My partner and I stayed in hotel Oudaya for 10 days last september. Upon arrival, we were referred to the other reception, and an employee walked us to this reception. This is necessary, since the hotel is a maze. Check-in went quickly, but because we arrived early (before noon instead of after 2 pm), our room wasn't ready yet. We were directed to a lounge area next to the reception, given the wifi password and we waited for a short while. After that, we could go to our room to change clothes and leave our belongings, although the cleaning ladies did not finish yet. We didn't mind, because we wanted to explore the city asap and were already glad, since the best we hoped for when we arrived two hours early was to be able to leave our luggage.
The rooms itself are basic, but equiped with AC, a bath and (in our case) a small terrace area where where we could sit outside. It is indeed true that no food or drinks from outside are allowed, but we never had a problem when we left empty (water) bottles or wraps from snacks in our room. You shouldn't pass the reception with bags from the supermarket across the street (good, big one!) though.
The hotel swimming pool is located in a courtyard and therefore in the shadow most of the day. The water is a bit cold, but absolutely refreshing after a hot day in the city. Breakfast is (apparently) quite typical for Morocco: several types of rolls, croissants, etc with butter, jam, honey, boiled eggs, tomatoes, olives, tea, coffee and orange juice. Most of the personnel speak (a bit of) English, in particular an older man at the breakfast buffet and several younger ladies at reception 2. We did not encounter any problems of stuff going missing in our room, but we never left valuable things out of our (locked) suitcases AND we left a 2 dirham (20 euro cent) tip every day. Don't know whether the tip did the trick, but we are used to tip the cleaning ladies in countries like Morocco and we never had any bad experiences. On the contrary, they go the extra mile for you making up the bed in a more fancy way ;)
Location wise, it is located in Gueliz, the newer (French) quarter of the city. Not so many sightseeing things in the neighbourhood, unless you like shopping, but many restaurants and cafes. To go to the city centre, you can either walk (ca. 30 min to Place Jemaa El Fna), or take a taxi or bus. We never had to take a taxi, since the bus worked well for us. There is a bus stop at the intersection with the large avenue, take bus 1 to the city centre (every 10-15 min). A one-way ticket is 4 dirham (ca. 0.40 euro) per person.
So in general it is a good hotel if you are not planning to spend all day in there (and why would you with so much to see/do?) for a reasonable price.
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