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Riad Qodwa
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   route 2012 Sidi Abdallah Ghiat Km 12 | Route du Golf royale, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #66 of 191 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
Dover, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Well worth a stay.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Well having reviewed some of the more recent reviews I am surprised and can only wonder what people expect. Bearing in mind morocco is in North Africa and not centre of the western world, the hotel does not claim to be a five star hotel.
From our point of view we had a fab stay, the hotel was clean, and the staff were very friendly and could not do enough for you, even going to the shops for you ( which was above and beyond what they needed to do. ) nothing we asked was too much for them.

The hotel has a pool, it is quiet and peaceful away from the noise of the main town areas. Having spoken other Brits staying in the town a pool was a bonus as was the quiet.

There is a bus service into town which is FREE, and provided by the hotel. Our experience of destination outside of more developed areas is that time is quite flexible and this was true of the bus service. However it was not just limited to the hotel the tours that we went on, that were not booked through the hotel, were also time flexible.

A thing to remember is that Morocco is a Muslim country so alcohol is not openly available ( it's against their religion) however the hotel were happy for guests to drink their own alcohol, brought from off site, anywhere on their premises. ( how many places in the uk would allow this.)

All in all we would most definitely stay here again. Have stayed in a lot worse and paid a lot more for it with staff who are paid more and have less respect....

For what we paid for the trip I think it was a fab week. Saw true Morocco

Remember your going to North Africa not New York .

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

After reading the Tripadvisor comments I though this would be a safe bet. How wrong I was.

I guess all the good review were written by the FROG and FROGSPAWN that live in the pool or its friends the BEDBUGS that live it the filthy dirty linen of this COUGH Hotel/Motel more like Faulty Towers


Its in the middle on nowhere ...... no taxi's can find it.....its like a run down hostel....the picture on the website have been either airbrushed or taken in 1963 when it was first painted.

There is no restaurant...the food is cold and served up like you're in a Morrocan prison.The staff are young and CLUELESS.

There is nothing near this place - no wonder- its like Chernobyl on a good day.

Our bathroom was RANK.

The place is full of cigarette butts and fag ash.

ITS THE WORST PLACE I HAVE EVER BEEN

Room Tip: Don't stay here - its MINGING
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This riad is tranquil, peaceful and relaxing. I chose it for its location as I wanted somewhere quiet, away from the chaos of the Medina but knowing that the shuttle bus would transfer us to and from the centre of Marrakech when we wanted to go. The Riad is 25 mins from anywhere and is reliant upon an organised shuttle service which it does not have. It could be great but the shuttle NEVER arrives on time. When it does take you in to sample the delights of Marrakech, the driver insists on picking u up at 9.30 pm at he latest, which is very early and not really enough time to relax and enjoy an evening meal. One night the shuttle left early and abandoned us in town and we had to pay 200 dirhams to get back. Very badly organised. This hotel/Riad will not survive unless this shuttle service is run properly. The food is adequate but expect to wait a minimum of 40 mins for anything. Breakfast is bread, jam, orange juice, yoghurt and pancake. This is served everyday . No fruit, eggs, or any variety. It's just ok. The milky coffee is good. On our last day, they ran out of tomatoes, which meant we could not have moroccan salad or tomato and mozzarella salad which were two of the better dishes on the menu. The hotel was a really cheap deal. Expect food to match. I would return to Morocco. It's wonderfully vibrant and I met some lovely people but I would not spend more than 2 nights in this Riad. The monotony of the breakfast nearly killed me! Don't book any excursions from this hotel. Unreliable. The gardens are pretty and the young staff do their best but they have no organisation at all. Such a shame as it could be so much better

Room Tip: Choose a ground floor room. Buy alcohol in airport prior to arrival. Hotel unlicensed
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I am surprised that this hotel could get any good reviews and this was the general feeling from all of the guests who we spoke to. The "flexible" shuttle bus went at 11am to the centre square and returned at 5/6pm (the hotel decided what time during the journey in, in the morning) or at 9.30am. Generally this shuttle was arranged around when they were picking other guests up from the airport. There was no flexibility and due to this it was very difficult to plan a day.

The food was horrendous - having waited about an hour my vegetarian tagine came with bits of beef in it.

The pool was dirty and probably a health risk - I wasn't prepared to risk this!

The staff, though friendly and probably wanting to be helpful, appeared out of their depth with running a hotel and I suspect had little or no training.

The beds were uncomfortable, the bathrooms run down and in places it was poorly kept.

I felt like we spent more time complaining or trying to get the staff to help us out with things, than we did actually enjoying the trip.

If you get a good cheap deal on this hotel and are prepared to be flexible with the shuttle and to eat out all the time, then it may be a good buy, but I definately wouldn't recommend it for a long stay.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Well, where shall I start!! I have no idea how most of the other reviews have rated this place as so good. It is NOT a hotel, more like a back packers lodge. Was expecting a few days relaxing in the sun by the pool but as our mornings started at 5.40am once having been awoken with their morning call for prayer from the mosque speakers it wasn't the best of starts.(Not that I mind anyone following their religion but wasn't quite expecting that!) Rooms good size but dirty, old & in definite need of refurbishment, we had lumps of toothpaste all over the sink, cigarette wrappers on the floor and a used dirty cotton bud on the window ledge!! Our bathroom was very dated, bad smell in there all the time, shower curtain torn & hanging off which matched the paintwork hanging off the walls. Bed linen & towels must be at least 20 years old and very well worn. One day we came back to our room to find the male cleaner having locked himself our bathroom whilst having a shower!!
3 male staff (1 English speaking) attempting to run this place but failing badly. Language barrier not a huge problem as I was able to communicate in French with them. There is no dining room/place to eat but in the gardens which is nice if sunny but you are on old garden furniture with broken cushions, cigarette stained table clothes and swarms of wasps & flies! Food was awful, over an hour to get a toasted sandwich, vegetarian taggine was full of beef, a friend had a burger which was freezing cold in the middle and as for breakfast...! There is no choice for breakfast you are handed the same stuff every morning which consists of bread, cold pancake, yogurt, orange juice - no fresh fruit or choice.
You can not get any soft drinks/icecreams during the day as they only have an old fridge outside which may have water in if you are lucky. We got a taxi to a supermarket and put some supplies in here for our stay.
Ok,the regular shuttle bus that is advertised leaves at 11am or 6pm and comes back from the town at 6.30pm or 9.30pm. However we were told we could have a shuttle bus at 5pm and waited until nearly 7pm for it to turn up and this was the standard of their time keeping! The 9.30pm bus back left at various times between 9.10pm and 9.55pm so if you weren't on it then you are left in the town facing a £15-£20 taxi back - if they can find the hotel, one of our shuttle bus drivers had no idea where the hotel was and luckily got directions form a German couple on board!
The pool is disgusting and I did not go in due to the thick,green slim all around the bottom and the clumps of hair & muck collecting on the waters surface - awful! I did ask them to clean the pool which took 3 days for them to then tickle it with a pool brush but not removing any slim. They do not use any chlorine or chemicals so hate to think what is growing in there - saw a frog swimming in it on my first morning, says it all really!
Many guests checked out as they refused to stay in such a dump, can't blame them but the other option is for a hotel in the town and we didn't fancy the noise levels that came with that.

Marrakech town itself is worth a visit but only for half a day or one day really. Very busy, noisy, smelly & quite dirty as you would expect but the traders within the madena are all friendly and not pushy or aggressive, I never once felt threatened. However, the ladies outside on the square pushing henna tattoos are very aggressive and overpowering - beware!
Food in the town cafes is very disappointing unless you want to eat a panini or a pizza (boring) as the tagines that I saw looked like a pile of slop with very tough old chicken in it! I did not eat any meat whilst there as I was not convinced what animal it would be, plus staying at the 'hotel' out in the countryside I saw a lot from the shuttle bus - like the local farmers with their herds grazing on the dump/tip land next right next to old men hooking out old water bottles to reuse and sell that evening in the square with their version of 'orangina' in it and as for the dead horse laying by the road side....!
I certainly would not take children to Marrakech.
All in all good to tick this country off my bucket list of things to do, would I go again? ..... NOT if you paid me!! Best part was when the plane left the tarmac!

Room Tip: lower ground rooms seemed to be slightly nicer but still wouldn't recommend this place.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This hotel is run by (what seems to be) 3 young men who were friendly however communication was difficult as only one of them spoke English. I don't expect everyone to speak English but there also seemed to be poor communication between the staff. Messages did not seem to be passed on.

The shuttle was sold to us as being flexible and regular. This was not the case and therefore (in 3 days) we found ourselves 'stuck' in the hotel a couple of times with nothing around for miles. This would not have been a problem if there was a varied menu or if there had been some entertainment however the one dinner we had at the hotel took 1hr to arrive (it was only a toasted sandwich!) and there no soft drinks that night so we were obligated to eat a sandwich and drink water....hardly living it up!

The shuttle was the main issue as it ran at awkward times which meant that you either had 4-5hrs in the main square and nothing to do for dinner or you spent the day and evening in the square and come back at a sobering time of 9.30pm. Taxi's were an option however they get pricey to use everyday and especially as the hotel was sold as having a good shuttle into square.

We did try and arrange a night excursion however the transport did not arrive. It appears that they had tried to contact the hotel 3 times and when on the 3rd time someone finally answered (pushed by us) the transport was too far to collect us. Which leads me back to the lack of communication.

The pool looked great from far however close up, there was mould and grime all around the edge of the floor. I did not get in!

I have to say that the young men do work hard and did endeavour to meet all our requests however everything needed to be requested rather just being included in the service. It became tiresome. I would definitely not rate this hotel at 4* and sorry to say but will not be recommending or returning there.

Room Tip: Room 12 was nice...showers don't have much pressure. Downstairs rooms as bigger.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

What you make of this place really depends on what you are looking for. If you are coming for a relaxing holiday close to but definitely outside Marrakesh (25 minutes out by infrequent shuttle) to chill by the pool (not in it - see below!) then this is the place for you. The building is beautiful, the rooms are big and the garden is an amazing place to have breakfast every morning. You can eat whenever you want at the Riad and the staff are friendly.

But, if you really want to experience all the city has to offer for you then think again. The last shuttle bus leaves at 9.30pm so enjoying dinner in Marrakesh and seeing the famous square after sun down is difficult and you are extremely restricted by bus times (e.g. we weren't able to spend the day in the city, come back to relax and shower and go back in the evening unless we shelled out 200 dirham each way (ca. £13) for a taxi. The riad is 25 minutes out of Marrakesh so doing this journey 4 times a day really does take up a lot of your holiday time (and can be quite stressful thinking when the shuttle bus leaves), so much so we asked to be transferred to their central hotel. Also, the pool area is beautiful, but the pool is filthy (green grime all over the floor and no chlorine and not clean water). Finally, our driver was sleeping in the car park when we arrived so wasn't at the airport - make sure you have there e-mail address/phone number and contact them if nobody is there!

So, what you make of this place really depends on what you are looking for. A week sitting by the pool in beautiful surroundings - go for it, a week to see Marrakesh and enjoy what the city has to offer, or use the pool - forget about it!

Room Tip: Rooms downstairs are a bit bigger.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: route 2012 Sidi Abdallah Ghiat Km 12 | Route du Golf royale, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #66 of 191 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Qodwa 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad has 4 suites of 55sqm with private room and of 6 rooms of 25sqm. All suites and rooms have air conditioning, TV and dressing room. 4 lounges, swimming pool, 500sqm of terrace and solarium. VIP area, shop presents Moroccan crafts. ... more   less 
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