We stayed in the hotel for 8 nights after deciding our pre-booked Riad wasn't for us. We arrived half an hour after booking online and despite being a few hours early for check in, the room was ready for us on arrival. The bed was massive, a little on the firm side (this seems to be the norm in Marrakech) but very comfortable nonetheless. The room was spacious and clean, with a good sized, powerful shower in the ensuite bathroom. Big TV with lots of channels, and I think 2 channels that were English language, one of which seemed to be a movie channel.
We spent quite a lot of time on the roof terrace which was lovely with a great view, beautiful to watch the sunset from. The pool was very very cold, even when it was quite warm outside (it got up to around 30 degrees Celsius at times) and it was a shame it wasn't heated as it was far too cold to get in, but maybe it's better in the summer. The terrace was a nice area to sunbathe on and get a bit of a tan, something which we couldn't do whilst out and about, as you need to cover up in public.
Breakfast was served between 6 (I think) and 11am so it was nice to be able to get up late and eat breakfast. We took it to our room a couple of times on a tray which wasn't a problem. Breakfast was quite basic but high quality, pain au chocolat, croissant, another sweet pastry, good bread, butter, jam, sliced cheeses and ham, olives, fruity yogurt, boiled eggs, porridge and pancakes, cereal and dried fruit, with strong coffee and fresh orange juice on tap.
The staff were very friendly and helpful, with the reception staff speaking good English (though it's always courteous to at least try and speak a bit of French!)
The area (Guilez) was nice with a lot of good restaurants and shops nearby, very different to the atmosphere in and around the medina, and a lot less hassle.
Overall this is a high quality hotel in a good area of Marrakech, and very good value for money (we paid 50 euros a night for the room and breakfast for 2).
We would definitely go back there if we ever return to Marrakech.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marrakech, the red pearl of the desert, hosts a real gem: ALMAS Hotel. Located at the heart of the animated Gueliz district, ALMAS Hotel, a real haven of comfort,is a few minutes away from the famous Jamaa-el-Fna Square. You are going to find all the hospitality and comfort of a great hotel close to Mohammed V Avenue known for its cafes,restaurants and shops. ALMAS Hotel also offers an open view over the city and the Atlas Mount from its panoramic sun terrace, an excellent space for relaxation. A swimming pool and a snack also located there. High Quality and Attentive Service Faithful to the Moroccan hospitality, ALMAS Hotel reserves warm and convivial welcome;besides the careful personnel is at your service 24/ 24hs. A breakfast service is proposed and lets you start your day with a magnificent buffet. ... more less
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