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.
- 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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