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“Basic - what you see, is what you get” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Ali
Rue Moulay Ismail, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #364 of 471 Hotels in Marrakech
Watford, United Kingdom
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“Basic - what you see, is what you get”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I visited Hotel Ali in late June this year. I stayed there at the beginning and end of a two week trip.

My first stay was in a twin room by myself which had a rather smelly bathroom that had a very small window and no fan. The shower head only had three holes that let water out, it was cold water (the hot didn't work). I suppose due to the heat a cold shower wasn't that bad. The room was clean and the beds were well made and clean - ok for sleeping, that's all I did in there due to the bad smell.

My second stay was in a four bed room with two friends. This room was a lot better than my first room. The window opened onto the square where the horses line up, this resulted in some odd smells but then that's Marrakech for you! The bathroom was clean and the shower over the bath was a lot better, and the hot water worked!

The terrace at the top of the hotel was beautiful and it gives you a great view over the square.

The communal areas within the hotel vary, there are seated areas randomly placed on each landing area which are all very nice and pleasant to chill out in. The downstairs communal area is rather dark and not very enticing.

The breakfast provided was basic; bread, jam, honey, tea (spelt thea), coffee and milk.

If I was on a tight budget I would stay again as the location is brilliant and you get the basics.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This hotel is ideally situated off the main square. It is idea for a cheap and cheerful break in Marrakech. It is a very busy hotel with lots of backpackers and large groups of students. The room was really hot and we did not have a window to let the air in, however on request we were given an air con remote to borrow!

Stayed July 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

I have just made my third visit to this hotel. My first was over 10 years ago. Despite it's faults I have always enjoyed my stay. The staff are friendly and very helpful and the rooms are clean.

It's a busy place with backpackers and tour groups continually checking in and out of a crammed reception area which is nothing more than a passageway linking 2 roadways. It's proximity to the main square, whilst great to have on your doorstep, could be annoying for some because of the noise. Personally it didn't bother me but just added to the wonderful atmosphere that is Marrakech.

The hotel is clearly undergoing some much needed renovations. My room was of an excellent standard with a new bathroom. Bed was extremely comfortable. This place has always been very good value for money. Even more so now!

My only niggle is that breakfasts are poor served in a dark area off the aforementioned passageway. There is an excellent cafe/patisserie next door as an option!

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

While staying at the ali it was clear that a major renovation was going on, so the roof terrace and 1st floor public area were all covered in building materials. Some of the people in my group had renovated rooms although they didn't appear to be completely finished. Mine wasn't but was clean and functional. Breakfast was bread rolls boiled eggs coffee and mint tea although a black tea bag was found on request. The view from the terrace was fabulous as was the location, close to the main square and with a currency exchange next door. Staff spoke good English.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Hotel Ali represents excellent value for money in the heart of Marrakech. Rooms are clean and come with en-suite facilities, including soap and towels. Breakfast is basic but adequate. Views from the roof-top are first class. There are dozens of restaurants within a few minutes walk as is the post office. FX facilities - offering some of the best rates in town - are in the foyers (back and front). Most of the tourist attractions are within walking distance and you'll get a taxi outside the door to those that aren't.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The Hotel Ali is what might euphemistically be termed 'a character hotel', and a 'character builder' of all those who dwell within!

The surprising number of returnees suggests that the Ali does, in fact, 'grow' on many people after a while.

This place struck me as a hybrid between the old Chungking Mansions in Hong Kong and the Hotel Sultan (Sirkeci) in Istanbul. No matter a good review, a bad review or no review at all, this place will always have a core clientele because of its location and its room rates.

I based myself out of the Hotel Ali for about 2 1/2 months, ending March 12th.

So what about this place?

Let's consider the negatives first:
1. Breakfast was mediocre at best. (Coffee in a glass has never been very appealing to
me.)
2. The breakfast room was often so dark, I felt as though I needed a white cane to get around much of the time.
3. The area adjacent to the breakfast room had the strongest - and most reliable - WiFi signal in the hotel.

However, because that area also functioned as - among other things - a mosque, laptop/iPod users were routinely edged out during prayer times by the hordes of men all vying for a place on the prayer mats that had just been put down.

The 'lounge' on the second floor (or first floor if you're British) did have a WiFi signal, but it was much weaker than the one downstairs.

In any case, that area wasn't very comfortable because during the day, the housekeeping staff used it to sort out heaps of dirty sheets, pillow cases and towels, and in the evening it was too dimly lit.

And when it rained, the main area, including the furniture, became drenched by the rain coming down through the openings in the skylight.

Interior rooms were more likely to have a WiFi signal than were exterior rooms.

4. Beware the cranky old geezer who is in charge of the left luggage room. Even though I didn't know for sure how many days I'd be away on my first excursion (7, 10, or 14), this irascible old codger had his hand out for prepayment before my bag even hit the luggage room floor.

So if I'd prepaid for 14 days and returned after only 10, was he going to give me a refund? And if I prepaid for any days at all, would he give me a receipt? Answer: 'No!'

Only through the intervention of the front desk staff did he finally agree, albeit begrudgingly, to accept payment when I returned.

Common sense doesn't seem to come into play here. The left luggage acts as its own collateral, so no one is likely to 'skip out' on payment.

His subsequent 'mellowing' by the time of my second excursion did nothing to offset my first impression of him.

5. Ambience
Somehow Grand Central Station comes to mind, particularly during the day. Dozens of labourers hauling sacks of drywall up the stairs, the hammering and drilling of ongoing renovations, the dragging of iron furniture across tiled surfaces and the constant interruptions by housekeeping staff all contributed to the Grand Central Station atmosphere.

Now onto the positives:
1. Staff
I really liked all the staff at the Ali!
Front-desk staff: Nordeen, Amena and Maryem made a very good-natured trio, being both friendly and accommodating. Maryem in particular - very efficient and extremely helpful! Other staff, including the housekeeping staff and the guys padding around in a dark breakfast room in the morning, were also all very nice.
2. Room was clean and tidy; always had plenty of hot water and, of course, the price was right.
3. Surprisingly, the place was very quiet at night - always got a good night's sleep.
4. Location was ideal: just a few steps away from Jaama el Fna, airport bus, city buses, banks, cafés, etc. The Ali has its own currency exchange booth, which was very convenient.
5. Notwithstanding the bad attitude of the old geezer in charge, the Ali's left luggage facility was very convenient and quite reasonably priced at 5 dirhams/bag/day.

As an aside, anyone planning on staying at the Ali during the winter months should bring warm clothing, as it's an unheated hotel and can get very cold indeed.

Would I ever return to the Ali? I guess the question should really be: would I ever return to Marrakech?

Marrakech has some truly beautiful parks and stunning Islamic architecture.

However, the hideous traffic situation and the grasping, greedy, belligerent and aggressive nature of the ubiquitous touts, taxi drivers and beggar brigades has left me never wanting to set eyes on the city again.



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  • Stayed March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

I visited this hotel last week after 3 years and they recognised me then asked after my son ! there is an army of cleaners who work relentlessly to keep the place proper clean. The location is great for getting away from the square as well as experiencing the square.
Not sure i thought there had been an upgrade of any description but there is WIFI and a solid breakfast-shame the evening meal stopped as in my experience the food on the square is pretty much vile and inedible. Not the sort of hotel you can have a holiday in but definitely from

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rue Moulay Ismail, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #364 of 471 Hotels in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 138
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