We were travelling to Morocco to trek the Atlas Mountains up to Toubkal for charity, so this hotel was booked for us via the charity.
We were a little worried about some of the reviews but as we were only staying here involuntarily for one night, we decided to go along with it.
Grand Hotel Tazi is perfectly located within the Medina (old city) of Marrakech with a 2minute walk to the Djemaa el Fna and souqs. Upon arrival, you are greeting in a huge lobby filled with mosaic and it is clean, airy and cool compared to the 45+ degrees centigrade heat outside! The rooms are big, we had 3 or 2 bed rooms, each is a different size and shape with varying degrees of bathroom sizes and shapes! Hot water is plentiful, and the bathrooms although clean, were of different standards. Decor is a bit faded and could do with a touch up in many places - some bathrooms and rooms were modern, others mosaic and others very traditional. Some showers didn't work, others were fantastic but you could move room if yours didn't work as well as it should with no problem. Beds were clean and comfortable, floors were clean, and flat screen tv's included (although we didn't see what channels they had).
It is far away enough from the Mosque that your sleep will not be disturbed by the call to prayer yet close enough to see it up close.
Another pro? It has a clean, spacious outside pool with plenty of loungers. No shade here though, and it is incredibly hot during the day. The pool water is hot and clean and chlorinated.
Due to the handiness of the hotel, we booked two extra nights here, voluntarily and because we were impressed. The manager of the hotel speaks fantastic english and let us store our camping/ trekking bags for a week at the hotel for 20 dirham each as long as we booked our last night of travel back at the hotel, which we did. Rooms were cheap (although you may find them cheaper elsewhere, Tazi has the benefit of being close to the square AND it serves reasonably priced beer, another hard to find commodity in Marrakech!)
The food - our meals the first night/ next morning were included from the charity. The food was good, salad, tagine and fruit to finish, and the restaurant is beautifully decorated and the staff are very good at keeping beggars etc away from the restaurant so you will not be pestered. People were eating in here every night and if you stay there the manager will give you a good price on food. Breakfast was bread, croissants, coffee and mint tea, again standard and of a nice quality.
I would recommend Tazi for backpackers for sure - it's a great place to see the sights and sounds of Marrakech's famous Djemaa el Fna without breaking the bank. The added bonus of a full diving pool as opposed to the splash pools of many riads make this a great choice to escape the heat of the day. Free wifi in the hotel lobby is accessible for most needs (although Skype was iffy at times). The roof terrace is a fantastic place to enjoy a drink in the warmth of the night and watch the hustle and bustle of the crazy souqs and square below.
As for Marrakech itself, we spent three days here in all during the two week trip, which is more than enough for you to get lost at the souqs at night and hone your haggling skills.
Rooms near the stairs can take advantage of the lobby wifi from the comfort of their rooms.
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