I stayed here for 3 nights with my partner from 5th-8th March. At about £38 per night we got a bargain, so were expecting a no-frills hotel. I had read several reviews commenting about the un-friendly staff...now wondering if these reviewers stayed at a different hotel?! During our stay the staff were friendly and courteous at all times, always happy to answer any questions, and looking up, smiling and saying hello as we passed. I'm sure it helps if you are polite to them, some tourists are so rude and dis-respectful towards hotel staff so why should they be polite back?!
We were pleasantly surprised with our room...good size, very clean, with a lovely little terrace backing onto a courtyard. Rooms were cleaned, beds made and towels changed everyday. There is a lovely pool area, unfortunately pool a bit cold this time of year but I'm sure it would be very inviting in summer! Breakfast was fine, bread, croissants, pancakes, jams, olives, tomatoes, fruit juice and tea or coffee.
Hotel was about a 30 minute walk to the main square Djemaa el Fna, if we were to go again we would probably choose something a little closer, that said it was quite a nice walk taking you past a couple of Marrakech's beautiful gardens so we didn't mind this one bit. A 5 minute walk took you to the open-top tour bus stop, I would definitely recommend this! It is about 145 dirham per person (roughly £11) for a 24 hour pass, there is a historic route which takes you round the main sights of Marrakech, or an oasis tour which takes you round the hotels and golf courses of the Palmeraie area. You can hop on and hop off as many times as you like, so we did both tours once and then just used the bus to get around.
We both loved Marrakech and are hoping to return next year! Having done a lot of budget city breaks the Oudaya Hotel is by far the best we have stayed in. A charming hotel with lovely staff. Enjoy!
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