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“Relaxing stay in a beautiful place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of al Marrakesh Guest House

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al Marrakesh Guest House
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Hilary Drive, Ballito 4420, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #10 of 21 Ballito B&B and Inns
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Relaxing stay in a beautiful place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Thank you for the beautiful place and the relaxing stay, we had a fantastic time!The room was comfortable and we loved the stylish Morrocan decor.The guest house is a quiet and peaceful place - home away from home.The staff was extremely helpful and friendly and went the extra mile to make us feel comfortable;It was our first time in Ballito and the manageress helped us with directions in town and restaurants recomendations. The bed was very comfortable and our room was equiped with satelite tv and air conditioning! We will be back soon, thank you!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AlMarrakesh, Manager at al Marrakesh Guest House, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Dear Masikiti,

Thank you for the lovely review, its a pleasure to hear how our guests enjoyed their vacation at al Marrakesh;

We look forward to hosting you in the future!

From al Marrakesh Management
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Wiener Neustadt
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

The room was nicely decorated and clean but expensive. We were quite disapointed to see how dirty the pool was (it looked like a health hazard) and mentioned that also to the owner. The additional fact that a dog in the neighbourhood was barking the whole night made the stay not as relaxing as we hoped for.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

No doors to bathrooms
No breakfast included
No Internet
Dirty
Rats in room
Not enough parking
Staff not trained
Pool leaked and had 1/4 amount of usual water
8 TV channels
Website is misleading.
We left the place a day early , as it was unbearable.
Could have stayed in a hotel for less and received more.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Durban
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

I was surprised to read the other reviews after our pleasant stay. I think people need to remember that after all, this is a suburban B+B, not the Holiday Inn :)
I had a wedding in Ballito and had avoided booking accommodation as everything I saw was very overpriced, for what looked like someones badly decorated spare room. At the last minute I had a look on booking.com and found Al Marrakesh. Not only was the decor so lovely, but I got a great deal too.

The B+B is set in the leafy suburb of Ballito, and it was a 5 minute drive to the wedding venue near the beach.
We had a huge king size bed, and the room was very spacious in terms of what you would get in a hotel. It was tastefully decorated in a moroccan type theme which was so lovely. Handwoven fabrics and rugs and screeded floors.
I especially liked the cleverly designed swing out TV panel so you can watch TV on the couch or the bed.
The bed was incredible, we had a wonderful nights sleep after a long night of dancing!
They had plunger with filter coffee and free milk in the fridge, which was a nice touch too.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We booked this accommodation after looking at the pictures and were really disappointed. While the room was large we booked or 3 people - a single and a double only to find we were all in one room with only a curtain separating off the bathroom. The pool was dirty and un-usable. The room not all that clean. It was very expensive as I would not recommend this to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Magaliesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

Checking their website, my wife booked digs for us at Al Marrakesh Ballito as the pics looked beautiful, intimate & exotic & the rates, slightly above par suggested something a bit special. The website leads one to believe this is an exotic, peaceful place Moroccan style.
We arrived, met the on duty manager & were pressed to pay up front for the room which we did. No sign of the images on the website which we hoped would be wherever our digs were. Not so.
After being ignored when asking if omelets were a breakfast option, we were told they didn't do mushrooms! We let it slide. Then we saw the room - a dingy little hole with a covered stoep pretending to be a kitchen with horrific lighting. We bit our tongues, left to have lunch & returned to find a family party racketing just outside our door. When trying to raise the manager: voicemail. It didn't abate so we quit. Turns out the noisy guy was the owner himself who took the keys while on his phone making no attempt to placate his vacating guests.
After a written complaint and a phone call it was clear that Mr Berry had no will to resolve this by refunding our money.
The place sucks folks as does the attitude - BEWARE!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about al Marrakesh Guest House

Address: Hilary Drive, Ballito 4420, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Ballito
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Ballito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — al Marrakesh Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Al Marrakesh Guest House is situated in the heart of the seaside town of Ballito, on South Africa’s Dolphin coast, within 1km of the main beaches, shops and restaurants. This serene, family establishment intertwines the Middle Eastern and African cultures through a unique Moroccon décor which makes for a relaxing stay. Facilities offered in all suites are air conditioning, a private entrance, en suite bathroom, complimentary hospitality tray, hypo allergenic douvets, Egyptian cotton linen, a bar fridge, fan, safe, LCD TV with DVD player and either DSTV or an in house library of movies. A braai facility, swimming pool and secure parking is also available. Beyond Al Marrakesh, you’ll discover beautiful golden beaches on which to stroll, rock pools for fishing, and the Indian Ocean’s warm waters where you can enjoy a good swim, or try your hand at surfing or body boarding. If you look hard enough, you might even spot a Bottlenose dolphin since these animals frequent this coast. ... more   less 
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