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Hotel Atlas Asni
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Street Mohammed VI | Street Mohammed VI, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #352 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Scotland
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“Holiday with friends”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I stayed here with 2 female friends from 12th to 19th March 2013.
We arrived later in the evening, but made it in time for dinner....just.
The waiter was lovely, he brought us the leftover cakes to our table as we were the last people in the resturant.
The staff at reception were very helpful, the staff in the resturant were happy to help.
The lobby is stunning, the hotel is spotlessley clean.
The room we had was on the 2nd floor. 3 single beds as requested, quick check-in.
The rooms are a bit dated compared to the lobby but everything worked.
The beds were very comfortable with duvets. The TV had english speaking channels.
The maids came in every day and left clean towels and toiletries.
The food in the resturant is great. The omelettes in the morning are fab, the evening meals were lovely. The hotel was quiet during the week days and got really busy at the weekends. There were some squabbels at dinner time as some folk will just go on holiday to complain and find fault, we on the other hand went on holiday to have a fun, relaxing time. If your nice to people they will in turn be nice to you!!!!
The staff at reception re-charged my electronic cigarette every day with no issues. They were always smiling.
The bar in the hotel is very expensive though, and they write the amount on a bit of scrap paper so its hard to tell wether your perhaps getting ripped off a bit, but again, your on holiday so its not a big issue.
My only complaint is the entertainment in the bar. Its the same guy every night with an organ and he sings a lot of depressing stuff in Arabic. We are all in our 40's and 50's, we dont want to go clubbing, but we struggled to listen to that stuff most nights.
The pool is stunning, but beware............ITS FREEZING COLD.
Not much for kids to do, so wouldn,t really say its a family hotel.
Free internet access in the hotel lobby.
The medina is well within walking distance as is McDonalds, KFC and Pizzahut. We were halfboard so enjoyed eating out at lunch time.
If your a shopaholic like the two I travelled with, you will be dissapointed at the Medina. Its full of Tac,Tac, and more Tac. Most locals will happily barter with you, but be prepared to get ripped off if you choose to buy. Watch out for the young lads who want to take you off the beat and track. Your safe enough and they will say they don't want any money to take you places as they are going that way, but at some point you will be paying someone. They take you all the way to the Tannery, but the guy that takes you through the Tannery will expect yo to pay him. They then take you to the only leather shop at the back of the Tannery and they will expect you to buy something. Stay confident and stay polite and you will be fine. We felt slightly intimidated but never frightened, dont loose your rag with the locals, its not worth it and you will get much more help if your just plain nice to them. Enjoy the haggle, laugh with them as some of them have a fantastic sense of humour.
Be prepared for the smell in the Tannery, it will make you loose your lunch.
The Medina at night is slightly more intimidating and watch out for guys following you all over the place especially if your 3 females on your own. We had one guy tailing us for ages. My friend went straight up to him and told him to Go Away in a stern tone. He dissappeared and we never seen him again. Dont mess with a scottish burd.lol.
We went on two excursions, one to The Fantasia experience, with two chaps who could speak both French and Arabic, this was a great laugh, quite basic and again, Tac, but still a nice night.
We also booked an excursion to the Atlas mountains, were you get a jeep drive up to the mountains, you meet a Berber family, you visit a herb factory and you have lunch in a morrocan hotel overlooking the mountains. Great day, lovely guides, lovely place, no pressure to buy,buy,buy. Well worth the money.
All in all, I had a great time in Marrakech it was well worth the money we paid. I wouldnt return but thats because I dont tend to go to the same place twice. Dont expect 5 star luxury, expect 3 star comfort.
Top tip......if your female, dont wander about the place wearing boob tubes and short skirts. If you do, expect unwelcome attention from the young men and looks of sheer disgust from the moroccon woman and older men. They dont like it one bit and they find it insulting. I know this because I did ask some of the locals.
Go, visit, experience, enjoy. We did.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

For the price and location, this hotel is a great value. It's clean, the rooms are small but simple, the toilets and showers are shared (unless you pay more for ensuite), but are fine. It's very centrally located off the Jemma el Fna which is great for exploring the Medina. I would recommend trying to get a room on the second floor as I imagine the first would be noisy, and the third (where we were), was incredibly noisy due to people going up to the terrace for breakfast. Otherwise, it's a great base for a stay in the Medina.

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

Very nice entrance, lobby and big garden with swimming pool. Ugly, untidy-look room with cracked tube bath. Very noisy. They were coming and going all night long. Big restaurant but poor quality and very touristic

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I stayed in this hotel with my mom. The hotel was quite empty during our stay, still they located us next room to some families with kids so there were some noise during evenings and nights. Other than that, the hotel is quite peaceful and there is no sounds of mosques etc. coming to the room.

We value very much facilities such as gym and pool when it comes to a hotel. However, we did not manage to go to the pool even once since it was not heated! It was terribly cold :( Prepare for this if you are planning to go there during winter. The gym was ok when it comes to treadmill, cross trainer etc, but weight training options were very limited and we were a bit disappointed for that.

The location of the hotel is between the old town Medina and the new city. I think the location was quite fine, although you had to had a taxi almost every time you wanted to go somewhere. The train station is within walking distance.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Travelling in a group tour, and staying at local 3 or 4 stars hotels only. Nevertheless, this one is nice and clean. Best part is the free wifi in the room, something that FB and Candy Crush addicts, like me, cannot do without ;)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Stayed here with my husband on business. The hotel is well situated, but is very dated... granted, our expectations were adjusted and we did not expect perfection around every corner, but the rooms had heavy old furniture and the linens (towels, bedding and curtains) had stains. We slept surprisingly well, but get down to breakfast early... it's cafeteria style, first-come, first-serve.

With doors open at either end of the hallway, the wind blew through and made it quite cold. Similarly, there were random bed sheets strewn across the hall carpeting in certain areas that got covered in everyones footprints during the dat. We believed this was to cover up a leak...

The staff at check-in did not pay attention to us after approaching the counter on two separate occasions and the cleaning staff ATE pastries that we left in our room.... a bit of a bizarre discovery. We also went to the spa where I was given a damp robe (wonder who wore it before me....) and the masseuse was TEXTING during the massage.

The other Atlas sister property is definitely higher end and classier.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

When you arrive at reception, it's all marble tiles and polished floors and you could be forgiven for thinking that it is a 'posh' hotel with good standards. However, look at bit closer and you will see this hotel has seen better days. Our room was okay at first glance, however the bathroom was in need of a proper clean. Unfortunately, the bath/shower area was not cleaned throughout our stay. The grouting in the tiles and around the bath could do with freshening up.

However, the king-size bed was exceptionally comfortable.

There is a disco most nights, although difficult to detect actually where it was, as there is a hotel next door to the Asni - although it did sound like in was in-house. The music goes on until about 3 o'clock in the morning - so take some earplugs!

I personally didn't find the reception staff all that welcoming. To be honest, I think this hotel caters more for visitors from countries other than Britain and also caters for business travellers. The reception staff did not promote any activities for Marrakech and finding out where to eat/visit etc, was difficult. There is a book of activities and places to visit, which my boyfriend and I didn't discover until the penultimate day of our stay. We did mention to the staff that this book would have been useful to have had in the room or certainly in a more prominent position at reception, which I think fell on deaf ears, to be honest!

To be fair, they speak French here and very little English - which is not entirely their fault, as our French was not really good enough.

This hotel is ideal for the airport - 10 minutes away - and visiting downtown Marrakech. You can walk to the Medina (downtown Marrakech) within half an hour, once you have found your bearings.

The pool area was clean and tidy.

The public areas - certainly in the dining room - could do with a proper steam clean. The foam chair pads are dirty and it wasn't just on one or two chairs, it was all of them. Not what you would expect at a hotel that looks all glossy and shiny. At breakfast, considering the staff didn't appear to be rushed off their feet - they could have made more of an effort with wiping the tables down, for the next guest to sit at!


Breakfast was your typical continental fare. Lots of mini sweet pastries. Some hot food - hard boiled eggs, sausages (not English, obviously!). Not alot of choice, to be honest. Too many waiters hanging around and chatting, not really wiping down tables and making it fresh for the next guests.

On the first night here, we had dinner and frankly, it was dire! Had a lamb navarine (braised/stewed lamb) and this was served tepid. No rice or potatoes accompanying it, even though we asked for rice. The waiter said there was no rice! My boyfriend had soup to start with and this looked and tasted like dishwater! For pudding we had a creme brulee, but again, nothing special.

I would rather starve than eat here.

In the book of activities (the one NOT on show at reception!) there is a trip to the Palais Dar d'Mana. It is a gastronomic feast (five courses) and you pay 500 dirhams for the whole evening (this does NOT included drinks). You are collected and returned to the hotel by taxi. It is a really nice evening. The restaurant is lovely inside and the staff make you feel very welcome - such a contrast to the Atlas Asni. There are dancers and musicians. My boyfriend and I were the only two diners there, but they cater for at least 100 covers. So if you were stuck for somewhere to eat one evening, it would be an ideal place to go to.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Street Mohammed VI | Street Mohammed VI, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#144 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Atlas Asni 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in a garden lined with palm trees, this hotel is 3 km from Jamaâ El Fna Square. It offers an outdoor pool, a fitness centre and a spa.The air-conditioned guest rooms are equipped with a TV and have views of the garden or the swimming pool. Each spacious room features Moroccan decorations. All rooms have a marble bathroom.A buffet breakfast is served every morning at Atlas Asni. Guests can enjoy a drink in the hotel bar or use the free Wi-Fi access in the lounge.The spa at the 4-star hotel Atlas Asni includes a sauna and hammam. Massages are available upon request.With free public parking nearby, Marrakech International Airport is only 5 km away. ... more   less 
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