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“Located in new part of town and close to bus stop” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Oudaya
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   147 Rue Mohammed el Bequal | Gueliz, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #362 of 464 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Located in new part of town and close to bus stop”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We stayed here as part of a group tour. Location was fine, as it was easy to walk to the center (30 minutes) or take the no. 1 bus. Nice swimming pool. Staff was ok, except we were not allowed to even take bottled water into our room (had to buy it in the hotel). Close to shopping and restaurants and shopping. Overall, it was fine.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

This is our second hotel for our stay in Marrakech. We arrived before check in time, and was accommodated straight away. When we went to our room, there were 2 separate single beds, we immediately request for a new room, but the 2nd one was worst, and smaller. We just opted for the first one and arranged it ourselves. It wasnt comfortable at all. The room is in a good size, but really looks tired and may benefit from refurbishing or painting, and a very good clean. The facade looks good though. The breakfast needs more choices, we had the same for 4 days and the only protein is boiled egg. The pool is nice but hasnt got the time to use them. Luckily, we did not have a bad experience from the staff and were helpful throughout. Good location, and point of travel. Only less than 5 mins walk from the 1st stop of the bus tour, and few mins away from the new town. Lots of cafes and restaurants around.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

1 word AVOIDE ! Very Rude and unfreindly staff, not helping, no service, Me and 3 others in my 29 goup had Cockroaches of 2 cm in our bath room. So help your self and others AVOIDE! AVOIDE!AVOIDE!AVOIDE!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

Rude staff. Wouldn't even let me bring a bottle of water in off the street as all food and drink has to be purchased on site. A bottle of water!!!! Not a 3 course meal. And when we arrived at 10pm the bar / restaurant wasn't even open!!!! They are also retiling the corridor of the floor we are staying on. So we have to walk around the workman and through the dust. The hotel is 90% empty....why put us on that floor?!!!

Might seem cheap, but certainly not good value.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is the worst I've ever stayed in. The staff, including management, have absolutely no customer service skills. The only good thing about this place is that it's relatively clean. However, don't bother to request no housekeeping as they'll send the cleaners in anyway and then tell you that if anything goes missing they will take no responsibility and instead said we should PAY a DAILY fee for using their tattered, manky, old safe.
Before making the dreadful choice of booking here, please note the following:
- The staff are rude, impolite and unhelpful. At check in the receptionist apparently could speak no English and literally dragged us all around the hotel to pay "tax" and dropped us in a box room. But when I went back to reception to complain she was suddenly fluent in English. Very rude, threw the key at us and told us to leave.
- The rooms literally STINK, including the toilets, which smell like a sewer and had stains all around the basin when we first arrived.
- The hotel do not allow any food or drinks from outside but will charge 10dh for a drink they buy for 3dh (the drinks are labelled with prices).
- The food is absolutely vile and stale. We paid for our food in advance and noted we were vegetarians, however, staff would only cater to us after numerous complaints and would not let us cancel or offer even a partial refund.
- The hotel staff will charge 200dh to make a booking for a trip to the beach and a further 300dh to make a phone call to the UK.
- The swimming pool is disgustingly dirty, I've not seen it cleaned since I arrived here and saw children jumping from a ledge into the pool - very dangerous.
- They lock one of the doors at night and don't tell anyone, so we were literally stuck outside for hours, banging on the door to get in. No one came & we had to walk ages to get someone to help.
- There is nothing to do in the area and the main square is at least a 30 minute walk away. Adding to that, there is a bar near one of the entrances, with drunken men falling out at all hours of the night. Ladies be careful!
- No one speaks English, which is fine being in a foreign country, but the staff don't even care to make any attempt. Only a few staff members made any effort to communicate with us or understand our requests.

Honestly, I could go on and on, but I'll end with this: save yourself the bother and book elsewhere. The hotel clearly lacks integrity and customer service, and instead only bother with money-grabbing tactics. We still have a few days left here and are eagerly anticipating our arrival home. The housekeepers even stole our dresses and after confronting reception (this lady even shouted at me for having a packet of sweets and bottlw of water) was tols they'd be brought to my room. She didn't even bother to ask what room I was in or what the dresses looked like. Needless to say they still haven't been returned.
Rooms are basic, but beds are comfy enough.
We booked as a 4star and later found out it is a 3star but honestly I'd give it 1star.
I wouldn't wish this hotel on my worst enemy - they've ruined our holiday and experience. Save yourself the trouble.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Just returned from a week long stay in Marrakech. The hotel offered up disappointment after disappointment, easier to list than sentence:

- Wrong room - twin instead of double
- No information provided WHATSOEVER by the miserable receptionist in Oudaya 2 - not told of where restaurant was or dining times. We were just thrown the key to the wrong room
- No balcony when this was part of our booking
- Light switch did not work properly in our room - it flicked on and off constantly before it settled
- Only hot water out of the sink tap
- No hot water during the day and during random evenings from the bath/shower
- Shower holder fitting fell off the wall
- Air conditioner leaked and flooded our room
- Over charged on tax - we didn't think to ask for a receipt at the time and only found out later that we had paid too much. The moody receptionist from Oudaya 2 simply hand wrote another receipt with the correct figures and told us that is what we had paid and they would not provide us with an invoice.
- Short changed on some money we exchanged at the hotel (they later corrected this when we queried it, but it was some hours later that they phones to say they owed us more)
- Water and food from outside the hotel are not allowed, despite them offering no snacks and only minimal lunchtime options of about 4 sandwiches and 2 small pizzas. Not even water can be brought into the hotel.

- Food - Breakfast has minimal selection and consists almost entirely of pastries and bread. No cereal, fruit, hot food, yoghurts. Coffee tastes literally of dirt and the orange juice is watered down and has sugar added to it. Evening meals, I suspect, are re-heated as the menu is the same at lunchtime. Again, not much variety and whilst the meals taste okay, we suffered after and resorted to eating at McDonalds!

Our rep was from adventure holidays/low cost beds? The souks excursion involved looking around a couple of sites - palace bahia and the saadian tombs. There is not much to see at all here. The tour guide was very knowledgable but seemed to lead us only to "mates" shops who tried to pressure us to buy their things, instead of simply showing us around. The rep also gave us very late knowledge of booking an excursion and kept moving the times, which meant we potentially wasted a day hanging around the hotel. Also, their excursions are expensive - see if the hotel is offering anything and shop around first.

Overall holiday was good, but only because we did our own thing. Learn to haggle - it's good fun and no more than a week is needed in this place. After that, you have seen everything there is to see in the square and souks. The people overall were friendly in Marrakech, but you need to have your wits about you and don't believe anyone who "works in your hotel" and wants to show you the way- they want to take your money!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 147 Rue Mohammed el Bequal | Gueliz, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #362 of 464 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Oudaya 3*
Number of rooms: 92
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