Excellent air conditioned hotel just off the main route into the centre (50 Dh taxi ride). Large rooms with comfortable beds (we had a triple for just over 130 euros for 2 nights). Simple but filling breakfast with plenty of bread/croissants, boiled eggs, yoghurt etc. The rooftop pool was a bonus especially when the tmperatures hit 40 degress at about 4pm. Two amazing local resaurants next door. A fish restaurant with a very varied selection of fish can be seen displayed on the ice counter. We had the Royle fish platter but too much to each for lunch but was great, should have gone for the 70Dh lobster it looked fab. Our favourite was the small tagine restaurant doing simple but tasty lamb tagines during the day and sizzling meat of choice during the night with plenty of bread to mop up the days drinking. Finding places to drink in marrakech was a challenge even after doing my homework. Got fleeced by friendly local on first afternoon being over kind to show us to a bar going a very convoluted route and then demanding 200Dh (live and learn for next time). Saying that he did get us to a great roof top bar looking back over the Koutoubia Mosque with very arabian nights decor (Restaurant Dar Nejjarine). My suggestion is let the taxi driver get you to the bar and possibly arrange a pickup to you next destination seems to work fine. Wouldnt recommend Cafe Bar de l'escale bar just across the road from the hotel as is just a glorified greasy spoon that serves alcohol. More upmarket is Kechmara in the next street parrallel to l'escale with a very european light modern decor restaurant downstairs (only place we found selling pints of Flag), upstairs is a fantastic chill out rooftop bar with canope shade. Another great roof top bar is Kozybar entered from within the market square (Marche Couvert I think) watch the sun go down and the storks doing what storks do. Its a great location to walk up to the night market following the main road and the hordes of people that come out once the sun goes down. The night market needs to seen to be believed how many people flock round the food stalls and general entertainers (lighting a bit dim further back from the stalls). Lots of bargains to be had in the souks or the shops around the night market.
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