I stayed here for 4 nights with my friend. We had room 33 on the 2nd floor.
It is no frills accommodation. It is a cheap, safe place to stay in a great location.
The breakfast consists of mint tea (though it is not nice- too strong), fresh orange juice (which is lovely), a coffee, lots of bread, a chocolate filled croissant and a lump of butter and marmalade. It is the same every morning- it was satisfactory.
The guy at the front desk was helpful. I don't speak French very well, but he communicated with my friend who does and was helpful in giving advice/ directions.
My stay here was distinctly average. There is no luxury or anything to shout about, but if you go on holiday to experience the new environment, culture and explore outside of your hotel, then this is a perfect place to stay. My friend and I chose it because it is cheap and in a great location from which to explore. Don't expect anything fancy!
The accommodation is cheap. I was surprised by how cheap it was.
The location is central and relatively easy to find unlike some of the other hotels/ riads in the medina. The hotel is located in a little alley branching off from the main square.
Watching the swallos flying overhead while eating breakfast on the roof terrace was lovely.
The wifi connection was only supposed to work on the ground floor. The guy at the front desk told us it wouldn't work well on the higher floors, however I was very lucky and had excellent connection on the 2nd floor and even on the roof terrace. My friend only had connection on the ground floor.
BAD POINTS (It is possible that most these only apply to room 33- I don't know):
The room is very dark. The lighting inside is very dim, unless you go into the bathroom.
There was no shower curtain
It looks like there used to be a rail for a towel to hang on in the bathroom, but it was gone.
You might want to hang a towel on the shower rail (where the shower curtain should be) so that people on the roof terrace cannot see into the bathroom while you are changing. The window is positioned very high in the room.
There was a bad sewage smell coming from the drain in the centre of the bathroom on most days.
The beds are hard and uncomfortable to sleep on.
You can see Djemma El Fna from the roof terrace, but it is by no means a complete view of the square.
I booked through hostelbookers.com and on their website it said this hotel provided transfer fromt he airport. I mistakenly thought this meant transfer was included in the price. I had to book my transfer separately via GoMoCo, paying 2 euros via the website and then 8 euros to the driver in Marrakech. This is not related to the hotel, but the driver gave me change of 10 dirhams instead of 2 euros, but because it was dark and hectic when he dropped us off I couldn't tell the difference! We also had to wait an hour for him because he had decided to drop off other clients (even though we had booked him) before collecting us. I called what I assume was the driver's manager several times in the airport and she ensured me he was in the airport, then 5 mins away, then 20 mins away. Essentially, she was trying to keep me in the airport while he returned from dropping off someone else. She didn't want me to leave and take another taxi!! That said, the driver was very polite and helpful. You don't get dropped off at the hotel. You will be dropped off on the other side of the square and pointed towards your hotel. However it is very easy to find (even at night).
- 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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