife. We agreed we had the most relaxing holiday ever. Situated in an agricultural area and surrounded by lots of small family run farms Quaryati is off the beaten track and very quiet. Donkeys, sheep and cats roam into the gardens. A backdrop of the Atlas Mountains (recommend a trip) and rose gardens. The pool is large with plenty of sun beds. The staff are always helpful and v friendly (being Morocco, English is not their first language but we did not have any problems) All the other guests were v friendly. The food is great, not a huge menu but we enjoyed every meal and the cooking lesson was fun as the local lady chef didn't stop laughing! Breakfast was great. The owner, Francoise, made us all feel at home. The whole resort is single story with rooms as individual "villas" all built in local traditional materials and v comfortable. We took the daily free taxi to Marrakesh - one day there was enough for us but an experience (be wary of local lads who ask to show you around - you can v easily get ripped off - be prepared). We walked and cycled round the local farm tracks and lanes (great bird life - Stocks, Shrikes, Warblers, Bulbul etc) and to the local village Souk (recommend it) - we felt safe and always welcome - everyone says "bonjour"
We have no hesitation in recommending Quaryati Ecolodge

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Could not recommend this place enough. An amazing stay. Françoise(the owner) was an amazing host and we were greeted by the beautiful rose gardens and a lovely peacocks. The accommodation was basic but clean and functional, decorated in traditional traditional Moroccan style The food could not have been better. There is a limited menu however it is traditional Moroccan fayre and is home made by the staff who reside on the premises. It's delicious.
As mentioned before, on TripAdvisor, you do need basic French to speak with the waiters. However, they are always happy to help and will find what you need without too many problems. The pool is a little cold but beautiful. We found it to be empty of people and it was a lovely serene backdrop to our holiday. Marrakesh is about 30 minutes away you will be given an old taxi to get there but this is all part of the charm of Morocco. It is easy to hire a 4x4 or a car to go around atlas mountains. We found this to be an excellent day out. Françoise will recommend you many restaurants along the way and there are also women's cooperatives selling argan oil which are well worth a visit. Ecolodge,itself, is an absolutely amazing place with peacocks,donkeys, sheep,cats and dogs roaming free. It was just an exquisite place to be and you could completely escape in normal city life. We easily made friends with other visitors It was a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Local beer and wine is available and delicious but you are very limited in what you can order. This is not a holiday for getting drunk and living it large. But I would highly recommend it to get away from normal life and a relaxing break. Go!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Recently returned from Quaryati, having enjoyed everyday. We did a nice mix of relaxing by the pool, enjoying the food (which is excellent), and day trips out to the mountains and into the city. It was a great break, and I would recommend to it to anyone.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Douar Tounsi, Sidi Abdallah Ghiat | BP 548 Marrakech Principale, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #16 of 182 Specialty lodging in Marrakech
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