I initially stayed in Marrakech for one night before onward travel. As I booked late I reluctantly accepted this hotel from my Flight Centre travel agent, though it had very mixed review; my judgement was correct and I was grateful that I only had to stay one night.
The hotel was clean, had all the advertised amenities, the staff (particularly the porter) were friendly and helpful. Though it is far from Jemaa el Fna (the square) and really far from Bahia Palace, Badii Palace and the souks; each outing will cost you a 50 dirham mini-taxi ride. However, is a basic, clean, 2-star European-style hotel really what you want if you are visiting this beautiful North African city, which is filled with delightful and affordable riads in the heart of the Medina that are 5 minutes walk from the action? If it is, which is sad, please note that a city-view room is not a good thing. You have a view of the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque and the city wall, but also have the deafening traffic noise, which permeated through two closed double-glazed patio doors. And never stopped. And Moroccans drive with the car horns. And you get the same view at breakfast. [Also note that this is not Ryad Mogador Opera, which is confusing while researching.]
In addition to the amenities in the hotel, it is directly above a supermarket where you could buy drinks, snacks, fruit and even a washing machine or exercise bike. It was also close to the Supratours office to buy a coach ticket for onward travel (e.g. Essaouira, a beautiful coastal town that you really must visit!) However 1. Practice just a little French to buy your ticket (if you don’t speak Arabic) and 2. walk carefully but do buy your ticket here as early as possible as the bus station can be busy and the buses sell-out very quickly.
I would not recommend this hotel, as riads are much better in terms of location, service and amenities, but you are free to make an informed choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opposite the city Ramparts and overlooking the Atlas Mountains, the Ryad Mogador Marrakech features an outdoor swimming pool and air-conditioned rooms. It is located in Marrakesh's Medina district. The Mogador Marrakech has a restaurant serving both international and traditional Moroccan cuisine. The pool-side snack bar serves Italian food and local specialities. Guests can also enjoy a mint tea in the Tamuziga tea room. Each guest room at the Ryad Mogador includes satellite TV and a private bathroom, and room service is available. Free Wi-Fi is accessible in the hotel's common areas. With a 24-hour reception, the hotel also provides currency exchange, car hire and a babysitting service upon request. The hotel is located a 5-minute walk from the Majorelle Gardens and a 10-minute walk from Jamaa El Fna Square. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ryad Mogador Marrakech
- Riad Mogador
- Ryad Mogador Hotel Marrakech