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“1 week in marakech” 4 of 5 stars
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Opera Plaza Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Angle Avenue Mohammed VI et Avenue Hassan II, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #249 of 472 Hotels in Marrakech
Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“1 week in marakech”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Overall the hotel was very good but a few things stopped us from giving it a 5
Water - they charge you 45 dhs for a large bottle when you can go 50 meters down the road and buy it for 8 dhs. I understand that hotels charge more but I found this to be profiteering the temperature is 40 + and you need to drink.
The doorman/security - when you walk to the door the try and spot if you are bringing any water into the hotel and then try to take it of you. If the water was cheaper in the hotel you would not bother buying elsewhere.
Security - though it did not happen to us I did speak to people who had things stolen from their rooms. One girl had an expensive pair of glasses stolen. If the security guard spent more time looking at the staff and less on the visitors maybe the hotel would get better reviews.

The good things

The breakfast was great and the staff always happy to help
The pool area was fantastic
The pool attendant was always happy and made things easy
The air con in the room was excellent on the first night we had to turn it down it was too cold.
The pool bar was good and the staff excellent
The wifi was free and worked most of the time. A lot of people give a bad review about the wifi but the hotel is in North Africa not central London
The hotel cleanliness was excellent all over hotels in the UK could learn from this place.
A very relaxed atmosphere throughout

A few tips for marrakech

Taxi's are very cheap
Not everyone will rip you off
Eating out is very cheap £20 max for 2 including drinks
Don't forget the tourist tax when you leave
Brush up on your french
Not many places serve alcohol
Try the strawberry juice drinks great on a hot day
Watch out for the henna ladies in the square they are very pushy


Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We have just returned from a 4-night stay at the Opera Plaza Hotel in Marrakech. On the whole, we would have to say that this property provided a bit of a welcome break from the hassles of the city of Marrakech; however, there were still a couple of issues that we felt ought to be brought to light.

The most prevalent being the fact that the bar and restaurant staff will definitely rip you off when it comes to their wine list. On a couple of occasions, we were advised that our original choice of wine was not available; we were then offered an alternative choice which we thought would have been at the same price as our original choice; however, this was not the case. In fact, on one occasion, the wine was 70 MAD more expensive and we went from a bottle of French wine to a more expensive Moroccan wine (how on earth did they come to this equation?!). We found that French bottles of wine were regularly swapped by domestic Moroccan brands, which in turn, meant that we were being ripped off and the hotel was extorting an even larger profit. If such a practice were to transpire in the UK, Trading Standards would definitely take legal action against such an establishment.

Alas, this is the general way of things in Marrakech! It is extremely tiring having to remain on your guard constantly when all of the locals view you as a gullible meal ticket and are ready to rip you off in some ingenious way or other. BE WARNED ABOUT THIS AND VERY CAREFUL!

The swimming pool was definitely a relaxing oasis to escape to and the size of the room was large and comfortable.

We nearly always find that reception staff are the people to let a hotel down; however, The Opera Plaza was definitely an exception to this rule. There was one very pleasant young lady, in particular, who was very helpful and a real breath of fresh air to deal with.

We found the choice at breakfast to be somewhat lacking. There were very few choices of cold meats and the hot food only extended to eggs. The scrambled eggs on one morning were absolutely revolting and actually resembled more of a couscous consistency. All-in-all, if The Opera Plaza is aspiring to achieve a 4- or 5-star property equivalent, this needs to be looked at urgently.

If you do find yourself travelling to Marrakech, from what we were able to gather, it would seem that this particular hotel is definitely one of the best (if not the best!) choices in town. It isn't perfect, but it's definitely got so many positives going for it and we would generally recommend it to others.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The facilities were very good and the rooms and cleaning service was also good. The restaurant food was limited and not replenished quickly enough. The restaurant staff were generally polite and helpful as we're other staff members. The reception staff were an enigma - it seemed that helping the hotel residents was a chore and when engaged in conversation with them they would break off or allow interruptions which was very rude. We continually had to have our room cards recharged as they did not always work. The service around the pool was slow and we were repeatedly questioned about our room number when signing for drinks. On one occasion they said are you sure you are in the right hotel! Beware of hidden charges while at the hotel - there is a daily tax that everyone staying in hotels has to pay. The hotel trips are not all they say they are - your guides are not included in the cost of the trip and be prepared for other charges along the way. I would suggest you book your trips in the railway station close by at a reduced cost. The hotel did not detract from our holiday but I would certainly choose a different place to stay if visiting the city again.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 217 which is above the main entrance on the busy road - try and avoid this room.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Having read several bad reviews of the hotel I can simply say I didn't experience any of it! The hotel was lovely all round, the rooms were spacious and everywhere in the hotel was spotlessly clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful as was the doorman who greeted us everytime we came and went and also gave us some friendly advice about the local taxis. The swimming pool was lovely but very cold which was nice in such hot weather, and more than enough sun loungers to go around. We had a pool view room and with both of the doors shut you couldn't hear the noise from the pool at all. The walk to the medina was quite far which we did a few times but taxis are also very reasonable at 20-40dh a ride. I would highly recommend the hotel as a lovely place to stay and hugely enjoyed Marrakech as a whole!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Stayed at this hotel from 15th - 22nd July and it was great - I honestly don't know what the bad reviews are about! The service was to a high level, rooms were cleaned every day, we used the safe during our stay and had nothing stolen, the pool was spotless and the staff were all lovely.. if you're nice to them then they'll be nice to you. Easy. I'd recommend you ask for a pool view room. Rooms are a great size. We had a double room but the bed was easily a king-size.
200Dhs deposit to use a towel for the pool (refundable when you return it) if you forget your own. A little pricey for bottles of water (45Dhs), but there is a shop just outside of the hotel (right out the front door, then first right again) which sells water for much cheaper (6Dhs) and we had no trouble getting back into the hotel with it.
It's about a 40min walk to the Medina which we managed to do easily 5 out of the 7 nights we were there - didn't bother to get a taxi - and about 10min was to Gueliz.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone travelling to Marrakech, especially for the air conned rooms! Also, we were there right in the middle of Ramadan and it didn't affect us one bit.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Waterford, Ireland
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Had a fabulous week here, spa was delightful, hotel staff helpful and friendly the pool area is clean and tranquil just what's needed after a being in the Medina haggling !!! . i would stay at this hotel again ,it's only a few mins by taxi from Medina and Gueliz and airport. wifi is a hit and miss but cross the road to Mcdonalds and use theirs !,. Recommend poolside view, lovely lit up at nighttime.

Room Tip: Poolside view
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newport-On-Tay, Scotland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Really loved this hotel, staff were freindly and helpfull and spoke good english. Hotel was immacuate and very stylish and breakfast was good. It was about 20 minute walk to the square but taxis are cheap, we never paid any more than 40 dirum but you must agree the price before getting in the taxi. wifi was slow at times but it was free. This hotel was like a tranquil haven after spending time in the crazy city!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Angle Avenue Mohammed VI et Avenue Hassan II, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #249 of 472 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Opera Plaza Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 115
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