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“Decent hotel in leafy suburbs within walking distance of the medina” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Akabar
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   24 Rue L'hivernage, Ave Echouhada | Guéliz, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #400 of 463 Hotels in Marrakech
Manchester
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“Decent hotel in leafy suburbs within walking distance of the medina”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

Stayed here for 3 nights in total, before and after a mountain tour. Rooms are clean and a little shabby chic. The bathroom facilities are good. There is a small pool which is surprisingly cold - very refreshing after a hot day exploring Marrakesh.The staff are friendly although they do possess a slightly manana manana attitude, that said they booked us taxis to the airport and found us a missing airconditioning remote with the minimum of fuss.

Room Tip: the rooms at the back of the hotel (away from the road, bar and pool) are quieter
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Windsor, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2010

We arrived exhausted and wanted only to wash up and get some rest. The service was terrible. The room was filthy and had bugs (ants mostly because they hadn't cleaned the room properly). We learned after that other hotels nearby were far superior for the same price. We left the next morning and did just that.

Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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FATIMA D, Responsable commercial at Hotel Akabar, responded to this review, August 25, 2011
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comme réponse à ces clients , je peut leur affirmer que les chambres sont très propre et que personne n'a signalé qu'il y avait des fourmis ou des puces, on est au centre ville comme même pas à la montagne.

je peut affirmer à tous les clients qui veulent réserver à l'hotel AKABAR, que l'hotel est très propre et il est bien situé pour passer un séjour agréable à la ville de Marrakech
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2010

Quite anodine, but clean. Poor restaurant

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2010

The rooms were clean and the price was right. The pound cake on the breakfast buffet was delicious! The staff were very helpful and helped us find a hotel in another city when we moved on. The hotel itself is large but impersonal in space - reminded me of a Days Inn but the price ws right. Good location.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2008

I no longer knew where to book especially when reading the different reviews of the 100s of hotel in Marrakech and i ended up booking the hotel Akabar at the last minute and I have absolutely no regrets.

My criterions were as follow: A clean and value for money hotel not far from the famous souks. I wanted a hotel where to sleep only and to drop my luggage as I had no intention to spend a week holidays indoor, I wanted to discover the city of Marrakech.

My room (207) was spacious enough for 1 person and could have easily accommodate a second one. The cleaning was done everyday, bed made everyday, towels changed everyday too, so in terms of cleanliness, I was pretty happy (and I am a very hard person to please when it comes to hygiene). The windows are not soundproof from the noise outside (my room was facing the street and a building on construction) but I had brought earplugs so no real issue there for me!

The TV was working perfectly and I could enjoy French and English programs (bilingual does help and not only for the TV) . For the remote control, ask at the reception. At first i thought that it was not working but there is a little trick there (Sorry, cannot remember which one!)

As for the pool, it is not a european standard pool but it can be nice if you want to refresh yorself especially during summer time!

I believe the reason I put on weight there is due to the breakfast buffet. I enjoyed every single of them even if the orange juice was not made of real oranges. There were a great choice French and Moroccan patisserie, viennoiserie that would appeal to anyone.

The Hotel is situated 10 - 15 minutes away from Jana El Fna place which is very good. To avoid the traffic when going to Jana El Fna, you can cut through the fantastic, refreshing and quiet Cyber Parc. If you feel exhausted by long walks from the souks, you can take a cab for 10 dirham or even less (a review of your negotiation skills is highly recommended in Marrakech and not only for taxis!)

From the receptionists, cleaning ladies, waiters, waitress, owner, the all team, they made my stay more than enjoyable! I would never thanks the Akabar's team for their warm welcome. I will definitely go back and I have already recommended the hotel to my family and friends and now to you who read the comments.

  • Liked — The staff, location, breakfast, very good rate, the cleanliness, everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2008

In Morocco be aware that local "star ratings" are almost always inflated at least 1 star above European or US standards.

We stayed 1 night on the 3rd floor of the Hotel Akabar - supposedly a 3 star hotel - in the Hivernage hotel area of Marrakech (the new town) and while the hotel is quiet and clean and everything worked OK; it is definitely NOT a 3 star hotel by European or US standards.

This said, it is a good and new 2 star hotel - with working elevator; plumbing and TV. The room was small - no good place to open luggage but the bed - and there was no heat was on (in January that was a problem as Marrakech has cool nights!) but the staff was OK; the breakfast buffet was very satisfactory and the price = 60 Euros a night - was good for a clean, refurbished room with elevator etc. etc.

I would recommend Hotel Akabar for a short (2 night) stay for budget conscious tourists but my wife & I much preferred the 4 star Atlas Asni Hotel or a Riad closer to the Medina/Souks.

  • Liked — Elevator, cleanliness, breakfast buffet
  • Disliked — small room size, no internet, no heat turned on in January
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Hotel Akabar

Address: 24 Rue L'hivernage, Ave Echouhada | Guéliz, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #400 of 463 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Akabar 3*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Akabar the hotel is located in a beautiful area of ​​marrakech very quiet and a 10 minute walk from the famous Jamaa El Fna and 10 minutes from the new city guéliz or you can do your shopping and have tea or coffee in the most great cafes in Marrakech, the hotel also offers well-equipped rooms with satellite TV with a separate bathroom, direct dial telephone and a safe deposit box fee. it doubles, singles and triples. an international restaurant and bar overlooking the pool. a family run hotel where you can spend a pleasant stay. ... more   less 
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