Myself and my husband stayed at this lovely hotel for 5 nights. Check in was quick and the man behind the reception desk was very pleasant and spoke good English.
Our room 214 was big and clean with doors leading out onto a private balcony. There was a big wardrobe along with shelving, a dressing table,a fridge and TV. The room was cleaned daily along with towel change and toiletries replenished. Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
The breakfast was served from 0630-1030 A variety of cereals, pastries, bread rolls, boiled eggs, yogurt, jam, honey, semolina, cheese, cold meat, olives, dried and fresh fruit, nuts, orange juice and coffee. You can eat in the restaurant or outside on the terrace. The restaurant also serves evening meals but we didn't eat there.
There's a swimming pool along with sun loungers up on the roof which we didn't use, but it looked spotlessly clean. Towels are also provided. All of the communal areas were clean and well looked after and all of the staff we encountered were friendly. I would definitely go back to this hotel if I was to visit Marrakech again.
The hotel is in a convenient location away from the hustle and bustle of the medina, but is only a 20 minute walk away. It's situated in Gueliz, an area that has plenty of cafes and restaurants to suit any budget. I would definitely recommend eating at the restaurants where the locals eat rather than the tourist places. You will also find MacDonalds and KFC on the main road walking toward the old town.
All the places of interest are within walking distance if you like to walk. There's also 2 big supermarkets which we came across, one which sell alcohol.
When you arrive at the airport you will need to change your money into Dirhams. We changed £300 but only spent about £100 so best to try work out how much you may need. We only needed money for food and drink as we traveled light and didn't intend on buying tourist tat to bring home! There's English speaking places within the town where you can change money too if you feel you need to change more. However, in town they do not change your money back to your own currency, they only do that for the Moroccan residents. If you have money left you need to change it back to your currency when you arrive back at the airport before you go through security. Dirhams cannot be used in duty free. You can use your own currency or euros in duty free and change is given in euros. There's 2 duty free shops in the airport. Check out the prices in both before you buy anything as we found that one was considerably cheaper than the other.
100 Dirhams is about £7.30
We got the number 19 bus from the airport. You tell the driver which hotel you are staying at and he drops you close then gives you directions to reach it. We bought a return ticket for 50 Dirhams each. A return ticket allows you travel back to the airport within 2 weeks. When you go for the bus to go back to the airport just wait by the road where you were dropped off and when you see the bus put your hand out for it to stop. There's no bus stops! The journey only takes about 10-15 minutes and the buses are every half hour.
The driver dropped us outside MacDonalds. Cross over the main road to the phone shop opposite MacDonalds. Turn left down the next street and cross to the other side of the road then take the second right and you will find Hotel Almas, a 2 minute walk away
Marrakech is a busy place with lots of traffic so be careful when crossing the roads. People are friendly. The souks are amazing and no doubt you will get lost. If this happens and you see a group tour then tag onto that and you will eventually get out! The food is delicious and the smoothies from the stalls too. I would recommend a mixed one. I only came across a couple of those stalls in the souks so if you do find one try it. They are only 5 Dirhams about 35p. You can also get an ice cream in the square for 2 Dirhams!
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