Dates of stay - 1st - 4th and 7th - 10th October 2012.
Hotel Cecil was recommended to me by a friend who knows my accommodation needs, style and budget - she recommended well. I originally booked for 3 nights but I wasn't there long before I decided I'd book for my last 3 nights in Morocco too.
The location of this hotel could not be better, being just a few short steps from the Djemaa El Fna Square and a short walk from many souks and interesting roads and alleyways. Although there is a lot of hustle and bustle and noise on the square it was barely noticable in the hotel.
The staff were welcoming and helpful. The rooms, certainly judging by the one I had, are small and compact but very clean and provide all you can need on a few nights stay - cleanliness, basic comfort, security. Loved the shower - best temperature mix and water pressure I've found in a hotel in ages!
Breakfast - the only meal available - is taken leisurely on the roof terrace in a shaded area. It is a simple but more than adequate meal consisting of fresh orange juice/tea/hot milky coffee, pain au chocolat, french bread, butter, apricot jam.
I had arranged an airport transfer on arrival through the hotel contact, which unfortunately went a bit wrong. However, a word with the staff at the hotel and an email to the gentleman I had originally been in contact with and all was made well. Because of this, I would say that if you do book here (or anywhere else in the Medina area) please make sure you know exactly the transfer arrangements and how to get to the hotel because the tourist cars are not allowed onto the square after a certain time in the morning, although taxi's are.
Would I stay here again? Yes
Slight Downside - as with most properties of it's type there is no lift and you may have go up and down many stairs. If you have mobility problems it is better to be aware of this.
Big Upside - free wifi available in the communal areas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Djemaa El Fna Hotel Cecil's unique, central location allows guests to enjoy the atmosphere of the Djemaa el fna 24/7, perhaps whilst sipping Moroccan tea or your favourite soft drink from our large rooftop terrace which overlooks the square. The Hotel Cecil is located directly on the Djemaa El Fna, which is a UNESCO World heritage site in Marrakech Medina. With a large rooftop terrace overlooking the fun of the square, you won't miss a thing! The Djemaa El Fna hotel Cecil has en-suite rooms furnished in Moroccan cedarwood, modern furnishings and some rooms have air conditioning. The Djemaa El Fna hotel Cecil has some rooms on the ground floor, for those who cannot climb stairs easily. Breakfast is included in the rates, which is served on the Rooftop terrace and in the ground floor courtyard. Guests can enjoy the Rooftop terrace 24/7 for the heat of the day or the cool of the night. Refurbished, cleaned and maintained to a good standard we offer each guest a calm and relaxing atmosphere for a rest from a busy day exploring. ... more less
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